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Recently, I had a brief overnight stay at the Hyatt Regency at Dallas/Ft. Worth and, although I wasn’t there long enough to try out a lot of what the hotel offers, I thought I’d share a few images and thoughts in case any readers are thinking about booking this property and would like to know what to expect.
The cash rate for the night I need to book was over $200…
…so I chose to pay for my stay with 8,000 World of Hyatt points instead (the Hyatt Regency DFW is a Category 2 property).
I value World of Hyatt points at 1.4 cents each, so I was more than happy with the 2.55 cents/point of value I got out of each point I spent.
Check-In & The Lobby
The property is a short shuttle-bus ride from Dallas/Ft. Worth airport and, unusually to my mind, you have to call up the hotel to get the shuttle bus to come and pick you up – not a big deal but worth noting.
Check-in didn’t take very long at all as there were very few people in the lobby when I arrived, and I was asked if I wanted to upgrade my entry-level room to a “runway view” room for $10.
I’m no AvGeek but my inner child still likes to watch aircraft landing and taking off, so I paid for the upgrade.
To the left of the check-in desk is the hotel’s primary restaurant, behind that is a large bar area (which I couldn’t really photograph because it was very busy) and there’s also a small coffee shop…
….which, as well as coffee, sells various sandwiches, salads, and cold drinks.
The King-Size Runway View Room
The décor of the hallways isn’t going to win any design awards but the carpets appeared clean and the communal areas didn’t look tired or worn…so that makes it ok in my book.
Like a lot of hotel rooms, the Hyatt Recency DFW’s runway view rooms have a small entryway with a bathroom leading off it and a sleeping area directly ahead.
The main sleeping area is a good size and is dominated by a king-size bed.
At the foot of the bed is a chest of drawers, a large TV (on top of the chest of drawers) and a work desk.
To the left of the bed (as you look at it) is an armchair and an ottoman.
On this particular trip, I had quite a bit of work I needed to do so I appreciated the well-proportioned desk and comfortable chair…
…as well as the easy-to-access power outlets.
The lack of power outlets is a pet peeve of mine with a lot of modern-day hotels (there’s no excuse for a hotel not to have at least one useable power outlet on each side of the bed) but the Hyatt Regency DFW scores well in this department.
The desk, as you’ve already seen, is well equipped with power outlets, the right side of the bed has two outlets (with one taken up by an unnecessary alarm clock)…
…and the left side of the bed has an outlet within reach if not right next to the bed.
One last thing which I appreciated having in the room was a refrigerator….and not one filled with overpriced items that no one really needs.
An empty useable fridge is always good for storing snacks and inexpensive bottled water…especially when the water offered in the room comes at an extortionate cost (if you don’t have elite status).
The room’s bathroom was a good size but, if you like your privacy and if you’re sharing a room, be aware that the vanity unit is in an alcove and cannot be closed off from the rest of the room.
A door leading away from the vanity unit leads through to the shower and toilet…
…and I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the shower, and not at all disappointed to discover that there wasn’t a bath (mid-tier hotel baths are almost never nice in my experience).
Lastly, on the facilities front, I should probably mention that the room offered coffee making facilities (with Starbucks branded coffee packets)…
…but thanks to a bout of laziness I chose to buy my coffee in the lobby rather than make my own so I can’t report back on how good or bad the in-room coffee makers are.
As far as the view from the room goes….it was exactly as advertised:
This is one of those hotels that does the job that it’s designed to do – if you’re staying here on a layover or for work it checks most of the boxes you’ll want/need it to check.
The staff members are friendly, the runway-view king-size rooms are spacious (and surprisingly quiet considering their proximity to the runway) and the facilities in the room make them a comfortable place to get some work done.
The Grand Hyatt (which is attached to terminal D at DFW) is a nicer property and more convenient….but its cash rates are often higher and it costs 12,000 points more per night – if you don’t mind a short shuttle ride and if you’re paying with your own money the Hyatt Regency will often be the better value option.