Hyatt Regency LAX provides a haven for travelers
Piece and pictures by Patti Pietschmann and Richard Pietschmann
(Photo of our Regency suite and a piece of the fine artwork that hangs on the hotel walls)
We spent a night at the Hyatt Regency LAX, which is so close to the airport you can walk there and we actually saw a pilot doing just that. The reason for the visit wasn’t what you might think. We weren’t flying anywhere. Alas, my mate, Richard, had let his TSA renewal lapse and had to do one those face to face interviews again at the Bradley International Terminal. His appointment was in the morning and with traffic the way it is in Los Angeles, it made sense to overnight and as travel writers we really wanted to check out the property after it’s major upgrade of the last couple of years.
We were very impressed. First by the big smiles the receptionists flash as you check in through the stunning lobby. Then by all the other staff we met at the fantastic Club Lounge on the third level and in the UnityLA bar and restaurant. It was all good.
Although the hotel has 580 rooms (from standard to Presidential Suite) it doesn’t feel big, or even bustling for that matter. There’s a chic, but homey feeling that pervades. It’s curb appeal combines modern California décor with mid-century architecture and beautiful artwork on the walls.
Our Regency suite proved perfect with the free WiFi, king-sized comfy bed, large bath, two humongous flat screen TVs (one in sitting room, the other in front of the bed), coffee maker and real cups to use, fridge with bottled water, robes and upscale toiletries that can be added to for free should you need things like a razor, more toothpaste, shoe horn, hair spray, etc. I like that.
We also had Club Floor access. One of my favorite hotel amenities at Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons and other upscale spots. This one didn’t let us down. The hosts were cool and the offerings from morning dishes of oat meal, eggs, fruit, breads and pastries, to the huge containers to top quality mixed nuts. You do have to pay a small fee for drinks due to California law prohibiting distribution of free libations. But the freedom of food choices and to eat on the run is very appealing to flyers.
The culinary highlight was dinner at unityla—a creative kind of food court-style venue. There’s a take out counter, a bar with tables for dining and a bigger room for a more leisurely meal (where I feasted on one tasty rib eye and Richard said his fresh sea bass was a best ever in LA). If the restaurant were closer to where we live, we’d be regulars.
The concept behind unityla, according to a hotel spokeswoman, is to bring tastes of what chefs at some the citys finest restaurantshave to offer that guests at the hotel may not have the time to experience for themselves at those restaurants.
Seasoned Hyatt Executive Chef Charles Fusco stands at the helm of the hotel’s three food and beverage outlets, unity laTM restaurant, market and bar, whose menus and food presentations are designed around convenience, community and a focus on Asian, Mexican and fresh Californian dishes unique to the LA food scene. These new restaurants bring the best of LA’s diverse neighborhoods to hotel guests, from Boyle Heights, Thai Town, Little Tokyo/Arts District, East LA, Santa Monica and the Sunset Strip.
Those of you familiar with my Travel Diva postings should know by now that my raves are real. I do tell it like it is. That said our lunch at the unityla bar was just so so. Maybe because our expectations after that phenom dinner were too high.
There is a large, inviting , heated pool and deck with cabanas but it was way too chilly in LA to make use of it. We did get to the fitness room, which is nicely-equipped and sized and offers views of the runway or TVs.
The Hyatt Regency LAX is at 6225 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, reservations: (424) 7021234:
Nightly room rates range from $169 to $ 249.00. Suites start at $199.00. Guest room rate plans vary according to seasonality. Club Floor privileges are roughly $50 extra.