#Hyatt Regency Bellevue Hotel Review

When my husband mentioned that he wanted to go on a mini vacation over the Christmas holidays, my first thought was a quick trip to Bellevue, Washington.  We were just there in the summer visiting Miss S' relatives and fell in love with the city.  My husband and I are no strangers to the Pacific Northwest - over the years we've taken weekend vacations in downtown Seattle and Renton but didn't take a chance to discover Bellevue, until now.

And what took us so long, we asked ourselves.  Last summer we wanted to stay in downtown Bellevue but settled for a hotel just outside of downtown.  This time, I wanted to stay in the heart of it all!

Situated in downtown Bellevue and adjacent to the fabulous Bellevue Collection, the Hyatt Regency Bellevue is a grand choice for families, couples and young people alike.  As soon as we entered the lobby, I knew this was the hotel for my family.  Chic and sophisticated, with a touch of Asian flair, we were greeted by courteous and knowledgeable front desk staff.  We were also treated to the hotel's 12.12.12 holiday promotion where the kids were able to choose a candy cane and each candy cane colour represented a prize that could be redeemed during our stay.  Miss S won us a free in-room movie!

Arriving at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue

Pick a candy cane...

...win a free movie!

Excited to be in Bellevue!
{taken in the hotel lobby}

After our check-in details were sorted out, we headed up to our room on the 14th floor.  Initially, I was kind of bummed that the hotel only offers double beds in rooms that have two beds because I do like my space when I sleep {two queens would have been great!}, but everything worked out in the end.  My husband and I managed to get some much needed shut-eye three nights in a row, despite being used to a king sized bed, and the kids had a blast on the other double bed.  And here's a quick tip for families with toddlers and young kids:  take the two bolster pillows found in the room and place them under the sheet to create a makeshift bed rail to prevent the kids from falling off the bed.  Tuck the sheet back into the mattress and voila!

Even though we were initially disappointed with the bed set-up, we ended up being completely satisfied with the size and comfort of the beds.  We were all able to get a good nights sleep and when you're on vacation, that's all that matters, right?!  Even the kids agreed...

Enjoying the double bed with little sis

Stripes party!

As we entered our room, we were greeted with a fruit, cheese and cracker plate, along with two bottles of wine, dessert and anything in our mini bar.  Talk about being treated like royalty!

There was even a personalized note just for me!

*Movie star status*

The size of the room was what I expected for a guestroom at the Hyatt - a little small for a family of five but manageable.  The room's decor was very modern and tastefully decorated - definitely in tune with our swank taste!  Typically, when we go on family trips we're usually used to staying in boutique hotels with in-suite kitchens, complimentary breakfasts, etc., and we came to the Hyatt Regency Bellevue knowing that we wouldn't have the extra complimentary amenities available to us.  We did, however, get treated to a fabulous complementary breakfast at Eques {more on our experience below!}.  Ah, the sacrifices we make for staying in an upscale hotel!

Double guestroom
Photo courtesy of the Hyatt

My only two complaints about the room were the lack of towels and the fact that it didn't have a microwave to heat up the kids' food {especially baby's}.  We were able to ask the front desk to heat up some milk for Lil J and they did so willingly, but it would have been nice to be able to do it in the comfort of our own room.  Other than that, the beds were extremely comfortable, the room was clean and neat, and our view of downtown Bellevue was amazing!

Our view from the 14th floor

After a late night dinner and a night of much needed sleep, we woke up the next morning excited for our breakfast at the hotel's breakfast and contemporary buffet restaurant, Eques.  We were greeted by a friendly host and an equally friendly server, who provided us with her personal menu recommendations.  I chose the delicious smoked salmon eggs benedict, hubby had an omelet and the kids ate from the continental buffet.

Fresh berries from the buffet and an americano misto
Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict - yum!

Hubby's omelet
Selections from the buffet
The buffet
{Photo courtesy of the Hyatt}

We were also treated to the Honeycrisp Apple Stuffed French Toast and tiramisu pancakes - both to die for!

Eques' decor is very modern, with clean and crisp lines, and very fitting with our dining expectations.  Usually our family doesn't rave about hotel restaurants but Eques is definitely a tasty exception.  We cannot wait to come back and dine at Eques again the next time we stay in Bellevue!  The thought of it is making my mouth water!

{Photo courtesy of the Hyatt}

Oh, and we didn't forget about the mimosa {only $3!}:

Overall, we had an amazing experience at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue and would recommend the hotel to anyone looking to stay in the heart of downtown Bellevue.  The convenience of staying in a hotel that is within walking distance of all the amenities {shopping, restaurants, entertainment,etc.} is a huge plus when travelling with kids.  Staff at the hotel made sure our stay was pleasurable and I'm excited to call the Hyatt Regency Bellevue our new home away from home!  We may even have to plan a weekend in Bellevue without the kids next time {wink wink!}.

{Photo courtesy of the Hyatt}

Disclosure:  The views expressed in this review are my own and do not represent the opinions or views of the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.  We received compensation in order to conduct this review.


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