Last weekend, Jen and I decided to use one of our expiring Hyatt category 1-4 certificates for a quick one night stay at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. While The property is in category 4, it will soon be in category 5 once Hyatt rolls out its new updates, thus this will be our first and only time staying at the property. If I am using points, I would definitely pay a little more to stay at Carmel Valley Ranch, but since we were on an expiring free night certificate I felt that this was a solid redemption.
The hotel was relatively busy this weekend but check in was a relative breeze. I did inquire about a complimentary upgrade as a Hyatt Globalist, but sadly I was not given a suite even though I saw a few suites available for sale on the app. Instead, the check in staff gave Jen and I vouchers for complimentary drinks at the bar(I am definitely not a drinker, but I’ll take free drinks if offered) which was a nice gesture and one the many ways Hyatt continues to earn my loyalty. Since I was only staying one night, it didn’t really matter what type of room we recieved, but we were able to snag a room by the pool area.
The room was spacious and clean with a strangely set up bathroom. The shower area had no shower curtain or door but rather the showering area was partially covered with glass creating a problem where the bathroom got really soaked when I showered. Not sure what the logic was when designing this type of bathroom.
The room contained a small balcony with a pair of chairs and a Keurig, everything else seemed pretty standard. A nice finishing touch was the bed frame which contained sensors for lights meaning every time I walked around the night light would light up. This type of bed frame is beginning to really grow on me as I have a tendency to kick things in the dark and stub my toes.
Hyatt Regencies often have a regency club, but this property thankfully did not. I find that complimentary breakfast is much better when served at the property restaurant versus the club. There was also a few fire pits and complimentary smores. The hotel also had a small pool and jacuzzi which I took full advantage of after a day of hiking in Big Sur. Jen went for a swim at the pool and had a blast.
Ahh complimentary breakfast, one of the best parts with Hyatt is that they don’t a dollar cap on breakfast but rather offer a meal and non-alcoholic drinks. Since breakfast was covered at the Sea Root restaurant, Jen and I made our way there around 9:30 and were promptly seated. The staff was warm and welcoming. Jen had the avocado toast with a glass of orange juice, while I channeled my younger brother and opted for the Steak and eggs. Both dishes were pretty solid and filing. While you could order from the menu, you could also opt for the buffet which also be complimentary. Complimentary breakfast is one of the amazing parts of being a Hyatt Globalist.
Overall while I won’t be able to use my category 1-4 free night certificate at this property going forward, I don’t think I would be coming to this property often anyways. After our visit, I do think that this is a solid property and a good choice for a quick getaway. The property does offer a solid breakfast, a nice gym, and friendly service. Will I be back in the future? I can’t say but let me know if you’ve ever stayed here.