Last week, I had the pleasure of traveling to Houston and catching a soccer game with a friend. We were able to watch Manchester United take on Real Madrid on a hot and humid Wednesday evening! For this trip, I booked a couple of nights at the Hyatt Regency Houston which as many kids say “pretty mid”. The property was nice, offering 30 floors of guestrooms but also noticeably dated with designs screaming early 1990s.
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I booked two nights at the hotel using category 1-4 free night certificates. I had a pair of certificates that were expiring so this was a great opportunity to redeem them as each night cost upwards of $300 netting me more than $600 in value. The property is a category 2, so you could also redeem 8,000 points per night during the time of our stay.
As mentioned, the property was rather dated and felt like something out of a 1990s film. While the lobby was more modern, everything from the rooms decor and drapes to the gym felt super outdated. The Hyatt Regency Houston is located in downtown Houston and has 30 floors of guest rooms. I was staying on the 28th floor with great views of neighboring skyscrapers.
The property also had an outdoor pool located on the 6th floor and a very small gym especially for a property of this size, tucked away in the basement. In the lobby, there was a bar, a steakhouse, Einstein Bagels for your grab and go needs, and a lot of open air. The one positive I found about the hotel was the plethora of open space. With a high number of occupants, the hotel never felt crowded.
With the large number of guests arriving to the hotel for a conference, I was unable to secure a complimentary suite upgrade. Instead, I was upgraded from the base room, to a high floor room which provided better views of the surrounding skyscrapers. If you’re looking for views of the sprawling skyline, you’ll be out of luck. In addition, guest rooms didn’t have great lighting and the shower still used shower curtains. The room’s furnishing seemed like they had seen better days, but the overall furniture seemed newer than the rest of the property (mid 2000s vibe?).
As a Hyatt Globalist, breakfast was included next to the steakhouse. The breakfast buffet is around $27 per person and included a small selection of hot options with the option to order a few a la carte items. The food was unspectacular and the hashbrowns were overly greasy and salty. On the bright side, the staff was friendly and created a nice atmosphere in the morning. For a breakfast buffet the food was definitely subpar, but at least the setting was nice.
My visit to the Hyatt Regency Houston was about as unforgettable as can be. I didn’t have a bad time, but the hotel was outdated and showed signs of aging. Overall, the staff was pleasant but everything else felt simply ordinary. I would definitely come back to this place as the location was convenient, but I do believe a refresh is needed.