Part II: Hyatt Regency LAX
After arriving at LAX, we had a choice to either take the shuttle bus to the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport, or walk. Since Terminal 1, where Southwest arrives, is the closest to the hotel, we thought the 5-minute walk would be better than a shuttle that would stop at the 6 other terminals before arriving at the hotel. This alone makes the Hyatt Regency my new go-to for LAX layovers.
Rates were about $126 per night plus tax, so the two-night stay came out to $292.54. Luckily, though, we were able to find 20% off Hyatt gift cards, which drastically brought down the price for us out of pocket.
Arriving at the hotel, I was impressed with how Mid-Century Modern it was. It definitely felt in-theme with how the idyllic Los Angeles would look like my mind had I hopped off a plane in the 1960s. The check-in agent immediately assisted us, and informed us that we would have a King Suite on the top floor as an upgrade! For my first “real” check-in as a Globalist hoping for a free suite upgrade, I was happy! The lounge is still under construction, however, so breakfast would be served at the Unity LA restaurant.
Upon entering the room, I was blown away. The interiors, freshly renovated, continued the Mid-Century Modern theme from the lobby. While definitely a studio suite, the living area was sizable, plenty of room for two people at 814 square feet! Directly to the left of the door as you enter is the wet-bar area, with an Illy Coffee machine, sink, and refrigerator. The fridge was stocked with four cold-press juices, as well as some Evians. I phoned down, and discovered these were complimentary with the suite. At $10 per juice, which is ridiculous, it’s a nice benefit.
The living area was immediately in front, with a sizable 55-inch TV facing the couch. Walking back towards the king bed, you saw another 55-inch TV on the other side of the partition. To the left, you found the closet and bathroom area, which weren’t otherwise very large by suite-standards. There were, however, plenty of bath products from Hyatt Regency’s standard brand KenetMD.
We spent our two nights in Venice this trip, which isn’t too far away from LAX, as well as a quick jaunt down to Disneyland on Saturday.
Each morning, though, was reserved for breakfast. Choices for Globalist were either ordering off the menu at the UnityLA restaurant, or picking the gigantic buffet. We chose the buffet both mornings. Offerings included very Southwestern-styled dishes, like Huevos Rancheros, as well as the standard breakfast items like croissants, bacon, fruit, and toast. It was all very high quality, and I paired each morning with a lovely iced coffee.
Overall, I was impressed with the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport, becoming my favorite layover hotel at LAX (well, besides the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey). Stay tuned for our next installment, where we hop aboard Singapore Airlines to Incheon!