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Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Barclays Arrival, Chase Hyatt, Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Credit Cards, Hotel, Hyatt | 0 comments

Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Washington Park Executive Suite

Recently, my wife and I decided to visit Washington D.C. for the opening weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. We’re going to Japan in a few weeks and thought it would be great to get a sneak peek of the cherry blossoms here. While the trees haven’t bloomed yet due to the delayed Spring, we still had a great time in the city. Washington D.C. can be quite scenic and full of culture during this time of the year, and our stay at the Park Hyatt Washington Park Executive Suite was fantastic. During our Segway tour, we also met a British couple who were on their honeymoon so while it’s not your typical honeymoon destination, Washington D.C. can be a romantic place. If you do decide to visit Washington D.C., I highly recommend staying at the Park Hyatt Washington.

 

Park Hyatt Washington is in the West End/Foggy Bottom part of D.C. near George Washington University and Georgetown University

Park Hyatt Washington is in the West End/Foggy Bottom part of D.C. near George Washington University and Georgetown University

 

How You Can Do It

The Park Hyatt Washington is a category 6 hotel on the Hyatt Gold Passport chart, so a standard room will cost 25,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night. You can also get a suite if you redeem 33,000 points. For our stay, I didn’t use points, because I found a Hyatt Free Time rate where we booked a two-night weekend stay and received a third night free along with daily breakfast for two at the famous Blue Duck Tavern restaurant. The breakfast allowance was $32 a person or $64 a day so we saved quite a bit of money since we are only Hyatt platinum members and don’t normally receive free breakfast.

After taxes and fees, the cost per night ended up being around $260, and we were able to use the Barclays Arrival credit card and redeem the 44,000 miles signup bonus to get part of the hotel stay for free. Paying for the stay rather than redeeming points also made us eligible to use one of the four suite upgrade certificates that we received from our Hyatt diamond trial when we honeymooned at the Grand Hyatt Kauai. As a result, we stayed in a Park Executive Suite, which was humongous at 940 square feet!

If you do decide to use points, you can obtain free Hyatt Gold Passport points by collecting Chase Ultimate Rewards points then transferring the points over to Hyatt. Some of the best credit cards with big signup bonuses for Ultimate Rewards points include the following: Chase Sapphire Preferred (45,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $3,000 within 3 months and adding an authorized user), Chase Ink Plus (50,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $5,000 within 3 months), Chase Ink Bold (50,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $5,000 within 3 months). You can also get two free nights at the Park Hyatt Washington via the Chase Hyatt credit card.

 

To apply for the credit cards discussed and other credit cards, please see my credit card bonuses page

To apply for the credit cards discussed in this post and other credit cards, please see my credit card bonuses page

 

Park Hyatt Washington Park Executive Suite

The Park Hyatt Washington has a great location in the West End/Foggy Bottom area. It’s not situated in the heart of downtown, but I like that aspect especially since it’s quick and easy to get from Foggy Bottom to the National Mall & Memorial Parks. At the same time, the area is not crowded and is extremely clean since that part of the city  has been spruced up over the years. Lots of other top Washington D.C. hotels are situated right by the Park Hyatt Washington near 24th St. NW.

As for the actual hotel, the whole place is elegantly decorated, and the Park Executive Suite was one of the largest hotel rooms we’ve ever had. We really enjoyed our complimentary breakfast at Blue Duck Tavern since ingredients are farm fresh, and the restaurant has unique offerings, such as Maryland crab with scrambled egg whites, in addition to your typical dishes. Overall service was top notch, and I would definitely stay here again.

 

The lobby has a classy cherry blossom display

The lobby has a classy cherry blossom display

Modern yet charming design with the rocking chairs

Modern yet charming design with the rocking chairs

Hyatt platinum members receive two complimentary cocktails at the lounge

Hyatt platinum members receive two complimentary cocktails at the lounge

The lounge

The lounge

I booked our stay via a special Hyatt Free Time rate where we booked a two-night weekend stay and received a third night free along with daily breakfast for two at the famous Blue Duck Tavern restaurant

I booked our stay via a special Hyatt Free Time rate where we booked a two-night weekend stay and received a third night free along with daily breakfast for two at the famous Blue Duck Tavern restaurant

The Park Hyatt Washington has a complimentary house car (Mercedes-Benz) that will take guests around the city Monday to Friday 7am-11am and 5pm-9pm. It's not a well-known perk, but I think it's fantastic; the car is first come first serve, and we enjoyed using it to get around.

The Park Hyatt Washington has a complimentary house car (Mercedes-Benz) that will take guests around the city Monday to Friday 7am-11am and 5pm-9pm. It’s not a well-known perk, but I think it’s fantastic. The car is first come first serve, and we enjoyed using it to get around.

My wife and I found it amusing that the elevator had a seating bench

My wife and I found it amusing that the elevator had a seating bench

We used a Hyatt diamond suite upgrade to upgrade our room to a Park Executive Suite

We used a Hyatt diamond suite upgrade to upgrade our room to a Park Executive Suite

Spacious foyer with coat hooks

Spacious foyer with coat hooks

After you walk in, there's a dining table with plenty of seating

After you walk in, there’s a dining table with plenty of seating

The suite's central area

The suite’s central area

Plenty of cabinets and drawers

Plenty of cabinets and drawers

Another set of cabinet and drawers except this cabinet is actually the fridge

Another set of cabinet and drawers except this cabinet is actually the fridge

With a minibar and personal fridge space

With a minibar and personal fridge space

Just past the dining area is the gigantic living room

Just past the dining area is the gigantic living room

TV and more seating

TV and more seating

The sofa is super long and can easily sleep two people

The sofa is super long and can easily sleep two people

A half bathroom connected to the living room

A half bathroom connected to the living room

The other side of the dining area is the bedroom with a king size bed

The other side of the dining area is the bedroom with a king size bed

Free water bottles were provided every day

Free water bottles were provided every day

Fancy alarm clock and other gadgets

Fancy alarm clock and other gadgets

Another TV in the bedroom

Another TV in the bedroom

The Park Executive Suite has plenty of windows and natural light

The Park Executive Suite has plenty of windows and natural light

View from the Park Executive Suite

View from the Park Executive Suite

Connected to the bedroom and beyond the sliding mirror is the bathroom

Connected to the bedroom and beyond the sliding mirror is the bathroom

Giant spa-like rainfall shower

Giant spa-like rainfall shower

With a tub right next to the shower

With a tub right next to the shower

Only one sink but plenty of space

Only one sink but plenty of space

The closet and luggage space is in the bathroom

The closet and luggage space is in the bathroom

Safe and more closet space

Safe and more closet space

 

The Main Point

The National Cherry Blossom Festival season and springtime is fantastic in Washington D.C. If you are looking to honeymoon in Washington D.C., the Park Hyatt Washington would be an excellent hotel choice. The Park Hyatt Washington is located in one of the best parts of the city convenient to many attractions, service is unparalleled, and the extra perks, such as the house car, can save you money. In the next post, I’ll explore some of the attractions in Washington D.C. and recommend some food options.

 

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