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.
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.
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 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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