Hyatt Regency Crystal City
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I came to Arlington for an annual in-service training for all of us from around the world. The base of operations was the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. From my window I could see three styles of mass transportation; the Metro, the Reagan National Airport, and the Potomac river.
It finally feels real. In 20 days I am going to be on my way to New Zealand.
I don't have a complete plan and am not sure how long I will stay. I just have a one way ticket from Norfolk, VA to Auckland NZ on Jan 21.
When I get to Auckland I am signed up for the Kiwi Experience tour which is a hop on - hop off bus tour that takes travelers around to all the fun spots on both the north and south island. You can travel just about any ...
... t too bad on a Saturday otherwise the meter would have emptied my wallet and I wouldn't have had any cash for Fleurir Chocolates on P Street NW. Though quite expensive, about $9.00 for about 4 bites of chocolate, this little shop is delicious (and beautiful!) Each piece of chocolate has a design that rivals with ancient mosaic tile art. When I asked the owner how the intricate designs were created, she told me that they are first designed ...
... that can be influenced by many different external forces. I want to make sure that I don't assume that someone's input does not directly relate to my area of interest. Thus, I must be an attentive listener and be open anything people have to tell me, as they answer my questions. I also must be aware that much of the information being told to me is opinionated and therefore may not paint the entire picture.
And of course, I must remember to have fun and be ...
... awesome city, Washington DC!
Time has been flying by so fast that in only 2 weeks time, I'm already leaving this amazing city -insert very sad face-, and between now and then I still have 3 papers, 2 presentations, a final exam, a portfolio, a couple of informational interviews and an internship to wrap up AND most importantly, I have to enjoy my last time here to the fullest! Sooo, I guess that I can say that ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hyatt Regency Crystal City Arlington
Hyatt Crystal City has the worst staff of any hotel I have ever been.
This Hyatt was great
Recently stayed here for 3 nights, at a rate of $50 per night, thanks to successful Priceline bidding. Everything about our experience was positive, including the spacious, clean, king bed room on an upper floor (with a great view), the friendly, accommodating hotel staff, the well-prepared breakfast buffet, and the well-maintained public areas. Hotel's location is next to Reagan National but we never heard any noise from air traffic. Fast, friendly, complimentary shuttle is regularly provided to airport and nearest Metro Station (quite a walk away). We'd easily give this hotel 3-3 1/2 stars for overall rating purposes.
I read the previous reviews before I went on my weekend tourist trip (Friday - Monday) and to say I was a bit apprehensive was an understatement; thankfully, it wasn't bad at all!!
I read the other reviews before posting mine and tend to agree with many of the observations. The hotel is older. I felt the beds were a little worn. The hotel is close to many shops and restaurants. The metro is about 9 blocks (1/2 mile) away. I too found the shuttle service running a little later than "every half hour". I did not have any bad encounters with the staff. Parking was $20 per day (a little steep for the area) and the breakfast stand was grossly overpriced ($3.25 for a bagel with butter!!).
Parking was outrageous.
...that stated, the hotel was nice, but poorly situated. Dial-up internet access in the rooms. hmm.
It seems that Hyatt and I have a disagreement in the exact definition of "conveniently located." The nearest metro stop was a bit farther away than what falls into my realm of "convenient." Perhaps I'm whining because we were constantly buffetted by wind and cold for the duration of our visit, but there are better ptions in Crystal City.
Stop Robbing guests in parking fees!!!!
I received a very nice rate ($68/night) through Priceline, the hotel is quite nice, but when I checked out I was presented with a $40 bill for parking ($20/night!) to say this is outrageous would be a gross understatement, unfortunately I am in the process of moving so my car was packed with personal items and I didn't want to risk leaving it on the street, little did I know the real "crooks" were at the Hyatt! Many chain hotel's seem to be going this way, I believe its because many of their guests are corporate customers and the company's will simply pay this 'ransom' sight unseen. Shame on you Hyatt!
We encountered many problems at the Crystal City Hyatt. We specifically requested a quiet room when we checked in and we were placed in a room with noisy neighbors, who talked loudly all night and their visitors knocked on our door late at night. The next morning we were switched to a diferent room, however, there was mold in the bathroom and the carpet was stained. Although the hotel advertises that they have shuttle service from the Metro, we waited 45 minutes one night and 25 minutes the following. We called the hotel several time while waiting and were told the Metro had just left the hotel (a 5 min. ride) only to find the shuttle still at the hotel when we returned. The conceriege was rude and when we purchsed tour tickets were only supposed to pay a deposit, however, we were charged for the total cost of the tour. Thank goodness the tour company allowed the hotel's mistake otherwise we would have had to pay twice. We received calls from a wrong number in the middle of the night from a caller trying to reach another room on another floor but the hotel switchboard kept conntecting them to our room. Unfortunately we booked on Priceline and because of that we couldn't switch hotels, reservations, or get a refund. We asked to be placed in another Hyatt inside DC but they denied our request. The hotel eventually granted us breakfast and dinner vouchers but unfortunately that didn't make up for the awful time and stress we had to endure during our vacation, time that can't be returned.
Great stay, but was charged erroneous charge later
I enjoyed my stay and it is close to the places and wanted to visit, but 2 months later I was charged $107!!! Bad business!
I was disappointed with this hotel. The hotel needs a makeover and new carpet. The carpet was very dirty in our room and throughout the hotel.
The bathroom was extremely small and also needed some cleaning. There was a good view from the room of Washington and the bed was comfortable and had nice sheets on it but it did not make up for the dirty carpet and half clean small bathroom. We got a good rate on the room but this hotel is not what you would expect from a Hyatt hotel. It just feels like an older large hotel that needs a makeover. I would not stay here again and would recommend that know one pay over a $100 a night to stay at this hotel. There are to many choices in Washington and the surrounding area.
It's older than it looks on the web-site. The air conditioner in my room was not working; it didn't cool past a balmy 80 (in November). The shower had moldy tile and a dripping faucet. Hairs of unknown origin in the bed sheets. Room service was good however, the menu was limited and has items on it that they don't serve and never have. A fire alarm went off a few floors below me, but not on my floor (which is a little disturbing), this caused the elevators to stop running and, as I was departing, I was invited by hotel staff to take the stairs with my luggage. They had unfriendly concierge service and front desk service, which I find incredible. And the staff who handle the room reservations (we had a block for 15 people) were easily confused by the smallest change and accidentally canceled one room when specifically told not to. They did have a nice low calorie menu in room service and one of the rooms in our reservation block had a view of the White House.