The drive from Salt Lake City airport to the Hyatt Place took no more than half an hour since there was not much traffic at that time of the night on the highway. The hotel was located on a relatively new commercial complex and thus was not indicated on the Garmin GPS that I used. However the place was easy to spot off the exit from the highway. This would be my first time staying at a Hyatt Place, which is similar in concept to the Aloft hotels by Starwood, the Residence Inn by Marriott and the Holiday Inn Express by IHG. These hotels are more affordable in nature and includes complimentary breakfast for guests. I paid a rate of US$79 per night which was a very good rate for this property especially since the hotel is very close to the Snowbird Ski Resort, reached via a 15-20 minutes drive.
When I arrived at the hotel, I managed to get a open parking spot. Parking is complimentary in this hotel though as I entered the porch the glass door was locked though there was one guest service personnel waiting for my arrival as she quickly let me in and handed me my room key and briefly mentioning to me the standard amenities of a Hyatt Place and giving me my choice of Hyatt Diamond bonus points.
The lobby lounge is very spacious with a nice fireplace on the left and a large living space on the right. Beside the reception counter is a bar that also doubles as a stand selling snacks, water and other travel necessities. Since the hotel is not exactly full-service, guests need to pay for extra bottled water from the lobby or if they forget to bring toothbrushes. Since I arrived quite late at the hotel, there was no one else besides the receptionist.
Room No: 0437 Category: Standard King
Entering the room, which was more like a Junior Suite, it felt fresh and clean and that was what I really liked in hotel rooms. More importantly the bathroom was bright and featured a walk-in shower stall. This was preferred to the shower and bathtub combination that older North American hotels usually feature. I am glad that new hotels built tend to feature more of these shower stalls. Other than that it was a basic bathroom.
The room itself, as I mentioned earlier is more like a suite in terms of size with a oversized L-shaped sofa that supposedly can be converted to a bed. Then a wall partition separates the King-sized bed. Along the wall is a work desk and TV console. What was slightly weird was that the wardrobe is located at the far end of the room instead of being near the bathroom.
I really liked the layout of the room and in my opinion it felt a bit like the Hyatt Regency in Orange County where I stayed last time. Even though it was not a full-service hotel since I think room service ends around 10pm or so, the hotel still has an outdoor pool and patio which was closed in winter and a nicely equipped fitness centre that was open 24 hours for guest to use. I think it is great to just let guests enter and use it at any hour of the day using the room access card.
As I mentioned earlier, there was also a snack bar beside the reception at the dining area in the lobby. The small stand sells some medications and travel necessities too in case travellers forget to bring theirs. Thus as expected do not expect free toothbrushes when staying at Hyatt Place hotels.
Since the hotel is actually located in the outskirts of town, there was not much to see at night but the morning view from the room was quite nice with a vantage view of the mountains surrounding Salt Lake City. The beautiful morning also made it extra special!
Many of the guests staying in this hotel are skiers or snowboarders heading to the surrounding ski resorts for the day and many were up early so the dining room was quite crowded. Breakfast is complimentary for all guests and the hotel was quite generous as well with a buffet featuring hot skillet items like egg muffins, pancakes, donuts, bagels and fruits. There was also cereals and yogurt for the normal quick breakfast. Beverages like tea, coffee and juices were also prepared on the counter.
For a night stay that costs me just US$80+ after taxes, it was very good value for money since breakfast was covered and compared to ski lodge stays that would otherwise cost around US$250+ per night, I think the Hyatt Place Cottonwood provides an excellent lodging for skiers and snowboarders looking to hit the slopes around Salt Lake City. On this stay I also discovered that Hyatt actually created a decent lodging option for budget-conscious travellers with the Hyatt Place brand. Sadly for the second night I would be moving to another Hyatt Place closer to downtown since the rates were lower. The Hyatt Place Cottonwood was asking slightly more so I moved since I figured I would also take the opportunity to explore the city. An interesting note to end this review is that Salt Lake City is home to 3 different Hyatt Place properties, with another one being located in a district called Sandy. The interesting point to note was that Hyatt Place Cottonwood and Hyatt Place Sandy both are located along the ski bus route operated by Utah’s public transit system while the downtown Hyatt Place was located further away from the route. This factor made me lean towards the Hyatt Place located at Sandy and Cottonwood if your first priority is to ski/snowboard in Salt Lake City.