The next 2 nights in Salt Lake City would bring me downtown and because the rates for Hyatt Place Cottonwood jumped to above US$100 after the first night which was at US$79.20. Surprisingly rates at the Hyatt Place Downtown located beside ‘The Gateway’ shopping complex was at US$79.20 for the dates I was looking. Since I had rented a car anyway, I decided to move hotels where I would stay closer to downtown. For the downtown property, parking was chargeable at $10 per night, which was in a gated lot just behind the hotel. It was acceptable but considering parking was free in some other downtown hotel properties, I thought it was not a good deal.
With the hotel located along the N 400 W Street between North and South Temple Road, it was not exactly prime downtown space, but it was convenient for those attending events at the EnergySolutions Arena or leisure travellers as it was located beside a large outdoor shopping complex with lots of entertainment facilities too! I spent half an afternoon at the shopping complex during my stay here and it was also easy to access other parts of downtown via the TRAX system.
This property has got to be one of the earliest Hyatt Place hotels ever built but the lobby was very inviting and bright in the day. Like the Cottonwood property, the reception lobby flows to the breakfast and bar dining area. There was also a bar and snack counter beside the reception desk for guests to purchase bottled water and other daily necessities. As usual, the front desk agent introduced me to the concept of free wifi and breakfast for all guests and welcomed me back as a Hyatt Diamond member. I was assigned a corner room on the sixth floor that offered views of the Utah State Capitol and I would say it was considered one of the better views. However the disadvantage would be that it is slightly more noisy with the TRAX light rail that might operate early in the morning.
Room No: 0601 Category: Standard King
Upon entering the room, there was a foyer with the bathroom on the right. The bathroom layout was unique in that the wash basin and the vanity counter was outside with carpeted floors along with the wardrobe. The walk-in shower cubicle and toilet is inside a separate room. This layout would probably make it easier for families to get ready in the morning by taking turns. However my first impressions was definitely below average due to the dim lighting of the bathroom itself and how the carpeting looks dirty. Another thing was that the swivelling glass wardrobe was in need of maintenance as it did not function as well as I would have liked. Just based on the state of the room, I highly recommend the Hyatt Place Cottonwood compared to this downtown property.
Beyond the foyer lies a standard work desk and chair and a L-shaped sofa with a sofa-table. The flat screen TV is mounted on a swivelling platform that allows viewing from both the sofa and the bed. This is the same layout that I experienced in Hyatt the Pike in Long Beach, CA. and I thought it was an ingenuous design for a hotel room since I do enjoy watching a bit of TV before turning in for the night.
The king bed was a little bit softer than I would like it to be and it just gives that ‘sinking’ feeling when one jumps into the bed. My guess is that Hyatt Place probably uses a lower quality of beds that results in the beds losing its ‘springiness’ very quickly.
For breakfast, the dishes served were more or less similar to other Hyatt Places with the usual milk and juices, cereals, donuts and fruits (bananas, apples and cut grapefruits). The skillet choices was changed on the second day from sausage muffins to scrambled eggs and sausages. At least there was some variety but otherwise a predictable and standard breakfast fare in Hyatt Places.
Other amenities in the lobby level of the hotel includes a computer desk for printing of flight itinerary as well as a fitness centre at the end of the hotel.
From a value standpoint of view, the Hyatt Place in Downtown Salt Lake City served as a feasible losing option especially when one needs to head to downtown for business. However since I was in Salt Lake City for snowboarding, I would definitely choose to stay at the Hyatt Place Cottonwood which features newer rooms and brighter bathrooms. Another observation was that as a budget option, the quality of furnishings in Hyatt Place does seem to deteriorate faster though it certainly serves its purpose as a place to stay for the night.