Arriving back at San Francisco after a short domestic flight from Seattle at night, I picked up my rental car and stayed overnight at the Hyatt Place Sacramento/Roseville which is a suburban hotel just off I-80 highway northeast of Sacramento. The hotel is conveniently located along the way towards Lake Tahoe from Sacramento so it made sense to stay there for the night before proceeding on the way the next morning since the price was much lower than a ski resort full service hotel.
Parking is free in the hotel as I parked my car, grabbed my hand carry luggage to check in at the deserted lobby since it was already past midnight when I arrived. The entrance lobby looks quite similar to another Hyatt Place that I have been to, and this makes it familiar but boring at the same time.
The hotel’s reception desk is a slight right after entering the lobby and resembles a minimart cashier with several necessities for sale below the counter. Check-in was just a matter of passing my credit card for verification and the security deposit while the front desk agent handed me the key. She did explain about the breakfast time served at the lobby and bid me a pleasant stay at the end.
Room No: 328 Category: King Bed with Sofa Bed
While there was no mention of an upgrade since I believe most Hyatt Places have only either a choice of King or 2 Queen beds suites, I was provided with a corner suite that overlooks the swimming pool. All the rooms are pretty spacious and would be suitable for families on road trips, especially with the ample parking space that is free for all guests.
Entering the room, there is a small foyer with a minibar and a chest of drawers on the left. A coffee maker and essentials for coffee and tea are provided on the countertop.
On the right of the foyer there is the bathroom vanity that is located outside of the rest of the bathroom. This meant guests sharing the suites could easily prepare even when another is showering. The closet is also located outside of the bathroom across from the vanity.
Inside the bathroom, there is a large walk-in shower cubicle with a sliding plastic door and a toilet. The bathroom was not very brightly lit though and it was not the most comfortable space to shower and do any sort of business in.
Considering Hyatt Places are not full-service hotels, they still manage to have individual bath amenities in tubes for guests, unlike aloft and Four Points which has wall-mounted common amenities. However, the usual shower gel was lacking and in its place is the usual bar soap. Though since I had stayed at a Westin the previous night, I just used those amenities instead. Normally, when I know my itinerary includes aloft/Four Points/Holiday Inns, I tend to bring my own toiletries, and I should add in Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands to this list.
Moving into the bedroom and living area proper, there is a work desk beside the minibar and there was a partition between them. The desk is not exactly large and there might not be a comfortable space to work once the room occupants starts to place their stuff on it. On the plus side, the sofa is large and has an ottoman that doubles up as a coffee table which is quite common in hotels nowadays. The sofa does convert to a bed as well which was why I say it becomes perfect for families travelling together.
Separating the living area and the King size bed was a TV console that has conveniently located power outlets and connectivity ports on the side. There is also an ice bucket and glasses in the console, while the flatscreen TV can then be swivelled to watch the TV from the bed or the sofa. As a lower end hotel, the air conditioning inside the suite was open and placed on the side by the windows. This is common in Holiday Inns and lower end hotels which can be noisy at times. The mattress here was also a bit soft for my liking and the pillows lacking any form of support such that I had to use 2 of them to be comfortable enough to sleep. That means guests should enquire for additional pillows immediately after checking in when more guests are occupying the room.
One economical benefit of staying in a Hyatt Place or Hyatt House is that breakfast is always included along with wireless internet access for all guests. While this may not be an additional benefit for elite status guests, they can be worthwhile for most travellers. Breakfast was setup in the area across from the reception desk with a buffet counter dedicated for Tazo tea and Starbucks coffee. A standard provision for most North American hotels nowadays.
The breakfast in Hyatt Place is quite generous and better than some Club lounges I have been to since it includes hot skillet items like scrambled egg, pancakes, and ham/sausage egg muffins.
Other items on the breakfast buffet was the components that makes up a continental breakfast – toast, muffins, yogurt and prepared fruits slices. All in all, it is not that much different from a McDonald’s breakfast and thus useful for families who can conveniently get breakfast before starting their day.
The hotel has a couple of workstations with a printer beside the reception desk, and a nice spacious lounge to relax in the evening. After all the lounge also functions as a spillover dining area when the seats in the breakfast room is full. Other facilities that the Hyatt Place has is an outdoor pool and jacuzzi. What interests me was this movable seat crane that allows the disabled to use the jacuzzi as well. Not a feature one sees often in many higher end hotels and resorts but seemingly prevalent in lower end hotels along the interstates in North America.
The outdoor pool deck also has plenty of seats under the canopy or sofas by the poolside that should allow guests to enjoy the Californian sunshine.
On the ground floor, guests can also find a 24-hour fitness centre that is not supervised. This space can be accessed using the room key though it has a limited range of equipments. There was a couple of treadmills and cycling machines along with dumb-bells and exercise balls. The space is also kind of small, so not somewhere I would like to exercise.
For this stay, there was absolutely nothing to complain about, as the room was in good condition and feels cleaner than the average Holiday Inn. The price I paid for a night was $109 which is neither expensive nor cheap. With the amenities it was a standard hotel offering, though the quality did leave me somewhat underwhelmed. Probably the age of the property does make this hotel somewhat tired, but if I was heading to Lake Tahoe from San Francisco, I might consider this property again for a stopover especially if I am driving. Though if there are newer lodging options when the time comes, I would rather pick on the newest available property.