Last December I took a trip to Amarillo to visit my in-laws and spent a night at the Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport along the way. It’s one of two Hyatt hotels located at DFW, though unlike the Grand Hyatt directly attached to Terminal D, this one is a little older and located on the opposite side, near Terminal C. I had a to walk a bit through the chilly parking garage to reach it.
Despite this, I enjoyed my stay at the hotel. My Diamond status was recognized, and I was upgraded to a junior suite with a view of the runway in case I wanted to watch the runway activity.
But I wasn’t in the room for long, since I went into the city to meet AAdvantage Geek for some BBQ and had an early flight to catch the next morning. (It was also the first flight I’ve ever missed, because I was wandering around looking for a WiFi signal. Fortunately American had two flights to Amarillo right after each other.)
Besides the elite recognition, I thought it was pretty cool that this hotel had a wider array of toiletries than any Hyatt I’ve ever stayed at. In fact, more than any hotel anywhere. There was lip balm and foot lotion and all kinds of stuff I didn’t even know KenetMD made. I think a Rooms Director somewhere got bored and checked one of everything in the supplies catalog. 😉 None of the items in this picture are part of the standard amenity kit.
The room itself was reasonably spacious with a couch, some chairs, and a large bed. I appreciated that it was a large, square room and not some awkwardly shaped corner as many junior suites often are.
The bathroom was also pretty nice for an airport hotel, with some separation between the shower, toilet, and sink. Sometimes breaking up areas is more important than sheer space. I also like that they opted for a large glass pane instead of a shower curtain, though I wasn’t particularly impressed with the towel rack over the toilet.
Breakfast in the restaurant was complimentary per my Diamond status. There’s no Regency Club here, so I was offered a free buffet breakfast plus coffee and juice. Lately I’ve decided I would prefer to order a la carte (which is often cheaper) if only because hotel buffets tend to be very similar and Hyatt properties do a reasonably good job of including some local menu options.
But there wasn’t enough time this morning to place a special request. I ate quickly, grabbed a newspaper for the road, and was soon walking back through the parking garage for the terminal. Had I been able to spend more time, there are several restaurants, a bar, and even a pool. It’s actually quite impressive for an airport hotel.
As I said, there are two Hyatt hotels at DFW, with the Grand Hyatt located on the opposite side and often charging a little bit extra. (I’ve seen the Hyatt Regency go for about $100-120 and the Grand Hyatt for about $120-140.) I’m just starting to fly through DFW more often now that I’ve switched loyalty from United to American and am glad to have some good options.
I’ll have my review of the Grand Hyatt up later this week, and while it is a much newer property, the Hyatt Regency is still a place I’d go back to. I thought the service was better during my stay, and the location can be more convenient if you know you’ll be near that terminal (as I did, since I would be taking a regional jet in the morning).