We spent a weekend in LA a while back and decided to stay at Hyatt the Pike Long Beach. LA hotels are typically extremely expensive and we liked the idea of being a bit closer to Orange County, so we went with Hyatt the Pike. The hotel is located right in the middle of downtown Long Beach and it's actually pretty much across the street from another Hyatt property, the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, which is older and larger than the Pike.
We arrived at the hotel in the evening and were able to park our rental car out front and unload our stuff. Parking at this hotel is done across the street in a city parking garage, but overnight parking was only $7, so it was actually quite a good deal. Unfortunately, check-in was very slow and the front desk agent didn't seem to know much about what he was doing. He forgot to mention the Diamond amenity, so I had to go back later for that, and overall, it just took far too long to check in. I was actually in the early stages of being very sick and my entire body was aching, so all I wanted to do was check in quickly and efficiently and get upstairs to lie down.
Once we finally got our room key, we headed upstairs where we had a room on the 6th floor. The hallways were dark, but had lighted numbers on all of the doors and were fairly nicely decorated with some playful mirrors and sconces. We had been upgraded slightly but I honestly can't remember if it was to a Deluxe King room or an Executive King room. The room was a good size and had a desk with a minibar to the left and couch right in front when you walked in the room, then to the right was the bedroom area and bathroom. The bedroom had a closet with the safe, an iron and ironing board, and extra bedding. It was all one space and wasn't fully closed off, but the room was nicely divided by a swiveling TV so it could be watched either from the couch or the bed.
The bathroom was gorgeous and bright with gray and white tiles all around and a glass enclosed rain shower. It was one of my favorite parts of the room.
We had a pretty quiet night and got dinner to go from a nearby restaurant because it actually hurt for me to move at this point. Little did I know that the full body aches meant I was in the early stages of a flu and I was scheduled to fly to China for work two days later.
By the next morning, I wasn't as achy, but I started feeling nauseous, so I wasn't very interested in breakfast. As a Diamond, we had $24.50 each to spend at the hotel restaurant, Bay Street Kitchen, so I went along anyway and tried to find something simple to eat. Chris went for the Cinnamon French Toast and I tried (and failed) to eat the Yogurt Parfait. The restaurant was bright and cutely decorated and service was attentive, so it was still a nice space to sit for a little while.
After breakfast, we quickly checked out the rooftop pool, which was small, but deserted so early in the morning. It had a great view and some nice seating available and would have been nice if I was feeling a little bit better.
Overall, the hotel was very nice. It had a bit of a boutique feel to it and it was a good option for our trip. The rooms were quiet and everything was comfortable. Aside from the slight service issue with our check-in taking longer than it should have, everything went smoothly. This hotel is a great option if you're in the area and it has a nicer, more personal feel than the massive Hyatt Regency down the street.
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