Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi Review

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Maldivian Sea Plane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
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Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

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Hyatt Capital Gate checkin

We arrived by taxi and were welcomed by the bellmen.  We were assisted with our luggage and brought up to the lobby level.

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Hyatt Capital Gate lobby

The lobby was very grandiose and pretty for a Hyatt.  I didnt have grand expectations but the opening impression of the hotel was very nice. You could tell everything was new, clean and in immaculate condition.

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Hyatt Capital Gate lobby seating

There was plenty of lobby seating and some tables with refreshments. There were three front desk agents and all three were busy assisting people when we arrived. Another agent cam out of the back room and asked they we have a seat and offered a refreshment while we waited. A short 2-3 minutes later the agent came back to check us in.  He was from Japan and noticed we had previously stayed at the Andaz Tokyo and was excited we had visited his home country.

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Hyatt Capital Gate lobby

After checkin we were on our way to our room.  Upon entering the room we noticed the strong smell of smoke.  I called down to the front desk even before our bags arrived to tell them of the issue and to see if we could be moved.

Below are a few pics of the first room:

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Hyatt Capital Gate room

Our second room was much nicer. It had no foul odor and was slightly large while at the same time having a slightly lesser view.

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Hyatt Capital Gate

The bed was big and comfy. They also brought in a complimentary crib for our baby shortly after arriving.

The complimentary wifi was nice and plenty fast for our casual web browsing and email checking.

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Hyatt Capital Gate room keys

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The floor plan

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Hyatt Capital Gate bathroom

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Hyatt Capital Gate bathroom

There was a large tub and a nice shower with waterfall shower head.

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Hyatt Capital Gate bathroom

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Hyatt Capital Gate bathroom

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Hyatt Capital Gate bathroom

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Hyatt Capital Gate room closet

My wife was starving and instead of going back out in the heat and trying to find somewhere to eat with the baby it was more convienent for us to simply order room service.

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Hyatt Capital Gate room service

I think I ordered a steak sandwich and a pizza to share and my wife had some pesto pasta with a side of fries.   We also tried some dessert which we forgot the name of which was different but good. I think our total for the meal was around $75.

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Pesto pasta

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Dessert

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Pizza

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Steak sandwich

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Room entrance

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The hallways at the Hyatt Capital Gate

ROOM WALKTHROUGH BELOW:

 

Overall this was a very comfortable stay.  We would have no problem returning here in the future.  We arrived around 1pm and departed around 6:30am the following day so we didn’t have a lot of time to experience everything. In our limited time however the hotel was perfect for our short stay.

PointsPinnacle Breakdown

I ended redeeming my annual category 4 Hyatt free night certificate that comes with me holding the credit card.

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Email confirmation showing FREE NIGHT PROMOTION

The cash price for our one night stay would have been $109 plus tax/per night.

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Cash price for our night
Let me know if any questions or comments!

 


 

 

Hyatt Place El Segundo Review

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O’ahu 2016: Introduction
Hyatt Place El Segundo
Four Seasons O’ahu at Ko Olina
Pearl Harbor Memorial
Makapuu Point Lighthouse
Polynesian Cultural Center’s- Ha: Breath of Life Show
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Hyatt Place El Segundo

After a 5-10 minute or so drive we were dropped off at the Hyatt Place El Segundo by a shuttle bus driver.  The property runs multiple shuttles through 105 Parking. There was a momentary wait to check in due to other guests ahead of us in line.  We were greeted and checked in promptly and the front desk agent explained the complimentary breakfast starts at 6am.

Design wise I thought the hotel appeared to be in good shape overall and was welcoming at first appearance.

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Hyatt Place El Segundo lobby area

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Hyatt Place El Segundo seating area

Just off the lobby is the business center which consisted of three Continue reading

Trip Report: Australia (part 16) Park Hyatt Sydney

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Introduction
British Airways First Class Lounge O’Hare
Cathay Pacific First Class ORD-HKG
Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui
Cathay Pacific’s The Wing First Class Lounge HKG
Cathay Pacific Regional Business Class HKG-KUL
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Around Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge KUL
Malaysia Airlines Business Class KUL-MEL
Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne
Australia Open Day One (2nd round of tourney)
Around Melbourne
Great Ocean Road Excursion
Australian Open Day Two (4th round of tourney)
Park Hyatt Sydney
Sydney Opera House Tour
Bondi Beach
Qantas Domestic Business Lounge SYD
Qantas Domestic Business Class SYD-BNE
Qantas Business Class BNE-LAX
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Park Hyatt Sydney

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Park Hyatt Sydney exterior

We arrived in Sydney on Jan 26th which is Australia Day. It is a big national holiday down under and so the hotel staff was in communication with me via email a few days prior to our arrival.  The reason for the correspondence is that many of the roads were going to be blockaded due to holiday events and parades.  In fact guests that were checking out the morning of Australia Day where accommodated on a boat and shuttled over to the other side of the harbour.   I found the pro-activeness of the staff to be great in this regard. There were temporary road closures in the Rocks and Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour but they were to be completed around 12noon. We were slated to check in closer to 1pm. Continue reading

Trip Report: Australia (part 7) Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

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Introduction
British Airways First Class Lounge O’Hare
Cathay Pacific First Class ORD-HKG
Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui
Cathay Pacific’s The Wing First Class Lounge HKG
Cathay Pacific Regional Business Class HKG-KUL
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Around Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge KUL
Malaysia Airlines Business Class KUL-MEL
Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne
Australia Open Day One (2nd round of tourney)
Around Melbourne
Great Ocean Road Excursion
Australian Open Day Two (4th round of tourney)
Park Hyatt Sydney
Sydney Opera House Tour
Bondi Beach
Qantas Domestic Business Lounge SYD
Qantas Domestic Business Class SYD-BNE
Qantas Business Class BNE-LAX
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Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

We took a long cab ride from the Kuala Lumpur airport (about $30) to the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur.  We were were greeted enthusiastically and the bellmen were eager to grab our bags so I let them take over however keeping my backpack on me. We were escorted into the ground level lobby and into the elevators to the 39th floor lobby.  Once we go to the top we were escorted over to the checkin desk and introduced to our agent and the bellman let us know our bags would be up shortly and was on his way.  I was impressed with the top floor lobby as it affords guests checking in amazing views of the Petronas Towers.

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Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

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Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur entrance lobby

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Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur concierge desk

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Views from the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur top floor lobby

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Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur lobby

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Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur checkin desk

Once they received all of my information they informed me that we would be Continue reading

Trip Report: Australia (part 4) Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui

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Introduction
British Airways First Class Lounge O’Hare
Cathay Pacific First Class ORD-HKG
Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui
Cathay Pacific’s The Wing First Class Lounge HKG
Cathay Pacific Regional Business Class HKG-KUL
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Around Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge KUL
Malaysia Airlines Business Class KUL-MEL
Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne
Australia Open Day One (2nd round of tourney)
Around Melbourne
Great Ocean Road Excursion
Australian Open Day Two (4th round of tourney)
Park Hyatt Sydney
Sydney Opera House Tour
Bondi Beach
Qantas Domestic Business Lounge SYD
Qantas Domestic Business Class SYD-BNE
Qantas Business Class BNE-LAX
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Hyatt Regency Hong Kong

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Hyatt Regency Hong Kong exterior

We arrived in Kowloon on Hong Kong’s super convenient Airport Express.  We departed at the Kowloon Station stop to hop the free airport shuttle bus to drop us off at the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui.  Our bus route has a total of 6 stops (meaning five other hotel stops) and we were the 2nd or 3rd stop.  We arrived at the underground entrance where we were greeted promptly by the bell staff and the offered to grab our carryon’s but I declined the offer.  We were directed to take the elevator up to the lobby to get checked in.

Potential Disaster?

When we were in the elevator my wife asked, “Do I have everything?” Followed by, “Where’s your backpack!!???”  I just then and there realized Continue reading

Trip Report: Paris (part 5) Park Hyatt Paris Vendome


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Introduction
LOT Business Class Chicago to Warsaw
Hotel du Louvre
The Louvre
Park Hyatt Paris
Notre Dame and adding our “lock of love” to a Parisian bridge
Versailles
French Open (day 1)
French Open (day 2)
Radisson Blu Champs Elysees
Arc de Triomphe and Siene river cruise
Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan
Le Eiffel Tower and Sacre Couer
Lunch at Le Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower and other Dining options around Paris
LOT Polish Airlines Economy Class WAW-ORD
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Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome

We had the pleasure of staying at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome for three of our eight nights in Paris.  We actually walked from Hotel du Louvre to this property with all of our luggage as the Hotel du Louvre front desk advised it’s only a 10 minute walk.  In hindsight we both wished we would have just took a cab here but none the less we made it.

When we walked up to the entrance the bell staff jumped into action and welcomed us and grabbed all of our luggage.  We were escorted from the entrance to the front desk where we checked in as normal.  After checkin we were immediately handed off to a staff member that showed us around and told us a bit about the property. He mentioned the times of the restaurants and bars as well as the 24 hour fitness center. We were escorted up to our room on floor two (but button number one on the elevator) and shown around.  He then left his contact info on our room’s notepad in case we needed anything.

I have been fortunate to stay in several “high end” luxury properties and this property fits the bill however it is probably not in my top three or four city hotels that I have stayed in.  However, we enjoyed our room and found the bathroom to be large for the basic level room we had. A unique aspect of the bathroom is that it has a sink right in the shower stall. The bed was large and comfortable and we had a nice view out to the front of the property entrance.  The closet was large which was nice so we could put all of our bags out of sight.  At the time of checkin I was a Hyatt Platinum member so I didn’t get free breakfast and I wasn’t going to pay $150 for breakfast so we didn’t eat at this property at all.  There are so many options in Paris I didn’t mind skipping eating here.  The property does however have a great dining option named PUR which might be a nice splurge for a special dinner.

I will say that this is an impressive hotel and that it has been blogged about a lot so I wasn’t sure if it was going to live up to the hype or not. While I do feel its slightly overhyped (in the bloggershpere community)it is no doubt an excellent property.

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Park Hyatt Paris exterior sign

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Room closet

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Room closet

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Trip Report: Paris (part 3) Hotel du Louvre

 


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Introduction
LOT Business Class Chicago to Warsaw
Hotel du Louvre
The Louvre
Park Hyatt Paris
Notre Dame and add our “lock of love” to a Parisian bridge
Versailles
French Open (day 1)
French Open (day 2)
Radisson Blu Champs Elysees
Arc de Triomphe and Siene river cruise
Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan
Le Eiffel Tower and Sacre Couer
Lunch at Le Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower and other Dining options around Paris
LOT Polish Airlines Economy Class WAW-ORD
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Hotel du Louvre

Our first night in Paris was spent as guests of the Hotel du Louvre.  I needed to add this night to our trip since I found the LOT business class flight one day before our originally planned flight.  I had one Hyatt free night certificate left from my Chase Hyatt credit card and the Park Hyatt wasn’t available for this Sunday night stay so I went for this property instead.

We got off the train (metro) from the airport and the metro exit is pretty much right behind this property.  This was nice as we didn’t have to lug our luggage far at all.  The location of this hotel is super!  It is directly next to the Louvre and is close to numerous other attractions.  The exterior is old and grand like pretty much all of Paris.

We checked in with no issues and in fact the front desk agent was very courteous and spoke very good English!  He advised us that we were upgraded due to my Platinum status (from having the Chase Hyatt credit card).  He asked us if we needed help with our bags which we declined.  I was needing to get on the hotel wifi right away to iMessage (text) my step sister who happened to be in Paris on this night and we were meeting for dinner. He helped me log in right away from the front desk after he checked us into the system.

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Hotel du Louvre exterior

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Hotel sign

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Hotel entry

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Trip Report: Kauai 2012 (part 9) Grand Hyatt Kauai

 

Intro & United economy plus Chicago to Lihue
Sheraton Kauai resort and spa
Waimea Canyon
St. Regis Princeville
Kayaking to Secret Falls
Queensbath and Hideaway Beach
Hiking Kalalau Trail
Napali coast boat ride
Grand Hyatt Kauai
Westin Princeville
Food and Drink of Kauai
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FLASHBACK TRIP REPORT!

Grand Hyatt Kauai

After several days on the north side of Kauai we went back to the south side to stay two nights at the Grand Hyatt Kauai in Poipo.  Unfortunately we both got food poisoning the day we arrived at the property-bad!!   Just about our entire two days here were spent in the bed or in the bathroom! When we arrived we did get to enjoy the property for a few hours. We went to the beach for a while and grabbed some lunch.  We also scheduled and paid for a Luau at the property (which was refunded since we got sick when it started).

We did walk the entire grounds of the property and got to see the amazing landscaping.  They do a great job with the pools and the greenery. The pools are huge and there are several of them which intertwine through a big portion of the property.

Our room was a pool view room and was nice.  The room was somewhat basic and the bathroom seemed slightly refreshed which was nice. There was also a lanai/patio which was nice however slightly small.

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View from our room

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The patio/lanai

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The room-got to catch the end of the Packer game
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Trip Report: Maui (part 2) Andaz Maui

 

Index

Introduction
-Andaz Maui
Road to Hana
Mt. Haleakala and the bike ride down/Snorkeling Molokini
Westin Ka’anapali
Food and Drink of Maui
Conclusion

The Andaz Maui at Wailea

We stayed 5 nights at the Andaz Maui over Thanksgiving and early December.  Overall this is a great property! We really enjoyed our time here. I am writing this about a month after we checked out in January in Wisconsin and I wish I was at the Andaz right now!

The staff was generally very young and upbeat and willing to help in anyway possible. Every reasonable request was granted. They were full of smiles and always wanting to help or give advice. They were very proactive. Two specific examples were Experience Manager Dahvii and concierge Jill S!  Dahvii not only showed us personally around the entire property (while our room was being prepared) but also was nice enough to tell us about some things going on around the island. There was a “white party” at another establishment and he was cool enough to give us his cell phone and offered us a spot on the party bus if we wanted to go! That is going above and beyond Davii so thank you. Also the concierge Jill was top notch. She gave us plenty of advice and book some activities for us but also offered her cell phone number in case we get lost around the island.

The hotel was only about 2-3 months old when we visited and everything was immaculate. The hard product was great and the location spectacular! You get amazing sunsets most nights and the hotel is in walking distance of many other attractions. We walked to the Shops of Wailea a few times and also walked to dinner at Monkeypod.  The beaches were pristine and the pools (all 3+ of them were amazing). They also hosted a GM meet and greet one evening with free cocktails (a sort of alcoholic punch) in the lobby. We made sure to get 2-3 of these while available. The lobby and common areas are great. The workout facilities were great-plenty of machines and water and towels.

Our room was nice. Not very large but plenty for 2 people. The bathroom is very nice and the views are superb. Every room appears to have a lanai or balcony. The glass doors to the patio just about completely slide open to really open up the room to the outside. The only downside to that in our room was we were right off the lobby and there was little privacy. The TV can be completely tilted off the wall if you want to watch TV in bed. At first I thought it tilted slightly but it can be in fact pulled away from the wall. The shower only had an overhead or waterfall shower which I love but my spouse was disappointed as she would have to get her hair wet every time she showered. There was no tub in our room but I understand suites have a tub. I was not given a suite as a Diamond member nor did I push it when I saw our view. I also assumed they were operating close to capacity on/around Thanksgiving holiday.

Opportunities for improvement would include:

  • When we walked into the lobby to “check in” we were not greeted by anyone initially and kind of stood around waiting or wondering how to check in since there is no official front desk. We were not given leis at any point of our stay!! If this was my first time in Hawaii I may have been disappointed or if I was a female I may have been disappointed while seeing others given a lei. Not quite the welcome I had envisioned.
  • At lunch we were not given napkins with our meal.
  • A “local” family and friends were at the pool and let their kids totally take over the hot tub. The kids were in and out, playing, EATING, and even went in with their sandals on. A staff member should have said something. Im fine with kids messing around in the actual pool but not the one and only hot tub.

Entrance and Lobby

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