My experience with most airport hotels is that I am going to be there for a night so I don’t get too excited. A nice exception to that dull level of excitement is the Hyatt Regency at Los Angeles International Airport. The hotel is recently renovated and is as attractive as it is functional. It was a pleasant surprise.
The recently renovated hotel has all of the amenities that you’d come to expect at a 580 room hotel that includes 23 deluxe suites. As we toured the hotel we got a chance to see the larger suites and if I was coming here with my family I would definitely reserve one of those to keep the kids off in their own space while in the room. The hotel has a fairly large swimming pool that is not sixty steps from the hotel elevator. It was a warm 80o day in LA but the pool wasn’t crowded in the least. It was lined with clean, comfortable lounges, umbrellas, and plenty of space to stake out a lounge or two under a large shade umbrella away from the other guests that were there that day. Even though it is steps from the elevator you will still need your room key to access the pool. The Hyatt Regency LAX also includes a Hyatt Regency Club on the upper floor for Hyatt members. The club is also available to non-members for $50 and if I was still travelling for work I would make use of the Hyatt Club every trip. It is really a great place to relax and have a drink and a few snacks while catching up on emails on your laptop or to catch up on sports on the TV. The hotel also has a great, newly renovated gym on the upper floor. It has new weight machine stations for your legs, abs, and arms with different machines working different muscles in each group as well as free weights. For those in it for the cardio the treadmills are lining the windows so that you have a great view of the airport or a view those fantastic Southern California sunsets depending on when you hit the gym. It is not a huge gym but it has everything that I would need to keep up on my P90X workouts away from home.
The location of the hotel is about a block from the first gate at LAX. If you were flying Southwest you’d probably be better off walking to the gate than you would taking a shuttle or a taxi, that is if you don’t have a dozen bags. The walk to the gate is literally half of the time it would take to load up on a shuttle, wait in traffic, wade through hundreds of travelers on dozens of cars fighting for the same space at the gate, and then unload at the gate. Other gates might get a break from the shuttle time. If you are going away for an extended trip and are parking your car at LAX then you’d benefit from the Quik Park garage behind the hotel and from the fact that they share the same shuttles to and from the hotel.
The rooms are colorful, a little artsy, and completely sound proof. I love mid-century modern design so I was partial to the big white orb-shaped hanging lights in the room; I literally smiled when I first caught a glimpse of them as I opened the door to my room. I was staying in a room on the 11th floor and I could see planes on approach when my curtains were open but the sound didn’t accompany the visual as the soundproofing did its job. I loved the view that the room had, as I could see the lights from the airport, the landing strips and all of the cars in the distance but being the plane geek I was able to see the planes well enough to photograph them and I could even make out the plane numbers on most planes before nightfall. Even though you are right in the flight plan of jumbo jets on approach you will not be woken by one let alone even notice that one is flying by unless you’re looking out the window. The sound proofing adds to the relaxing feeling once you are inside your room. I watched a rental movie on the large 55” LCD TV and was not disturbed by planes, taxis honking or buses rumbling by. It was quite enjoyable. The bathroom was updated with a nice modern sink, mirror and lighting but since it is just an update of a bathroom in a hotel that was built in the early sixties the bathroom is not a large modern bathroom that you’d find in a hotel built since the turn of the century. Size aside, the bathroom is nice and fit the bill to clean up and get ready for a night out or to get ready for a flight the next morning. If you are travelling with your family you may have to schedule bathroom time since you and your better half let alone your kids would not be able to clean up all at the same time.
Aside from the pleasant rooms the food at the hotel was amazing. I was able to enjoy a bigger selection of the food served at the hotel than most travelers would during a typical one-night-stay at an airport hotel as I was invited along with Gemma Touchstone as part of a blogger and social media event to let travel writers know about the completion of a $75 million renovation on the hotel. There was a blogger meet and greet with a complete collection of the variety of dishes served at unity latm with each dish better than the last. I was able to try out a sampling at the daytime blogger event at the hotel and everything that I had from the barbeque ribs to the sushi to the tacos was top notch. I was honestly enjoying everything and would be lying to you if I said that I didn’t return for seconds of everything. It was that good. But you’d expect that the food was the best that the hotel had to offer at a blogger event so after the event and changing our clothes in the room Gemma and I went down to sample what all of the other hotel guests get to eat at the main restaurant unity latm and it didn’t disappoint. The Latin-Asian inspired dishes at the restaurant were just as good as the blogger event. Later after watching a movie in the room we went to the 24/7 market-grill on the first floor and slit a chicken Panini sandwich which was pretty darn good. We topped the night off with a brownie and lemon tart and walked it off walking the property before heading off to bed.
All in all I would come back here again. I have stayed at several of the Airport hotels that surround LAX and enjoyed my stay at this one the most. The service was good, the food was great, and the décor is quite pleasing. I also love the location, in addition to being close to terminal one that hotel is right next to the famous LAX sign and I did sneak out to shoot a few Instagram shots of the sign for posting. I can’t say anything bad about the hotel and will fondly remember it as a pleasant stay and more than anything that is what I expect from a nice hotel.