Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport

I’ve lived in Renton for the past 7 years. I’ve never been more excited for a business to open than when I heard we were getting a Hyatt.

Not only is it a nice hotel, but it’s also home to waterfront fine dining. I think people forget that Lake Washington extends to Renton and the view is incredible.

The lobby of the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington Hotel in Renton, WA has a modern Pacific Northwest vibe.
The lobby of the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington Hotel in Renton, WA has a modern Pacific Northwest vibe.

I was so eager to learn more about the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington that I met with Jeff Ouradnik, Hyatt Regency Director of Sales and Marketing and toured the space.

Parents Night Out

The Water's Table at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington Hotel
The Water’s Table is the ultimate date night spot in Renton, WA.

While volunteering with PEPS, I realized that many new parents don’t take overnights away from their babies/toddlers. Most parents noted that they didn’t want to be too far away from their kids.

This is why I think the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington is a gold mine for South Sound parents.

It’s close to home (so you won’t waste precious staycation minutes driving) and yet you’ll feel a world away.

Family Staycation

Boeing bears at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
The market located on the main level has lots of kid-friendly snacks, treats, gift shop items and these adorable Boeing bears!

I also think it’s a great “tester” spot for families who are nervous about traveling with babies or toddlers. Jeff showed me a new option for families.

Basically instead of traditional connected rooms (which they still offer), they have blocks of hotel rooms that have a private entrance.

So, you’d get a key for the main door and then inside, there would be locked doors to two separate rooms.

This would be ideal for families who would like a kids room and a private room for themselves with the option to close both doors.

Additionally, it’s a cool option when traveling with grandparents. It’s like having a guest room in your hotel room.

Jeff also mentioned to me that the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington is now a stop on the Argosy Christmas Ship route!

So, families can check into the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington, hop aboard the Argosy and get the kids immediately into bed once they’ve docked. Then, they can enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Water’s Table.

The Rooms

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
The water view from many of the guest rooms is incredible!

Enjoy complimentary wi-fi in all 347 guestrooms. That’s right, no extra charges to check your email or post a photo of the view on Instagram.

Speaking of views, enjoys the scenery of Lake Washington, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, or the Seattle skyline.

The Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport offers a plush Hyatt Grand Bed™, 65” flat-screen HDTV, and modern work space. Their high-end suites offer the extra luxury of an outdoor terrace.

Guest room at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
The Hyatt Regency Lake Washington offers an open closet concept.

Do you unpack your suitcases when you travel? We don’t. And I have a hard time using those portable luggage racks. Usually, our suitcases end up on the floor by the bed and we trip over it multiple times a day.

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When Jeff showed me this open closet, I thought it was brilliant. What a great way to see what you’ve brought (and make sure you don’t leave hanging clothes behind!)

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington hotel in Renton, WA
The bathrooms are quite spacious with plenty of counter space.

I’m usually disappointed by hotel bathrooms. I was seriously caught off guard with how large the bathroom is at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington.

We usually don’t get double sinks, so I was drooling over the counter space. For those of us who are nursing babies, counter space is crucial for drying pump parts!

The showers feature products from C.O. Bigelow. Instead of tons of little shampoo bottles, hotel staff simply refill large bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash.

The Market at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington

Market at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Southport
These upscale coffee machines regulate the humidity of the coffee!

The Market at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington is open 27/4. Not only can you get coffee but they offer fresh grab-and-go items like gourmet salads and cut-up fruit.

And chilled wine and beer. And pastries from Creme de la Creme (where I got my wedding cake!)

Gift shop at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
The array of Seattle-themed gift shop items was fabulous!

My husband has a saying, “I’ve never met a gift shop I didn’t like.” Even he would be blown away by this hotel market/cafe/gift shop. It’s really well thought out.

There is plenty of seating for families eating breakfast, friends grabbing coffee, and co-workers holding a meeting.

Market at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
This seems like a great way to watch the news while sipping coffee and checking email.

Jeff told me they have been working with local businesses to highlight Pacific Northwest products. I noticed products from Green Lake Jewelry, Sahale Snacks, Seattle Pickle Co, Joe Chocolates, Union Wine Company and more.

They really want to create community partnerships with local shops.

Water’s Table Restaurant

Water's Table at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
I took this photo during the infamous smoke across Washington State, but you can still see the massive view.

I have to mention it again. This VIEW is incredible. There’s not many places to find waterfront dining like this, especially in South Seattle.

They have tables right next to the large windows overlooking Lake Washington. They also have outdoor seating available.

Water's Table at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
Most of the tables inside and outside have views of Lake Washington.

The menu at the Water’s Table is Asian-inspired. Jeff told me the chef had traveled throughout Asia learning from home cooks to get the flavors right. They even offer Chinese congee (or jook) rice porridge for breakfast.

The food is farm to table and features fresh seafood, sushi, dumplings, steak and more. There’s something for everyone.

Water's Table at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
I love this separate entrance to the Water’s Table because it makes it more of a destination restaurant versus a hotel restaurant.

What I personally love about the Water’s Table restaurant is that it has a separate entrance from the hotel. So, for those of us who live nearby, we don’t have to walk through the hotel lobby to get to the restaurant. Instead, we can valet our car and walk in the separate entrance and enjoy the restaurant.

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It’s a great way to have a romantic dinner date without trekking to Downtown Seattle (giving couples time for dessert and saving money on the babysitter.)

Tranquil Waters Boutique Spa

Spa at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
The spa wasn’t 100% set up, so this is a quick shot of one of the treatment rooms.

Even though the Tranquil Waters Boutique Spa isn’t quite open yet, I got a sneak peak. It’s a boutique spa because there are just three rooms. But, as long as you’re in one of those rooms, that’s all that matters.

The spa offers facials, aromatherapy, body wraps, nail care, massage and specialty treatments.

For pregnant mamas on a staycation babymoon, try the Mother-to-Be Harmony Massage that is aimed at relieving tension and improving circulation with a Chinese geranium infused oil.

For couples, they have a Couples Suite for massage treatments. I’m most intrigued by the 80 minute Heaven & Earth Aromatherapy Facial that includes a scalp massage and cooling foot treatment.

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington Pool

Hot tub at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Renton, WA
The Hyatt Regency Lake Washington features the largest hotel hot tub I’ve ever seen!

The ladies locker room was really sleek and featured sinks, lockers, toilets, two showers and a steam room.

Once I entered the pool area, I saw the largest hot tub I’d ever seen before. I mean, there was an island in the middle, making it doughnut shaped.

Pool at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Southport
Saline pool at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington.

There’s also a saline lap pool. I toured before the pool furniture had arrived, but Jeff told me there would be places for people to lounge by the pool.

Those ovals on the back wall are windows to the hallway. I love how private the pool area feels.

Gym

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
The yoga studio offers easy access to the waterfront.

I’m not really a gym person. I usually just walk through them on the way to the hot tub.

However, it’s worth mentioning this yoga room. It’s versatile and at some point, they may offer classes. I’d definitely do a yoga class here.

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
You can’t beat this view while exercising!

The only machines I’ve ever used at a gym are the treadmills. The weather here in the Seattle-area can be a bit wet and chilly (in case you haven’t heard.) Here, guests can stay out of the rain and not sacrifice the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

What’s cool about this set-up is that guests can work out inside the gym and then walk directly outside and do a cool down jog around Coulon park.

Event Space

In my life before kids, I was a special event manager. I even have coordinated a few weddings. So, I was really stoked to see what the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington could offer brides.

I can’t emphasize the view enough. The hotel is just steps away from Lake Washington, which is such an iconic PNW landscape.

It’s also perfect for a travel-inspired wedding location because it’s next to Boeing and you can watch them build airplanes! Had it been built when we got married, we would have seriously considered this venue. Here’s why:

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Wedding guests can drop their car with the valet and pass by a waterfall as they head up the outdoor staircase.

Then, they could grab drinks and find their seats for the ceremony on the patio overlooking Lake Washington.

Cocktail hour would commence a bit further on the patio and then guests would head inside for the reception.

After a night of dancing, everyone could just head right upstairs to their water view rooms.

I used to also coordinate fundraising auctions and the ballroom here would be perfect for auctions and galas. No need to blast tables with sound because it’s evenly disperse in with speakers in the ceiling. There are also screens that wrap around the top portion of 3 walls.

7 Reasons to Make the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington Your Next Staycation

Regency Club Lounge at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
The Regency Club Lounge offers snacks, beverages, a large screen TV, board room table and more.
  1. The View. I just can’t stop talking about the view because it’s stunning. My photos were taken during a major smoke incident across Washington State so they really don’t do it justice.
  2. The Regency Club Lounge. We upgraded to the Club level on a recent stay at a Hyatt in Vancouver, BC and it was the best decision. We stayed at the lounge chatting with friends for hours and hours. The Regency Club Lounge here is the nicest one I’ve seen. I could see throwing a big Seahawks viewing party here.
  3. Tranquil Waters Boutique Spa. I always check hotels to see their spa services. It’s such a great activity for couples or a nice break for Mom.
  4. Water’s Table Restaurant. You don’t have to get in your car to enjoy a romantic waterfront date night. In warmer months, opt to sit outside.
  5. Private Dock. Not only is the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington located steps from the water, but it has a private dock. The dock is private property just for Southport residents and hotel guests.
  6. Huge Hot Tub. It’s the largest hot tub I’ve ever seen at a hotel.
  7. Christmas Ships. The Christmas Ships are a Seattle tradition and it’s so cool that they will dock at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington in 2017.

7 Reasons to Staycation at Seattle's Hyatt Regency Lake Washington

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Marcie writes the family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. When she's not traveling the world, she's home in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.

41 Comments

  1. I always thought a staycation was staying home. This hotel is amazing and far from home even though it is close to where you live. I would love to go there if I am in that part of the country.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Exactly! It’s all a mindset. Even though it’s 5 minutes from my house, staying there for a weekend would be just as recharging as if I drove 3 hours away.

  2. What an awesome looking hotel! That Water’s Table restaurant looks so peaceful! I don’t remember the last time I even went on any type of vacation! 🙁 I’ve always wanted to visit Seattle! Hrmmmm

    • marciecheung Reply

      Please come! Seattle is such a fabulous vacation spot!

  3. This hotel is absolutely beautiful!! I actually grew up in Seattle and am heading back there for a bit in a few weeks… I’ll have to check it out! Plus I’m always being asked by people where to stay when visiting so this was really helpful to read. The view from the restaurant looks to die for and I’d love to see the pool with the furniture. It even looks wonderful without it! Thanks for sharing

    • marciecheung Reply

      Welcome back home! I really like that it’s away from Downtown Seattle so parking/driving isn’t stressful.

  4. I’m in love. You had me at “blue Andriondack chairs.” I wish it was closer to me, I would surely make this a staycation!

  5. Absolutely love that hotel brand. Every time I travel, I try to book it. This one is gorgeous! Thanks for the share! 🙂

    • marciecheung Reply

      Aren’t Hyatts fabulous? I’m hoping they incorporate these amazing features in all their new hotels.

  6. Seattle is on our bucket list this next year to get to. I will have to keep this hotel in mind when we go!

    • marciecheung Reply

      I hope you come visit Seattle! I have lots of posts about kid-friendly things to do here!

  7. the sophia diaries Reply

    omg wow, this totally looks amazing!!!! they did a great job on this!

  8. That’s awesome! It’s the kind of place you want to escape to after a stressful week at work. I could use some time to relax here with my husband! It would be so nice. I love the view of the lake!

  9. Sometimes it’s good to have a staycation, it makes you appreciate your home city anymore. The Hyatt Regency Lake Washington really looks like a wonderful place for any type of guest. I love the bathroom, the 24-hour shop, and of course those views from the restaurant. The spa is dreamy, I could do with a swim now…!

  10. What a beautiful hotel. If we ever make it up that way, we will have to stay there! It looks like a wonderful place to stay and relax.

  11. We always remind people that a vacation doesn’t mean traveling far away and spending a ton of money. This hotel, the view and amenities are perfect to enjoy a staycation. I am happy to see the ‘open closet’ idea is catching on as I’ve seen it in many new and renovated properties and it’s so nice!

  12. This really looks the start if a great concept to hotels. The design in here is amazing and I loved how they catered for short stay guests by including those suitcase racks. wonderful space overall.

  13. I often tell my husband that we don’t have to go far to enjoy ourselves. This hotel looks beautiful, especially with the dining room view.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Exactly. Plus, you can limit your drive time and have longer to relax!

  14. This is the best place for relaxation. And everything you need is just right there. I would love to be in that Water’s Table Restaurant with a book or my laptop. I could stay there a bit longer…

  15. Oh, that view is incredible. I could just sit by the window and watch the water go by. I also love the clean, modern decor of the hotel it works will with the location.

  16. I’ve always wanted to go to Seattle! I will have to keep this beautiful Hyatt on my radar for when we finally get there one day!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Isn’t Washington such a fun place to visit?

  17. Sounds and looks really lovely. I would love to have a stay here. I love Washington and would love to visit!

    • marciecheung Reply

      You should! It’s very peaceful and the location is handy to head to Bellevue or Downtown Seattle!

  18. This Hyatt Regency Lake Washington is absolutely perfect for staycation in Seattle. Views from the Water’s Table Restaurant is incredible. The rooms and facilities of this staycation are perfect. I will always opt for this kind of staycation.

  19. it’s really fantastic idea for new parents to enjoy a staycation at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington. From your experience, it seems like a perfect place for new parents who don’t want to be too far away from their kids. Even though I don’t have kids but I would love to stay here.

  20. Wait, what? How have I never known about this? I’m a platinum Hyatt rewards member and I stay at Hyatt’s all over the world AND I have family in Seattle so I visit frequently (but don’t stay with them since they don’t have space). This hotel looks gorgeous. I love the views of the lake. I’m definitely staying here next time, THANKS!

    • marciecheung Reply

      It JUST opened! I hope you can check it out next time you visit Seattle!

  21. This looks like the perfect place to go and relax. I have been in desperate need of a good staycation lately. School has started but it’s unique because I have my cousins! Way different ballgame than my own kids for a few weeks.

  22. This Hyatt location is beautiful! I love the pop of blue found in the interior design and the over aesthetic. What a great waterfront view from the Water’s Table Restaurant! This is my first time hearing about Southport, but I will definitely look into the Hyatt if I ever find myself in the area.

  23. this looks absolutely lovely! I can not stop looking at your Hyatt hotel, SO stunning. I love how they designed it

  24. Love the blog! Will definitely use in the future when I go back to traveling (just had a baby so trips are postponed) lol!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Congrats on your baby! Hopefully you will be up for another adventure in no time!

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