When I choose a non-luxury hotel such as a Hampton Inn, Fairfield Inn, or Hyatt Place or House, I do it for convenience to a destination, factoring in price, reputation and my relationship with the hotel brand.
A family event brought me to North Scottsdale, Arizona last week. I chose to stay at the Hyatt House North Scottsdale. My sisters had reservations at a different brand hotel nearby, but changed their plans so we could all stay at one location. It worked out very well.
The Hyatt House North Scottsdale is one of those hotels which includes both a Hyatt House and a Hyatt Place. I believe the rooms are different, but the guests share all of the other aspects of the hotel, such as front desk, fitness center, pool and breakfast facilities.
The hotel is a category 3 World of Hyatt Hotel (12,000 points per night). The weekend I was there, it was fully booked and the price of rooms was nearly $300 per night. I paid for my room with Hyatt points. One sister transferred her Chase Ultimate Reward points to Hyatt to pay for her room, and I used my points for the other sister (Hyatt Guest of Honor booking).
The hotel is located within walking distance of a mall with a number of restaurants. We arrived after 10pm when all the restaurants were already closed, so we picked up food from In-N-Out about a mile away (YAY!!).
The hotel is new and modern and clean. The first floor has many seating areas, a business area, a bar area, as well as a spacious breakfast seating area, that can be used for gathering at other times of the day. For warmer days, there is also outdoor seating.
When I checked in, the room I was assigned was a single room on the second floor with two queen beds and a kitchen area.
The room with two queen beds was fine, but I would prefer a king bed and a suite. So, I went back to the front desk and asked if there might be a room or suite with one king bed instead of two queen beds. In fact, there was a suite with one king bed available. Although the suite isn’t much larger than the single room, we were much happier with the set up of the suite.
Most of the toiletries were by KennetMD, but the shampoo was by Anyah, a brand I hadn’t seen before.
Breakfast is almost back to pre-pandemic, except the hot course was pre-packaged (scrambled eggs, potatoes and bacon one day, sausage the next). The coffee was good (as always). There was the usual spread of juices, yogurts, cereals, bagels, etc. I’m not a huge fan of traditional Hyatt House/Hyatt Place breakfasts, but it was fine. The food was fresh, there was available seating, and the areas were clean.
This is the Fitness Center:
All in all, it was a good family weekend. Our choice of hotel was based on proximity to the family events and we all enjoyed our stay. After the weekend, it was time to go to a resort so Dave and I spent two nights at the Andaz Scottsdale (review to follow).