It’s not often you get to be (almost) the first person to sleep in a hotel bed and lay your pretty little head on brand new pillows, but that’s what I did last night.
On a former grassy knoll in Anaheim’s hotel-lined street that stretches from the Magic Kingdom to the shops, the Hyatt has built a new Hyatt Place hotel and it opened 2 weeks ago. There are several types of hotels in the Hyatt stable and the Place is all about style and innovation and focusses on the family and business traveller.
You had me at free WiFi!
Let’s start with one of the best features, the free Wifi. This hotel recognises that people need Wifi like they need air. And it’s not just so they can update their Facebook status (although I did that), but clearing email and blogging, is what I need to do every day so to not have to find a nearby MacDonalds where for the price of a coffee they’ll give you Wifi, but to be able to stay in my room and work in my undies, is gold.
The first thing I noticed when I entered my room was just how big it was. I have 2 queen beds in mine, but they come with 1 king and also with bunk beds in family rooms. But what’s very cool is the lounge nook, actually called the Cozy Corner, separated from the boudoir by a little screen of a wall and an L-shaped couch with an ottoman just waiting for me to relax with my morning coffee (a coffee maker is sitting on the desk) or to have a little splash of red of an evening without having to sit ungainly on the bed.
Eating and drinking
They pride themselves on providing everything at your convenience, and that means should you come rolling in at some ungodly hour and have an urge for chicken wings, you can call the kitchen and someone will be waiting. You do have to go down and pick it up though, but hot wings are at your service 24/7.
A buffet breakfast of hot and cold dishes is also free. (Try the French toast with maple syrup!) They have a teeny Starbucks kiosk in the lobby (turn right at the cupcakes) where they whipped me up a mocha frappacino to go.
This hotel is great for people wanting spacious rooms and don’t mind that the shuttle bus will drop you down to Disney – or you could walk.