A Tale of Two Hyatt Regencys: Los Angeles and San Francisco International Airports – Hotel Review

Good views of runways and airport operations are essential for a great stay at an airport hotel, such as at the Hyatt Regency at SFO.

By Jonathan Spira on 20 January 2017
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Recently, my travel schedule was such that it made sense to stay at an airport hotel – usually not my first choice of location unless it’s directly on airport property with tarmac and ops view. For this reason, I found myself at Hyatt Regency hotels in San Francisco and Los Angeles within a few weeks of each other.

The Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport is in nearby Burlingame, which was a strategic location for me as my meetings took me to both Silicon Valley and downtown San Francisco. Meanwhile, the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport takes pride in being the hotel closest to LAX (there are no on-airport property hotels). They were recently renovated and, while having two different personalities, they both offered a wide range of services and amenities. I also found the hotel staff in both to be exemplary.

Hyatt Regency hotels take pride in offering guests everything from classic hotel restaurants and bars to technology that works to convenient locations and both the SFO and LAX properties did quite well in these respects.

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Planes flying by your window are also a feature of some airport hotels, this one at LAX.

The first Hyatt Regency I came to visit was at LAX following my JetBlue Mint launch flight from Boston. The flight had an early arrival at 11 a.m. local time and I was at the Hyatt by 12:15, after picking up my car, a Volkswagen Passat, for the duration of my visit. I pulled up to the main entrance – the lobby was still under construction due to the renovation turning it into a Hyatt Regency – and was warmly welcomed by a bellman, who offered to assist with luggage (not necessary) and valet park my car (necessary).

My second Hyatt Regency came a few weeks later at the tail end of a mileage run. For this trip I had a Lexus ES300h and a similar welcome was waiting for me at the Hyatt Regency SFO.

In both cases, check-in formalities were quick and I was soon settled in my room in the respective hotels.

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