After wrapping up our visit with our friend who lived in Pasadena, we opted to stay near the airport for our last night in town. Prior experience had taught us that though it was great to stay out in Pasadena/Arcadia/Monrovia, when it was time to catch our flights if we stayed there then we had to get up earlier. This was our first time to stay near the airport before a flight home and I think it’s a practice we will continue.
Arranging our stay like this let us not worry about when our flights left as the hotel has an airport shuttle so my friend could return the car convenient to her flight and I didn’t have to get to the airport two hours earlier than I really needed.
We’d stayed in a Hyatt Place once before (though not this one) so I had a good idea of what to expect and this property lived up to my expectations. We were welcomed at the front desk and promptly given keys to our room. The staff members were friendly and went over the details about the airport shuttle – I did need a reservation even though it was free – and briefed us on breakfast.
We took the elevator to our room and found just what we expected: a small living area with a sleeper sofa, two queen beds and a bathroom. The beds were comfortable and there were several pillows on each bed. A central nightstand had outlets for our electronics.
A flat-screen TV was across from the beds though we didn’t turn it on. A wardrobe was provided for hanging clothes and there were a few drawers available if needed.
The bathroom had a sliding opaque glass door and plenty of light. The vanity was tall, which we liked, and had room for our toiletries. The shampoo, conditioner and soap were Barney Kenet brand. The soap was a small bar instead of a liquid, which seems a little wasteful, especially for folks on a one-night stay. At least with shower gel I can take the rest of it with me.
Breakfast was included and had quite a good selection of fruit, pastries, cereal, yogurt, etc. Juice, water and coffee were available as well. There was plenty here to tide me over until lunch.
Unfortunately my friend missed breakfast as she had an early flight. But we were so close to the airport that even after returning her rental car she was able to get on an even earlier flight and get home even earlier.
While this is not the cheapest option near the airport that offers a shuttle and breakfast, we chose the Hyatt Place because of a Hyatt promotion which awarded bonus points after our first stay. The small upcharge was definitely worth it as we’ll redeem those points for a much more expensive property somewhere in the future.
We would definitely be open to staying here again next time we’re in the area.