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Hyatt Regency Bellevue: Still Going Strong After 30 Years



The Hyatt Regency Bellevue on Seattle’s Eastside marks 30 years in operation this year, and in the hospitality sphere that’s no flash in the pan—that’s half as long as the Hyatt brand itself.

The architecture of the place is certainly emblematic of the era that spawned it. It’s nestled into the large mixed-use development that dominates Bellevue’s downtown core, and the lobby is, in big bold strokes, the office atrium-cum-shopping mall that tended to dominate the design scene of the late 1980s. It’s an airy, grand space with lots of natural light that brightens the space even in the midst of a dreary day.

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Even with oodles of space and plenty of foot traffic, the guest service desks and public seating areas dedicated to the hotel are tucked away into quieter corners so the bustle melts away the closer one gets to the elevators and guest floors. It’s achieved a difficult feat, managing to feel at once vibrant and energetic while at the same time welcoming and cozy.

Food is something Hyatt does exceptionally well, and this property has plenty of great dining options. The breakfast restaurant, Eques, is the only outlet that’s owned and operated by the hotel itself, but it turns out dishes that draw heavily on Northwest seafood and other locally sourced and foraged ingredients—like benedicts topped with crab or smoked salmon and bread from local favorite Macrina Bakery.

In the evenings, carnivores can enjoy the swanky Daniel’s Broiler for USDA Prime Steak and seafood (there’s also one at the brand new Hyatt Regency Seattle across the lake) plus a rooftop deck for dining and cocktails, but genuine fans of the local culinary scene will step into the 13 Coins.

The half-century-old 24 hour hash temple is famous for a vibe that hasn’t changed much over the decades—it’s still an old school dining room with high backed tufted booths and swivel chairs at the bar, warm brown leather and copper accents, and a menu stocked with throwback favorites ranging from steaks and seafood to sandwiches and egg-based diner fare.

To work off that grub, there’s an expansive fitness room and indoor swimming pool. They’re down a corridor and a set of stairs from the main building, but chilled towels and a water cooler await workout fiends, and the pool is regulation size for lap swimmers.

Guest rooms are recently updated with new interior furnishings and are as wired as any modern day business traveler would expect. There are views to be had in all directions: Mt. Rainier to the south, the Olympics and the city of Seattle to the west, the Cascades to the east and the cities of Bellevue and Kirkland to the north. Guests booking Regency Club accommodations (or who have access via their World of Hyatt membership) will find a well-stocked club room for rather lavish hot breakfasts and afternoon social hours, complete with an outdoor deck for taking in the views.

The Takeaway

Still going strong after 30 years, this Hyatt Regency hits all the brand notes, with a grandiose urban panache that is equal parts cosmopolitan glitz and local color.

The Math

I’ve seen rates from around $170 plus tax.

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Views for days from guest rooms or the Regency Club lounge are sure to attract viewers.


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Good to Know

Parking is free in the hotel’s underground garage on the weekends.

The hotel is attached to several blocks worth of development via sky bridges. Check with the hotel staff before setting out on a rainy day—there might just be an indoor path to your destination.

13 Coins does offer the option to pickup orders for guests charging to their room—good for an in-room nosh after room service closes for the evening.

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Three Sandos Resorts Ideal for Family Vacations



While most Sandos Hotels & Resorts properties are already family-friendly, the brand is particularly proud of three of its resorts that are truly exceptional when it comes to creating incredible getaways for the entire family. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that each of its all-inclusive resorts sits upon some of the most breathtaking beaches to be found throughout Spain and Mexico.

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort

At Sandos Caracol Eco Resort, resort designers wisely asked themselves the question “Why should kids have all the fun?” when it comes to exciting, fun, refreshing water park adventures. Tucked away amid the magical Mayan jungle, a water park awaits guests of all ages, so kids and adults can enjoy the aquatic experience together!

And, of course, entry is included in your rate of stay. A total of 29 exhilarating water slides promise to get the adrenaline going as you zoom downward at full speed before splashing into the cool waters of the pool.

While popular, the water park isn’t Sandos Caracol’s only kid-friendly attraction. Amid the lush jungle, there’s also an animal farm filled with various exotic species that are native to the surrounding Riviera Maya region, where kids can learn about and interact with fascinating creatures.

The plentiful landscape also affords almost endless eco-activities just outside the resort, such as cool, crystal-clear freshwater cenotes where you can float as turtles swim beneath you and monkeys swing through the treetops overhead.

PHOTO: Biking at Sandos Caracol Eco Resort. (photo via Sandos Hotels & Resorts)

Sandos Playacar

At Sandos Playacar, also located on the stunning white sands of Mexico’s Riviera Maya region (this time in Playa del Carmen), an absolute wealth of family-focused amenities awaits guests as soon as they arrive on property.

The resort’s newly-designed family pool area, mere steps from the beach, incorporates a delightful children’s water park, infinity pool and oceanfront snack bar. The whole family can relax together thanks to different age-appropriate elements combined in one location. There’s also a full program of fun and activities designed for pool and beach play.

When the adults do want some time to themselves, the Kids Club stands ready to entertain and care for guests from four to twelve years old with a full day’s worth of supervised, fun activities. There’s even the Lite Teen Club for the older youngsters (thirteen through seventeen), offering video and arcade games, air hockey, pool tables, a dance floor, non-alcoholic bar and nightly themed parties, where guests can mingle and meet new friends their age.

Near the center of the resort, a nine-hole miniature golf course holds the potential to pit adults against kids in a friendly competition, as guests attempt to putt their way through the quirky paths and tricky inclines, declines and ball-mazes that make the game so much fun!

All the while, tropical birds, butterflies and swaying branches dance about overhead. After dinner, an evening filled with live entertainment for the whole family awaits, as the Gran Plaza outdoor stage comes alive with captivating performances.

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PHOTO: Family dining at Sandos Playacar Beach Resort, Mexico. (photo via Sandos Hotels & Resorts)

Sandos San Blas Eco Resort

Finally, Sandos San Blas Eco Resort offers a singular experience on breathtaking Tenerife island, one of the Spanish-owned Canary Islands off the coast of Northern Africa. The five-star resort is immediately adjacent to the San Blas Environmental Reserve and is the perfect choice for a family vacation that blends relaxation and recreation with nature. Here, families can come together while embarking on activities and adventures that can be found nowhere else.

The onsite lake is ideal for kayaking or canoeing, while the beach also offers adventurous guests kayaking, paddle-boarding and snorkeling options, as well as scuba-diving organized through the in-house dive center.

The incredible, subtropical San Blas Environmental Reserve provides excellent mountain biking, jogging or trekking routes, opportunities for outdoor walk-and-yoga sessions or observing the landscape under star-filled skies. Or, simply set out upon an exploration as a family of the island’s untouched natural wilderness and discover its unique flora and fauna.

The resort itself boasts eight swimming pools—five freshwater and three saltwater pools, two of which are great for kids. There are also activities designed especially for kids, with daily schedules featuring treasure hunts, face painting, pool games, video games and arts and crafts, among others.

Teens, meanwhile, can take part in activities best suited to older minors, such as climbing, kayaking, football, sand-soccer, badminton, pool games and more.

For the adults, two distinct golf courses, Amarilla Golf and Golf del Sur, both Atlantic Ocean-adjacent, offer challenging courses set amid spectacular scenery. Golf del Sur boasts three competition courses, featuring volcanic black-sand bunkers, massive greens and two trying water hazards. Amarilla Golf’s eighteen holes are set amid a gorgeous landscape situated beside the ocean, boasting beautiful native flora that’s being preserved thanks to its Biosphere Golf certification.

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