Seattle Day 1: Arriving from NYC, Getting Downtown from the Airport, and the Grand Hyatt Seattle.

Mt. Rainer from 15,000 feet. Twenty-minutes from landing in Seattle, WA.

After what was a surprisingly quick 5 hr and 20 minute flight from Newark Airport, I arrived in Seattle at 3:30 PM ready to rock and get to the city. The flight was smooth and sitting in business class surely helped the cause.

Domestically, United business class is usually lacking “game”, but this time the short rib meal I ate was pretty good.  Also, the flight attendant who served the business class area was super nice and accommodating.

The airport is located in Seatac, WA, which is actually 15 miles away from the downtown.  You can pay a $40 or 50 dollar uber to get to your hotel or can save a lot of money and take the light rail.


It was a 10 minute stroll from the terminal through the bridge overpass and signs pointed you in the direction of the light rail. The train ride takes around 40 minutes and gets you from the Seatac station to West Lake station (near the Grand Hyatt that I am staying at) for only $2.50.

Once off the light rail it was a five minute walk to the Grand Hyatt Seattle, my home away from home for the next five days.

At check-in I was greeted by what appeared to be a 16-year old kid behind the reception desk, but he was really eager to help and tried getting me the Elliot Bay room view that I desired. As a Discoverist member with Hyatt I am able to get slight room upgrades, alas it was not the case.

He said that the Elliott Bay rooms were booked for our first two nights, and he could switch the reservation for the last 3 nights. That would of course require packing, unpacking, and having to be in room limbo for a few hours. Thus, it doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

Room Impressions:

The room was relatively large with a king-sized bed on the 20th floor. It was designated a “Traunquilty” floor, meaning families with small children stay on another floor. Yes please!

The view outside shows some of the cities skyscrapers. While it is not a view of the bay, it certainly could be worse.

Overall, I am pleased with the Grand Hyatt. I will talk about how I paid for the hotel in a follow-up post. But I will say that I am a big fan of using credit card points and since getting big into the points and award game a few years ago, have not been unhappy :).

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