Imagine getting away to a beautiful amenity-laden hotel with impressive Pacific Northwest luxury décor, a fine-dining restaurant, waking up to a lake view with eagles fishing for breakfast. Oh and you can watch the news on a 65 inch flat-screen TV. Not far from I-5 or Sea-Tac Airport, Seattle Southport is a new upscale waterfront development, which is home to lake-view condos and small shops and adjacent to a city park. This was the destination for my getaway at the stunning Hyatt Regency Lake Washington.
Southport, part of the town of Renton, is close to both Seattle and Bellevue. The architectural beauty of this development combined with the natural beauty of Lake Washington, is a major reason why business meetings, weddings as well as individuals and families find the Southport’s Hyatt Regency Lake Washington a perfect location. Upon completion, the Southport campus will feature four restaurants and additional first floor retail space.
Beauty and Convenience of Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
While the 347-room Hyatt Regency Lake Washington is new and beautiful, the attention to detail lies in service and convenience as well. Each morning I left my 11th-floor lake view and had a hot breakfast in the second floor Hyatt Regency Club. The club is a place where you can relax, watch a game, read the paper and enjoy self-service snacks and beverages all day. For breakfast, they served steaming hot oatmeal, fresh-cut fruit, and varied hot breakfast items—all with a view of the lake.
While conferences proceeded in the immense meeting rooms on the first floor, I spent my time exploring the Seattle waterfront (a half hour away), walked the pathways through the adjacent Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, and sat in the warm sun on a comfortable lounge chair on the hotel’s dock. The dock is available to boaters who want to tie up and have a meal at Water’s Table, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant.
I was intrigued by the activities at the Boeing plant next door to the hotel. Huge green airliners were lined up while workers, during the day, put the finishing touches on the interior. Boeing has a large presence in the area, along with a number of other high-tech firms. Much of the newer sleekly modern office buildings, restaurants, and shopping is due to the influx of professionals from around the world to work on these campuses.
Dining at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
One evening I had the pleasure of dining at Waters’ Table, the fine dining restaurant at the Hyatt Regency. As I settled at my table with a view, I enjoyed watching families walking on the lakeside promenade below. After work boaters and personal watercraft entertained me on the lake. I sipped on a local Washington wine and perused the decidedly Asian and Pacific Northwest menu. The restaurant, decorated in neutral colors with interesting fabrics and textures, surrounded an open bar and featured an attached patio for al fresco dining.
The waitress explained to me that the Asian influence on the creative menu was due, in part, to the preferences of the Chinese co-owner of the waterfront development.
That evening I enjoyed the excellent and beautifully plated Campbell River salmon with Walla Walla onion juniper soubise, sautéed pea vines, and garlic morels—very farm to table. After a light dessert, I joined the people walking the pathways outside waiting for the sunset and enjoying the view of the lake with the city of Seattle in the distance.
Upscale Amenities at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
Sunset comes rather late during Pacific Northwest summers. So, I eventually retired to my multi-windowed room to watch the clouds form and the sun as it set.
Rooms at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington truly are retreats. All 347 offer the plush Hyatt Grand Bed™ which are extremely comfortable, 65” flat-screen HDTV, and ample workspace. Their high-end suites offer the extra luxury of an outdoor terrace. After a day of hiking, kayaking, or wine tasting, you can experience a perfect Pacific Northwest escape. My room was on a corner and so had views from windows on two walls. I could see activities on the lake as well as views Bird Island at Coulon Beach Park. The small reserve, a result of a habitat restoration project, is home to the eagles that soar over the lake.
My visit to the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington was all too short. I noticed the beautiful indoor pool and onsite spa, a must-do for another visit. A stay at the hotel includes complimentary access to the 2,900 sq. ft. Stay-Fit fitness center featuring a dedicated yoga room, steam room, the saline pool, whirlpool, massage and spa services on request, and strength training and cardiovascular equipment.
As I walked through the first-floor hallway from the parking garage, I read about enhancements coming to the development. If you have been to the Seattle area lately you know about the traffic, so I was pleased to see that water taxi routes across the lake are planned for less than two years. The development looked like an ideal work-live-play environment featuring the waterfront of beautiful Lake Washington.
When You Go to the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
The hotel is dog-friendly (under 40 pounds) and, with the city park next door, would be an ideal place for a family retreat. While I chose to self-park in the garage, they have valet parking service at the front door.
The hotel is located at 1053 Lake Washington Boulevard North, Renton, Washington 98056 and you can call 425.203.1234 for more information or visit online at lakewashington.regency.hyatt.com.
The Hyatt Regency Lake Washington provided an enjoyable waterfront retreat in an otherwise bustling urban area. If you are mindful of workday traffic patterns, you can actually get to some of the Seattle area attractions in a half hour or less. Be sure to check out Wander for more about what to do when you Travel Washington.
Note: As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with accommodations and a meal for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.