Last Friday, we kicked off our Weekends in Philly series with a visit to the Please Touch Museum, an overnight visit to the Hyatt Regency Penn’s Landing, and breakfast at Keating’s River Grille (inside the Hyatt Regency.) We’ll tell you more about the Please Touch Museum later, for now we want to tell you about our stay in a Hyatt Regency Penn’s Landing VIP suite.
This was our first stay in a suite so one of the first things I noticed was the sheer size of the space. I was impressed. My son loved the room too, so much so he wrote the Hyatt Regency a letter. (Watch his reading of it here.) The suite features your standard size hotel room with double beds, but then connects to a larger room. No tripping over your stuff or each other, with the suite there’s enough room to be comfortable. You can put the kids to bed at a normal time, without forcing yourself into an early bedtime, and still have a space to stay up late and socialize with your husband.
Our main room included:
- 2 Hyatt Grand Beds™
- iHome stereo with iPod dock
- A large flat-screen television
- A closet/dresser
- A large bathroom with a standard size tub
- Two phones, one at the nightstand, the other in the bathroom.
The adjoining room/ VIP suite features
- An L-shaped couch, large enough to seat your family comfortably while watching a show or playing a game.
- A separate large flat-screen television with plug-n-play consoles for accessible Wi-Fi Internet connectivity
- A closet/dresser
- A bathroom with a shower stall. (Nice benefit if you have several people who need to get ready at the same time.)
- A wet bar/kitchenette area with a full-size refrigerator, microwave, sink, cabinets, and countertop. (Pick up some cereal, milk, and lunch items for your visit and you’ll cut down on some of your meal expenses.)
- A stereo system hidden in the cabinetry. (Again, when the kids go to bed, put on some music, order up some room service, and have a date night with your loved one without leaving your room.)
- A balcony
Click here for a virtual tour of our room on YouTube.
Our check-in went smoothly. Katie checked us in and quietly told me about the pool, just in case my boys didn’t have their swimsuits packed. I love that the pool is open from 6 am till midnight. Families can get in a swim before starting their day or at the end of their day. When we had a problem with our room keys, Katie quickly took care of it by sending a bell hop to us with new keys. After all, who wants to go back down to the lobby with their kids and luggage just to get new keys. I appreciate the extra service to help us avoid a hassle.
Later that night, I had another opportunity to experience great service. When I called down to the concierge to check my messages I was greeted by name. It was such a pleasant surprise that it caught me off guard. When was the last time a business greeted you by name? It was another sign of great customer service and why I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing for your family’s stay in Philadelphia.
What you should know if you stay at the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing
- Plan ahead for your meals. Unfortunately, our dinner plans fell through and I was scrambling for a place where I could have dinner with my boys. Here are some options you can consider.
- Eat in the hotel restaurant, Keating’s River Grille (Read our review by clicking on the highlighted text.)
- Make a reservation at Dave & Busters in Penn’s Landing, also on Columbus Blvd. (Our review will be available soon.)
- Visit Philly.com for a list of restaurants within walking or driving distance. (To access most restaurants by foot you will need to cross over some busy roadways so be prepared if you plan to walk. Consider the distance your children can walk and allow yourself extra time for getting there.)
- Bring food with you and take advantage of the refrigerator and microwave and create your own meal. (Minifridges are standard in all room, but not all rooms will have a microwave. If this is important to you make sure you request that when you make your reservation.)
- There are some fine dining options along Columbus Boulevard.
- If you plan to watch the television in your room
- You can watch most standard tv channels and some movies at no additional charge.
- On Demand children movies start at $3.99. For example, a 24 minute episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse was $3.99.
- You can purchase 2 hours of On Demand games for an additional charge.
- If you plan to swim at the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing pool.
- It’s a square-shape pool that runs from 3 1/2 to 4 feet.
- It’s open from 6 am till midnight. It’s an added perk I love. Many hotels close their pools early in the evening leaving families with limited options for entertaining the kids at night. By being open late, families can play at their favorite attractions and then come back to the Hyatt Regency to swim at night.
- If you are traveling with babies or toddlers, guests can make use of the hotel’s baby friendly amenities including Pack n’ Play cribs as well as babysitting services upon request.
- Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing does have their own parking garage. You may choose to self-park or valet park. There is an additional fee for parking but that can be added to your hotel charges.
- Room Rates may vary so it’s best to check the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing site for rates and availability.
To view our pictures from the Hyatt Regency Penn’s Landing visit our Facebook Gallery.
To watch our videos from the Hyatt Regency Penn’s Landing visit our YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/jerseyfamilyfun.