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Philadelphia Hyatt Bellevue Review of the Renovated King Room

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Philadelphia Hyatt at the Bellevue
The Philadelphia Hyatt at the Bellevue and XIX Ninetten restaurant

What do you do when your hotel points are about to expire?  For me, I booked a room at the Philadelphia Hyatt at the Bellevue for an overnight staycation (locals just say the Bellevue Hotel).  As part of my year-end review of miles, points and credit cards, I realized that I had a free stay award as part of my Hyatt credit card annual fee. It was good for category 1-4 and I tried in vain to use it in New York when I attended the NY Times Travel Show and decided to cancel the credit card as the benefit did not outweigh the annual cost.  There are no hotels in New York City in those categories.  So with less than a week until the free night expired, I figured why not stay in Philadelphia, meet a friend for dinner and then avoid the drive home by staying at the Hyatt.

When I went to book the hotel, the photos did give me pause as the décor was so very outdated.  I also read that the hotel was undergoing renovations every day of the week with times listed when work would begin and end.  So I took my chance and booked my award night online.

Location

The location at Broad & Walnut is perfect to wander up Walnut to shop, or up Market to City Hall or down Walnut toward the Historic Area (Liberty Bell, Independence Park, Constitution Center, etc.).  If you are attending a sporting event or concert in Philly at the many stadiums, the Broad Street subway entrance is right outside the hotel.  Also outside the hotel is a Philly favorite, Wawa!  Wawa is our go to convenience store for coffee, hoagies (you might call them subs but please don’t) and everything else you need to keep your stomach happy. If you ask a Philly person what they miss while traveling or if they’ve moved out of the area -the answer is usually Wawa!

Wawa at Broad & Walnut
Wawa is a Philadelphia institution – the Broad & Walnut location is perfect

Arrival

I parked in the adjacent parking garage that I know all too well having visited the Shops (and Spa) at the Bellevue for most of my adult life. The shops include Teuscher Chocolates (yum!), Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller, a food court in the basement, a Williams Sonoma and The Palm Steakhouse. The overnight parking fee would be $32 so I parked on my own rather than pay more for valet. I just had an overnight bag so didn’t need any help.

XIX Nineteen at the Philly Hyatt Bellevue
XIX Nineteen restaurant at the Philly Hyatt Bellevue

Lobby

I’m familiar with the lobby of the historic building built in 1904 as the Bellevue Stratford.  The look and feel is hard to escape given the buildings’ history – the large windows, grand ballroom and incredible architecture both inside and out.  I was instantly welcomed and I asked for “a renovated room if possible”.  A king room was found on the 17th floor (room 1734) and I was given a hotel sheet with all pertinent information (restaurant times, room service times, gym, etc.) as well as a coupon for the Spa at the Bellevue in the lower level.

Philadelphia Hyatt at the Bellevue Lobby
The impressive lobby at the Philadelphia Hyatt at the Bellevue
Philadelphia Hyatt at the Bellevue Lobby
The lobby at the Philadelphia Hyatt at the Bellevue

My Renovated King Room

The lobby elevators serve all floors up to the restaurant XIX Nineteen.  I exited on the 17th floor and did a bit of a wander as my room was hidden around the corner in what could be connecting rooms if the master doors are shut. The brown and crème décor with a pop of color from the prints on the wall was a big change from the old décor.

Renovations at the Philly Hyatt at the Bellevue
Old vs. New at the Philadelphia Hyatt at the Bellevue
Philadelphia Hyatt at the Bellevue renovated hallway
Updated hallway at the Philadelphia Hyatt at the Bellevue
Philly Hyatt Bellevue Theatre prints
Highlighting the local historic theatre art sheets

When I opened the door I was immediately in the room (no hallway) which is a bit disconcerting but the massively high ceilings and windows were quite welcoming.  The room could use some art over the bed in my opinion.

Philadelphia Hyatt at the Bellevue Renovated King Room
The renovated King Room at the Philadelphia Hyatt at the Bellevue – needs a bit of art over the bed and I needed better lighting for the photos

 

Philly Hyatt Bellevue 17th Floor Map
I’m not here – the map shows me in the wrong place! Great to see connecting rooms thought and room sizes

The room had two chairs, a table, a flat screen on the wall and a two free bottle of water along with the in room coffee maker supplied with Starbucks coffee.

Philly Hyatt Bellevue Seating
Renovated seating in the Hyatt Bellevue King Room
Philly Hyatt Bellevue Seat
Bedside seating at the Hyatt if you want to take that conference call and work
Room Amenities Philly Hyatt Bellevue
Room amenities at the Philadelphia  Hyatt at the Bellevue
Philly Hyatt Bellevue in room amenities
Two free bottles of water, in room safe, coffee maker, etc.

 

You could tell the closet was original and they had no idea how to use it but to keep it the same – I think in NYC this could qualify as a bedroom (ok, kidding).  It was big with an ironing board, iron and lots of room.

Philly Hyatt Bellevue Closet
The large closet at the Philly Hyatt Bellevue

The Renovated Bathroom

The bathroom is small but functional with the newly renovated walk in shower and the nicely appointed amenities in the ladder like furniture piece. The hairdryer was easy to find under the open sink.  The toiletries were ok.

Renovated Philadelphia Hyatt at the Bellevue bathroom
Renovated bathroom at the Philadelphia Hyatt at the Bellevue 
Philly Hyatt Bellevue Toiletries
The Hyatt toiletries

A View of Philly

The windows open (signs of an older hotel) and were covered not with a room darkening shade or curtains but by shutters. I had a good view of the sunset over the city and later the nighttime lights in the buildings.  My shutters didn’t quite fully shut so I had light in the room during the night (I reported to the front desk to address).

Philly Hyatt Bellevue view
Room view of Philly through the shutters at the Hyatt
Philadelphia Hyatt at the Bellevue sunset view
Sunset in Philly view from the Philadelphia Hyatt at the Bellevue

The Restaurant – XIX Nineteen

I’ve dined in XIX Nineteen many times over the years, attended many events here and love the hidden bar with fireplace.  The service has always been good as has the food.  For breakfast, I asked my server if I should get the “healthy eggs” or the “sinful buttermilk pancakes” – she replied “go with the sin” and I was quite happy to indulge in the pancakes ($12).

XIX Nineteen Breakfast on Saturday in Philadelphia Hyatt at the Bellevue
The domed XIX Nineteen space where breakfast is served at the Philadelphia Hyatt at the Bellevue 
XIX Nineteen view at the Hyatt Bellevue
View from XIX Nineteen at breakfast in the Hyatt at the Bellevue
XIX Nineteen pancakes at the Hyatt Bellevue
I got the sin for breakfast! The buttermilk pancakes with walnuts and bananas

The Sporting Club at the Bellevue

Free access to the Sporting Club at the Bellevue is a FANTASTIC benefit of your stay at the Philadelphia Hyatt at the Bellevue. Members are locals and include some famous Philly folks in the massive 93,000 sq ft space.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to use the facilities which include a gym, indoor running track, basketball court, pools and many other options.  I’ve tours the facilities before and was very impressed – you could spend all day here and never leave the hotel building.

Philly Hyatt Bellevue Apples
Apples at the lobby check in desk

Renovations

The renovations are still ongoing so make sure to request a “renovated room”, it appears that the common spaces will be done last. I believe all work is scheduled to be completed in April 2016.

Hyatt Bellevue rugs
Rug Wars – old vs. new at the Hyatt at the Bellevue
Old decor at the Hyatt Bellevue Philadelphia
The old elevator bank decoration at the Hyatt at the Bellevue

Overall Impression of the Philadelphia Hyatt at the Bellevue

For a quick one night staycation, the renovated Philadelphia Hyatt at the Bellevue was perfect.  It’s a four star hotel with friendly five star service (Philly doesn’t really have any five star hotels yet in my opinion).  The weekends are quite busy at the hotel with many weddings (the ballroom is gorgeous) and private parties. Despite being quite crowded, I heard no noise and slept great, that alone puts the hotel on my good list. It was my first stay at the hotel but won’t be my last as I enjoy a good staycation and playing tourist in my own town of Philadelphia.

XIX Nineteen dining table
The downside to dining alone – the place setting across the table at XIX Nineteen

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