Over the course of any given week, a sea of information flows across my desk, computer, and phone. Bits of info wash up onto the shore of my bulletin board and lie scattered across my desk in the form of scraps of paper, pink post-its, and pages ripped from magazines.
I’ve decided to gather and sort some of these tidbits into a cohesive, weekly post titled “Five Things You Need To Know This Friday.” Each post will dip into a certain topic, highlighting a few facts that can enhance your travel experience in a small – but hopefully a meaningful or important – way.
My thought is that while anyone can spend a few moments to look up this information for themselves, it’s always nice to have it at your fingertips or neatly organized in the back of your mind for future reference. Of course, I will have a section here on the blog as well.
Hope you enjoy!
5 Things You Need To Know This Friday – Hyatt “Pure” Rooms
I’ve been in Denver for the past couple of days, visiting the House of Miles (more on that soon!). It was just a quick overnight trip, and since I needed a Hyatt stay, I booked a night at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center.
I was traveling with my friend Hottie (my current Southwest companion).
We were thrilled that the hotel had booked us into a suite. Woo hoo! Unfortunately, the bedroom only had one King bed, which normally wouldn’t have been a problem (we’ve been friends since fourth grade and are slumber party veterans). However, Hottie has a down and feather allergy, and unless one of us slept on the pull-out sofabed, or both of us used foam pillows on the bed, she was staring down a hospital-grade asthma attack.
Since none of the above options was attractive in the slightest, we called the front desk and asked if there were any other rooms available. While they didn’t have any suites, they were happy to move us to a room with two double beds. Fine.
However, once we settled into the room, we realized that it was actually a Hyatt Pure Room. Have you stayed in one of these before? While I’m sure that they can be a blessing for some people, our experience was a pretty mixed bag.
If I had known then what I know now, I would have gone through the trouble to switch rooms again. Here’s why:
1. Your bed will not have a fluffy down comforter.
We found this out the hard way. We were already in our pajamas, each getting ready to snuggle under the covers of our own cozy beds, read a couple magazines and call it a night. There was snow on the ground outside, I was cold, and I was looking forward to a warm down comforter.
Imagine my surprise when I pulled back the covers and realized that the only blanket on the bed was a thin cotton one.
Like, one of these:
When we called down to ask for more blankets, they brought up two more. Of these. They wouldn’t bring down comforters into the room. We decided to just deal with it, and I ended up insulating myself on all sides with all the extra pillows on the bed and layering my jacket on top for good measure. Sorry I don’t have a photo – it would have been a classic.
2. Your bed will not have down pillows. Or, it might.
The reason they had moved us into this room was that Hottie has a down and feather allergy. She was happy to find a foam pillow on her bed…but not so happy that it was right alongside two feather pillows.
My bed had a mix of pillows as well. Luckily, her allergy is not so severe that we couldn’t just switch the pillows around on the beds, but it seems that consistency would be a nice touch here.
3. Your amenities will be fragrance-free.
Hyatt’s Pure rooms feature KenetMD fragrance-free amenities.
I wasn’t in love with these, but Hottie liked the shampoo. Apparently other people are fans:
Of course, YMMW.
4. There will be an air purifier in the room.
For me, this was a fantastic addition, because it’s like a white noise machine.
Hottie didn’t like it as much – it kept her awake.
5. If you specifically book a Pure room, you will pay $20-$30 more per night.
Knowledge is power.
There are a few things to note when you stay in a Hyatt Pure room. While some people may not notice or be affected by the changes at all, if any of the features listed above are important to you, take note so you can select the room that best suits your needs.
Have you stayed in a Hyatt Pure room before? What did you think?