I’m still pretty shaken up from witnessing the almost-drowning of a toddler in the hotel pool yesterday. I dreamt about it all last night and just can’t get the incident out of my head.
So I’m going to write about something more lighthearted to try to shift my focus and re-center. One thing that has given us a lot of enjoyment during this vacation has been the Regency Club Lounge here at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells. This lounge is awesome.
We have lounge access because of Josh’s Hyatt Diamond status, which he initially got through a Diamond Trial. We are going to do our very best to maintain his status (we need 25 stays this year!) because the perks and benefits are very valuable to us as a family. Luckily Josh does rack up 10-15 nights a year for work, but we have definitely become very loyal to Hyatt as a family so that we can keep this great thing going.
The best part of the lounge (at least to us fog-dipped San Francisco folks) is the open-air patio, where you can enjoy spectacular views as you sip cold beverages and nibble on snacks. This is also a fantastic place for kids to be kids.
Here is Josh striking a pose on the patio:
The interior of the lounge is also spacious and comfortable, with many tables and a couple of sofas as well.
The lounge itself is open pretty much all day long. They serve continental breakfast from 6:30 am – 10:00 am. We were really surprised by the selection and variety offered. There were pastries, meats and cheeses, a hot selection such as mini croissant sandwiches, cereal and yogurt, fruit, a bagel bar with both traditional slices of lox as well as huge chunks of smoked salmon, oatmeal, juice, coffee and tea.
Somehow most of the breakfast photos I took got deleted from my camera (grr!) but here is a bagel shot:
Mid-day snacks are served from 11:30-4:00. These are cookies and a fun “mix it up munchies” station complete with cute little cones to hold your mix. I loved this!
The best part was the wall of drinks, which was always available (and complimentary!) This was a wonderful thing in the Palm Springs heat.
Hors d’oeuvres were served from 5:00-8:00 pm. Offerings included a variety of cheeses, salads, and a hot item. Again, I didn’t get any fabulous shots, but here is a teaser.
Appetizers were followed by dessert and coffee from 8:00-9:00 pm. There was cake, cookies, custards, rice krispie treats, mini tarts, and more.
We were lounge regulars, popping in regularly throughout the day. The drink and snack offerings were perfect for keeping our kids happy and hydrated (key to a relaxing and fun vacation). Plus, we saved a ton of money by eating breakfast at the lounge each day, and it was a nice respite from the heat if we just needed a moment in the shade.
I got in trouble when I tried to place an actual dollar value on Hyatt status for my family, but I will say that it really made our stay a lot easier and more relaxing than it would have been otherwise. I HIGHLY recommend this hotel for families. It’s been a fantastic vacation for us.
How about you? Do you get huge value from hotel lounges when you go on vacation, or are they just a nice little extra perk for you?