First Look: Brand New Hyatt Regency LAX, Impressed!

During a layover at LAX last week, I was invited to take a tour of the almost complete room renovations at The Concourse Hotel. The property will become the Hyatt Regency LAX once all renovations are completed. The big question is when that will be…I was told not to quote anyone, but it does not seem like they will meet the rumored end of February time frame that’s been reported. Based on my observations, I think late March or early April is a bit more realistic.


Elevator Lobby and Hallway


16th Floor Elevator Lobby

Elevator Lobby

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Motion sensor lights that brighten when approaching.

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Table & Vases

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Artwork — Reminds me of Saved By the Bell for some reason.

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Hallway


King Room


Sofa

Sofa — Note: Rooms with two beds wont have a sofa.

Bed

Bed — Airport lighting inspired artwork.

Table & Chairs

Table & Chairs

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TV — I forgot to ask but I think its probably a 50″.

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Bar & Fridge

Shower

Shower — Cool barn door type track

Shower

Shower

Toliet

Sink — Note: KenetMD products

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The Office

I’m having technical difficulties with the closet picture but it’s just a standard closet with safe, the one in the Junior Suite below is similar.


Junior Suite


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Few Random Thoughts


I really enjoyed my stay. I was on the 5th floor in a old and tired room that screamed Radisson (the previous branding of the hotel), though it was perfectly adequate until the renovated floors are completed. What really stood out was the staff. Everyone was very friendly, talkative, and eager to help.

After being cooped up in a plane all day, I decided to walk and get some “fresh air” between Terminal 4 and the hotel. T4 is the furthest terminal from the hotel and it took me around 20 minutes door-to-door. The path you take is somewhat confusing and its a bit like a real Frogger game crossing some of the busy roads. They also have a very dependable free shuttle fleet that makes pick ups quite often if you are the less adventurous type.

Here is a walking map (mad MS Paint skills) if you want to make the trek:

Click for a larger picture.

For the Diamonds out there (probably everyone now that Hyatt granted status like candy late last year), there will be no lounge for quite some time as construction is still being planned.

The hotel had amazing soundproofing, you will literally forget the airport is directly across the street.

The breakfast buffet was closed so I ordered off the menu. For an airport hotel they had some unusual and tasty choices. Food came out in a respectable amount of time.


Adam S. is a contributor to Point Me to the Plane, former airline captain and now corporate pilot. He is also a huge astronomy geek.

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    • September you will be good to go. You may want to add in the notes section of your reservation for the highest floor available. Once they get these rooms online the bottom floors to floor 5 will be renovated next. You will want to be as far away from the construction as possible. Also you may want to note if you want a view towards the airport, my personal favorite or a room towards downtown which is pretty at night.

      Have a fun trip down under!

  1. The rooms look very nice! I remember seeing the outside of that hotel last month and thinking how awful it looked. Also, you were very brave to make that trek on foot!

    • Thanks for the comment. I didn’t pay too much attention to the outside but it looks like they were re-stuccoing the building and starting to paint it grey with white trim which is a always a classy and timeless look. You’re right though they have a long way to go on the outside.

  2. As a datapoint for those who don’t care about earning elite nights, you can book this with Hotwire on their hot rates for $115 a night for weekdays. It can be had for as low as $70’s on Priceline Name Your Own Price (check Better Bidding Dot Com for strategies). Once the remodel is finally complete this will most likely increase.

    Hyatt.com pricing is $229 weekdays/$149 weekends for this month.

    • Thanks for the datapoint and tips. My room was $119 with Costco discount for a one night Saturday stay. I have seen it as low as $90 on Hyatt’s website listed as a rack rate.

      It will be interesting to see how much the price jumps when the renovated rooms come online.

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