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Review: Runway Cool at the Grand Hyatt DFW Airport Hotel

My layover on the way to Seoul was not quite long enough to leave the airport so I booked into the Grand Hyatt DFW, considered the best Dallas airport hotel. Truth be told, I’ve actually always wanted to stay in this hotel because I heard it was nice and they have rooms with panoramic views of the airport runway.

The runway rooms are particularly appealing to aviation geeks like me and are worth paying a little extra for, even for only a 10-hour stay.

Grand Hyatt DFW Airport Location

Planes as seen from a runway room at Grand Hyatt DFW, a great Dallas airport hotel.

You need not leave the airport terminal to check-in to the Grand Hyatt DFW if you’re flying carry-on or are not required to collect your bags. Simply hop on the Skylink tram that takes passengers from terminal to terminal. Get off at Terminal D/Grand Hyatt DFW.

The hotel is located in Terminal D, which is dedicated to American Airlines, our domestic carrier of choice.

If for some reason you do need to collect your bags, getting to the hotel is still easy. After baggage claim, exit the terminal to the street and head to the Terminal Link shuttle bus stop. Look for the shuttle that has Grand Hyatt listed on its lighted screen and get on. I landed at Terminal C and it was probably about a 5 minute drive to the hotel. Terminal Link shuttles arrive every five minutes or so.

The reason why I had to collect my bags is because my layover was 12 hours and 10 minutes and it was an international flight. I have been told (double check with your airline) that if a domestic layover is less than 12 hours that you do not need to collect bags.

Checking In to Grand Hyatt DFW

Anyway, it took about a minute to check in. I was handed a key and a bottle of water before promptly heading to the 5th floor. As the hotel lobby is open to the airport, I appreciated that the elevator requires a valid room key to operate.

I get the feeling that staff is used hurried and harried travelers due to this airport location. They handle it well.

Room with A View: The Runway King

Breakfast with a view at Grand Hyatt DFW, a fantastic Dallas airport hotel.

The king runway room is a very good size with a small entry, a large bathroom, desk and a cool little sitting area near the massive exterior windows.

The bed was decently comfortable (not nearly as plush as a Four Seasons bed though) so I slept pretty well. You can hear a little airplane noise but not nearly as much as you’d think. I use earplugs at night so heard absolutely nothing.

I arrived late at night and tired which is why it was all I could to do snap a few iPhone 6 photos before tucking in.

A runway king room at Grand Hyatt DFW, an excellent Dallas airport hotel.

The bathroom is decked out in pretty black marble and was also impressively spacious. It had a rather large shower and separate bathtub.

The lights and shades in the room are operated electronically which is a nice touch. The shades fully block out light from and were a treat to open during sunrise. I was only able to witness about an hour or so of activity on the runways but definitely could have watched more. Things down there seemed to rev up around 7:00 a.m.

I’m telling you, watching the planes taxi, take-off and land is totally zen. I truly wish I would have had more time to sit in the room during daylight to relax.


I ordered room service breakfast using the door hang menu where you tick-off items and hang it on the door the night prior. Since I don’t eat much before to long-haul flights, a simple oatmeal with a hard boiled egg did the trick. I was pleased by the addition of a complimentary small smoothie and thought the oatmeal’s accompaniments were above board. With Illy coffee, my total was $33 including service and tax which is pretty good for a full hotel breakfast, in my experience. Especially with this view. My daughter would have loved this experience.

However, if you are flying internationally with lounge access or have an Admirals Club membership, the Admirals Club in terminal D has a decent continental breakfast with cereal, yogurt, pastries and more. On hindsight, I probably could have ordered a smaller breakfast in the hotel. I also really like the American Express Centurion Lounge at DFW in terminal C.

The hotel also has club level for Grand Hyatt Diamond members that I heard is fantastic in addition to an onsite restaurant and a happening bar.

Checking Out and Checking In to My Flight

I checked out of the hotel within minutes and headed down the escalator directly into the airport. Just down the hall is the American Airlines check-in desks and the TSA security gate. I didn’t have to set foot outside to recheck my bag, grab a ticket and go through security. The process could not have been easier.

Day Rooms at Grand Hyatt DFW

Between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m., you may reserve a day room at Grand Hyatt DFW. This is a great solution for travelers arriving from international locations who might want a quick nap during a long layover, a shower, or to use WiFi in peace. Rates for this start at $89 and you’ll need to call the hotel directly to reserve one.

Hyatt Regency DFW or Grand Hyatt DFW?

Planes as seen from a runway room at Grand Hyatt DFW, a great Dallas airport hotel.

If you want to stay at the Dallas Fort-Worth airport, Hyatt Regency DFW or Grand Hyatt DFW are your closest choices. The Hyatt Regency DFW is typically significantly less expensive than the Grand Hyatt DFW.

If you need to collect your bags, the Terminal Link shuttles pass Hyatt Regency DFW so getting there takes an equal amount of effort. However, unlike Grand Hyatt DFW, you will need to re-board a shuttle to get to the airport no matter which terminal you’re in.

The Grand Hyatt is much more convenient and a nicer hotel but if you’re price sensitive and don’t care about the runway view, you may want to check out the Hyatt Regency.

That being said, I would definitely stay here again because this hotel provides travelers with conveniences to handle long layovers and short stays in Dallas.

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The Grand Hyatt DFW is considered the best Dallas airport hotel for its runway view rooms and amenities.

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