On the way to Seoul, my overnight layover 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.
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WHAT I LOVE
- Location in DFW Terminal D (talk about convenient)
- Runway views
- Spacious rooms
- Rooftop pool
- Good food
GOOD TO KNOW
- If you have to collect bags, you’ll need to take TerminalLink shuttle to the hotel
- It would be tough to base an entire Dallas vacation from here
- No in-room coffee or tea
- Despite the runway, the room is pretty quiet (earplugs suggested for light sleepers)
- No way to choose a runway room as you’ll need to select high view
Grand Hyatt DFW Airport Location
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 by the airline to collect your bags.
Simply hop onto 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 that 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 the staff is used to hurried and harried travelers due to this airport location. They handle it well.
Room with A View: The Runway King
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 smartphone photos before tucking in.
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 operate electronically which is a nice touch. The shades fully block out light 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 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.
Grand Hyatt DFW Food
I ordered room service breakfast using the door hang menu that you tick-off items and hang it on the door the night prior.
Since I don’t eat much before to long-haul flights, 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 for one with this view. My daughter would have loved this experience.
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 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 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?
If you want a Dallas Fort-Worth airport hotel, 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.
Grand Hyatt DFW 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 DFW.
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.
Have you stayed at Grand Hyatt DFW?
Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).
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