The Hyatt Regency Valencia was fine as far as Hyatt Regency properties go in the USA, but I won’t be rushing back for a staycation here…
Hyatt Regency Valencia Review
Last week we held a memorial service and then buried my dear niece Ava. My brother lives in the Santa Clarita Valley in north Los Angeles County and my family spent a night at the Hyatt Regency in Valencia just a few minutes from his house.
The rate was only $152, but we had an expiring free night certificate that redeemed (only because it expired the next night and with all that has been going on lately, we did not have a chance to use it).
The hotel is located in the Valencia Town Center, surrounded by shops and restaurants.
We arrived late in the evening and parked in the adjacent parking structure. The entire lot has only two charging spots, but thankfully they were both open. Unfortunately, it was not a high-speed charger but simply a 120-volt outlet. My car only charges about three miles per hours with a plug like that…
During check-in we were given a red pass to place on the dashboard of the car. Parking is included when using your Hyatt points or free night certs. Normally, parking is $17/night ($20 for valet, though I noticed no attendant on duty).
While the hotel has junior suites and panorama suites, they were booked and we were placed in a standard room, 532, with two queen beds.
The room was fine…to sleep in. The bed was comfortable, the heat worked (it was a cold night), there were plenty of power ports (and USB-A ports), and the room was clean. A refrigerator (empty) was under the desk and a coffee maker in the closet.
The bathroom had a shower-tub combo and Pharmacopeia amenities in bulk dispensers.
I took the kids swimming in the morning before breakfast. The swimming pool is heated but we spent most of our time in the jacuzzi. There was a chain link fence surrounding half the pool…it was not clear why that was there.
A small fitness center on the second floor overlooks the pool outside. It includes two Peloton bikes, two treadmills, one elliptical machine, and free weights. In other words, not great.
Hotel Common Areas
This hotel serves as both a meeting and wedding space. The grounds were well-maintained nad I liked the fountains (the sound of flowing water is always soothing). There is a golf course located behind the property.
Breakfast At Greater Pacific
Globalist members of the World of Hyatt receive a free breakfast buffet at Greater Pacific. There’s also an a la carte menu. I have to be honest: the buffet was lousy. It included a limited selection of poor-quality food like oatmeal, eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, pastries, cheese, charcuterie, cereals, yogurt, and seasonal fresh fruit (it also came with juice, coffee, or tea).
I recommend you avoid it. Your $26/person ($15 for those under 12 including young children) is better spent elsewhere and there’s a number of decent places within walking distance like Mimi’s or Corner Bakery that also are not fancy, but offer better food and better prices.
Both indoor and outdoor seating are available:
While this hotel does not have a separate room service menu, you can order from the restaurant during its hours of operations, go downstairs to pick it up, and bring it to your room. Breakfast is served from 7:00 am to 11:00 am and dinner is served from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Free Coffee, But Only For Early Risers
I went downstairs at 7:45 am hoping to get a cup of coffee in the lobby, but found that the coffee service only runs from 5:00 am to 7:00 am. How cheap…
I ordered a “flat white” at the bar (it was on the menu) and it was simply a double shot of espresso with thick milk foam spooned on top (precisely what a flat white is not). But it was fine…it gave me my caffeine hit for the morning…for $6.48…
If you are looking for a snack, there’s also a 24/7 market in the lobby (but during the day, walk across the street to Target).
I was happy to try this hotel, but I won’t return to it. That doesn’t mean I do not recommend it if you are visiting the Santa Clarita Valley or Six Flags Magic Mountain, located just down the street. But it’s very much a “typical” Hyatt Regency in the USA with rather high prices for subpar food and a fitness center that leaves much to be desired.