I was walking around downtown Long Beach, near the waterfront, and I notice a new hotel with a sign that said, “Hyatt The Pike”. Besides thinking that it should be “Hyatt At The Pike”, I found it strange that a 5 minute walk away takes you to the Hyatt – Long Beach Convention Center and here’s another Hyatt-brand hotel. Being who I am, I just had to check it out. I briefly chatted it up with the front desk clerk. He described it to me as the “W of Hyatt hotels”. If anyone is unfamiliar with W Hotels, they tend to be more swanky, usually with a nice bar downstairs, a rooftop pool, etc. I explored the hotel as much as I could and I’d say he described it about right.
The Hyatt The Pike is somewhat of a boutique hotel. The lobby is intimate yet inviting and comfortable. There are 138 rooms and suites on 6 floors. Off of the lobby, there is a restaurant, bar, courtyard, fitness center and meeting rooms. Room service is offered, and there is complimentary WiFi (an amenity that usually costs $15-20 at other Hyatt properties).
The rooftop pool has cabanas for rent and a full-service bar. I was unable to go up to the pool but I am sure there are good views of the waterfront and harbor, including the Queen Mary.
Hyatt The Pike is located in The Pike, a cluster of restaurants and shops across from the waterfront. It is a short distance from the Aquarium of the Pacific and other waterfront activities like whale watching and harbor cruises. Hyatt The Pike is a Category 3 Hyatt property, which means that you only need 12,000 points for a free night in a standard room or 18,000 points for a suite. Hyatt Gold Passport also allows you to upgrade your reservation to a suite for 3,000 points a night. Considering how new this hotel is and it’s location, I am surprised it is only a Category 3, I was expecting it to be a Category 4 property which makes award redemptions a pretty good value.
I’ll be totally honest and admit that even though I am somewhat local, my curiosity may get the best of me and stay here for a night or two.
Update: This hotel is now known as Hyatt Centric The Pike Long Beach.