A night away is just what this mama needed. Even one close to home. After a 4 o’clock T-ball game, my friend Julie and I packed up and drove a whopping nine miles to stay the night at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue in Bellevue, WA, which is about 15 minutes from Seattle.
We have six kids between the two of us, including two sets of twins. Both sets of twins are officially four years old now. Imagine us all trying to hang out with four infants, a three and a four year old. Actually let’s not go there. I’ll need another vacation by the time I finish that thought.
Mom’s Night off in Bellevue
Bellevue is a shopping girl’s dream destination. The foodie will not be disappointed either. The Hyatt Regency Bellevue is surrounded by over 250 stores and more than 50 restaurants. Depending on your style and the size of your wallet, shops range from The Gap to Prada. Between the Bellevue Collection and The Shops at The Bravern a few blocks down from the hotel, you’ll certainly find some goodies to spoil and pamper yourselves.
The Hyatt Regency Bellevue offers a Shoppers package on the weekends which includes a $50 Bellevue Collection gift card per night of your stay, complimentary Valet parking, and a 2pm check out. If you choose to, a Regency Club pass is available to add on to your package which gives you access to the Regency Club. It’s located on the 23rd floor. That’s where we found the best view of the Seattle skyline and a machine that makes excellent coffee, which is available all day long. Trust me, for this coffee-loving mom, it was a magical machine.
They also have a buffet style lunch and dinner out at certain times. You are free to enjoy snacks (chocolate!) and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day as well. There is a server/attendant up there at all times. Cocktails are available at an extra charge.
Honestly, if you’re like us, we just wanted to sit down to a meal that we didn’t plan or cook and have someone bring it to us. We even contemplated ordering pizza or room service and changing into those cozy robes immediately upon arrival. However, we ended up walking across the street to Black Bottle.
While there are many family-friendly restaurants in Bellevue, Black Bottle is ages 21 and up. Not a kid in sight! It’s a gastropub so they had a little taste of everything. Think cocktails and flatbread. We ate the Bulgogi Beef tacos and a kale salad with goat cheese. I was so sad to find out that we had just missed the fried avocados which are on the happy hour menu.
Need more dining options? If you really want to treat yourself, I highly recommend Daniel’s Broiler for mouth watering steaks. It’s located on the 21st floor of the Bank of America building. That building and the Hyatt Regency are both inside the Bellevue Place complex. You could literally put on your hotel slippers and never have to step outside. I wouldn’t, but you could. You will need a reservation. I advise making it a week or two in advance.
13 Coins is located just downstairs to the right of the hotel elevators. It’s also a more adult atmosphere with drinks and live music. If you do choose to stay in, you can grab a drink from the bartender in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. Hang out by the fireplace where you can enjoy the music coming from 13 Coins.
We skipped dessert at Black Bottle to take advantage of dessert hour in the Regency Club and a view of the city at night. There is a bowling alley, live comedy club and an IMAX movie theater across the street. If you didn’t run out to find a new top to wear to dinner with your Bellevue Collection gift card, hop over to see a chick flick. Stay out of the weather and the traffic by using the sky bridges that connect Bellevue Place, Lincoln Square, and Bellevue Square. Then head back to bury yourselves in those ridiculously comfortable clouds they call beds.
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Wake up at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Sunday greeted us with quiet. Quiet I said. No Paw Patrol or Moana… You’re welcome! With a 2pm check out, we could take our time waking up and visit the magic coffee machine a couple of times before heading over to Eques for brunch. You may want to make a reservation to avoid a wait.
Eques is open until 1:30 on Sundays and it’s also located right there in the same building. There is a full breakfast buffet and omelette station or you can order from the menu. It was named one of the “2015 Best Brunch Restaurants in America” by OpenTable. Eques uses all local ingredients. I ate the Cinnamon French Toast with cream cheese icing and Woodinville Whiskey syrup and yes, it was as scrumptious as it sounds. Don’t forget your mimosas!
Moms need to celebrate themselves either for Mother’s Day or any other day of the year. We need to recharge to be the best versions of ourselves. Staying at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue made that happen with very little effort. Each time can be a completely different experience. We can make dinner reservations and shop til we drop, visit a spa, or put on robes and eat take out while we enjoy a Fixer Upper marathon.
I don’t want to jinx it, but we may have our husbands talked into letting us make this a regular thing. Fingers crossed!
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Many thanks to the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue for hosting us for one night for the purposes of this review. As always, my opinions are my own. When they aren’t, you will be the first to know. Photo credits: Author and the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.