Andy and I had a chance to visit the new Grand Hyatt that is in Seattle. The school had an auction there and we've been before for another auction. Also got a chance to hang out in one of the rooms thanks to Malc.
Net, net, it certain is more upscale than the vanilla airport Hyatt (I've been to my share of hell holes in LAX, SFO and SJO, but that's another set of posts). The vanilla box with an atrium are so depressing you want to just shoot yourself after the free cookie.
The Grand Hyatts are supposed to be the ultimate in luxury. Like the JW Marriots. This one is a nice mid scale hotel, but I wouldn't call it super elegant. It is super convenient at 7th and Pike and the lobby and the convention facilities are very nice.
The rooms are OK. Probably a bit on the small side, although they have pretty good side views of the city looking out onto Queen Anne and around there.
I don't know how expensive it is, but if you really want to splurge, the Fairmont and the Alexis and the Sorrento are probably better choices in town. This hotel isn't as Grand as say the ones in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong (those are really amazing), but they fit in a niche above the Marriotts and Hyatts. Probably along side the Ws.