I'd driven past the Hyatt in Westlake Village for years, whenever I visited my sister who lives in the area, but stayed there for the first time during our current trip. It was a delight.

Before booking at the Hyatt, I compared rates with several other nearby hotels including a nearby Radisson and Residence Inn (we'd stayed at both before), at least two Hampton Inns, and the Four Seasons. The Hyatt had a better rate than any.

We reserved a king room and were very pleased.

The hotel has ample meeting space and the open areas are more like a resort or conference center than a basic hotel, meaning slightly longer walks to the room. But given how pleasant and inviting the open spaces are, that's hardly a negative.

Our room -- a standard king -- was very nice. It was spacious enough to accommodate a couch, desk with work area, and provide plenty of space generally. The room has all the amenities today's travelers expect: Internet access, a flat-screen TV, in-room iron and board, and other standard offerings.

The service was also excellent, from check-in abd bell service to housekeeping to the bartender/server in the on-site sports bar Knuckles, where we enjoyed nibbles and a nightcap. There is also a restaurant on the premises, but the hotel is also convenient to a number of local establishments including some within easy walking distance and many more just a short drive away.

Valet parking is available for a fee, but self-parking is available at no charge.

I highly recommend the Hyatt at Westlake Village. Next time we return to the area, we will absolutely return!

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