A Great Option For Tourists and Convention Goers
The Hyatt Regency Orlando is a massive, 1,600+ room hotel located right next to the Orange County Convention Center. I had a chance to stay here as a World of Hyatt Globalist recently- here’s how the stay went!
Tour The Property
How I Paid
Paid rates were through the roof- I figured a convention must be in town, and I was right! I managed to snag a points+cash reservation, the first one I’ve booked in quite some time with Hyatt, for $50 plus 7,500 points. To me, it represented a good savings on rates that were over $450 a night.
As a World of Hyatt Globalist, I receive a lot of perks over a “normal” visitor. I get these perks for earning 60 elite nights a year (some of this is from Hyatt credit card earning). At this property, they’ve actually reopened the club lounge, so I was able to visit that in the evening for some free appetizers and discounted drinks, and free breakfast in the morning. I also received a space-available upgrade to a beautiful one-bedroom suite, which you can see detailed in my hotel video above. Finally, I also received late checkout, which is 4PM at non-resorts for Globalists.
What I Loved
For a convention hotel, they really had a lot of awesome activities for adults and families. This makes sense, as the hotel is centrally located for all the Central Florida theme parks, like Walt Disney World, Sea World, and Universal Orlando. Families could travel with the convention-going parent, and still want to use the pools in between park visits. I loved the massive pool complex, with waterslide, kid pool, and poolside restaurant Coconuts.
They also had a full-service spa and massive fitness complex, which is great for those that are trying to stay centered and in shape on the road.
What I Hated
The hotel is massive, and if you are put off by convention crowds, this is not the hotel for you. Dining at restaurants on property could also be an issue if there was a busy convention that lined up with your stay.
The area around the hotel isn’t too exciting, though I-Drive with very touristy attractions is close by. Ubers and Lyfts are plentiful, but it takes a bit to manage traffic in the area if it’s bustling.
The Hyatt Regency Orlando is one of my favorite Hyatts I’ve stayed at in recent memory- the suite upgrade alone, with firework views at night, was truly spectacular. There are two other Hyatt Regencies in Orlando that I’ve stayed at, and it’s hard to choose a favorite. Just another great stay at one of my favorite hotel chains!