It's a nice hotel, nice rooms, nice people, nice parrot in the lobby, and nice on-site features (like the pool) but hotel guests are primarily there for Walt Disney World (WDW) and too much time is wasted in transit to/from WDW (even worse if visiting Universal Studios). Since there is more to do in the parks than there are hours in the day, time is precious. Staying at a Disney resort minimizes the time getting to the parks (drop off at park entrance vs the transportation center) and includes Extra Magic Hours (helps avoid the crowds and having to wait in the associated long lines). At these prices, the Hyatt is every bit as expensive as any of Disney's deluxe hotels but lacks the convenience.
(1) Mandatory resort fees – you traveled all the way to Orlando/Lake Buena Vista and have spent hundreds of dollars for tickets to WDW theme parks. It doesn't make sense to skip the parks in order to use the Hyatt's paddle boats, canoes and other recreational stuff.
(2) Daily self parking fees are shameless when there is no shortage of space at a hotel on 1,500 acres of land and the self-parking lot is in a land far, far away.
(3) The pool gets crowded and obtaining towels stops just short of requiring a background check. I'm not sure who is sneaking onto the property to use the pool and/or to steal the towels but at least there is not towel fee (yet).
(4) Food and beverages are really expensive. For a Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud or Eric Ripert restaurant, I'm glad to pay that high of a premium but the Hyatt's offerings are not at that level.
Again, the Hyatt's quality, service and cleanliness are five-star and would be ideal if located at a beach / non-theme park destination. Except for those staying for free (redeeming frequent guest rewards), the Hyatt is a really poor value. If you are looking to save money, Disney has value resorts and there are countless hotels for a fraction of the cost and within the same distance as the Hyatt. If you require four or five star accommodations, Disney's deluxe resorts and Starwood's Swan/Dolphin are comparable in price and offer something Hyatt can't: more time enjoying the WDW parks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover one of Orlando's most inviting escapes, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. The outstanding array of resort amenities filling our resort creates an amazing retreat for families and business travelers, alike. Play golf and tennis, swim, sail, or treat yourself to a massage. Savor a meal prepared by our renowned chefs – cuisine ranges from authentic southwestern fare to fresh sushi and a sumptuous American buffet breakfast daily. Our family-friendly resort offers an ideal location adjacent to Disney World – kids of all ages will love exploring area attractions. When it comes time to relax, return to our resort, where you always find legendary Hyatt service and smiling staff waiting to welcome you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Hotel Orlando
- Hyatt Orlando
- Hyatt Grand Cypress
- Grand Hyatt Orlando
- Hyatt Regency Orlando
- Hyatt Regency Hotel Orlando
- Hyatt Hotel Orlando
- Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando, Florida