Disclaimer: Some of the services mentioned were provided to the blogger free of charge or at a considerable discount not available to the public. However, all opinions are my own.
I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort located in Orlando, one mile from Walt Disney World® and convenient to both Universal Orlando® and Sea World® Orlando. I had visited the resort before to meet a friend, but had never stayed on property, so was looking forward to my stay. There is so much to tell about this resort I have decided to split my review into several parts. Part I will focus on a general overview of the property and I will follow-up over the next week with reviews of the resorts recreational amenities and restaurants.
This is an ideal resort for adult travelers to the Orlando area. Although the resort is very family friendly, the general atmosphere is one that makes adults feel there are no children under foot.
A PR document I received reads in part: …The 1,500 acre Grand Cypress resort offers families and business travelers an upscale travel experience with well-appointed guest rooms and suites and a host of amenities and activities…… It also states: …From the 18 story atrium lobby to the lush tropical setting, this world-class award-winning hotel is a vacation paradise. OK – we all read PR brochures and information and think to ourselves – well of course they are going to say how wonderful their facility is – what else would they say!
My opinion of the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort – their PR information does not do it justice! From the moment I arrived – from valet service to check-in – I was impressed and thrilled with the attention and service I received. The lobby is stunning. The check-in desk is large and offers several stations with very attentive guest service employees to offer a very quick and stream-lined check-in. Within minutes of arrival I was on my way to my tenth floor room (glass of champagne in hand that was offered at check-in) via a glass elevator that had me looking out over the lobby while making my way to my room. My first thought as I stepped from the elevator onto the tenth floor was how well-kept and clean all the hallways are!
My room was wonderful! Talk about a room with a view! From the balcony I was not only able to see much of what the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress has to offer (pools, lagoon and beach with boating, beautiful grounds) I was also able to view much of the “world!” Walt Disney World® that is. I could see Characters in Flight at Downtown Disney; the EARful Tower; Tower of Terror; Expedition Everest, just to name a few – I could sit on my balcony and watch the nightly fireworks at both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot!
My room! Clean – Clean – Clean! Of course, first check of cleanliness in any resort or hotel is the ceiling fan. Rooms can appear clean on the surface but “behind the scenes” lurks large amounts of dust. Because of allergy issues with my daughter I have, over the years, become fairly quick at finding anything that may trigger an allergy attack. This resort also offers Pure-Hypo-Allergenic rooms that undergo additional treatments and purifications for allergy sufferers, however, I was staying in a standard room. My room had a white ceiling fan that was so clean it looked as if it was just installed. I was thrilled and impressed with the cleanliness of my room.
- work desk
- Iron / ironing board
- Coffee maker (with Starbucks coffee)
- Cable / satellite TV channels
- iHome™ alarm clock radio
- Jack pack adaptor panel for multimedia plug n’ play
- High-speed Internet access
- Large, flat-screen television
- Individual air conditioning control
- Ceiling fan
- In-room safe (large enough for a laptop or two large Disney Dooney and Bourke bags! and more!)
- Cool box refrigerator
- Chaise lounge
Included with the above amenities are several multi-port electrical outlets. As most people do, I travel with several things that need charging – phone, camera, laptop, Nook tablet. Add in a travel companion’s electronics and I often find myself looking behind beds and behind furniture for extra outlets. Not here! More than enough for all items that required charging. There were multiple soaps, body washes, shampoo and conditioners offered in the shower, as well as at the vanity area. More than enough towels, a small container offering cotton balls and cotton swabs, and a pull-out magnifying make-up mirror. The Grand Cypress offers large standard rooms at 360 square feet (much larger than a moderate standard room on WDW property and just slightly smaller than most deluxe standard rooms on WDW property) with suites offering 720 square feet.
Standard room rates start at $239 per night, and the resort also offers several packages (Bed & Breakfast, Food and Wine, Golf and AAA offers). As with most resorts today, there is a mandatory Hotel Service Fee added to your stay currently $22 plus tax ($25 as of 1/1/14) which includes:
- Wired and Wireless Internet
- Free Local and Toll Free Telephone Service
- Daily Scheduled Shuttle Transportation to Wald Disney World Theme Parks, Universal Orlando and Sea World
- Health Club open 24 Hours
- 9 Hole, Par 3 Pitch N Putt, Bikes, Water sports: canoe, paddle boats, hydro bikes, aqua cycles, sailboats and kayaks
- 24 Foot Climbing Wall
- Golf Drive Range
- Court Time at the Tennis Racquet Club
There are additional daily charges for self parking currently $15 per day ($17 as of 1/1/14) or valet parking service for $23. Frankly, for the additional few dollars, I highly recommend the valet parking service. The service is efficient, friendly, quick and professional. Staffed around the clock with some really energetic and fun people.
Overall, the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress will definitely be on my list of top places to stay when traveling to the Orlando area. The resort has so much to offer an adult traveler. I can’t wait to tell you about the absolutely delicious food offered in the on-site restaurants and all of the outdoor amenities. The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is a resort that you can stay at and never leave for several days, enjoying the pools, the lounges and the grounds – yet it is in the heart of all that the Orlando area has to offer if you do decide to venture away for a few hours.
The resort’s address is One Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando, FL 32826. For more information, call (407) 239-1234; visit www.Grand Cypress.Hyatt.com; like Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress on Facebook; and follow on Twitter at @HRGrand Cypress.