Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
What We Love
- Free WiFi and champagne at check-in
- Gated resort is secure, but conveniently located just off the interstate for easy access to local shops, restaurants and nightlife
- Private Lake Windsong offers the benefits of a beach without the hourlong drive to the Florida coast
- Pool-facing rooms offer sweeping views of Central Florida’s theme park empire
- Balconies are the perfect spot for watching the nightly fireworks display at 9 p.m. (time may vary by season)
- On-site Camp Hyatt kids club offers supervised full-day, half-day and evening activities for the little ones, starting at $45
What To Know
- A hotel service fee of $22 per room, per night, will be collected by Jetsetter at checkout; see Details for more info
- In contrast to themed resorts inside Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, the contemporary room decor here may appeal more to adults than to children
- On-site restaurants are open for dinner from 6 to 10 p.m.; otherwise you’ll need to rely on room service or dining outside of the resort
- Daily valet parking is $23; self-parking is $15
- Parking at Disney and Universal Studios can be pricey, so consider taking the free resort shuttles (they run twice each day)
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Built in 1984, the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress opened its doors to Walt Disney World vacationers well before Orlando became what it is today. Following an extensive $45 million renovation of all 815 guestrooms and suites in 2010, the megaresort is an attractive option for families who want all the spoils of a theme park vacation, and then some. The tiered glass building endows the interior with cascades of light all year long. The towering atrium lobby has glass-encased elevators that run the hotel’s full height; from them you can see the quiet, manmade stream that snakes throughout the ground-level tile.
Bed & Bath
Upstairs, the rooms are styled with contemporary dark wood furniture and thoughtful amenities, including iPod charging stations and flat-screen televisions. Dale Chihuly–inspired artwork hangs on the walls, and the oversize showers have rainfall showerheads clad in glass tile.
The 1,500 acre resort is within easy reach of Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld, and free shuttles make daily round-trips to each. But with an 800,000-gallon lagoon-style swimming pool, Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses and an array of water sports, there’s no real need to leave the resort at all. Guests have their pick of on-site dining options, including Hemingway’s for seafood and the White Horse Sports Bar & Grill for a more low-key meal. In the morning, grab brunch at the scenic Palm Café, which overlooks Lake Windsong — then hit the water in a canoe, sailboat, paddleboat or kayak, all of which are included in the resort fee. Camp Hyatt, the resort’s on-site kids club, offers supervised activities (including meals) by the full day, half day or just for the night.
In the Area
Treat your aspiring marine biologists to a day at Discovery Cove, an interactive dolphin encounter that lets you and your crew swim with the fishes. This is ground zero for bargains, and the Orlando Premium Outlets — featuring brands such as Armani, Burberry and DKNY — are just five minutes away. Head to Sand Lake Road’s restaurant row for delectable dinner fare, including Morton’s, J. Alexander’s, Bar Louie, Samba Room, Cantina Laredo and more. Head to the Magic Kingdom. No, not that Magic Kingdom. Catch an NBA game at the brand new Amway Center downtown to see the Orlando Magic in action.
How to Get There
I stayed at the Hyatt recently for a business trip and I would definitely recommend it. I was able to check in much earlier than the normal check in period and definitely appreciated it as I got in earlier than expected. The room was clean and cleaning crew did a good job each day. I didn't use the room service, but did eat at one of the restaurants on site and the pizza I ordered was good. Getting to the pool is a bit of a trek with having to do down the lengthy amount of stairs, but definitely well worth it once you get down there.
Great--thank you for great staff ---great pool---great food and drinks---staff went out of their was several times to make sure my family guest in a wheelchair had all he needed to be comfortable. I would recommend to any one.
I travel a lot for work, and it's frustrating to have a bad experience in a hotel of this caliber- especially with family and I am paying the bill.
We had an entree comp'd at two different meals because they took so long to come out, one of which was a child's meal specifically ordered right when we sat down. The lobby bar was extremely slow, from ordering to drink/food delivery to trying to pay.
Additionally, the shower in our room only put out extremely hot water. Again, not good with a toddler. We had to fill a bath and let it cool down before we could get her cleaned up.