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 enjoyed my stay at the Grand Cypress. The rooms and grounds are beautiful and relaxing. The resort fee is high, but allows for so many activities and amenities. There is enough to do here that it could be a resort only stay or you could take a day off from visiting parks. There are well organized, but limited shuttle buses to Disney, Universal, and Sea World, so check the schedule ahead of time.
2019 is our 8th year visiting Grand Cypress. We stay every summer for a convention and often sneak in another trip just to enjoy the property. My family and I are totally content to stay at the resort and enjoy all it has to offer. We never even make to to the other Orlando attractions.
We love coming here. The staff is friendly and there is so much to do for the whole family. There's no reason to leave the property. The breakfast buffet was good and had a lot to choose from. Our family of 5 was comfortable in our room and the welcome champagne is a lovely touch
This is too fancy of a hotel to have such substandard rooms. This is the second time I've had problems with the linens during a visit. I was ready to take the comforter down to the lobby! My husband was too embarrassed that I might do that since the convention is assigned there every year. Also the parking is unavailable or extremely far.
We have stayed at every property in Disney and orlando, but never this one. It was our 12 year anniversary and we had points that we never used. Being a platinum elite with Marriott and spg, my expectations were not high since I did not have a very high status with Hyatt. They, by far, hit it out of the park.
Staff was the better than any hotel I have visted. Place was super clean, amenities were plentiful. Sports, activities, everything for free.
If I had one suggestion to management, it would be that there was only one small portion of the gigantic pool that was somewhat warm enough to go in, and all the guests of the hotel were in that one small area. The caves, and all the other grand parts of the pool were completely unused. This is the only “miss” in my book, and easily fixable. Our bell hop even made a joke of it when he took us upstairs.
We will be back, over and over and over again. Amazing job team Hyatt regency!