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Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
One Grand Cypress Boulevard, Orlando, Florida, USA 32836
Tel: +1 407 239 1234
Located on the outer edge of Disney World, the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is a great option if you want to go to Disney or Orlando, but also want to be able to get away from Disney at the same time. This hotel is not considered a Disney Resort Hotel, so you will not be able to leverage the special Disney “Extra Magic Hours” for Disney Guests, but outside of that, there is nothing but upside.
The hotel is located on 1,500 acres with a ton of activities ranging from 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus-designed golf to tennis, sailing, biking, swimming, and much more.
The hotel was recently renovated, so the rooms are all very clean and fresh
The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is located about 18 miles from the Orlando Airport and right in between Universal Studios and the Magic Kingdom, so it is very easy to get to any of the local attractions and theme parks.
The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is a large resort with 815 rooms and 46 suites. The property recently went through an extensive renovation so all of the rooms were updated with Flat Screen TVs, contemporary furnishings, and a large marble bathroom with a separate bath and shower area. The rooms ranged from standard King and Double to Hypo-Allergenic rooms (with extra air purification for guests with Allergies) to large suites. The suites looked very nice, so they would be a good option for Diamond members to use one of their 4 guaranteed suite upgrades.
We were given a Pool View Double. It was a pretty standard 360 sq ft room with all of the typical amenities you would find in a Hyatt room. The view out the window was very nice overlooking the lagoon pool and Lake Windsong.
There are several restaurants within the resort including, La Coquina’s Chef’s Kitchen and Hemingway’s for upscale dining, and Cascade American Bistro, White Horse Sports Bar, and the Palm Cafe for more casual dining. I am normally not a big fan of eating at the hotel restaurants, other than lunch, but I have eaten dinner at Hemingway’s several times and it is always very good.
The thing that really sets this hotel apart from any other in Orlando is the huge list of activities available on the property. They include:
- 3 Jack Nicklaus designed golf courses
- Grand Cypress Academy of Golf
- Nine-hole pitch ’n’ putt course
- 24’ rock climbing wall
- Half-acre outdoor pool with 12 waterfalls, two waterslides, and a sundeck
- Three whirlpools
- Game room
- Hyatt Stay Fit gym
- Tennis and Racquet club with 12 tennis courts (five lighted),
- Two outdoor racquetball courts
- Basketball court
- Jogging paths and bicycling trails
- Bicycles and boats available
- White-sand beach and water sports on 21-acre Lake Windsong
With the exception of the golf courses and golf academy, the majority it the other activities do not have a separate charge. There is a resort fee of $26 per room, but you will not have to pay to use the bikes, rock wall, pitch and putt course, water sports, etc. I found this to be very nice since most hotels would charge for each one of these individual activities.
My kids spent about 45 minutes on the rock wall, then we grabbed some bikes to go for a ride on the bike paths and finished up with a round of pitch and putt golf. It was a great way to relax and have fun with the family for a day while taking a break from the long lines at Disney.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Review – Points and Elite Status:
The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress offers a fairly good value for using Hyatt points. Pool view and Regency Club rooms typically run around $250 to $300 per night, in season. I booked this hotel over Easter week, on very short notice, so the room rates available for me were higher than they typically would have been if I planned in advance, making the use of my Hyatt points more valuable than they typically would have been.
This is a Hyatt Category 4 hotel, so the standard room will require 15,000 points per night. Regency Club rooms (i.e. access to the lounge) are available for 21,000 points and Suites may be available with points as well for 27,000 per night.
I booked a standard room for 15,000 points/per night. I knew I would get the same benefits as a Regency Club room offered since I was a Hyatt Diamond (now Globalist) member so there was not need to use the extra 6,000 points a night for that.
As a Diamond (Globalist) member, I did get an upgrade from a standard resort view room to a pool view room on a higher floor (Diamonds get an upgrade to the best available room, excluding suites) and was given access to the Regency lounge which included complimentary breakfast, drinks, and evening hors d’oeuvres. If you are not currently a Hyatt Elite member, there are a couple of ways to use the Hyatt Diamond Status Match Challenge to get it.
Overall, this hotel is fairly “Point Friendly” and “Elite Status Friendly”, nothing like the Park Hyatt Vendome in Paris, Park Hyatt St Kitts, or Alila Marea Resort, which are great point values, but it was a great option for our family, with two kids.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
One Grand Cypress Boulevard
Orlando, Florida, USA 32836
Tel: +1 407 239 1234