A Grand Hyatt Stay

After a recent conference in Orlando, I had enough Hyatt points to book a night at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress (the conference was at Gaylord Palms, quite a nice destination itself).

Count me impressed.

My wife and I had stayed there a couple years back, and we liked it then. We liked it even more this time.

I’ll give you three major reasons why:

1. Exemplary service. Every single employee went out of their way to be kind and friendly. In fact, the service went to a place where no hotel has ever gone before (in my experience) – after dining in one of the hotel restaurants, we awoke in the morning to find a hand-written card under our door from our server the night before, thanking us for eating there and offering help with “anything to make your stay more memorable.”

2. Outstanding facilities. The resort is huge. Not only is there a golf course there, but there are walking trails of up to 5 miles in length, with very pleasant variety (including a boardwalk loop through a swamp area). The multiple pools, with waterfalls and faux rocks and various slides and bridges, was extremely family-friendly. A lake with boats, a nine-hole pitch-and-putt golf course, bikes, and a bunch of other amenities make this an ideal destination for families. Disney World is just around the corner, but you might have a hard time getting the kids to leave the Grand Cypress. And if you’re a member of the Regency Club, there’s a wonderful lounge area for morning breakfast, snacks and drinks during the day, etc.

3. Cleanliness. This place is spotless. The grounds are meticulously maintained. This place is easy on the eyes. We saw one guy dusting a rock outside – not kidding!

As mentioned, the Disney resorts are right nearby, and a bunch of restaurants are all within easy walking distance. But once you’re in the grounds, you feel like you’re enclosed in a very pleasant, self-contained little world.

A series of pictures from our all-too-brief stay are below. I highly recommend this resort for anyone looking to stay in the Orlando area, whether or not you have kids along. Delightful.


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2 Responses to A Grand Hyatt Stay

  1. Anne says:

    By the way, they’re not kidding about the alligators!

    I have lived in Florida all my life (now in Tallahassee). When I was a kid we never had to worry about gators. Then they put them on the endangered list so they could no longer be hunted, and their population exploded! Now, just to warn you, if you’re ever in Florida and you are near water, as in lakes, ponds, rivers – there is quite likely a gator nearby. And since too many of them have become acclimated to humans, they can be a very real danger – so don’t take those “danger – gators” signs as jokes. They’re not! (And for goodness sakes, if you’re in Florida and see a gator, please don’t feed it! That’s how they lose their fear of humans.)

    They do allow hunting now during a very short season, with a permit, because frankly, we have too many gators down here now. Then again, the gators and pythons (that have been imported and released by foolish people) are fighting it out in the Glades. If you’re not familiar with this story, you might want to check this out:


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