I just finished a five night stay at the Grand Cypress and was very pleased with the hotel, they are obviously very concerned with their guests well being. Whenever we had a question, or were lost, there always seemed to be someone there willing to help us in a friendly manner.
In my research of the hotel prior to the visit one post had made the comment that the rooms were outdated, this was not true based on my experience. I had one of the lower level "garden" views which would be considered budget for this hotel and found the room to be quite nicely decorated with new and clean furniture artwork, etc. The bath was pleasently large with a separated toilet enclosure and included a scale, which I almost never find in a hotel. The only complaint with the bath was that the drain was slow and tended to collect water, but I did not report this.
The room included a work desk with two chairs, more than adequate for business. The TV had excellent sharpness and there was more than enough storage/closet space for two person's clothing for five days.
I usually avoid hotels in favor of B&B's simply for the issues of privacy and solitude. We may have just been lucky, but this was the quietest room that I can remember being in. During six nights, I cannot remember being awaken once with the usual door slaming, loud plumbling, 3AM drunks, etc. I have the feeling that I may have been lucky that there were no major conventions during this time.
I will affirm one concern that I had read about, namely food pricing, but with a caveat. Our first meal was a Sunday morning buffet that was $18.00, which is no doubt pricey for most of us. But, the meal included French-pressed coffee, a great smoothy and food that tasted and was prepared with high standards. It was not the same old high priced breakfast buffet, and the service was great. We spent two mornings walking to IHOP and Denny's but came to the conclusion that the Hyatt was a far better value than having to walk in the humidity.
One last comment, I found the park tranportation shuttle to be more than adequate for our needs with two exceptions. If you plan to be a park hopper, you may need to reconsider either staying at a Disney resort, or accepting that you will need to take what could amount to an expensive ca b ride. You cannot go from park to park directly on Disney's system, you always need to go to a Disney resort first, and then catch another bus to the new park. If you plan to hop in order to catch a later Hyatt shuttle at a later pick up time, give yourself plently of time, and then some. You should also know the pick up location as the parking areas can be quite large. We went right out of the Tranportation Center (note: this center is NOT the Magic Kingdom as is noted on Hyatt's schedule, the center is a hub between Epcot and the Magic Kingdom) when we should have gone left and ended up five minuets late to pick up the shuttle, this cost us about $25 in cab fees. Also, try to leave the firework show early if you have to get back to a resort, what had been an empty Monorail station turned into a massive exodus of guests a short time after the conclusion of a show. This added an unanticipated 30 - 40 minute delay and another missed shuttle/cab penalty.
You can get around this if you simply spend the whole day at one park. Remember that the shuttle's leave exactly on time, there is no grace here. If you think that you have an extra five minutes, be prepared to either accept the cab penalty, or have a fallback plan to catch the shuttle at a later time ...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover one of Orlando's most inviting escapes, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. The outstanding array of resort amenities filling our resort creates an amazing retreat for families and business travelers, alike. Play golf and tennis, swim, sail, or treat yourself to a massage. Savor a meal prepared by our renowned chefs – cuisine ranges from authentic southwestern fare to fresh sushi and a sumptuous American buffet breakfast daily. Our family-friendly resort offers an ideal location adjacent to Disney World – kids of all ages will love exploring area attractions. When it comes time to relax, return to our resort, where you always find legendary Hyatt service and smiling staff waiting to welcome you. ... more less
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