Date of Stay: Friday, 1/11/13 - Saturday, 1/12/13
Length of Stay: 1 Night
In a nutshell, the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay is truly the best property in Tampa Bay, offering fully renovated rooms and providing top-notch customer service, combined with excellent views of the Tampa Bay -- you absolutely must stay here the next time that you are in Tampa!
Now, for my detailed review:
First, I just want to say that this review adds to all of the truly excellent things that I have had to say about this property in my prior reviews:
1) “Yet Again, the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Provided AMAZING Service!!” - February 13, 2012
2) “Yet Another Wonderful Stay at a Truly Beautiful Property!!” - June 22, 2011
3) “An AMAZING Hotel in a Perfect Location - Quite the Weekend Paradise!” - September 13, 2010
For even more detailed information on this property, I suggest that you view those prior reviews.
Since my prior reviews, this property has undergone a complete and total renovation; and, after spending almost $16 Million, this property shines like it is brand new. The renovations have been absolutely amazing, and bring a truly modern feel to this grand hotel. All areas have been renovated, including newer and faster elevators, fresh and updated elevator lobbies, modern and inviting hallways, and truly beautiful and fully refreshed rooms. This is one of the most comprehensive renovations that I have ever seen, with rooms being completely re-imagined; if you have not recently stayed at this property, you absolutely must come back and I promise you that you will be amazed at what has been done.
My wife and I stay at this property at least once a month, and we could not be happier with the renovations! This property serves as a true "home away from home" when we want to get away. It is in the perfect location to just get away and relax, with easy access and free shuttle service to both the airport and International Mall. The property is within minutes of beautiful Gulf Beaches, and is a very short drive to such local attractions as the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Busch Gardens and the Lowry Park Zoo. So, as you can see, there is plenty to do when staying at this property; but, you may not want to ever leave, as this property offers two absolutely wonderful and relaxing pools that one can just sit by and relax all day long. I promise that you will not be disappointed by the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay!
A tip is to spend a little extra money and book a Bay View Category Room; this property is situated with absolutely amazing views of the Tampa Bay, in addition to truly beautiful sunsets. It is most definitely worth the money to book a Bay View Category Room; a tip, ask for a high floor for the best view. Also, this property has some of the best Suites in the area, so if you want to truly spoil yourself, definitely book a Suite!
On this trip, my wife and I had booked a "Premium Suite" which is located on the top few floors, on the corner of the hotel, with both sides of the room facing Tampa Bay. This is a new Category of Suite for this property; a few rooms were combined into one during the renovation to make a truly amazing Suite. Upon entry, you are in a large entry hallway; to the right is a beautiful and fully renovated marble bathroom and to the left is the entry into a large parlor/sitting area. This sitting area is equipped with a HD-television, a large working desk, and an extremely comfortable couch and chair. But, what makes this type of room absolutely amazing is the floor-to-ceiling windows on both exterior walls -- this wall of windows gives you one of the best sunset and bay views in the area. Then, off to the right is a pocket-door, granting entry into a well appointed bedroom featuring another HD-television, a comfortable chair/ottoman, and an extremely wonderful Hyatt Grand Bed. All-in-all, a truly excellent new Suite that I would highly recommend to anyone.
And, one cannot forget the dining at this property. For Breakfast, Petey Brown's offers what is one of the best hotel breakfast buffets in the area. For a reasonable price, one can chose from either a Continental or a Full Hot Buffet that cannot be beat. The Lobby Bar also offers excellent meal selections for lunch and dinner, as well as truly heavenly drinks. And, one cannot forget the luxury of both Oystercatchers and Armani's! I can promise that you will never go hungry at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay!
For your reference, I have attached numerous photos to this review, to include photos of the room that we stayed in, as well as the renovated hallways and the truly beautiful main pool.
All-in-all, the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay continues to shine; post-renovation, it is truly the best hotel in the Tampa Bay Area. For your next trip to Tampa, this is the only hotel that you should consider!
Spend the extra money and book a Bay View Room, as it is truly worth the money!!
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