The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach IS a nice hotel. In fact, it's even a really nice hotel. BUT... there are some things that keep it from being completely amazing. The staff is great - from the desk staff, the concierge, to the valets and housekeeping. Everyone was very helpful and accommodating. The hotel itself is decorated and appointed nicely. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. The kitchenette was great, the bathroom was beautiful. The beds were even shockingly sleep-able. The location is fantastic... it's in the middle of everything, and perhaps 10 steps from the actual sand.
BUT... most the things pointed out in the other reviews are really true
... the resort fee. I still have no idea what I paid that $20/day for.
.... the internet service is a joke. If you need any kind of reliable internet... you're in trouble. You COULD go to the business center and pay $5/15 min for internet (and then a per-page charge for any printing)... but... really?!
.... it's annoying to pay $16 (self park) or $20 (valet) a day... when there's an empty parking garage next to the hotel that's FREE.
.... the layout really is totally bizarre. The views from the pool (8th floor) and hot tub (16th or 18th, I can't remember, floor) are fantastic, but getting to them is a really odd experience.
.... the main entrance is at the back of the hotel. The actual back of the hotel is what faces the beach. Weird.
....every room in theory has a view of the ocean, but it might just be a tiny little sliver of sand/water.
Overall, the hotel is really nice. I might even stay here again.... provided I wanted to leave all my technological devices at home. I visit Clearwater a few times a year and I've stayed at every chain hotel (and Shephard's) along the beach. I enjoyed the Hyatt experience, but for all the "BUTS..." involved, I'm not sure it's really a good value. There are other hotels that offer free internet that's reliable (or a business center that's free), don't have the resort fees, and have a more logical lay-out. BUT... if you're looking for an upscale hotel experience and don't mind a few odd caveats, this would be a good place to stay a few days.
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- Also Known As:
- Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Hotel Clearwater
- Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort And Spa