This hotel has been around a long time (1957). I remember as a small child on family vacations to Fort Lauderdale seeing it and saying to myself "gosh, I wish we could stay there." Fortunately in my adult years that has indeed been possible. However, I have not been there for several years and seen the hotel since its recent renovations.
Well no disappointments in my return there this past weekend since those renovations. The hotel remains an outstanding property and I would be pressed hard to find anything wrong with it. The lobby and surrounding areas look great and the room (ours was in the tower) was done in a very chic/contemporary style. The bathrooms in the tower are very generous in size and so much marble in them adds a very upscale feel to them. This is a very sold 4 star property no doubt.
Ultimately I judge any hotel/resort by the food and beverage operation and with just one exception the Hyatt Pier 66 delivers. The Mariner's cafe where a la-carte or buffet breakfast ($20 here, most better Fort Lauderdale hotels charge $25-30 for same) did an outstanding job. The staff was professional and genuinely warm and courteous. Many of the more expensive high end fruits like blueberries and raspberries were available (most hotels give you just strawberries). While you could order an omelette from your waiter/waitress as part of the buffet, I actually ate the scrambled eggs from the silver chafing dish. Most hotels the buffet scrambled eggs are always dry and appear to be made from powdered eggs but at the Hyatt they were no doubt the real thing, creamy and fresh.
I rarely eat burgers but decided to try the Black Angus burger offered at the poolside Orchis Bar and it was positively outstanding. Thick and most importantly cooked to order as I like, the beef was no doubt top grade. They were great about letting me opt out of french fries and enjoy in its place a side salad. My only disappointing dining experience was the very casual "Pelican Landing" which is a good hike from the main hotel out at the edge of the pier Appears to be manned only by a bunch of young kids who had zero understanding of service. Forever to get your order taken, people who arrived after you getting their order taken before yours (and as such their food first) as well as waiting forever to get your check. Had my 4 yr old grandson with me and just felt these young kids running Pelican Landing had no appreciation for how important service can be particularly when you have a small child or children with you.
Finally the grounds around the pool as well as the pools themselves are meticously maintained and give a very "upscale resort" feel to the hotel.
It may not be the Breakers in Palm Beach but the Hyatt Pier 66 after all these years is an outstanding place to stay and I now look forward to returning more frequently in the future!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, a South Florida landmark resort in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, is a 22-acre tropical retreat featuring a world-class marina; Spa 66, the signature health and beauty spa; and a full-service Aquatic Center. A refreshed classic, the resort boasts a new contemporary lounge and function space, along with 384 spacious guestrooms and suites, a spectacular three-pool oasis, and five dining outlets offering everything from incredible waterfront views to innovative, fine dining. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Hotel Fort Lauderdale
- Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-6
- Hyatt Regency Fort Lauderdale
- Hyatt Fort Lauderdale