First things first. The service was excellent, the rooms were comfortable and clean, and we didn't run into any hidden charges. Now the details:
Charges: There is a resort fee, and there is a parking fee. As long as you are aware of these, you will not be surprised. The good news is that there are no extra charges to use the bikes, rock walls, or paddle-boats. I can't tell you about the golf course because we don't play.
Shuttle to Disney: The shuttle leaves for Disney only twice a day, at about 9:00 and 10:00 and comes back only four or five times, in the afternoons. If these times are not convenient for you, then you will be on your own for transportation. This was fine for us, but if you are looking for hourly shuttles, then you will have to look elsewhere.
Heated pool: The pool was a good temperature, even though it was a little cool outside. Be aware that only one of the pools is heated, so don't be frozen out by the first pool you get to. The waterfalls by the pool look realistic enough, and my son had a great time wandering through the "caves".
Waterslide: Be aware that the slide has a minimum height requirement of 48 inches. This is pretty tall for this type of slide, so make sure your kid measures up before you book. The air was a little cold, and very windy the day we went, so my son did not want to wait in line for the slide. The air temp in Orlando is usually high enough that it won't matter, but don't plan to spend a lot of time on the slide in winter or early spring unless you are prepared for it. The top of the slide in not in the sun, which might be a good thing in July, but not so much in March. The good news is that the slide feeds into the heated pool, so if the line is short, you can be back in the water pretty quick. The splash pad did not seem to be heated, but it looked like it would be fun place on a hot afternoon.
Bike paths: The paved bike path was a little strange. It was quiet and peaceful, but when you got to the point where it looked like you would complete the circle, the sign instructed you to turn around and go back the way you came. It would be like having a jogging trail that went in a straight line, and then ended at a sign that says: "Good job, now face the other direction and continue."
Jogging trails: The jogging trails were a little better in that they seemed to end up back where they started without the benefit of forcing people to turn around. The landscaping is excellent, so you can jog through the property without ever worrying about the Orlando roads.
Paddle-boats: A good variety of single, double, and family boats were available to borrow and use around their lake. The lake is just the right size to paddle around and enjoy. I can see how it might get crowded if the hotel was packed, but when we were there, we usually saw only one or two other boats on the lake. There is also a sunfish you can use, but I never took it out.
Rock-climbing: There were several walls that were the right size for kids. My son was the right height for the smallest wall, which I think was a nine-foot "kiddie" wall. My son tried it once, and I think he would have done it again, but all he wanted to do was swim.
Dining: All of the restaurants at the motel are good, but we did not visit any of them this time around. We have been to Hemmingway's before, though, and it was excellent. For this trip, though, we were on a low budget, and we ate every meal at one of the restaurants just outside the hotel front gate. Because of the location, there are more than a dozen well-known chain restaurants within a mile or two of the hotel. We always found what we wanted without having to go out of our way in any direction. The chain restaurants might not offer the quality of the Hyatt, but they are a pretty reliable choice, and cheaper than hotel food or theme park food.
In total: If you are spending all day at the hotel, you might run out of stuff to do after a couple of days. But if you are using the hotel as a break from theme parks, it will add a dimension to your vacation that is easily as good as Disney's on-property hotels.
The atmosphere is family-friendly, without being as over-the-top as some other local hotels. Between the bikes, the paddle-boats, the heated pool, and the rock walls, The Hyatt Grand Cypress gives you a lot of things to do on the days that you are burned out from theme parks, or just enjoying a break during a conference. I would recommend it for family or for couples, unless you are specifically looking for something cheaper, or some place right on the Disney property..
- 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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