This place is just beyond words! I wasn't sure what to expect because I had gotten a sweet deal by booking my flight and arranging my hotel as a package! I think I made my decision based on the ¨Hyatt¨ name?!
After landing, all I had to do was call the hotel and they sent a shuttle right over to bring me to the hotel (really nice perk!)!
From the moment I entered the lobby (by the way, a door-person is there to handle such menial things for you! LOL! So fun!), I felt very pampered and cared for! I was early, so they held my luggage for me while I went into the 1823 Kitchen & Bar for some lunch...this is where I would meet the most wonderful waitress, Mary (Lord I hope that's right!). She took care of me every morning that I was there and I was sad to say goodbye to her! So, while I'm eating...the restaurant manager came over to let me know that my room was ready and ¨my bags had been delivered to my room¨!! When it's time to head for the room, I'm informed that I will be staying in one of the Casitas and they will send a shuttle to take me there!?!! So, I'm guessing because I requested a ¨smoking room¨ (which don't exist), they put me in an area with multiple Casitas...like mini condos (no microwave)...you're own front door and french doors out to the back patio area (smoking!)! The main hotel does not have balconies, so if you're a smoker, ask for the casitas!)! I had room service two or three times and each time they got the food there quick and warm (each time, within 30 minutes)! Everyone of the employees that delivered to me was very friendly and very accommodating!
Just around the corner from my casita was like a paradise! Hammocks, tables with umbrellas, outdoor bar area, ping pong area, baggo area, heated swimming pool, fire-pit with Adirondack chairs circling it, and Oystercatchers restaurant!
There is a beautiful boardwalk that runs between the casitas and main hotel. The boardwalk hugs the edge of the Bay and offers an opportunity for an approximate ten minute stroll and nature appreciation! Also, a beautiful Koi pond by the casitas!
Besides dining at Oystercatchers and breakfast at 1823 Kitchen and Bar, we did get a chance to enjoy 1823 at night! We harassed our poor bartender Noel, but he handled us well and always had a smile! Thanks for a great night to Noel and I believe, our other bartender was Bill?! Sorry!
I was travelling by myself and I couldn't have felt more safe and at home! I would definitely recommend this hotel to all my friends and I will be back for sure!! If I had to say one negative thing, I think it would have to be that they don't clean the casitas until about 2pm and that's just about the time I wanted to get in and take my afternoon nap so I could prepare for the evening adventures!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay offers a unique retreat for business travelers and vacationers alike. This 4 Diamond, waterfront hotel set among 35 tropically landscaped acres offers 442 deluxe guest rooms including 23 suites, 45 casitas and exclusive Grand Club accommodations, two swimming pools, tennis courts, a nature trail, three restaurants including award winning Armani's high atop the 14th floor and Oystercatchers at the waters edge. Conveniently located five minutes to Tampa International Airport with complimentary shuttle and International Plaza & Bay Street Mall. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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