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Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando

 

We decided to stay at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando this past weekend. This is our fourth time visiting this property and each time we’ve been lucky to stay in Room #1240, one of few junior suites with a private enormous terrace. To sum it up, WOW.

Location: The hotel is located in the heart of Lake Buena Vista. We got to Magic Kingdom in 11 minutes door to parking lot so it’s super convenient for Disney park hopping. Each time we visit the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, we simply want to spend the entire day at the hotel and not visit theme parks but it’s tough with two little Disney obsessed ladies.

Booking: Both DD Mommy and I used our annual free night from our Chase Hyatt credit card (we each have one) and combined the nights to form a two-night weekend stay. I contacted my rep at the hotel and was able to secure the junior suite for $75/night extra. Given that the standard room we booked was free thanks to the Chase Hyatt credit card, I didn’t mind paying the upcharge for the junior suite.

Room: The junior suite is almost perfect for a family of 2 adults and 2 children. I say “almost” because it’s just one bedroom split into a main bedroom and living room with a pull out sofa. Ideally, most families would want two double beds or a two bedroom but even the VIP suite (which comes with two bedrooms), does not have a terrace like the junior suite but a basic balcony. It’s by far the nicest private terrace/balcony space I’ve ever had attached to my room and you get to watch Epcot and Magic Kingdom fireworks from your private terrace.

Main Bedroom

Living space with pull out sofa bed

Small fridge, wine rack, coffee maker, sink, small desk

Private terrace with nice deck furniture

G&O

Sunset

 

Enormous Private Terrace

Activities: I’m always impressed with the number of on-site activities at the hotel. A Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf course, a racquet club, a 21-acre lake with water sports including kayaking and paddle boarding, multiple swimming pools with waterfalls and waterslides, bike rentals, rock climbing, you name it, this hotel’s got it. There’s a $30 resort fee charged but given all the activities provided, it’s a justified expense. Pro tip: book with points and you don’t pay a resort fee.

Conclusion: I’d opt for the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress over the majority of on-site Disney hotels (including the often compared-to Dolphin and Swan) and most high-end 4-5 star hotels of similar stature. The hotel feels cozy despite the size, the staff is tremendous, the location is perfect for Disney and you’ll never feel involuntarily bored. I’m already looking forward to my next stay at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress later this year.

 

 

 

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