At the end of last week Ted and I skipped town for a mini-getaway at the Hyatt Regency Orlando and it was nothing short of amazing! It’s no secret that I love traveling, and while a big extravagant trip isn’t always in the cards, staycations not too far from home (or in your own state period) are really great too! Here’s what we thought about our stay.
The Hyatt Regency is located in a prime spot in Orlando, directly connected to the Orlando Convention Center and a few traffic lights away from the main attractions on I-Drive (International Drive). The hotel is also a mere 5-10 minutes from Universal and Sea World and 15 from Disney and the main outlets and malls locate in Orlando.
We stayed in a Metropolitan Suite, which was great for a two-night stay! Upon walking into the room, we found a counter with a coffee maker and a mini fridge for storing some food and drinks to the left, and a spacious bathroom on the right.
Our bathroom had one of the coolest features I’ve ever seen – a TV built INTO the bathroom mirror! This was pretty amazing to use when getting ready and/or showering. I’m thinking I need to find a way to get one of those built into my bathroom mirror at home ASAP! The bathroom also had a sensor LED light that activated when you walked in, which was great for not having to deal with bright lights in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning.
Ahead, a living room area, complete with a couch, a cushy chair, a table with a set of chairs, desk, and TV. This was great for hanging out and relaxing during the day and in between our adventures both inside and outside of the hotel! Attached to the living room was a nice little patio area where we could step outside to check the weather and take in the views of Orlando.
The bedroom also included a king-size bed, an iHome alarm clock/radio system, a TV, and another fantastic view of Orlando! Having the extra space in the suite with the separate living and sleeping areas was really great!
Service + Amenities
There are SO many amenities available here, we couldn’t believe it. Between the pools, spa, fitness center, and dining options, you really don’t even need to leave the hotel to have a good time!
There are two pools on-site, one on each side of the property. Not far from the lagoon pool (which features a waterfall and water slide), guests can visit the fitness center which has a plethora of machines to choose from, as well as a separate room for spin and core training.
Next up, the spa! It’s not just a few rooms for massages and getting your nails done. It’s a full-blown spa with locker rooms + robes, jacuzzis, and saunas! Services you can choose from include massage, facial, body scrub, manicure, blowout, hairstyling, or makeup services. I got a deep-tissue massage during our stay and loved experiencing the spa. It’s definitely a great way to spend a few hours of your day to relax!
When it comes to parking, you have two options during your stay. You can self-park in the covered garage for $20 or valet with in/out service for $29. Be sure to let the front desk know which option you’d like upon check-in, as your room key is your ticket in and out of the self-parking garage.
OH, the food. It does not disappoint! There are quite a few options to choose from at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, ranging from quick bites to more upscale dining:
- Coconuts Poolside Bar & Grill: Florida-style drinks/eats
- Urban Tide: Coastal cuisine with bold flavors
- Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse: Rustic Italian meets modern steakhouse
- B-Line: 24-hour eatery with diner-style food
- Coffee Etcetera: Coffee + snacks to-go
- Lobby bar + Rocks: Cocktails
We dined at Fiorenzo during our stay and I must say, it was easily one of the best meals either of us have ever had! For appetizers we sampled the calamari (that one was all Ted – and he said it was THE BEST calamari he’s ever had), caprese salad, and cucumber salad, alongside a basket of assorted breads with olive oil.
For the main course, we both went with the Filet Mignon and enjoyed some delicious sides, including risotto, broccolini, mashed potatoes, and a linguini pasta (fun fact: all of the restaurant’s pasta is homemade by a local Italian woman).
Pairing perfectly with our meal were the Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz, both from The Goose wine brand, which is owned by famous South African golfer Retief Goosen. We also learned that Goosen himself visited the restaurant a few weeks ago, and the wines were so good that Fiorenzo decided to carry the brand.
The restaurant switches up several of their dishes quite a bit as well, depending on the season or even day, which is pretty cool! Our stomachs magically expanded when dessert time rolled around (funny how that always happens), and we couldn’t get enough of the tiramisu and sorbetto! We also had a once-in-a-lifetime experience giving the rare Louis XIII cognac a try. Fiorenzo’s one of the few places that offer the drink by the ounce – most places require you to buy the entire bottle!
The Hyatt Regency Orlando is a great option whether you’re in town for a quick trip or a lengthy stay. You can keep an eye on their offers page for the latest deals, but Florida residents, can take advantage of a 10% discount during the entire month of August! Definitely a great way to end summer with friends, family, or significant others!