When we bought tickets for our Disney and Universal Studios trip a few months back, finding the right hotel at the right price was a daunting task. I know that the Disney and Universal Resorts are amazing. I kept asking myself if it is really necessary after spending the whole day at the park to pay a premium for that experience. I got on Priceline and found an Express Deal of $119** for the 4.5 Star rated Hyatt Regency Orlando and immediately booked it. I knew I would be happy no matter what, but after my stay, I know why this was worth it!
This property is located less than 5 miles (or a $10 Lyft ride) from Universal Studios and 12 miles (or a $17.00 Lyft ride) from Disney. Parking at the parks were $25/day so in the case of Universal it was cheaper and easier to ride share. What an incredible location, right on International Drive, less than 10 miles from the Premium Outlets. The Hyatt felt centrally located.
For a ‘standard room’ we were thrilled to find luxurious details like a chaise lounger, 415 square feet of space, marble accents in the bathroom, and my kids favorite, a TV in the bathroom mirror! We had plenty of storage space to tuck away all our swimming accessories, shoes, souvenirs, and so much more.
Ok, so this is NOT your average pool! It has a medium sized water slide, little beach area complete with beach umbrellas, waterfall cove, zero depth heated pool, hot tub, splash pad, private cabana, full size poolside restaurant, and a little shop that will inflate AND deflate floaters for you! Despite being there on a busy weekend, we never felt like the pool was over crowded and we really enjoyed the variety of settings for kids who like to move around.
Even though the property has SEVEN dining options on site (yes, 7!) each morning we took advantage of The Market. It truly has a full ‘grocery store’ type menu with not overly inflated prices. My girls were able to grab their favorite cereal, yogurt or oatmeal while I grabbed a coffee and bagel. Starting off my day at The Market for less than $20 was such a convenience before we headed out for a long day of adventure.
This property is also attached to a convention center so to say that it is a big property is an understatement. With all the hustle and bustle of international conferences and weddings, the Hyatt was able to still provide an intimate experience that we really enjoyed.
Typical of any mom in my situation, I was happy that my kids were happy and I was thrilled that I didn’t have to pay more for a place to rest my head after a busy day. If you are in the Orlando area, look into scoring a deal on the Hyatt Regency Orlando, you won’t regret it!
** On my bill on the way out I noticed that I was charged a $25/day ‘Resort Fee’ which I told the manager was a sneaky move on what I thought was a great deal. But after some consideration, even at $144/night, this place ends up being a pretty good deal.