To kick off my trip to Dubai, I stayed one night at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport. The hotel is great because it’s just inside the terminal so you don’t have to wait for a shuttle bus to get to and from the hotel. The hotel may charge a surcharge for this, but I think it’s worth it. While otherwise not as exciting as the Grand Hyatt SFO, it’s an excellent airport hotel.
Booking Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport
Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport is a World of Hyatt Category 4 hotel, meaning that redeeming a free night for a standard room costs 12,000-18,000 points per night. The night I stayed was the “Standard” rate and I redeemed a Category 1-4 Free Night Award.
Personally, I value World of Hyatt points at 1.5 cents each, just as a guide, which means I paid the equivalent of about $225 per night. The cash rate for my night was over $350 USD so redeeming points was better value.
Even if you’re not a Hyatt loyalist, earning World of Hyatt points can be pretty easy. In addition to being able to earn World of Hyatt points with the World of Hyatt Credit Card (Review) and World of Hyatt Business Credit Card (Review), you can also transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards.
Location of the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport
I mentioned that above, but the location of the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport really can’t be beat as it’s inside the terminal. The hotel occupies the floors just above the central landside concourse and you can even see the security lines from the hotel.
If you arrive by plane, just follow the signs to the hotel.
Then go to the area of the terminal where you will see the elevators to the hotel and then you can either take one of the elevators upstairs or take the escalator. The lobby is on the fourth floor.
I can’t stress enough how much I appreciate an airport hotel that doesn’t rely on an airport shuttle. Airport-hotel shuttles are notoriously unreliable, and I feel like it takes me an hour half the time to get to the hotel. In my opinion, it’s worth paying a premium to avoid this.
Lobby and check-in at Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport
I arrived at Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport around 2am (thanks JetBlue for the delay) and was immediately assisted with check-in. The front desk clerk informed me that I had been upgraded to a higher floor room with a view of the runway and that as a Globalist member I would receive complimentary breakfast. I also asked for late check out at 4pm which was granted.
The lobby has plenty of seating and turns into a lobby bar from 5pm to 12am daily (although I didn’t visit it as it didn’t conflict with the hours of my stay).
The lobby also has a few PCs and a printer.
King Room at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport
I was assigned room 1003, a king room on the 10th floor (the highest floor) with a view of the runway. When exiting the elevator on the 10th floor, it was one of the first rooms on the right.
For an airport Hyatt Regency I thought the interior design was great and I assume it has been renovated in the last few years. The room had a comfortable king-size bed (although I wish Hyatt hotels had bigger pillows), a couch with a coffee table, a desk with a chair, and a wall-mounted TV.
The room had an empty mini-fridge, a coffee maker with Keurig pods, and two bottles of water.
The room didn’t have a real closet but a visible shelf near the entrance where you could hang things.
The bathroom had a sink, a shower/tub combination, and a toilet.
Toiletries were Pharmacopia as is usual in Hyatt Regency properties.
The room had a balcony (unfurnished) overlooking part of the airside terminal and the runway in the distance.
I thought this was a great room all things considered. Of course, as a member of World of Hyatt, Wi-Fi was free and fast.
Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport McCoy’s Bar & Grill (Breakfast)
McCoy’s Bar & Grill is the Hyatt Regency’s all-day dining restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. As a geek, I appreciated the name – Orlando’s airport code is “MCO” because it stands for McCoy Air Force Base, which was the airport’s original name before it closed as a military airport in 1975.
I also liked all the model airplanes in a display case in front of the restaurant.
The decor of the restaurant as such was rather unremarkable. Unfortunately, it didn’t offer much in terms of apron or runway.
I had breakfast in the restaurant, and it’s served daily from 7am to 11am (I find 7am to be a late start for breakfast in an airport hotel, but I’m weird too, so…). As a Globalist member, I could order off the menu.
I started with some (really hot) coffee and water.
Then I ordered the avocado toast with scrambled eggs and fruit. It was excellent and a huge portion.
By the way, even if you don’t want a full breakfast, the hotel offers free coffee and tea in the lobby every morning.
Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport other dining options
The Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport also has the Hemisphere Restaurant, which is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (see the menu here). It’s on the ninth floor, so it offers a great view of the airport. It was closed during my visit but I remember the last time I stayed at this hotel (years ago) breakfast was served up there.
The hotel also has a selection of drinks and snacks for purchase at the front desk, and they were oddly cheap — a Diet Pepsi was $1.50, as was a KIND bar. I have a feeling most other places would try to charge at least twice as much.
Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Gym
The Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport exercise facility is located on the sixth floor and is accessible 24 hours a day with your key card. The gym had a pretty good selection of cardio and weight machines and I enjoyed using it in the afternoon before checking out.
Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport pool
The Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport also has an outdoor pool and plenty of seating on the sixth floor that you don’t often see at an airport hotel. There was some construction going on around the pool but it didn’t seem like it would get in the way of using it.
The Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport is an incredibly convenient airport hotel. Located in the terminal, it has nicely renovated rooms, a gym and pool, and a solid restaurant. If you have a reason to want to stay near the Orlando Airport, you cannot beat the convenience of this location.
If you stayed at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport, how was your experience?