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Review: Hyatt Regency Miami

I recently stayed at the Hyatt Regency Miami, in order to add additional nights to my Diamond Challenge. My night was paid for by a $100 gift card I had received from my family last Christmas, so essentially my stay was “free” for me.

I checked in late in the evening, and found the hotel to be a short walk from a free tram that links with a regional train to and from the airport. While my trip from the airport to the hotel took about 3 hours due to some train delays and track work, I certainly won’t fault the hotel for this, and appreciate the convenience this closeness is to public transportation – when it is working.

For those going to Miami to experience South Beach, this hotel is NOT near that area. It is about an 8 mile walk to South Beach, which, funny enough, I did because I wanted the exercise. While I wish Hyatt would open a property on South Beach, this hotel is great and convenient for those that have business or reasons to be on the “mainland.”

I arrived and found a large entrance, complete with plenty of taxis and valet parked cars.

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Once inside, I found the Elite Check-In desk, which was busy, but not too long of a wait. The lobby was large and spacious, though it was busy with folks…even at around 11pm at night.

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After checking in, I was given a suite overlooking the river that runs through the city. I did not apply a Diamond Suite Upgrade to this stay, so the suite upgrade was given at the discretion of the hotel — which is a great perk for a Diamond visiting this property, especially during the off hours of the weekend.

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My room was large and spacious, with a bedroom area and living room area.

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There was a seating area complete with several couches, arm chairs and a desk, too.

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The bathroom was large, though nothing special.

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I had a fantastic view out of my large panoramic window. Thought it didn’t overlook the beach itself, it had great city views.

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Along with my Diamond amenities, I was given access to the Regency Club.

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One feature of this club that I did not appreciate is that the Club had operating hours where you were unable to access it. For many other Clubs I’ve seen, they have 24/7 access to at least get a bottle of water or soda. With this Club, the hours seem to be restricted. Even so, my keycard failed to work several times to the Club floor, and I had to make several trips to the front desk for assistance.

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This Regency Club is rather awkward, since it’s right outside the elevator bank, and almost looks like it was just “thrown in” and wasn’t purposely placed there. It takes up a corner off of the hallway, and there’s an assortment of tables scattered throughout. The Club offers complimentary continental breakfast, and hot appetizers in the evening.

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I liked this hotel, and overall had a good experience.

Some notes for future travelers:

  • The hotel is not near South Beach and major nightlife.
  • Restaurants and eateries for late-night cravings are not really available in the immediate area.
  • The Regency Club is nice, but not the greatest.

Have you stayed at the Hyatt Regency Miami?

 

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