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Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Orange County, AKA It’s Good to Be Diamond!

This post was written by Nancy, who is a regular contributor. She also runs a blog Savingforadream

On my recent trip to Disneyland with my daughter, we stayed at the Hyatt Regency Orange County. I chose to stay at this hotel because I had some Hyatt points (from my husband’s Chase Sapphire Preferred card and my Chase Ink Plus) and because I was matched to Hyatt Diamond status late last year.

This property seemed to offer more amenities than the nearby Hyatt Place, and it costs the same amount of points (12,000 per night). I was also interested in checking out one of the hotel’s family suites with bunk beds for a future stay with my entire family of five.

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I know that most families don’t have Hyatt Diamond status, and I wouldn’t have Diamond status had it not been for that match last year…but if you are a Hyatt Diamond and you want to visit Disneyland, you really must stay here. For starters, a few days before my trip I received an email from the VIP Assistant Manager confirming my stay and asking if I had any questions or requests.

I actually did have a request—which was to tour one of the family suites. I received a call from the manager confirming that I could tour a few suites during my stay, and she actually upgraded me to a large family suite. Woohoo!

Other Diamond benefits I received during my stay were: 1000 points, two free items in the deli (we had them for dinner) and free breakfast in the restaurant. This hotel did not have a club lounge.

Location/Transportation: The hotel is located on Harbor Blvd. ~1.4 miles down the road from the Disneyland Resort. The closest airport is the John Wayne Orange County airport (SNA), which is about 13 miles away. If you are just coming for Disneyland, I don’t recommend renting a car, as it costs $27 a day to park at the hotel. The Disneyland Express bus makes a stop at the hotel, and a round-trip ticket for me and my daughter was only $30.

The hotel also offers a bus to Disneyland every 30 minutes at $5 for adults and $2 for kids. With traffic, the bus ride to Disneyland took 10-15 minutes. I could hear Disneyland’s fireworks from the hotel (and I could see part of them from our room). There is a Disneyland theme park ticket stand in the lobby.

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Disneyland shuttle stop with real-time bus tracking

Rooms/Suites: The hotel has two towers joined together by an atrium as well as conference facilities.

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Front desk

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Lobby atrium inside Hyatt Regency Orange County

The entire north tower is all suites. I was upgraded to a VIP Family Suite that sleeps up to 7 people. It was huge! It contained a bedroom with a king bed, a living room area with a sofa bed, a bedroom with a bunk bed (twin on top, double on bottom) and two bathrooms. It also had a refrigerator, microwave and three TVs. Wow!

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Living room area with sofa bed in the VIP Family Suite

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Bedroom with king bed (and a bathroom photo for Leana)

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The kids’ room in the VIP Family Suite

If you have a large family, this hotel is ideal. I was able to tour a few other two-bedroom suites without bunk beds. The hotel also offers smaller Kid’s Suite rooms that have a king bedroom and a separate bedroom with the 3-person bunk bed. Those rooms are basically like the VIP Family Suite except without the living room area.

These are not $800 a night suites. The rates vary by season, but from what I can see they go for $200-$500+ a night depending on the day and the type of suite. That is less than it costs to stay at a regular room at the Disneyland Hotel and Disneyland’s Grand California Hotel, plus you get a lot more space. Hyatt sometimes offers a “Suite Sale” with larger discounts. I found this rate on a Kid’s Suite in June:

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Amenities: This hotel has two heated pools. One is located outside of the North tower and has a hot tub. The other is accessible through the South tower on the 3rd floor rooftop of the convention center. The rooftop has a pool, tennis court, basketball court, shuffleboard, ping pong table, life-size checkers and a fire pit. The deli sells s’mores kits with marshmallow roasting sticks. There is an arcade off the lobby.

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North tower ground-level pool/hot tub

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Basketball court/shuffleboard

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Life-size Checkers

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Rooftop pool

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Roasting marshmallows over the rooftop fire pit

Restaurants/Food Nearby: The hotel’s main restaurant downstairs, TusCA, has a breakfast buffet. It is free for Diamond members, but with tax and gratuity it was $30. There are less expensive options for breakfast, including a Starbucks in the lobby and breakfast items from the deli. Kids eat free at TusCA for dinner with a paid adult entrée.

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TusCA restaurant

The OC Brewhouse bar and grill was also located in the lobby atrium. The hotel has a room service/food pick-up menu with surprisingly reasonable kids’ meal prices. We ordered a kid’s pizza one night, and it was quite large.

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Across the street are many other food options, including Subway, Del Taco, Outback Steakhouse, Joe’s Crabshack, Red Robin and Coco’s Café/Bakery. There was also a Target and Walgreen’s across the street. The Kid’s Suites and VIP Family Suites have microwaves and refrigerators.

Final thoughts: My daughter and I both give the Hyatt Regency Orange County two thumbs up! We saw many other off-site hotels during our ride to/from the airport, but the Hyatt seems like one of the nicer off-site hotels in terms of upkeep and amenities.

At 12,000 points a night for a standard room and with suites cheaper than a room at the Disneyland hotels, this hotel has a lot of value for families. I hope to visit Disneyland again with my entire family, and staying in a Kid’s Suite for five would make our trip more enjoyable.

Have you stayed at this hotel? What are your thoughts?

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Author: Leana

Leana is the owner and founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.

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