This may sound crazy to most of my miles and points brethren, but I’ve never stayed at a Hyatt Place before. I checked and all of our Hyatt family trips so far involved Regency or Regency resort brands. So, I figured it might be helpful to do a brief review for two other people who’ve never stayed at a Hyatt Place either.
Few weeks ago my family flew to Jamaica for an all-inclusive vacation (trip report coming soon). Since the flight had a relatively early departure time, I reluctantly decided to book an overnight stay near Orlando airport. After some back and forth, I settled on Hyatt Place Orlando Airport. And I’m glad I did! For 5,000 Hyatt points per night (transferred from UR program on 1:1 basis), this place is a steal.
Checking in (breakfast area is straight ahead). You can buy sandwiches, snacks and drinks in the lobby.
A cozy area to entertain restless guests while one of the parents is getting everything settled at the front desk.
A room was a bit smaller than I thought it would be. I’m not sure what I was expecting for 5,000 points per night, though? Everything was clean and it looks like the rooms were recently remodeled. Loved the brand new carpet. Mattresses were extremely comfortable. Hyatt does not skimp on beds, something I’ve come to appreciate.
There was an oversized sofa which became kids’ bed for the night.
We requested an extra blanket which was promptly delivered to our room. I loved the fact that the kids had their own sleeping area. Less fighting and more rest for me. As parents of young children, we have to improvise sometimes in order to keep peace! I laid on the sofa mattress and it wasn’t too bad. As long as your teenager isn’t picky, it may fit the bill for a night or two.
The bathroom was small-ish, but acceptable. As you can see, the sink was in a separate area.
The breakfast was incredible. They had ham-egg-and-cheese skillet sandwiches, pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage. And much more! IMO the breakfast is way better than one you’ll find at a Holiday Inn Express and a notch above Marriott Residence Inn. This is the type of food I would gladly pay for, which isn’t always the case when it comes to hotel breakfasts. Coffee was wonderful, another rarity when you stay at a budget-type property.
Yogurt and fruit
There is a pool (though no hot tub), but we didn’t get a chance to use it. We ended up arriving at 8:30 PM, so just went ahead and put our kids to bed, so they could get rest before the flight.
Hyatt Place Orlando Airport could be a decent base if you plan to visit one Disney park, before moving on to another part of Florida. Staying here for 5,000 points per night is a terrific deal if you only need a place to sleep and eat (well).
Few minor criticisms
Overall, this place is a terrific value on points. However, I want to point out a few things you need to be aware of:
1) While the bathroom was clean, I did notice some mold in the shower area. The rubber mat was disgusting and it looks like it’s seen better days. Really needs to be thrown out. Perhaps it was just our room, I don’t know. It’s not a deal breaker to me (it’s Florida after all), but if you have bad allergies, keep that in mind.
2) We could hear airplanes a few times, so the hotel is not soundproof. It wasn’t bad, plus we used a noise machine to drown out various sounds. But if you are a light sleeper, beware.
3) There was no ironing board. Not a huge thing, but my clothes got a bit wrinkled, and there wasn’t anything I could do about it.
4) Be aware that hotel rooms have either one king bed or two full beds. Sharing a full bed with my husband is not an option. So, if you have a large family, you may need to look elsewhere.
5) I almost hate to mention it because it’s so silly, but… The sheets were of cheap variety, a bit scratchy. I realize Hyatt Place is a semi-budget brand, but still. I’m a snob when it comes to sheets.
How you can stay here on points
The hotel runs at 5,000 Hyatt points per night. Your best card choices at the moment are: Chase Ink Business Preferred or Chase Sapphire Preferred. These offers are subject to 5/24 rule. You can use Ultimate Rewards points from the sign-up bonus on either card for transfer to Hyatt on 1:1 basis. Both offers pay us commission if you apply through the site.
I would hold off on Chase Sapphire Reserve for now since the bonus is currently slashed in half, but it’s up to you. Here is a non-affiliate link in case you decide to apply.
I think the hotel is a terrific bargain on points, considering the fact that rates rarely dip below $100 per night. The breakfast alone to me is worth at least $35 for a family of four. Obviously, this is no resort, but for 5,000 UR points it’s unlikely you’ll find a better deal near Orlando airport. If you do, let me know!
Leana is the 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.