Review: Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach

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    During my recent trip to Florida I spent most of my time at the Grand Hyatt as usual, and did one night at Le Meridien Tampa since it was their opening night.

    However, it was also my mom’s birthday, so I wanted to do something special for her. She couldn’t take much time off work so we couldn’t fly anywhere (though she had a hell of a birthday trip last year), so I decided to plan a staycation at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach. Clearwater is just about an hour from Tampa, so it’s an easy drive when time is limited.

    I booked a couple of nights here using the “My Elite Rate,” whereby elite members receive 20% off the hotel’s Daily Rate. The rate was a bit over $200 per night, which I thought was reasonable, and is cheaper than this hotel is over weekends.

    The Hyatt Regency is located directly on Clearwater Beach (as the name suggests), and after self parking we headed into the lobby for check-in.

    The lobby was pretty basic, with just a couple of check-in “podiums” and then a couch area in the corner.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach lobby

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach lobby

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach lobby

    The main lobby area is on the second floor. It feels an awful lot like a convention property on the second floor, at least in terms of the lack of furniture and long, dark hallways.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach lobby

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach lobby

    Anyway, the check-in associate was friendly, and within a few minutes we were given keys to the two bedroom suite we had been upgraded to. Rooms at this property are all large, and I’ve had good luck being upgraded to suites as a Diamond member.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach hallway

    Our suite was at the far end of the 15th floor, room 1543.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach room entrance

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach floorplan

    The room was massive and well furnished. The rooms do feel a bit timesharey and aren’t ultra high-end, but for a beach property I think they’re quite nice.

    There was a small dining area by the entrance, with two chairs and a booth that seats two.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach hallway

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Two Bedroom Suite dining area

    Then there was a living room with a couch and love seat. The couch converts into a double bed.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Two Bedroom Suite living room

    Both the couch and love seat faced a flat screen TV.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Two Bedroom Suite living room

    Then there was a massive kitchen with a full size fridge, microwave, oven, etc.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Two Bedroom Suite kitchen

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Two Bedroom Suite kitchen

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Two Bedroom Suite kitchen

    Near the entrance was the second bedroom, which featured a double bed facing a flat screen TV.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Two Bedroom Suite bedroom

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Two Bedroom Suite bedroom

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Two Bedroom Suite bedroom

    It boasted nice views of the beach.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Two Bedroom Suite bedroom view

    That’s also where the second bathroom was located, which featured a sink and shower/tub combo.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Two Bedroom Suite second bathroom

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Two Bedroom Suite second bathroom

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Two Bedroom Suite second bathroom

    The master bedroom was quite a bit larger, with a king size bed, seat by the window, and flat screen TV.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Two Bedroom Suite master bedroom

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Two Bedroom Suite master bedroom

    The master bathroom was also quite a bit larger, with two sinks, a shower/tub combo, and a walk-in shower.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Two Bedroom Suite master bathroom

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Two Bedroom Suite master bathroom

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Two Bedroom Suite master bathroom

    I do find it a bit odd that they had both a walk-in shower and shower/tub combo, but not an actual soaking tub.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Two Bedroom Suite master bathroom

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Two Bedroom Suite master bathroom

    Probably the highlight of the room, though, was the balcony. We were on the second highest floor and had direct views of Clearwater Beach — can’t beat that!

    I’m not actually a beach person, as I’m as red as a lobster within 30 minutes of going outside, and also just don’t like sand or salt water. So at beach properties I do love a nice balcony, since I can sit on the balcony with my laptop while my mom enjoys the beach.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Two Bedroom Suite balcony

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Two Bedroom Suite balcony view

    And the views really were gorgeous. Especially around sunset.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Two Bedroom Suite balcony view

    I mentioned to the hotel in advance that it was my mom’s birthday, so they were nice enough to bring an amenity consisting of sweets and a voucher for some wine/appetizers at the lobby lounge.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach welcome gift

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach welcome gift

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach welcome gift

    As far as breakfast goes, it was served in SHOR Restaurant, which is located on the second floor. As a Gold Passport Diamond member, breakfast was complimentary for up to four people, which sure is generous.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach SHOR Restaurant

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach SHOR Restaurant

    We had breakfast on the patio both mornings, which overlooks the beach.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach SHOR Restaurant balcony

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach SHOR Restaurant balcony view

    You can either have the buffet and still order eggs however you’d like them, or they have a breakfast menu, which reads as follows:

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    The buffet was quite good. There were a variety of continental options, including fruit, cereal, yogurt, pastries, bread, muffins, etc.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach SHOR Restaurant breakfast buffet

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach SHOR Restaurant breakfast buffet

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach SHOR Restaurant breakfast buffet

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach SHOR Restaurant breakfast buffet

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach SHOR Restaurant breakfast buffet

    Then there were also a handful of hot dishes, including oatmeal, french toast, scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, etc.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach SHOR Restaurant breakfast buffet

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach SHOR Restaurant breakfast buffet

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach SHOR Restaurant breakfast

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach SHOR Restaurant breakfast

    One evening we used the voucher we had for the lobby bar, which was valid for two glasses of wine and an appetizer.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Skimmer’s Lobby Bar

    We ordered the crab cakes and caprese salad, both of which were very good.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Skimmer’s Lobby Bar crab cakes

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Skimmer’s Lobby Bar caprese salad

    While Clearwater Beach is a nice area for going to the beach, the dining options are generally quite limited, so we had dinner at the hotel’s restaurant on my mom’s birthday. While it wasn’t cheap, the food was excellent.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach SHOR Restaurant dinner


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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach SHOR Restaurant dinner

    In terms of the hotel’s other facilities, there’s a pool on the 8th floor. The deck area itself is huge though the pool isn’t especially big.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach pool

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach pool

    There’s also a decent gym located next to the spa, which I used both days.

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater beach gym

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater beach gym

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    Hyatt Regency Clearwater beach gym

    Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach bottom line

    While I’m not a huge fan of the beach, my mom is, and she really enjoyed this getaway (as did I, even if I spent much of it sitting on the balcony with my laptop looking at the beach, which is my idea of a beach vacation).

    Given the rate I paid I thought the hotel was a great value, especially with the upgrade. This isn’t the highest end beach resort in the world, but you can’t beat it for a quick two day getaway from Tampa.

    Redeeming points at Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach

    The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach is a Gold Passport Category 5 property, meaning it costs:

    • 20,000 Gold Passport points for a free night redemption
    • 10,000 Gold Passport points plus $125 for a Points + Cash redemption (subject to capacity controls)

    Given that the rate was ~$200 per night when I stayed, paying cash was definitely the best option. That being said, in high season and on weekends rates here can be $400+ per night, in which case redeeming points would be a much better value, in my opinion.

    In addition to their own co-branded Chase Hyatt Visa Card, Hyatt Gold Passport is also a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner, meaning you can transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards instantly at a 1:1 ratio. The best cards for collecting Ultimate Rewards points are:

    • The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, which offers double points on dining and travel, no foreign transaction fees, and a 7% annual points dividend (plus a sign-up bonus of 40,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $3,000 within three months, plus an additional 5,000 points when you add an authorized user and they make their first purchase within three months)
    • The Ink Plus® Business Card and Ink Bold® Business Card, which offer 5x points on office supply stores, and on cellular phone, landline, internet, and cable TV services (plus a sign-up bonus of 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $5,000 within three months)

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