October 21, 2018

Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Fort Lauderdale Review

Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Hotel Tower

The Hyatt Pier 66 is close to the Fort Lauderdale airport.  The hotel is roughly 5 miles from the Fort Lauderdale airport and 31 miles from the Miami airport.  The hotel doesn’t have an airport shuttle, but taxis and other ride sharing services are available.

The first thing that is important for readers to be aware of is that the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 is not located on the beach and it is not located within easy walking distance from the beach (beach is roughly 1 mile away). The hotel does operate a free beach shuttle which takes guests to the beach, but at the time of my visit, it was operating once every two hours.

There is a major port for cruise ships approx 1 mile from the hotel. Public Water taxis are available at the marina and there is a Sun Trolley service that has a stop at the hotel. Water Taxi tickets are $26 per day and Sun Trolley tickets are $3 per day, both with unlimited rides for the day.

Visited May 2016

I previously reserved a room for memorial day weekend roughly one month in advance. After reserving the room online, I called the Hyatt diamond line to apply one of my 4 suite upgrades. The Hyatt representative informed me that a suite would be available during the weekend of the trip.

The desk clerk informed me that no suites were available.  Instead, i was given a junior suite, but I was informed that my suite upgrade would be returned to my account and I could use it in the future. Hyatt is the only Major hotel chain that offers confirmed suite upgrades upon arrival to its Diamond level guests, but how great is this benefit if you can’t use it or it is not available after you’ve requested it?

Room

The junior suite i received was on the 5th floor. The room itself was very nice. It included a balcony, small living room / desk, and a large double bed. I had no major complaints with the room, but I came to the hotel expecting a suite and while the room was better than the basic standard room, it was not what i was expecting.

Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Junior Suite Living Room
Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Junior Suite Living Room.
Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Junior Suite Living Room
Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Junior Suite Living Room.
Hyatt Regency junior suite hallway leading to the bathroom
Hyatt Regency junior suite hallway leading to the bathroom.
Hyatt Regency junior suite desk
Hyatt Regency junior suite desk.
Hyatt Regency junior suite large king size bed
Hyatt Regency junior suite large king size bed.
Hyatt Regency junior suite nightstand
Hyatt Regency junior suite nightstand.
Hyatt Regency junior suite double bathroom sink
Hyatt Regency junior suite double bathroom sink.
Soap and Shampoo inside Hyatt Regency junior suite room
Soap and Shampoo inside Hyatt Regency junior suite room.
Hyatt Regency junior suite TV
Junior suite TV.
Complimentary coffee and water inside the junior suite
Complimentary coffee and water inside the junior suite.
Hyatt Regency Pier 66 junior suite balcony view.
Hyatt Regency Pier 66 junior suite balcony view.
Balcony deck chairs inside the junior suite
Balcony deck chairs inside the junior suite.
View from right corner of balcony inside the junior suite room
View from right corner of balcony inside the junior suite room.
View from center of balcony in the junior suite room
View from center of balcony in the junior suite room.

When I expressed my disappointment at not receiving a suite that night, the front desk clerk suggested to try again in the morning since it was possible something could open. Unfortunately when i tried the next morning, there was still nothing available. So much for the suite on this trip.

Hotel Amenities

Aside from the suite issue, the hotel property itself was very nice and fairly extensive. The property is located on 22 acres. The hotel has 384 rooms, five on-site restaurants, 27,000 ft of meeting and event space, a large outdoor pool, and a full service spa. A marina is located on the property and is full service with 127 slips.

Hyatt Pier 66 hotel marina.
Hyatt Pier 66 hotel marina.

The hotel pool is located in the center of the property and is circled by the hotel which is designed like a square. The main hotel tower is on one side and a smaller two floor wing of the hotel makes up the other three sides.

Main entrance to Hyatt Regency Pier 66 pool area
Main entrance to Hyatt Regency Pier 66 pool area.

Pool

In the center of this outdoor court is three separate pools broken up by cascading waterfalls. Beach chairs are available on a first come first serve basis. The Orchids bar and restaurant is located next to the pool area. On one side of the pool is a large sand pit with volley net and the other side of the pool has a separate open grassy area.

Hyatt Regency Pier 66 main pool walkway.
Hyatt Regency Pier 66 main pool walkway.
Orchid's Pool Bar by the Hyatt Regency pool
Orchid’s Pool Bar by the Hyatt Regency pool.
Orchid's Pool Bar at the Hyatt Regency
Orchid’s Pool Bar at the Hyatt Regency.
Orchid's Pool Bar at the Hyatt Regency
Orchid’s Pool Bar at the Hyatt Regency.
Hyatt Regency Pier 66 pool waterfall.
Hyatt Regency Pier 66 pool waterfall.
One of the two main pools at the Hyatt Regency
One of the two main pools at the Hyatt Regency.
Pool side cabanas
Poolside cabanas.
pool area courtyard
Pool area courtyard.
pool area courtyard
Pool area courtyard.
Hyatt Regency Pier 66 cabanas.
Hyatt Regency Pier 66 cabanas.
Courtyard inside the Hyatt Pier 66
Courtyard inside the Hyatt Pier 66.
Hyatt Regency volleyball nets
Hyatt Regency volleyball nets.

Spa

The hotel spa and the gym are located on the ground floor in the pool courtyard, on the side of the main hotel tower.

Spa 66 at the Hyatt Regency
Spa 66 at the Hyatt Regency.
Hyatt Regency Pier 66 gym free weights
Hyatt Regency Pier 66 gym free weights.
Pier 66 exercise machines
Pier 66 exercise machines.
Gym cardio equipment at the Hyatt Regency.
Gym cardio equipment at the Hyatt Regency.

Buffet

Diamond members are given free breakfast at the buffet. When i inquired if the free breakfast included any items from the menu, i was informed it did not. While I wouldn’t label the buffet bad, i would label it as basic and limited.

The hot food consists of an omelet station and separate hot plates with bacon, sausage, potatoes, scrambled eggs, and a rotating choice of french toast (probably switched with pancakes and/or waffles).

Hyatt Regency Pier 66 buffet hot plates.
Hyatt Regency Pier 66 buffet hot plates.
Buffet Hot Plates
Buffet hot plates.
Hyatt Regency omelet station
Hyatt Regency omelet station.

On the right corner was a cold station, which included fruit, yogurt, cinnamon rolls, muffins, breads, and bagels. Coffee and beverages were available at your table from the wait staff. Guests also had the option to order breakfast from the menu which included the same food options as the room service menu.

Fruit and yogurt at the Hyatt Regency buffet
Fruit and yogurt at the Hyatt Regency buffet.
Bread and pastries at the Hyatt Regency breakfast buffet
Bread and pastries at the Hyatt Regency breakfast buffet.
View outside from the buffet area
View outside from the buffet area.

Pier Top

The Pier Top previously operated as a bar/lounge on the top floor of the property.  Unfortunately the lounge has closed and the space is now used exclusively used for private events.  The view from the Pier Top is really impressive.

Hyatt Regency Pier Top sign
Hyatt Regency Pier Top sign.
Hyatt Regency Pier Top
Hyatt Regency Pier Top.
View of the Hyatt Regency Pier Top from the elevator.
View of the Hyatt Regency Pier Top from the elevator.
View of the bridge into Fort Lauderdale from the Hyatt Pier Top roof
View of the bridge into Fort Lauderdale from the Hyatt Pier Top roof.
View of the bridge into Fort Lauderdale from the Pier Top roof.
View of the bridge into Fort Lauderdale from the Pier Top roof.
View of Fort Lauderdale beach from the Hyatt Regency Pier Top.
View of Fort Lauderdale beach from the Hyatt Regency Pier Top.
View from the Hyatt Regency Pier Top.
View from the Hyatt Regency Pier Top.
View of Fort Lauderdale beach from the Hyatt Regency Pier Top
View of Fort Lauderdale beach from the Hyatt Regency Pier Top.
Marina Bay view from the Hyatt Regency Pier Top
Marina Bay view from the Hyatt Regency Pier Top.
Marina Bay view from the Hyatt Regency Pier Top
Marina Bay view from the Hyatt Regency Pier Top.
View of Bay and Ocean from the Pier Top
View of Bay and Ocean from the Pier Top.

Pros

– Large resort style property with significant amenities
– Direct access to the marina which has boat rentals and fishing charters
– Five restaurants ranging from fine dining to poolside burgers
– Large pool area located in the center of the hotel
– Hotel property is well maintained and the staff is helpful
– Nearby transportation options include a water taxi and sun trolley

Cons

-The hotel does not have direct access to the beach.  There is a hotel shuttle that takes guests to the beach.
-The hotel does not have a Regency club.
-Complimentary premium internet access was not available.  The hotel WiFi was relatively slow and I relied on my personal cell network which was significantly faster.

Final Thoughts

The Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six is a large, well maintained resort style property in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  The property has a large pool area, access to an on-site marina, and five restaurants.  The property is close to the airport and is located near the bay and away from some of the heavier traffic closer to the beach area.  Although you can’t easily walk to the beach from the property, a beach shuttle from the hotel is available.  Overall its a really nice hotel for a relaxing weekend or vacation in Fort Lauderdale Florida.

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