Review: Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale Las Olas

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We’re living in hotels full-time at the moment. In a previous post I reviewed the Hyatt Centric Miami Brickell, and in this post I wanted to review the Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale Las Olas.

Booking the Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale

Our rate at the Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale was a very reasonable $130 per night. While we could have booked this through Hyatt Privé for extra perks, the World of Hyatt member rate ended up being the best value, given the overlap in benefits with Globalist status.

Redeeming points at the Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale

For context, the Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale Las Olas is a Category 4 World of Hyatt property, meaning that a free night redemption costs 15,000 World of Hyatt points. I value World of Hyatt points at 1.5 cents each, so redeeming points here would be the equivalent of paying ~$225 per night, by my valuation. In this case paying cash for the stay was the better value by far.

Even if you’re not a Hyatt loyalist, earning World of Hyatt points can be pretty easy. In addition to being able to earn World of Hyatt points with the World of Hyatt Credit Card (review), you can also transfer over points from Chase Ultimate Rewards.

Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale location

The Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale is in the Las Olas neighborhood. Rather than being on the beach, this is more inland, and it’s an area with a lot of apartment buildings and restaurants. It’s also near the New River, and there are some cute paths so that you can walk along the river.

If you’re in Fort Lauderdale for a beach vacation, this isn’t the place to stay. For us the location was a selling point, since we didn’t want to be in the party area (ignoring for a moment that all of Florida is the party area right now). 😉

The 238-room Hyatt Centric is in the “100 Las Olas” building, which is the tallest building in Fort Lauderdale, at roughly 500 feet. The hotel takes up the bottom portion of the building, while the top portion of the building is apartments. The hotel is still quite new, as it only opened in April 2020.

Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale exterior


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale entrance

Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale check-in & lobby

The Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale has a fairly small lobby — reception is just inside the entrance, then there’s some seating, and then the hotel’s restaurant is around the corner.


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale reception


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale lobby


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale lobby

The check-in process was efficient and friendly, and as is the norm with Hyatt, elite recognition was excellent. The front desk agent thanked me for being a Globalist member and proactively apologized that they didn’t have any suite upgrades available (which was accurate based on availability showing online). She said that they had assigned us a king room with a balcony, which was the best upgrade available.

The Hyatt Centric has a $22.60 destination fee, but that’s waived for Globalist members. Below you can see what’s included with this fee (as you can see there’s apparently usually a Tesla car service, but we were told it wasn’t available at the moment).


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale destination fee inclusions

Within a few minutes we were in an elevator headed up to our room on the 11th floor. There was a Laurent-Perrier champagne vending machine right by the elevators, which was a cute touch, but didn’t seem to be very popular.


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale elevators


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale champagne vending machines

Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale king room with balcony

We were assigned room 1104, located on the 11th floor. Once outside the elevator our room was to the left and down the hall.


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale hallway


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale hallway


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale floorplan

At 350 square feet the room wasn’t particularly large, but I thought it was otherwise much nicer than the Miami property, as it actually had a bit of charm. There was an entryway with a closet to the left and the bathroom to the right, and then the rest of the room straight ahead.

Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale room entryway

The room had a comfortable king size bed — as you can see, the wallpaper and the leather trim above the bed added a lot to the design of the room.


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale king room


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale king room


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale king room

In the corner of the room was a chair and table.


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale king room seating

Then back towards the entrance was a larger table with high-top seating. I have a strong preference for a room with a “proper” desk, but all things considered this was a decent setup for our short stay.


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale in-room high top seating

On this table was a Keurig coffee machine, as well as two bottles of water.


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale in-room coffee machine

There was also a mini-fridge underneath the table.


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale in-room mini fridge

It was lovely to have outdoor space, as there was a balcony with two chairs overlooking the area.


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale king room balcony


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale view from room


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale view from room

The bathroom featured a walk-in shower, a sink, and a toilet. Water pressure wasn’t great, but otherwise the bathroom was well designed.


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale king room bathroom


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale king room toilet

Toiletries were from BeeKind.


Hyatt Centric BeeKind toiletries

All things considered I liked our room, and thought it was nicely designed.

Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale Harborwood Restaurant

Harborwood Urban Kitchen is the Hyatt Centric’s all day dining restaurant, and it can be accessed through the lobby or from outside the hotel.

Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale Harborwood Restaurant exterior

The restaurant was pretty decent for a hotel restaurant — I can’t imagine many locals would go here, but if you’re staying here it’s a good option. The restaurant had a bar, a main indoor seating area, and a nice outdoor patio, where we sat.


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale Harborwood Restaurant bar


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale Harborwood Restaurant inside seating


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale Harborwood Restaurant inside seating


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale Harborwood Restaurant outdoor seating

I had lunch here one afternoon because it was convenient. The lunch menu read as follows:

I ordered a chicken salad, and it was excellent.


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale Harborwood Restaurant lunch

Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale Globalist breakfast

We received complimentary breakfast on account of my Globalist status. The breakfast benefit here includes one main course and one drink per person, with no further restrictions. The breakfast menu read as follows:

The cappuccinos here were pretty decent, as was the hot coffee.

Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale breakfast


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale breakfast

To eat we had the shakshuka, avocado toast, and ropa vieja, and all three were delicious.


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale breakfast


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale breakfast


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale breakfast

Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale gym

The Hyatt Centric’s gym is on the eighth floor, and it’s a solid gym. I was told that the hotel limits gym capacity to at most six guests. It didn’t seem like there was a mechanism for enforcing that (in the sense that no reservations were required), but I also never saw more people than that in the gym.

The gym was much better than at the Hyatt Centric Miami Brickell.


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale gym


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale gym


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale gym

Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale pool

The Hyatt Centric has a lap pool and large pool deck on the eighth floor, which is a nice space.


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale pool


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale pool

There’s also a pool bar on the eighth floor, though I believe it may have been closed due to coronavirus.


Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale pool bar

Bottom line

We had a good stay at the Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale. We got a great rate, and I quite liked the hotel — the rooms were tastefully decorated, the breakfast was great, and the gym and pool were nice too.

That being said, I’m not sure I’d ever have a reason to return here. I suppose it’s great if you’re doing business in the area or have a reason to visit, but if I were from outside of Florida I wouldn’t really make Las Olas my destination. Then again, as a nearly lifelong Floridian I’d also never make Florida my destination, so I’m probably the wrong person to ask about this.

If you’ve stayed at the Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale, what was your experience like?

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Comments
  1. I stayed there a month ago. Had my iPad stolen by housekeeping and spent the morning with the police to track it down. I got I back and the hotel said they will stop using the service who was providing this housekeeping staff. I found the hotel overall nice, and like the location. Lots of shops and restaurants to walk to. But I found the service overall lackluster.

  2. “…ignoring for a moment that all of Florida is the party area right now”

    I was in Naples and Marco Island last week, and everywhere I went people were wearing masks. It was essentially no different than my home state. That may just be a eastern Florida (and Panhandle?) issue.

  3. Thank for the review Lucky, I might give the hotel a chance next week. I hope you guys managed to stay at the Hyatt Confidante at Miami beach before spring break so we can get a nice review 🙂

  4. I was there in January and had an ok stay. But *after* check-out, they started adding BS charges to the folio. I’m WOH Explorist, but was charged $12 for my free water. Booked a Hyatt Privé rate, but was charged $10 for my free breakfast. Really annoying, and it will be my pleasure to never return.

  5. I stayed here in December before staying at the Hyatt Centric Brickell.

    Your review sums up this property perfectly. I liked this property more than the Centric Brickell, but I found the destination fee bogus. Also, like another commenter, I had strange charges appear after my stay.

  6. I stayed there twice. There were definitely something to like about that property since it’s a new built, trendy and close to many restaurants within the walking distance. The restaurant on site wasn’t bad. Their shrimp fried rice was one of the best. Breakfast wise the menu wasn’t bad either. The room is good if you can score a balcony room otherwise if you happen to face the pool (on my second time) you probably wouldn’t bother to keep the blinds open since everyone can look inside.

    I have also experienced some housekeeping issue, they have now enforced to provide service on third or fourth day but they do keep charging the resort fee…. Not sure if it’s worth it since the list has been reduced ( never seen a Tesla on both times). The maid didn’t even have towels to provide when she came by… I literally don’t know what to say.

    Again, got billing issue booking via Prive. The breakfast and FnB credit didn’t apply so it’s a little after chase when I got home. But they fixed that within a few days.

    They also have Paleton bike in the gym. And the pool bar was open when I went there the last time probably depending on the occupancy.

  7. It seems so cheap to say the bike rentals and beach chairs are based on availability. If they’re charging $23/day, I’d be livid if they couldn’t even provide a beach chair that costs them $10.

  8. Well if the person is willing to take some risks, the booking confirmation stating the number of guests and the Bonvoy Ts&Cs would appear to support a dispute with the credit card company. I would probably go, enjoy the stay, and worry about disputing the charge after the fact.

  9. I’m actually at this property now and I’m impressed! The best part for the are the bikes that you can checkout from the front desk. It makes the beach commute super easy.

  10. You fled Miami but ended up in Fort Lauderdale? Does COVID not exist north of the Broward/Dade county line? When you said you were going to review hotels I assumed you’d be traveling to less populated / non-spring break destinations. Instead you’re still in the state that you consistently bash. Color me confused Lmao.

  11. I now understand Hyatt Centric less than after reading the Brickell review. I thought I understood it.

    But now I am confused. After seeing the champagne vending machine, a destination fee, and a tiny hotel room that looks like a Hilton Garden room with a Hampton Inn bathroom, and a great price of $120 a night, I have no clue what Hyatt Centric stands for, or where it stands.

  12. Stayed there last month and I really liked it. Not loved, liked. For the area it’s fine. Valet Parking is a bit messy (and no self park option) and the bar/restaurant is often packed. I actually checked out at the desk and was glad I did, someone put two meals and drinks on my room at the bar (including an airline employe discount, lol). The rooms are the best part of the property. Spacious, modern, and well equipped. And a nice balcony.

  13. Was there early Feb, Lucky I guess you didnt spend any time by the pool. Had you you would have warned folks that those coming to get some sun better stay elsewhere. Reason due to the tall buildings surrounding the Hotels buildings there is a very small window when you can actually get any sun on you (which from a cancer pt of view is good).And not after Noon.

  14. I couldn’t tell from your description if you were east or west of Broward Blvd. but, either way, you were in my old stomping ground. (My house was through the tunnel in Rio Vista. My office was through the tunnel on Third Avenue.) I adore Las Olas Blvd. and it is always my preferred location when returning. I could spend days roaming up and down the avenue and my favorite hotel there is the privately-owned Riverside Hotel. You’ve made me homesick! Nice to know I’ll have a Hyatt that’s not on the beach to stay in next time I visit.

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