Review: Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, Florida

Review: Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, Florida

NAME: Hyatt Regency Coral Gables
LOCATION: Coral Gables, Florida
DATE: October 2022
REVIEW RATING:
BEN SAYS: The Hyatt Regency Coral Gables has modern rooms, friendly service, and great World of Hyatt Globalist recognition. I'd stay again if I had a reason to be in the area.
5

I recently spent a night at the 254-room Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, located near Miami (long story short, we’re still not living in Miami full time just yet, hence the need for a hotel). While I only spent a night there and it’s perhaps not the most aspirational points property in the world, I had a good stay, and this also highlights the huge value that can be had with World of Hyatt.

Booking the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables

The Hyatt Regency Coral Gables is only a Category 3 World of Hyatt property, meaning that a standard room free night redemption costs 9,000-15,000 points. For the night I was staying, the hotel was at the standard award pricing, so my stay cost 12,000 points. For what it’s worth, I value World of Hyatt points at 1.5 cents each.

As a World of Globalist member I not only receive perks like room upgrades and breakfast, but also receive free parking on award stays, which really adds up. When I checked out of this hotel I had nothing to pay in cash, which is a nice feeling.

As a point of comparison, for the night I was staying the cash rate was ~$300. The hotel was nearly sold out for that night, and can sometimes start as low as ~$200 per night, depending on the day of the week and time of year.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables location & parking

As the name suggests, the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables is located in Coral Gables, near Miami. Coral Gables is to Miami as Glendale is to Los Angeles, for example. Coral Gables has tons of restaurants and shops, and the hotel is located within walking distance of all of those. Most importantly, it’s walking distance to Hillstone Coral Gables. 😉

Let me be clear, you shouldn’t stay here if you’re looking to visit South Beach or want to be in Brickell. Rather you should stay here if you want to be in the Coral Gables area.

This was my first time staying at a hotel in this area, and I immediately noticed one huge benefit over other Miami hotels — the crowd was much better behaved than at other Miami-area hotels. Guests seemed to either be traveling for business meetings, at conferences, or at weddings. Compared to what I’ve witnessed at other hotels in Miami, that’s something I really appreciated.

It’s funny, because I had driven down this street many times over the years, but never realized this huge building was the Hyatt Regency — now I know!

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables exterior
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables entrance

The Hyatt Regency charges $30 for self-parking or $35 for valet, and the entrance to the parking garage is on the opposite side of the building of the valet driveway. Note that the Hyatt Regency’s website indicates that parking isn’t available to cars over six feet.

I mention this because when you’re actually in the garage, the signs say that the clearance is 6’7″, but I swear that’s not the case in areas. In some cases there were pipes just a few inches over my head, and I’m not 6’4″. So that’s something to be aware of if you have a big car.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables lobby & check-in

The Hyatt Regency Coral Gables has a bit more personality than your typical Hyatt Regency property. While the hotel first opened in 1987, it underwent a full renovation in 2019, so it feels pretty fresh. The hotel has a decent size lobby, with plenty of areas for hanging out, including couches and high-top seating.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables lobby
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables lobby seating
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables lobby seating
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables lobby hallway

The check-in experience was great, and took all of two minutes. The employee shared all the basics I needed to know, without oversharing. I was also informed that I had been proactively upgraded to a premium suite (which, ironically, is the “standard” suite at this hotel, for the purpose of upgrades).

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables reception

I was also given a pamphlet with the details, hours, and QR codes, for the various on-property amenities.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables amenities & hours

Soon enough I was in an elevator heading up to my room on the sixth floor (the hotel has 14 floors).

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables elevators

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables premium suite

I was assigned room 661, a premium suite located at the very end of the hall on the sixth floor.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables hallway
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables room exterior

Premium suites are marketed as being 600 square feet, and presumably come in different layouts, because the one I was assigned looked nothing like the one on Hyatt’s website. The room had an entryway with the bathroom to the right.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables premium suite entryway

Interestingly the bedroom area came first, and then the living room. The bedroom had a king size bed, a wall-mounted TV, and a chair in the corner.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables premium suite king bed
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables premium suite king bed

Then there was the living area, with a couch, a chair with a coffee table, a desk, and a second TV.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables premium suite living area
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables premium suite living area
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables premium suite living area
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables premium suite living area

There was a coffee machine with Keurig pods, plus two bottles of water, which were complimentary for elite members, but would otherwise cost $5 each (ouch).

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables premium suite coffee machine

Off the living room was the door to the balcony, which was sparsely furnished. It had two chairs, and views of nearby buildings.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables premium suite view
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables premium suite balcony

The bathroom was back near the entrance, and featured a sink, a toilet, and a walk-in shower.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables premium suite bathroom
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables premium suite toilet
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables premium suite shower

Toiletries were from Pharmacopia, as is often the case at Hyatt Regency properties.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables premium suite toiletries

All-in-all, I was happy with the room. While the layout was a bit odd, it was clean, felt modern, and I appreciated getting a proactive suite upgrade at a US property (which is rare nowadays, it feels like).

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables pool

The Hyatt Regency Coral Gables’ pool is located on the fifth floor, and is open daily from 6:30AM until 10PM. The pool is quite large, has plenty of seating, and also has two hot tubs.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables pool
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables pool
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables pool seating
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables hot tub

Hyatt Regency Coral Gabels gym

The Hyatt Regency’s gym is located on the seventh floor, and is open 24/7. I found the gym to have a good selection of modern equipment, but to also be on the small side for a property of this size. There wasn’t anyone using it when I visited, but I imagine this can get busy at times.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables gym
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables gym
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables gym
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables gym
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables gym

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Two Sisters restaurant

Two Sisters is the name of the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables’ main restaurant. The restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch (from 7AM until 2PM) — that’s fair enough, since there are lots of great restaurants for dinner within walking distance. The restaurant isn’t particularly big, but also wasn’t busy when I visited for breakfast.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Two Sisters seating

Two Sisters has a breakfast buffet, or alternatively you can order a la carte. Either was included as a Globalist member.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Two Sisters breakfast menu

While I didn’t end up choosing the breakfast buffet, it looked quite good, with plenty of fresh fruit, yogurt, cold cuts, pastries, cereal, and hot dishes.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables breakfast buffet
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables breakfast buffet
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables breakfast buffet
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables breakfast buffet
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables breakfast buffet
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables breakfast buffet
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables breakfast buffet

I ordered a cup of coffee to drink — while I liked the mug, the coffee as such was too acidic for me.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables breakfast coffee

For breakfast I ordered the avocado toast, with poached eggs, jalapeño slices, and cilantro cotija cheese on rye bread. That was also served with a fruit plate.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables breakfast
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables breakfast

I appreciated that it was a twist on your traditional avocado toast. Service was friendly, and the entire amount was removed from my bill at check-out.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Perks cafe

Perks is the Hyatt Regency’s lobby coffee bar, open from 7AM until 11AM on weekdays, and until 12PM on weekends. This is a good option for picking up a cappuccino, a soft drink, or a pastry. I didn’t get anything here during my short stay.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Perks cafe
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Perks cafe seating

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Market

Market is the Hyatt Regency’s 24/7 grab & go area, located next to reception. This had a large selection of snacks and drinks, plus an ATM.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Market
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Market
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Market

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Bar 50

Bar 50 is the Hyatt Regency’s lobby bar, and it’s open daily from 2PM until 12AM. It’s located right in the lobby, just across from reception. You can find the menu here. Since Two Sisters is closed for dinner, this is the closest thing the hotel has to a dinner restaurant.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Bar 50
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Bar 50

Bottom line

The Hyatt Regency Coral Gables worked great for what I was looking for during a recent visit to Miami. The hotel has pretty nice design, excellent elite recognition, friendly employees, and a good breakfast.

Given that I wanted to be in the Coral Gables area (and not Brickell or Miami Beach) this was the ideal choice, and I’d return in a heartbeat. I also appreciated that the crowd at the hotel was a bit tamer than in some other areas of Miami.

If you’ve stayed at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, what was your experience like?

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  1. iamhere Guest

    The question is how many points did it cost and was it good value for the use? Many hotels pays for you to spend more points on a more expensive property - value for point vs cash

  2. JB Guest

    I stayed here 2 times (once in March 2021 and another in June 2021). It is a really nice hotel. The staff is really friendly and the rooms are nice and modern. I stayed once in a balcony standard room on the 6th floor (above the main entrance), and the second time I got an upgrade to a suite (which was slightly different than the one you stayed in). I also loved the architecture. The...

    I stayed here 2 times (once in March 2021 and another in June 2021). It is a really nice hotel. The staff is really friendly and the rooms are nice and modern. I stayed once in a balcony standard room on the 6th floor (above the main entrance), and the second time I got an upgrade to a suite (which was slightly different than the one you stayed in). I also loved the architecture. The breakfast restaurant was closed during my stay due to COVID so they were serving it to-go from the small Cafe. The people working there were so nice. I'd return in a heartbeat if I was looking to stay in the area. I also saw some Southwest crews checking into this hotel (this was just a few weeks after WN launched service to MIA).
    I was looking to move to the Miami area during this time (specifically Coral Gables), and staying here gave me a great impression of the area. In the end, I moved to Brickell since homes in Coral Gables were way to expensive during that time because of the real estate market. I was moving from NYC, so Brickell was a good mix between FL and NYC.

  3. Endre Guest

    “There was a coffee machine with Keurig pods, plus two bottles of ____ which were complimentary for elite members, but would otherwise cost $5 each (ouch).” — I think you forgot to add “water”

  4. Captain Greg Guest

    For someone who lived in Miami until 2021 (in coconut grove), this is our preferred hotel when we go back to visit due to the combination of points value, location, and pool shade. Pool shade? Yes, pool shade. We have a young child who loves the pool, but so many hotels have a pool where all the chairs are in the sun. At this hotel, there’s always a part of the pool deck in the...

    For someone who lived in Miami until 2021 (in coconut grove), this is our preferred hotel when we go back to visit due to the combination of points value, location, and pool shade. Pool shade? Yes, pool shade. We have a young child who loves the pool, but so many hotels have a pool where all the chairs are in the sun. At this hotel, there’s always a part of the pool deck in the shade during all hours of the day, and that’s actually a big draw for us with a young child. Additionally, we frequently get upgraded to a suite without status. The staff is very nice and accommodating. It would be a perfect place if we were globalist (for the free parking and breakfast). Gonna be there again in 2 weeks!

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Captain Greg Guest

For someone who lived in Miami until 2021 (in coconut grove), this is our preferred hotel when we go back to visit due to the combination of points value, location, and pool shade. Pool shade? Yes, pool shade. We have a young child who loves the pool, but so many hotels have a pool where all the chairs are in the sun. At this hotel, there’s always a part of the pool deck in the shade during all hours of the day, and that’s actually a big draw for us with a young child. Additionally, we frequently get upgraded to a suite without status. The staff is very nice and accommodating. It would be a perfect place if we were globalist (for the free parking and breakfast). Gonna be there again in 2 weeks!

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iamhere Guest

The question is how many points did it cost and was it good value for the use? Many hotels pays for you to spend more points on a more expensive property - value for point vs cash

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