Crystal Clearwater, Fl – Hyatt Regency Clearwater Resort Review - Points Miles and Martinis

We ventured down to Florida and the Hyatt Regency Clearwater with Baby Weekly Flyer this summer. Florida greeted us with clear skies for as far as the eye could see. The water was clear and Hyatt Regency Clearwater really took care of this Diamond member during our stay at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater, Florida.

The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Florida is a across the street from Clearwater Beach. The hotel has 250 spacious suites ranging from 600 to 2,000 square feet. This Hyatt is a category 5 requiring 18,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night. We cashed in 54,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for a 3 night stay.

Trip Report

Drive To Clearwater

The drive from Tampa international airport to Clearwater takes about 3o minutes (see here for map). You’ll pass over the Courtney Campbell causeway before passing through Clearwater. Once over the bridge, head to the beach and turn left. You’ll see the big pink Hyatt Regency near the beach on the right.

Drive To Hyatt Clearwater

The Courtney Campbell causeway is also known as the redneck riviera to Tampa natives. If you look closely on your way over, sometimes you can see a big party on the side of the road on the beach in the bay.

Drive From Hyatt Clearwater

The Hyatt Regency entrance is on the street level. Once inside, you can head to the second floor to visit the restaurant or head over to the walkway to the beach.

Second Floor Hallway

Hyatt Regency Clearwater

This hotel sits directly across a small 2 lane street from Clearwater beach. While it is technically across the street, the hotel offers fantastic views of the Gulf of Mexico.

Looking far to the left you can see the channel. Across the other side of the channel is a public park and the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, which I’ve stayed at a few times.

Beach 1 Hyatt

You’ll notice the cabanas directly in front of the hotel when you look at the Gulf of Mexico. You can rent these from the Hyatt but they aren’t cheap.

Beach 2 Hyatt

Renting a cabana for the day will cost you $150 for a small one and $200 for a large one. You can also rent by the 1/2 day for a lower cost as illustrated in the picture below.

Cabana Rental

The view of the beach directly across from the hotel. It sure beats a rainy day.

Beach 3 Hyatt

Looking to the right, you’ll notice the Clearwater Beach pier.

Beach 4 Hyatt

The hotel “beach bar”, Beach Club, has nightly drink specials and sometimes live music. Notice the $3 Blue Moons beers, which make for a great happy hour, and $2 Blue Point Oyster special.

Drink Specials

The hotel bar has a flat screen television in case you want to catch a game and a beer.

Lobby Bar

The top floor of the hotel has an observation deck with a hot tub and sunbathing chairs. The hot tub has a view out over the inter coastal waterway.

Top Floor Hot tub

The view towards the Gulf of Mexico also looks out over the hotel pool.

View From Top Floor

The pool is in the center of the hotel, surrounded by rooms on either side. It is a pool, but left me with the impression of a college apartment complex. It was frequently full of people during our stay.

View of Pool

Next to the pool, you’ll find a sunbathing area with lounge chairs. Plenty of seating and never saw the battles for chairs like we did in Aruba between the New Yorkers and the Venezuelans.

View of Lounging Area

I mentioned that the hotel is across the street from the beach. After a short, ~100 meter walk, you’ll be across the street with your feet in the sand.

View of walkway across beach

The best part of the view from the Hyatt Regency Clearwater was the view of the sunset. Each night, we sat on our ocean front suite balcony and took in the sunset views. The sunsets were good, but hardly compared to the dramatic ones we saw on Palm Beach in Aruba this summer, or the ones we saw in Bora Bora last year.

Hyatt Sunset

Bottom Line

Overall, we really enjoyed our recent and brief stay at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater. We used 54,000 points for a 3 night award stay and were upgraded to an ocean front two bedroom suite.

If you are looking for a free stay at Hyatt, consider looking into the Hyatt Visa Credit Card (Apply here for the Hyatt Credit Card), where you’ll get 2 Free Nights at any Hyatt property worldwide, after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months from account opening with the Hyatt Credit Card. That means you could redeem your 2 free nights for Hyatt properties like the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, Park Hyatt Tokyo, Park Hyatt Paris, or Park Hyatt DC which frequently go for top dollar. And if you are a Diamond member with Hyatt, those two free nights will be in a suite and Platinum members will receive two free nights and two free suite upgrades. Plus, the card will provide a free night each year, good for a category 1-4, on your anniversary of opening the card.

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  • colleen said,

    On an award stay, were you charged a resort fee or for parking?

  • The Weekly Flyer said,

    Hi Colleen – With all the baby items we had Hyatt park the car. So we paid the valet fee.

  • Ben L said,

    Just wanted to say thanks for highlighting Clearwater! I lived there before going off to school and can’t wait to return. It’s a great place to relax. I’m glad you had a good time!

  • LC said,

    This is one of my fav Hyatt properties. I spent my some of my long birthday weekend here in Sept. There was a resort fee of about $20 I think.. Great location and property.

  • GARY said,

    They will waive the resort fee for elite members if you ask (on an award stay). The also provide a $20 breakfast credit per person up to two for diamond members. This is an EXCELLENT resort…very large suites with full kitchens

  • Alex said,

    Did they upgrade you as a Diamond or did you use a Guaranteed Upgrade?

  • Doug said,

    Thank you for the review. Does this property have a Regency Club? Assuming no since Gary mentioned the $20 breakfast credit.

  • The Weekly Flyer said,

    Hi Alex – It was a diamond member upgrade to the two bedroom suite.

  • The Weekly Flyer said,

    Hi Doug – No they do not. And they offered me a full run at the breakfast in the restaurant. We choose the buffet with omlette station. Will highlight that plus the awesome lunch we had in an upcoming trip report.

  • BothofUs2 said,

    We were just there a week ago today-awesome property and super friendly staff. Got the 2 bedroom suite, we had used a free night redemption on the Chase cc signup bonus for the stay, and got the upgrade even though not Diamond. Got to see dolphins playing in the Gulf from our oceanfront terrace, beautiful! Thanks for sharing the review and pics and bringing back fond memories.

  • The Weekly Flyer said,

    Good to know you can get an upgrade at this property as a non-Diamond.

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