Arrival Experience: This Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport hotel could not be any better located, literally sitting atop the central terminal building. As a result, views of the surrounding airport are big perks for aviation buffs that will want a balcony room to zoom in on the tarmac action. The lobby is open to the terminal, but the atmosphere is extremely hushed. Reception is swift and friendly, which is important for weary travelers that have just stepped off of an airplane. Free wireless high speed Internet in public areas and plentiful cushioned seating areas are welcome additions.
Dining: McCoy's Bar and Grill is the hotel's main restaurant serving three meals a day on the lobby level. Its menu is distinctly American, and it features a separate lounge and bar that can get busy when conferences are in house. The atmosphere is modern and contemporary with shining hardwood surfaces and plenty of natural light. On the hotel's top floor is Hemisphere, the fine dining restaurant open mostly for dinner and offering panoramic airport views. Room service operates for 24 hours, which is great for those with early morning or late-night flights.
Accommodations: Guest rooms have fantastic soundproofing, expected of an airport hotel, but the choice of rooms that face the interior atrium is a fine guarantee for those fearful of even the faintest engine noise. Deluxe rooms add extra living space making them ideal for couples or families traveling together. Hyatt's standard pillowtop bed is in all rooms, and stacks of six pillows are piled high next to the night stand's iPod docking station and alarm clock. Also convenient are the electrical outlets within easy reach for those with multiple devices that need charging. Desks add even more electrical outlets that complement the free wireless Internet. Flat-screen cable TVs with CD/DVD players, coffeemakers with Seattle's Best Coffee, and bathrooms stashed with dermatologist-approved KenetMD toiletries. Robes, slippers, and makeup mirrors come standard, and reception offers a host of free toiletries or personal care items upon request. Ask for a room with a balcony for great views of the airport.
Conclusion: The sixth floor fitness center has a variety of cardio and weightlifting equipment, but it is the outdoor swimming pool that steals the show. It features whirlpool corners with bubbling jets and splashing fountains that create a resort atmosphere. Palm trees and lounge chairs promote relaxation under the Florida sun. A chest packed with pool towels is available. Few airport hotels are particularly convenient as they often require a shuttle ride to the front door, but the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport is literally an escalator or glass-enclosed elevator ride above security. And with so many in-room amenities adding value, this is the only real option for busy overnighters at the airport.