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by Laura Rabbit
January 14, 2005
I've stayed at many resort hotels in various parts of the world, and I would not call this Hyatt a luxury resort. However, it is a well-maintained and wonderfully decorated high-end hotel.
The room decor is something like Tommy Bahama-meets-Jimmy Buffet, with unique printed bedspreads and drapes with palm-tree designs. I am always thrilled to stay in a room that is not decked out in the traditional motel polyester, muted '70s decor. Of course, I stayed in the basic guestroom, but the hotel offers assorted suites and casitas (villas separated from the main hotel building) that are well-reviewed.
The pool is smallish but was not overrun by families or children. Being located near the airport likely keeps this hotel from drawing a theme-park crowd. A water cooler, towels, and plenty of lounge chairs are available poolside. A hot tub invites those who secretly wish to be boiled alive.
The staff was extremely pleasant, polite, and helpful. A free airport shuttle is also an added bonus.
The only potential downside to staying at the Grand Hyatt is that the location is not central to anything other than the airport. A 3/4-mile walk down a scary stretch of highway, however, will reward you with a couple bars and restaurants. Otherwise, you definitely need a car to take you around the area.
I did not dine in any of the hotel restaurants, as they are rather expensive. However, afer speaking with some guests out at the pool, I did try to make reservations for the hotel's Sunday brunch. Guests raved that it was the best buffet they had ever had (from omelettes to seafood). Reservations were booked, and thus, I went elsewhere.
I enjoyed the quiet of the Hyatt and definitely would stay there again.
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