Usually when I am traveling to Miami, I actually fly into Miami International Airport (MIA). However this time it was way cheaper to fly to Fort Lauderdale instead. First, the departure times were more in my favor, and second, I was able to get First Class to FLL for the price of a coach ticket to MIA. My flight had one connection in DFW and that’s where everything went south. My original layover of 2,5 hours, got extended to 4 hours. I got a notification right when I got off the plane and sat in the Centurion Lounge in DFW. Once boarded there was another delay, because of a shortage of meal supplies for the flight. I got into FLL just before 1 a.m. and then had to get my bags, a rental car, and drive about 40 minutes to the Hyatt Regency in Coral Gables. Because of all that, I checked in at 2 a.m. and therefore had a very short first night.
I have never been to the Hyatt Regency in Coral Gables before. It was easy to find by just following the navigation prompts of my car. I pulled straight up to the front entrance and walked inside to check-in. The receptionist at the front desk checked me in quickly and explained the basic hotel layout. He also told me that the parking garage is located at the back of the building. Be aware that there is another parking garage with a ramp going up, this is for the offices and not the hotel. The ramp for the hotel parking garage goes down and is also labeled with Hyatt Parking. To get into the garage, pull a ticket and come back to the front desk to have the pink ticket swapped out for a white ticket, which gives you in and out privileges for the parking garage. Max height for the garage is 6’7″ and drops down to 6’4″ at certain spots. There are markings but be aware of this. It was no problem to park my big SUV, a Ford Expedition EL, in the parking garage. The garage has an elevator and stairs leading up straight to the main lobby. No room key necessary to get in. In case you return to the property and the main entrance is busy, you can drive around to the back, pull a ticket to enter the garage, and take it with you to the front desk. The only thing the front desk receptionist was off, was the breakfast time at the restaurant. More about it later. He let me keep my car at the main entrance drop off area to unload and take my bags up to the room.
King Deluxe Room/Junior Suite with Pool Views (Room 754)
The elevators are located straight ahead as you walk into the lobby. The three on your left side go up to the rooms while the one on the right and the stairs leading down to the parking garage. The elevator situation for the guest rooms is a bit unfortunate at this hotel. The button to call the elevator is located between the last two elevators and when you stand in front of it, you might miss the first elevator arriving as there are no audiovisual notifications that the elevator has arrived. During my two night stay, I saw many people missing the elevator at the front as you don’t hear when the doors open or the elevator arrives.
Once off the elevators, it’s easy to find your rooms. There are signs to guide you to the different room numbers. Mine was just a short walk down the hallway and around the corner.
It is a very spacious room with a small cabinet to the left as you enter the room. Inside the cabinet, you find a refrigerator, and on top are two bottles of water (complimentary for Discoverist, Explorist, and Globalist members) plus a coffee machine with the usual coffee and tea supplies. Opposite of the cabinet is a wall closet and the entrance to the bathroom. The walk-in shower comes with a fixed and removable shower head. The mirror of the vanity comes with a built-in digital clock. I really liked the style of the sink of the vanity but the faucet is a little too short and I always hit the sink when trying to wash my hands.
Once you enter the main bedroom area you have a lot of space on either side of the King bed. Each side has a nightstand with lights and power outlets. Directly opposite the bed is a sofa which can be transformed into a sofa bed if necessary. In front of the sofa is a small cocktail table.
The biggest flaw in the room is the position of the TV screen. It’s mounted on an inside corner wall of the room. You can move the screen a little bit around with the wall mount but you won’t get a good angle to watch TV while in bed. No matter on what side of the bed you are on the corner of the wall is always in the way. Below the TV is a cabinet with drawers as well as a safe.
You won’t have any problems watching TV on the sofa. Next to the sofa and towards the windows is a work desk with a chair. This one has a small flaw too because the power and USB outlets are on the front face of the desk, which put them most likely in your way at one point. It would be great if the light would have an additional outlet to plug in your devices. I dropped my power cable down the backside of the table and plugged it into the wall outlets straight below the table.
From the windows in the room, I had a good view of the pool area.
The Hyatt Regency Coral Gables has a lot of shared spaces for guests. One of the biggest parts is the two-story marble lobby with antique accents and Spanish-style windows. You find plenty of seating possibilities throughout the whole lobby area, which also serves as a lounge, as it has a bar at one end of the lobby. Near the front desk area is a small “business center”. Its a workstation with a nearby printer for guest use. This amazing and beautifully styled lobby invites to hang out and mingle during a stay here.
One of the other main areas of the hotel is the pool area on the 5th floor. The large heated outdoor pool invites you for some me-time which can be enhanced with the jacuzzi or one of the saunas. Soak up some sun on the sundeck around the pool with idyllic Spanish-influenced architecture.
To stay fit and use the StayFit™ Fitness Center on the 7th floor. The fitness center is open 24/7 and comes with all the necessary workout equipment. The concierge can assist you in acquiring gear, including exercise wear, swim goggles, and more, as well as offering detailed outdoor walk and jog maps.
There are many meeting and event spaces at this hotel which are often used for weddings. One of my favorite locations is the enchanting outdoor courtyard. It’s next to the Two Sisters Restaurant. With all the lights and the water fountain in the middle of the courtyard, this is just an amazing place.
The main restaurant on site is the Two Sisters Restaurant. It serves breakfast and lunch. Two Sisters blends the bold flavors of Miami with classic American cuisine. While checking in, I was told that breakfast on Sunday would be from 6:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. It kinda is, but after 9 a.m. you can only order a la carte as they prepare for brunch, which starts at 10 a.m. on Sundays. If you want to go for the continental breakfast on Sunday get there before 9 a.m. or come back for brunch. A menu of the restaurant can be viewed here. The Hyatt website still shows the restaurant open for dinner, but dinner will be only served at the Bar. At the bar, you can choose from the restaurant menu or bar menu for dinner. Both menus are also available for room service. Room service comes with a delivery charge and 25% service charge, which includes gratuity.
If you are on the go and just want a quick snack, visit Perks. From 6:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily you can get here coffee, tea, and juices as well as pastry and sandwiches. Perfect for the busy traveler. Perks is located right at the entrance to the Two Sisters Restaurant.
As mentioned earlier there is a bar in the hotel lobby. Bar 50 opens at the same time as Perks closes (2 p.m.) and is open until late. Hang out here, get a drink and watch sports on TV or meet with friends. Bar 50 offers light snacks as well and make sure to check out their Happy Hour Menu.
The 24 hour Market next to the front desk can provide you with all kinds of snacks and drinks. Especially when you arrive like me at 2 a.m. I was able to get something to drink here before heading to bed.
Of course, you can do room service at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables as well. What kind of hotel would it be not offering room service? You will find an in-room dining menu on the desk in your room.
Besides the on-site dining options, the hotel is conveniently located with many bars, cafes, and restaurants just within walking distance.
Free public transportation in Coral Gables
Alternatively, you can take Freebee. Freebee offers free rides in Coral Cables. All you have to do is downloading their app and request one of their electric vehicles to pick you up. They will take you wherever you want to go inside their service area of Coral Gables. Perfect if your feet can’t carry you anymore after a long night out or the restaurant is just to far to walk in high-heels. You can connect to the free Coral Gables Trolley and from there to the Miami Trolley. Both are free to ride as well.
Overall I had an excellent stay here. As a Globalist member with Hyatt, they waived the self-parking fee for mee and I got a free breakfast every day of my stay. The only downside of the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables. There is no Regency Club. I really do love Hyatt’s properties which come with a club lounge. My room was clean and everything was working but I wasn’t able to get an upgrade, as the Deluxe Room, I booked counts as a Junior Suite. Therefore I didn’t receive a Suite Upgrade. I was gambling with my luck if I would get eventually upgraded to one of their other suites. Still a nice room though. I recommend you to book the standard room and have them upgrade you to a Deluxe Room/Junior Suite.
The hotel’s website states that parking for vehicles over 6 feet is not available. The main entrance of the underground parking garage shows a height of 6’7″ which gets smaller at some parts of the garage. As mentioned earlier, I had no issue finding a parking spot with my Ford Expedition EL.
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