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Hyatt Regency Sarasota
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Reviewed 21 March 2014

We chose the Hyatt Regency based on its waterfront location, which was just a few minute’s drive via the complimentary shuttle to downtown Sarasota. Our room overlooked the marina and had a fresh modern interior. It was well appointed and even offered a ‘menu’ of extra items such as robes and lighted makeup mirror (!)available if needed...which I requested to test if actually available – they were!

We dined in on our first night, and the food was good, though I felt the restaurant lacked atmosphere. Likewise the bar, which was sandwiched between dining room and spilled into the reception area, was fine for a pre/post drink, but not so much for a full evening. Downtown and its plethora of bars and restaurants are a few minute’s drive away, though just as close is St Armands Circle, just across the John Ringling Causeway. Here you’ll find a number of upmarket stores and eateries. It’s well worth the cab ride. Try and get a table on the terrace at Cafe L’Europe, food is sublime and the people watching not too bad either!

Breakfast at the hotel was excellent, but pricey. So we nipped across the road to a diner on the other side of the highway for typical good value breakfast fayre.

Although the pool area was clean and well designed, it did get busy during our stay due to an influx of groups attending some of large functions taking place, so I’d recommend driving out to Siesta Beach - just 15 mins by car. Classic white sands that stretch for miles, with a basic snack bar and sun lounger/umbrella hire - so was perfect for a day’s R&R. Close to the beach, on Ocean Blvd, you'll find plenty of cafés for a casual bite, drinks etc.

While I personally prefer ‘boutique’ hotels, I couldn’t fault our stay here. The room was plush and comfy, service excellent and the hotel itself was in a good location close (but far enough away from) central Sarasota. And complimentary parking a bonus too!

Room Tip: High floor
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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ChrisLevine, Director of Sales at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2014

Thank you for the great review and feedback! You hit on some great points about the dining in the area and our proximity to the beaches. We take pride in offering a superior product and have our guests wanting to come back so I hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 20 March 2014

When we booked this hotel we thought it would be a four or five star hotel, especially for the price. However, it was a three-star at best. The lobby and outdoor areas were lovely, but our room needed some updating. The soap dish in the shower was hanging by a thread and could not be used because everything would fall out. There was also a lose part of the faucet in the shower. These two issues were fixed by the hotel after we pointed out the problem. One day we left our room for breakfast around 9 am and returned about 45 minutes later to find the housekeeper cleaning our room. We asked her to please come back in 20 minutes when we would leave the room again. We returned to the room around 3:30 to discover that our room had not been completely cleaned as yet, there were no clean towels or soap; obviously, the housekeeper had not returned to complete the job. We asked for service, and she did return a bit later.

While we had booked a room with a view and a balcony, we were put in a room without a balcony although it did have a nice view.

It seems to me that problems like this shouldn't happen at an upscale hotel, especially one that is quite expensive. Then there was the snarly clerk at the front desk, although most of the people we encountered were very nice. The hotel is well located a short ride from downtown. There is a shuttle, which we didn't use because it stops running too early.

We loved Sarasota and will definitely return, although probably not to the Hyatt.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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ChrisLevine, Director of Sales at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. I agree, the issues that you experienced should not happen at our hotel, regardless of the rate being charged. I am glad to hear that the Engineering issues were fixed to satisfaction hwoever the housekeeping isses are more troubling. I can assure you that your experience is unique and when you do come back, if you could please let me know I would very much like to have you back at the hotel and will personally make sure you have a great experience.

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Reviewed 20 March 2014

Spent 6 nights.Staff generally service-oriented. Room was comfortable. The location was close enough to walk to restaurants, many very good (e.g. ROAST, Mediterraneo, Cafe Bijou), and to many of the other attractions. Good access to internet.
The weak spot was the food. We tried the dining room for one breakfast and one dinner and had one other dinner through room service. In our opinion, none of these offerings were up to the standard one would expect at a major hotel; a limousine driver volunteered that at one time it had been considered first class but he had seen it steadily decline.
Sarasota seems to have a strong cultural life, at least in high season. The Selby Botanical Gardens and the Ringling Museum complex were very much enjoyed as was a long walk in Osker Sherer State Park.

Room Tip: Get one with a balcony
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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ChrisLevine, Director of Sales at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. Sarasota has done a fantastic job in attracting the Arts. You hit two of the best attractions in Selby and Ringling and there is much more to see year-round. Thank you for pointing thos out. You also are correct in that Sarasota has many different restaurants to choose from. I'm concerned about your ecperience in the restaurant however, Chef has concentrated on executing a farm-to-table concept in the restaurant to ensure the freshest product. I wll pass this along to him to see where the inconsistancy is. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts and I hope that have the chnace to host you again soon.

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Reviewed 19 March 2014 via mobile

We stayed here while on vacation and overall had a great experience. The rooms are beautiful and the balcony overlooked the bay. The amenities were great including the paddle boats kayaks and fishing rentals. Rob Hobbs who helped us was amazing. We walked to dinner which was a plus but almost got hit by a crazy driver. The cons were we wanted to let our daughter roast marshmallows we have done at a lot of hyatt and the price was three times the amount it is at other hyatt resorts. $16 for a small bag of marshmallows is ridiculous. The other thing was that even though we were checking out housekeeping woke us up at 830am.

Stayed: March 2014
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ChrisLevine, Director of Sales at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2014

Thank you for your review! I'm glad you enjoyed the resort fee inclusions. It is a relatively new program however, with Rod handling the logistics, as you experienced, we are getting great reviews. I ceretainly apologize for the disturbance by our Housekeeping Department. We train all of our staff to be respectful of our guests and it sounds like this was not done. Please let me know when you plan to be back in the area and I will make sure your experience exceeds your expectations.

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Reviewed 17 March 2014

We were at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota this past weekend for two nights, running a half marathon on Sunday morning. The hotel is easy to find, directions on our confirmation email were spot on. We were greeted by a friendly valet who advised us that we could use his services or self park. We chose to self park were allowed to borrow his bell cart and take our things upstairs. Check-in was fast and easy, we had room 305 overlooking the marina with a small "look thru a couple buildings out to the bay view".

Our room had two double beds (we would have preferred a king however due to the race and when we reserved our room this was what was available) and compared to other double rooms we've been in, was very large. Plenty of room to move around both beds, large vanity area with separate toilet, tub/shower. (Fabulous shower with a great shower head with lots of water pressure!:):)) large closet, desk, flat screen TV, small fridge and in-room safe. We also had a small balcony with two chairs and a small table. Room was very clean (window to the outside could have been cleaner though) plenty of towels, etc. The only thing that was a bit odd is that there is no official dresser to unpack your things. There are two drawers located in the same unit that holds the small fridge but otherwise not much storage space for your things. We moved somethings around on the shelf unit in the sink area and made do.

My spouse is a Hyatt Platinum member which came with automatic late check-out of 2:00 pm, free paddle board and free pedal boat rentals. As we were there to run we didn't get to partake of all the cool amenities but would love to come back and take advantage of the beautiful pool and all the toys at the marina. We didn't go down to the pool during the day but it was well used with ok amounts of umbrellas for shade etc. There is a fire pit turned on during the evenings that we did utilize Sat. night. Very fun to sit on the sofas, put your feet up and chat with friends while it gets cool and you stay warm!

We did not use the fitness center or have drinks at the bar.

Currents is the restaurant serving B/L/D. We had lunch after running our half marathons. Hotel restaurants can be hit or miss and this one was a total hit! Really fabulous! The menu was varied and had something for everyone (we're all a bit particular!). The burger people were very happy, said the burgers were excellent and perfectly cooked. The blackened grouper sandwich with no bun person said her grouper was excellent as were the accompanying fries. I had the fish tacos - really really good too. Served with salsa verde and a bottle of a locally made hot sauce if I wanted to try. I did and it was great! Our fifth person did the create your own salad and loved it! Great service went right along with our great food! To say the least we were thrilled!

We've stayed at other Hyatts and this ranks as one of the best! We would definitely return!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a balcony overlooking the marina!
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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ChrisLevine, Director of Sales at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2014

First of all, congrats on being able to run a half marathon! I ran 2 of them about 3 years ago and you have inspired me to get back into 'running shape'. We appreciate that you pointed out the water activities that you would have enjoyed for free because of status. We very much hope to host you again and hope that you get to enjoy our farm-to-fork restaurant again!

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