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Hyatt Regency Sarasota
Ranked #6 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
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Manchester, England
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“Good value for money”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

This hotel exceeded my expectations in many ways. Firstly, all of the boxes were checked on matters such as cleanliness, in room features, pool, surrounding areas etc. Secondly, the hotel offered additional things such as: a healthy restaurant menu for children (no fries unless requested - something I had been missing during our travels in the US), s'mores around a pit fire for 4 (not healthy, but good fun for a family), well equipped gym etc. I would definitely recommend this hotel both for couples and families. It oes not feel crowded although a big hotel so there is space for everyone. We visited with a 6 and 2 year old.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Rhett W, Director of Sales at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Thank you very much for your great review! We strive to exceed every guests' expectations and we are thrilled to hear that we succeeded during your stay with us. If your travel plans bring you back to the Sarasota area, we hope that we will have the opportunity to provide you with excellent service again!
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

Great Value for a very nice hotel! The location is great as well! The restaurant at the lobby is probably one of the best you can find in a hotel! Very Clean rooms! The stuff at the front desk will do anything the can to make your stay enjoyable!
We loved it!!!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rhett W, Director of Sales at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Thank you so much for the feedback on your recent stay! We are glad to hear your experiences were so positive and really look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back if your travels bring you back this way.
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Having stayed in Sarasota a couple of times previously but not for a long time we deliberated long & hard over where to stay for our latest trip & whilst we could have paid a lot less for similar standard hotels we settled upon the Hyatt as felt the location would allow us more of a "vacation" feel & quickly discovered we had made the right choice.

We spent 10 nights in Sarasota & from the moment we arrived to checking-out our stay at the Hyatt was wonderful. As soon as you pull up & enter the lobby you're greeted by a wonderfully light & airy atmosphere, the theme of which continues throughout the entire hotel. Considering it's location on the marina & the nearby beaches, waterways, etc the hotel veers away from simply being a "business" hotel & has much more of a "resort" feel although there were still plenty of conferences, meetings, weddings etc going on during our stay yet the hotel appeared to perfectly suit all occassions.

Other than the overall theme of the hotel perhaps the biggest plus of staying here is the location. With so many things to do in & around the area we found it a headache (albeit a nice one) when trying to decide where to stay & having spotted almost all of the other hotels that we considered agreed that the Hyatt was perfect for what we wanted. Located directly on a small marina it's a simple 10 minute walk downtown which means that you can easily stroll to a restaurant or bar & have a few drinks. We very much enjoyed this fact & took advantage of this during both the day & night & Marina Jack's restaurant & bar provided us with a perfect place to grab a meal & few drinks on our first night, again only 15 minutes walk away. When you do hop in your car St Armands Circle is less than 5 minutes away & generally the hotel is pretty perfectly located wherever you wish to explore. It does take about 15 minutes to get to I-75 but I'd certainly recommend staying closer to the beaches, downtown, etc than staying more "inland" so to speak. Additionally we had considered a stay in one of the similar level hotels near the airport & whilst this was only 5 minutes away from the Hyatt Regency agreed that a stay at one of these would have been a very different experience from staying on the marina & personally I wouldn't have felt I had "escaped" as I did at the Hyatt.

Our room itself was lovely & after taking a look at a few different rooms settled for a 5th Floor room overlooking the Marina. We had a fantastic view but was also curious to perhaps take a look at the views offered from a high-floor room overlooking the Bay also. The only real criticism in terms of room was a severe lack of drawer space if staying for longer than a few nights. Of a lesser concern, the curtains didn't really pull tight which let light stream into the room at the crack of dawn & due to the hotel's location the shower (or perhaps water itself) had a slightly sulphurous smell & the power of the shower itself wasn't particularly strong but generally the room was ideal.

A major plus point was the staff. Without being insincere, each & every member of staff that we came into contact were fantastic & it stood out. From the Reception Team to guys on the front door & wait- staff, they were all incredibly courteous & professional. Derek who often served us in the restuarant was a great help when it came to local knowledge & an all-round top guy, Victor on the door was fantastic & Jake down at the boat rental facility was a joy to deal with. The Hyatt have really hit a perfect level of customer service with their staff judging by our stay.

We did take the buffet breakfast option with our package when booking & it was worth it for the additional price although should we have been required to have paid the $20 per person standard cost would have felt aggrieved as it was a mixed bag. Good selection & high quality ingredients but much of the food was left out in large quantities & we felt the breakfast would have benefitted by having far less heaped out but restocked more regularly.

The pool area is blissful & never particularly crowded even when busy & late into our stay we took advantage of the rental facility & took kayaks & paddle boards out into the Bay & our stay was enhanced by this. It's easy to look from your window or balcony & think "that looks fun" but never actually find time to do it but we are so glad we did ... both times we ventured out we loved it & when kayaking saw a manatee a few metres ahead of us. Paddle boardings easier than it looks but far easier in the marina than in the Bay !!!

The area itself is fantastic. From the beaches, to St Armands Circle & Downtown & further afield like Myakka State Park, the Rays baseball, Busch Gardens even shopping, there really is so much to do in & around the area that we loved our stay at the Hyatt & should we return can't think of staying anyway else really.

Room Tip: Higher floors WILL offer better views at this hotel. We stayed on the 5th Marina Side which was idea...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rhett W, Director of Sales at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Wow, what a fantastically detailed and in-depth review. It was extremely helpful for us to read through it from a guest perspective standpoint and I can imagine our future potential guests will find it very helpful as well. We will be sure to share your comments regarding specific team members so they can be recognized for having such a positive impact on your experiences. As an aside, I am personally quite fond of the bay side views as the sunsets are spectacular every evening! Should your travels bring you back to the west coast of Florida, we hope that we will have the opportunity to welcome you back. Thank you again!
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

First, let me disclose that my husband is diamond (or whatever the top status is) with Hyatt, so we (being his wife and 2 kids) get to enjoy the perks of Daddy's constant travel. Hyatt treats their status customers well. But aside from that, I think this is a great hotel. As we drove up, the exterior wasn't impressive (compared to the Ritz across the canal) but they've done quite a nice remodel inside. We had a suite, which was fantastic, and I liked that we had a little balcony with chairs overlooking the water. The staff was so very attentive and kind... even the ones not knowing our status (always a bit cynical when traveling with my husband...). I hope I'm remembering his name correctly, but Derek, in the restaurant, was far and away the best employee we had interaction with; so nice and helpful and a wealth of information about the area. Breakfast was very good. The pool was fantastic for our kids, with a zero entry and a waterfall they could swim under. We loved being able to use bikes, kayaks and paddle boards (with the resort fee) although you are on a little canal that leads to the bay so it there isn't much to look at other than buildings. The beach is so close. We actually stayed 1 night at the Hyatt then moved over to Siesta Key for 2 nights and wound up coming back to the Hyatt for our last night (movie night in the pool!). We would definitely stay here again if we're in the area.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Rhett W, Director of Sales at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Thank you very much for the feedback on your recent visit! We are so happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed the hotel and thank you also to your husband for his Hyatt loyalty. Derek is indeed one of our superstar servers in the restaurant so we will be sure to share your comments with him. We are look forward to welcoming you back to the Hyatt during your next trip to Sarasota!
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Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

I stay in the Sarasota area a lot to visit friends and family and the Hyatt is the best place I've stayed. Every hotel employee was so friendly and helpful. Not a single employee greeted us without a smile. The pool is so nice including the pool bar which had great drinks and we were served right at our lounge chairs by a fast and sweet waitress. The entire hotel was super clean and bright. Our room was comfortable, updated and really clean. We had dinner at Currents which was okay for food but once again amazing service. I don't have a single complaint for this Hyatt.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Rhett W, Director of Sales at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Thank you so much for the glowing review! We try to ensure that every guest has an experience like yours and we will look forward to your next visit to Sarasota. Thank you again!
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Clearwater, Florida
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

I love the Sarasota area, so many things to do and see. This is the first time I stayed at this hotel. I've seen it several times, so I decided to treat my sister and spring for the room. The staff was very friendly, and helpful, all the way from the guys who do the valet parking to the front desk, to the lobby bar area. After spending the day downtown, we went back to our hotel room, and realized the toilet was not working properly. I called the front desk, and they sent someone up immediatly to fix the problem. The maintenance man was great, super polite, had a great sense of humor, and was able to fix the problem. The hotel has a turn down service, and the lady came to the room, asking if we needed "turn down", we didn't but she still gave us the chocolate! That made us chuckle. My sister and I went down to the bar, had a drink and some munchies. The bartender was very personable, very attentive, friendly, and did not forget us, as we were sitting away from the actual bar, in the lounge area.

The room was very nice, we were on the north side of the hotel, higher up (which of course cost more money). The bathroom door was so close to the toilet, not very much room at all, tiny bathoom.

Their is a $15.00 "resort" fee, which EVERYONE is charged, the hotel said it is for the in room internet/WiFi and the 2 bottles of small bottled water. I did not use the in room WiFi nor did I drink the bottled water, yet I still was charged the $15.00. There are so many other hotels in the area that do not charge for this, as they have free WiFi.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Rhett W, Director of Sales at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Thank you very much for the feedback on your recent stay. We strive to create memorable experiences for each of our guests and we couldn't be happier to hear that our team took such good care of you during you visit. There are a wide variety of inclusions with the new Resort Fee program, so we were sorry to hear that it was not explained better as you may have been able to enjoy some of the other included activities and features of the hotel. Thank you again for taking the time to write your review and please let us know if we will ever have the opportunity to welcome you back to the Hyatt.
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Helen, Georgia
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Stayed here for a wedding so received a better than normal price but still more than we usually spend. All personnel are very courteous and friendly. Room was nice with small couch in the window area plus comfortable chair. Sink was in separate area from the bathroom which made easy access. The toilet was in with the tub and that area was very tight. Had to close the door before you could even sit on the toilet things were so tight.
Internet is either part of a $15 resort fee which we did not have due to wedding block so would have had to pay $9.95 per day for internet. It was free in the lobby. These days of mobile devices makes that seem an excessive cost either way so we went to the lobby when needed.
Food was not included in our room cost so we went out for breakfast. A bowl of oatmeal was $9.00 so we decided to walk across to Toasted Mango and get a breakfast for about the same cost.

Room Tip: South side you have pool and marina view. We had north side with view of the bay. All rooms seemed...
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Green Features: You can retain towels and sheets for several days. That does not work well when they have no place to hang them to dry out.
  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Rhett W, Director of Sales at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Thank you very much for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. We hope that the wedding was nice and that you enjoyed your time in Sarasota. With our new Resort Fee program, high speed internet is included, but it sounds as if the group package you had may have had a different structure. We will try to communicate connectivity options better in the future, because as you mentioned, in this day and age it is so important to have reliable and fast internet connections. Thank you again!
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Property: Hyatt Regency Sarasota
Address: 1000 Boulevard Of The Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236-4808
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Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
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Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 Green Hotel in Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hyatt Regency Sarasota 4*
Number of rooms: 294
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Situated in a beautiful resort like setting with our own private marina on Sarasota Bay, Hyatt Regency Sarasota is 3 miles from the Sarasota/Bradenton airport and minutes from white sand beaches and the premier theaters, restaurants, museums and attractions of Florida's cultural coast. Hyatt Regency Sarasota's oasis of lush gardens, sparkling blue water and relaxed elegance combines with the year-round temperate climate of Sarasota Bay to set the ideal backdrop for a perfect meeting destination in a beautiful resort-like setting. Once inside the viibrant "new" rooms you'll discover why our unique blend of business and pleasure come together as you experience our elegant design theme enhanced views of Sarasota Bay and its natural beauty. The Hyatt Regency Sarasota has completed a 22 million dollar transformation where guests will enjoy newly appointed guestrooms, lobbys and restaurants. ... more   less 
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