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However, it was also my mom’s birthday, so I wanted to do something special for her. She couldn’t take much time off work so we couldn’t fly anywhere (though she had a hell of a birthday trip last year), so I decided to plan a staycation at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach. Clearwater is just about an hour from Tampa, so it’s an easy drive when time is limited.
I booked a couple of nights here using the “My Elite Rate,” whereby elite members receive 20% off the hotel’s Daily Rate. The rate was a bit over $200 per night, which I thought was reasonable, and is cheaper than this hotel is over weekends.
The Hyatt Regency is located directly on Clearwater Beach (as the name suggests), and after self parking we headed into the lobby for check-in.
The lobby was pretty basic, with just a couple of check-in “podiums” and then a couch area in the corner.
The main lobby area is on the second floor. It feels an awful lot like a convention property on the second floor, at least in terms of the lack of furniture and long, dark hallways.
Anyway, the check-in associate was friendly, and within a few minutes we were given keys to the two bedroom suite we had been upgraded to. Rooms at this property are all large, and I’ve had good luck being upgraded to suites as a Diamond member.
Our suite was at the far end of the 15th floor, room 1543.
The room was massive and well furnished. The rooms do feel a bit timesharey and aren’t ultra high-end, but for a beach property I think they’re quite nice.
There was a small dining area by the entrance, with two chairs and a booth that seats two.
Then there was a living room with a couch and love seat. The couch converts into a double bed.
Both the couch and love seat faced a flat screen TV.
Then there was a massive kitchen with a full size fridge, microwave, oven, etc.
Near the entrance was the second bedroom, which featured a double bed facing a flat screen TV.
It boasted nice views of the beach.
That’s also where the second bathroom was located, which featured a sink and shower/tub combo.
The master bedroom was quite a bit larger, with a king size bed, seat by the window, and flat screen TV.
The master bathroom was also quite a bit larger, with two sinks, a shower/tub combo, and a walk-in shower.
I do find it a bit odd that they had both a walk-in shower and shower/tub combo, but not an actual soaking tub.
Probably the highlight of the room, though, was the balcony. We were on the second highest floor and had direct views of Clearwater Beach — can’t beat that!
I’m not actually a beach person, as I’m as red as a lobster within 30 minutes of going outside, and also just don’t like sand or salt water. So at beach properties I do love a nice balcony, since I can sit on the balcony with my laptop while my mom enjoys the beach.
And the views really were gorgeous. Especially around sunset.
I mentioned to the hotel in advance that it was my mom’s birthday, so they were nice enough to bring an amenity consisting of sweets and a voucher for some wine/appetizers at the lobby lounge.
As far as breakfast goes, it was served in SHOR Restaurant, which is located on the second floor. As a Gold Passport Diamond member, breakfast was complimentary for up to four people, which sure is generous.
We had breakfast on the patio both mornings, which overlooks the beach.
You can either have the buffet and still order eggs however you’d like them, or they have a breakfast menu, which reads as follows:
The buffet was quite good. There were a variety of continental options, including fruit, cereal, yogurt, pastries, bread, muffins, etc.
Then there were also a handful of hot dishes, including oatmeal, french toast, scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, etc.
One evening we used the voucher we had for the lobby bar, which was valid for two glasses of wine and an appetizer.
We ordered the crab cakes and caprese salad, both of which were very good.
While Clearwater Beach is a nice area for going to the beach, the dining options are generally quite limited, so we had dinner at the hotel’s restaurant on my mom’s birthday. While it wasn’t cheap, the food was excellent.
In terms of the hotel’s other facilities, there’s a pool on the 8th floor. The deck area itself is huge though the pool isn’t especially big.
There’s also a decent gym located next to the spa, which I used both days.
Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach bottom line
While I’m not a huge fan of the beach, my mom is, and she really enjoyed this getaway (as did I, even if I spent much of it sitting on the balcony with my laptop looking at the beach, which is my idea of a beach vacation).
Given the rate I paid I thought the hotel was a great value, especially with the upgrade. This isn’t the highest end beach resort in the world, but you can’t beat it for a quick two day getaway from Tampa.
Redeeming points at Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach
The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach is a Gold Passport Category 5 property, meaning it costs:
- 20,000 Gold Passport points for a free night redemption
- 10,000 Gold Passport points plus $125 for a Points + Cash redemption (subject to capacity controls)
Given that the rate was ~$200 per night when I stayed, paying cash was definitely the best option. That being said, in high season and on weekends rates here can be $400+ per night, in which case redeeming points would be a much better value, in my opinion.
In addition to their own co-branded The Hyatt Credit Card, Hyatt Gold Passport is also a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner, meaning you can transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards instantly at a 1:1 ratio. The best cards for collecting Ultimate Rewards points are:
- The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, which offers double points on dining and travel, and no foreign transaction fees.
- The Ink Plus® Business Card and Ink Bold® Business Card, which offer 5x points on office supply stores, and on cellular phone, landline, internet, and cable TV services.