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We ventured down to Florida and the Hyatt Regency Clearwater with Baby Weekly Flyer this summer. Florida greeted us with clear skies for as far as the eye could see. The water was clear and Hyatt Regency Clearwater really took care of this Diamond member during our stay at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater, Florida.
The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Florida is a across the street from Clearwater Beach. The hotel has 250 spacious suites ranging from 600 to 2,000 square feet. This Hyatt is a category 5 requiring 18,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night. We cashed in 54,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for a 3 night stay.
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Drive To Clearwater
The drive from Tampa international airport to Clearwater takes about 3o minutes (see here for map). You’ll pass over the Courtney Campbell causeway before passing through Clearwater. Once over the bridge, head to the beach and turn left. You’ll see the big pink Hyatt Regency near the beach on the right.
The Courtney Campbell causeway is also known as the redneck riviera to Tampa natives. If you look closely on your way over, sometimes you can see a big party on the side of the road on the beach in the bay.
The Hyatt Regency entrance is on the street level. Once inside, you can head to the second floor to visit the restaurant or head over to the walkway to the beach.
Hyatt Regency Clearwater
This hotel sits directly across a small 2 lane street from Clearwater beach. While it is technically across the street, the hotel offers fantastic views of the Gulf of Mexico.
Looking far to the left you can see the channel. Across the other side of the channel is a public park and the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, which I’ve stayed at a few times.
You’ll notice the cabanas directly in front of the hotel when you look at the Gulf of Mexico. You can rent these from the Hyatt but they aren’t cheap.
Renting a cabana for the day will cost you $150 for a small one and $200 for a large one. You can also rent by the 1/2 day for a lower cost as illustrated in the picture below.
The view of the beach directly across from the hotel. It sure beats a rainy day.
Looking to the right, you’ll notice the Clearwater Beach pier.
The hotel “beach bar”, Beach Club, has nightly drink specials and sometimes live music. Notice the $3 Blue Moons beers, which make for a great happy hour, and $2 Blue Point Oyster special.
The hotel bar has a flat screen television in case you want to catch a game and a beer.
The top floor of the hotel has an observation deck with a hot tub and sunbathing chairs. The hot tub has a view out over the inter coastal waterway.
The view towards the Gulf of Mexico also looks out over the hotel pool.
The pool is in the center of the hotel, surrounded by rooms on either side. It is a pool, but left me with the impression of a college apartment complex. It was frequently full of people during our stay.
Next to the pool, you’ll find a sunbathing area with lounge chairs. Plenty of seating and never saw the battles for chairs like we did in Aruba between the New Yorkers and the Venezuelans.
I mentioned that the hotel is across the street from the beach. After a short, ~100 meter walk, you’ll be across the street with your feet in the sand.
The best part of the view from the Hyatt Regency Clearwater was the view of the sunset. Each night, we sat on our ocean front suite balcony and took in the sunset views. The sunsets were good, but hardly compared to the dramatic ones we saw on Palm Beach in Aruba this summer, or the ones we saw in Bora Bora last year.
Overall, we really enjoyed our recent and brief stay at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater. We used 54,000 points for a 3 night award stay and were upgraded to an ocean front two bedroom suite.
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