Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Florida Review

May 1, 2023


Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay is part of the Hyatt Hotels Corporation, popularly referred to as Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. Headquartered in Riverside, Chicago, the American-based global hospitality company manages and franchises frills and business hotels, resorts, and vacation facilities. Pritzker founded Hyatt in 1957 when he acquired the Hyatt House motel close to the Los Angeles International Airport.

The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Florida hotel was built in 1986, and the 2012 renovation made the property look modern and fresh. Above-average amenities, award-winning restaurants, and a great location in natural surroundings easily make the facility an excellent airport hotel for leisure and business travelers alike.

I have been a frequent guest at this Florida Hyatt hotel, and what I can assure you is that it comfortably accommodates business and leisure travelers as I have enjoyed the benefits of both worlds. Through this comprehensive Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Florida review, I’ll show you why this Florida hotel for young adults has always been my favorite destination. I am sure you’ll also love it.

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Florida Review

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Florida is a resort-style hotel convenient to the Tampa International Airport, and downtown Tampa surrounds guests in nature on a 35-acre flora preserve. The facility is designed to allow every guest to unwind and renew, whether staying in Tampa for business or leisure reasons.

It’s located on a nature preserve at the Tampa Bay edge, beside the Tampa International Airport. Besides the highway and saltwater mangroves, many things don't surround the hotel. Two beautiful shopping plazas are only ten minutes-drive away, and you can reach downtown Tampa in less than fifteen minutes.

One thing I really liked is that I only required a 20-minute drive to reach almost all nearby attractions, including the Florida Aquarium, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Busch Gardens Theme Park, Lowry Park Zoo, and Tampa Bay Times Sports Arena. The free hotel airport shuttle transports guests to the Tampa International Airport and the neighboring shopping malls but doesn't reach downtown.

You’ll need to look for taxi services if you want to visit some nice beaches situated approximately 45 minutes-drive away from the hotel on the Gulf Coast.

Property Highlights

After staying at this hotel several times, my research indicates that its amenities are designed to meet and even exceed guest expectations. The front desk team members are warm and polite without being stuffy.

The hotel features two sections, the main tower with most rooms and a casita area with an artificial beach, two tennis courts, secondary swimming pools, and Oystercatchers restaurant. The noiseless section is located on the opposite side of the saltwater mangrove forest, which is a few minutes walk away via a short path.

The main tower features all amenities for young adults, including game rooms, top-notch restaurants, overall friendly services, easy checking, free Wi-Fi, a spa, a sauna, a tower pool, and a hot tub, to mention just a few.

Main Amenities and For Families

Whether you're a solo young adult traveler or have a beautiful family, you'll love the entire environment the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, Florida, offers. The facility has connecting rooms, daily housekeeping, flat-screen TVs with premium channels, a terrace, and a private bathroom for younger families.

When it comes to main amenities, I enjoyed everything from spacious rooms to a breakfast buffet. Additional main amenities are private parking, valet parking, meeting rooms for business guests, room and bar service, restaurants and lounge/bar, limo/town car service, coffee café/shop, and a business center.

The room in Grand Hyatt hotel

Room Options and Amenities

My research indicates that the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay features numerous business hotel-class rooms and family rooms. While I have been a frequent visitor at the hotel, I haven't stayed in all guest rooms due to their massive number.

Some of the most popular room options available at the facility are Casita Suites, Bay View, Executive Rooms, Corner Room Two Double Beds Bay View, Room One King Bed Accessible Bathtub, Room Two Double Beds Accessible Bathtub, Room Two Double Beds Casita, and Room One King Bed Bay View.

Each room option offers an opportunity to get entertained since flat-screen television with premium cable channels and films for purchase are available. The facility ensures much-needed home comfort, including climate-controlled air conditioning, a tea/coffee maker, an ironing board, and slippers.

Bonus room amenities include a very comfortable bed, hypo-allergenic bedding, a free rollaway bed, a free infant/cot bed, and blackout curtains. Each room ensures that you stay connected, and in line with this, it has free Wi-Fi, a desk, and a phone.

What’s Nearby and Getting Around

During my stay at this facility, I discovered that nothing is within a walking distance apart from the saltwater mangrove forest. Some nearby features include Tampa Bay, Heart of Tampa, International Plaza and Bay Street, Tampa Riverwalk, Tampa University, Tampa Port, Tampa General Hospital, and Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park.

Getting around is easier thanks to several airport transportation options, including TPA Tampa Intl. Florida, PIE St. Petersburg Clearwater Intl. Florida, SPG Albert O. Knight Florida. Tampa Union Station is available within a twelve-minute drive.

Grand Hyatt hotel facilities

Cleaning and Safety Measures

Just like its sister hotels, including Hyatt Place Tampa Airport/Westshore, Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Florida follows the GBAC STAR Hyatt standard cleaning and disinfection practices. I loved the enhanced safety practices in place, including towels and sheets washed at 60oC or 140oF or hotter, disinfecting and cleaning high-touch surfaces, and using disinfectants to clean the entire room and property.

I have always stayed safe at Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Florida hotel thanks to the best safety measures and practices in place. These practices include contactless check-in, and check-out, protective shields at major contact areas, and guest rooms kept vacant for one day between visits. Personal protective equipment for staff, temperature checks, masks, hand sanitizer, and individually-wrapped food and drink options are available.

Food and Drink

The Grand Hyatt allowed me to enjoy some of my favorite dishes and drinks. The facility has three restaurants, plus a lobby restaurant and bar that serves bar food and drinks. All of these dining options offer seafood specialties, ranging from simple breakfasts to lunch dishes.

Some of the restaurants that I managed to visit and enjoy their dining offerings are Whiskey Joe's, Columbia Restaurant Café, Bahama Breeze, World of Beer, and the Gasparilla Bar. The best thing is that they're all between a three and seven-minute drive.

Required at Check-in and Special Instructions

One thing I found special and unique is that the minimum check-in age was 18 years. Other requirements at check-in remain constant compared to other facilities, including a debit card, credit card, or cash deposit for any incidental charges and a government-issued photo ID. The front desk team will greet all guests with respect on arrival.

What’s more about the Hotel?

Additional hotel brand popular amenities you’ll come across during your stay include solo business friends’ language, non-smoking rooms, a pool fitness center, outdoor seating, ping pong tables, self-parking, and lush grounds. Pets are allowed, and lounge chairs with dark wood furnishings are available.

Pros and Cons


  • Lovely location and a quiet place to relax and renew
  • Friendly and clean front desk staff
  • Spacious double rooms for families and friends are available
  • Average nightly price provided; pets, children, and infants allowed


  • The main pool area is smaller, but many pool options are available for all quests free of charge


How Much Does It Cost to Stay at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Hotel?

The amount it costs to stay at Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay varies from one visitor to another. The cost depends on several factors like the type of room, tour, drink, food, and amenities you access.

How Far is the Airport from Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Hotel?

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay hotel is approximately 4.1 miles from the airport. It takes approximately six minutes to drive.

Is the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Hotel Popular with Families?

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay hotel is popular with business guests, but it doubles as a family hotel. It's near the airport, relatively closer to downtown, and has top-notch shopping and dining options.

How Far is the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Hotel from Beach from?

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay hotel is approximately 17 miles away from the beach. It takes about 25.5 minutes to drive.

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