Hotel Reviews

Rooftop Gym & Great Views the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Waterfront

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I had a pleasant stay at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Waterfront last month on my way to spend Thanksgiving with family.

I left my car with the valet while I ran in to check in and take my suitcase up before going in search of BBQ. Walking into the lobby you immediately see the restaurant and the lounge, and then the check in area is to the left behind the escalators.

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Lobby

Check in was fast — I was upgraded to a room on a high floor with a great view of the river. Because the Regency Club lounge was closed on the weekends, I also received 2500 bonus Gold Passport points and free breakfast in the restaurant. And two complimentary bottles of chilled water (which was awkward to carry with my suitcase). Not bad for a $97 rate!

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Diamond Amenity Water

Unfortunately parking is no longer free for guests like it was when Loyalty Traveler stayed there this summer, but my rate came with discounted parking, reducing the cost from $15 to $8 a night. Normally I would have tried to find street parking but the limited spots immediately around the hotel were taken and the neighborhood a few blocks over felt a little iffy since the city is a ghost town on the weekends.

The parking garage is across the street but connected to the hotel via the second floor. I recommend taking all your luggage out with you at check in though, as there is a pretty big flight of stairs to get from the garage to the hotel walkway.

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Parking Garage

My room was on the same floor as the club, which I passed on my way.

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Elevator

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Regency Club

A typical room, comfortable and clean.

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront 1742

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront King River View

Tea/Coffee making area

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront King River View Coffee

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront King River View Shower

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Waterfront King Room

Some rooms had balconies, which would have been nice, but I at least could open the sliding doors to get the cool Florida winter air and take in the pretty view.

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront King River View night

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront King River View morning

And I did post the pictures but forgot to alert the front desk to see what the prize was.

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront King River View Share

Figuring I’d be pretty full from whatever BBQ place I discovered, I’d requested the wine and cheese Diamond amenity in lieu of points at checkin. It wound up being substantial –fresh Florida chevre and locally sourced chutney.

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Diamond Wine amenity

One of the cool features of this property is the rooftop pool and hot tub and fitness center.

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Rooftop Pool

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Rooftop Gym

The gym was surprisingly large and modern with multiple treadmills, elipticals, and stair steppers in addition to a fair number of weight machines. They even had cool towels and a sauna.

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Gym towels

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront rooftop sauna

After enjoying an early morning workout, I headed down to the restaurant, Trellises, to indulge in a southern breakfast. I wasn’t in the mood for the buffet, which appeared standard, instead opting to order off the menu.

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Trellises dining room

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Breakfast Buffet

 

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Breakfast menu trellises

After “waffling” between the local Mayport Seafood frittata and South Georgia waffle, I decided to go all in and get the Southern Eggs Benedict which came with fried chicken and gravy on a biscuit. Mmmmm. (No, I did not finish it).

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Southern Eggs Benedict

All in all it was a very pleasant stay and between the views and the workout facilities, a relaxing way to transition from work to family mode.

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2 Comments

  1. Ruby

    December 30, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Nice to know you enjoyed your stay in Jax 🙂
    Agree that weekends downtown can be a bit blah – did you walk to the Landing and do the riverfront walk? (its right in front of the Hyatt)

    • Keri Anderson

      December 30, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      Didn’t make it this time but have gone in the past! I enjoy grabbing lunch outside by the water at one of the restaurants.

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