Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

I always enjoy my stays at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville. It’s in a great location on the north side of the St. John’s River which makes it a short walk to pretty much anywhere downtown like the Florida Theater, Jacksonville Landing, or Everbank Field.

The hotel is undergoing a complete renovation that will be completed in October 2015. I recently had to stay overnight in Jacksonville, and staying here gave me a chance to take a sneak peek at the updated rooms.

First thing: if you’re driving here, parking in the structure directly adjacent to the property will cost you $15 per day. If you’re willing to walk a few blocks there are some other garages that are as low as $4 per day.

On my arrival day, I was already in Jacksonville that morning and my appointment didn’t last nearly as long as I expected. I therefore headed to the hotel and checked-in around 10:30am. This wasn’t a problem and I was given a room on the 16th floor, which had just undergone renovations. I was given the choice of Diamond amenity (I chose the 1,000 points) and was also informed that the club lounge on the 17th floor was closed for renovations, therefore earning me an additional 2,500 points for the one-night stay.

I was also asked if I’d eaten breakfast yet, and as I hadn’t, was offered a complimentary breakfast buffet. I’m sure this was because I’m a Diamond and was also super nice to the desk agent, and YMMV if you can get a free breakfast on your arrival date. But i was happy to take it as I think their buffet is very good.

I chose a vegetarian egg-white omelet and yogurt with a variety of fresh and dried fruit, which was all delicious.

I then headed up to the room. It was a two-queen river view and again, had freshly undergone renovations.

The views of the St. John’s River and the south side from the top floors are amazing and some of my favorite in Jacksonville.

I didn’t get any pictures this time, but I’ll throw in a compliment for the property’s pool, which is located on the rooftop. It’s a good place to catch some Florida sun and more great views of the city.

I’ll be returning to this hotel at the end October for the annual Florida-Georgia college football weekend. It’s one of the best places to stay in Jacksonville in my opinion and the service and breakfast are top-notch, at least in my experience. And to top it off one can usually find weekday rates for under $120 which, when coupled with the Diamond bonuses, is very reasonable.

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