Part 2: Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Cabana Review (this post)
As highlighted in my earlier post, we enjoyed our time at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and thought it made for a perfect long weekend getaway. To maximize our long weekend, we booked the last flight back to Long Island on a Sunday night that left Tampa at 8:45pm so we could fully enjoy our Sunday. We decided to try out the hotel’s poolside cabanas for the day which are actually “mini-rooms” of sorts whose sliding doors open to the pool area. Since we would have to checkout of our suite by 11am, we thought this was a great opportunity to still have a “room” where we could store our stuff, have a private bathroom and comfortably relax on the couch or watch TV. Yes, these cabanas come equipped with a living room and TV which came in handy for my wife who was 7 months pregnant and needed to escape the sun for a bit.
There are two sizes of cabanas which surround the pool on the 8th floor of the hotel – small cabanas (holding 4-6 people) which cost $99 and larger ones (holding 8-10 people) for $149. Unless you a hosting a large party in the cabana for the day, the small one should be sufficient for most with enough indoor & outdoor seating for all. To access these cabanas, you go up to the 8th floor and look for your cabana room marked with “C” followed by the cabana number. Upon entering the private half bathroom is immediately to your left – if there is a downside, it would be the lack of a shower in the bathroom.
To the right when you walk in is a sink which I didn’t find useful considering there is a sink in the bathroom already. Straight ahead in the room is the living room of the cabana with a sofa and TV (and nice cold AC to escape the Florida heat). Additionally, there is also a safe for those that are wondering if you wanted to store any valuables.
At the end of the room, there is a sliding glass door that leads out to a covered area with a table and 4 chairs plus two loungers. All of this seating is only for your cabana and there is small sign in front telling others these are reserved.
Our last trip before baby
I forgot to take a picture of it but there was a special menu available for cabana rentals that offer packages of various food/drinks for what seemed to be rather reasonable prices. I remember one package that offered offered soda, beer, & snacks and thought it was good deal if you have a larger group. One other perk of the cabanas was that you could order anything from any passing waitress (or go up to the pool bar yourself of course) and have it delivered to your cabana.
Overall, I though having the cabana really enhanced our last day since we didn’t have to leave the hotel till 6pm to catch our 8:45pm flight. While I know the hotel would have held our luggage, I’m not a fan of having to keep going back to the front desk if I need something from my bag and then having to figure out where to change or refresh before leaving. It was especially nice to have the private bathroom and a cozy little “room” to sit inside when we needed a break from the sun. For $99, I wouldn’t hesitate to do this again as it really did make our last day much more enjoyable.