Hyatt Regency Miami: Bottom Line Review


My wife and I just wrapped up a two-week stay in Florida and Anguilla with a week of vacation at the marvelous Zemi Beach House and a work week at the Hyatt Regency Miami (we also stayed at The Confidante on the way down). I’m not a huge fan of most Hyatt Regencies, as I find them to often feel like drab, massive convention hotels with little personality. Many, including this one, are showing their age.

We absolutely loved staying at this location. We took nightly walks around the river, over the bridge to Brickell and around Brickell Key. From our room, we could watch the boats go down the river and see the Brickell Drawbridge open.  The hotel is located almost right in between the South Beach and Key Biscayne Bridges and you can be on either island within 15-20 minutes outside of rush hours. Lots of great restaurants are nearby and Little Havana is a short drive away. There is very easy access to public transit if you want it. The Poseidon Ferry to Miami Beach is right outside the door.

That said, the rooms are tiny and worn (our suite was less than 450 square feet, albeit with a great view). Both the valet and the housekeeping left much to be desired..we asked for daily housekeeping (available for elite members) and only received it once…after we called the front desk because we ran out of toilet paper. The breakfast was “meh.” The hotel has probably the worst fitness area I’ve seen in a Hyatt Regency. It’s a property that I want to love because of where it is, sort of like the Hyatt Centric Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale. Unfortunately, it didn’t give us many reasons to.

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Hyatt Regency Miami Panorama Suite Night View

Hyatt Regency Miami Bottom Line Review

Bottom line: I would never stay in this hotel if it didn’t have this location. Conversely, I’d be tempted by almost any hotel that does. It’s really all about where the Hyatt Regency is. If you need/want somewhere with a superlative location downtown, it’s very useful.  If you don’t, stay somewhere else. It would take very little to give an FM “thumbs-up” to this property because of where it sits, but food, service and facilities make it a mixed bag.

  • Points Price: Category 3, 9,000-15,000 points per night.  Bookable using a Category 1-4 Certificate from the Chase Hyatt Card.
  • Cash Price: Huge event-based variation.  We paid cash for the week I stayed and the suite we stayed in was $178/night, well below other downtown Miami properties. The week of our stay, with several corporate events in the hotel and next door at the Knight Center, the cash rate for a standard room was $650.
  • Points Value: At times when the hotel doesn’t have a lot of event traffic, prices can be between $100-$150/nt which would make it a so-so redemption.  However, rates can soar well above $500, making the point value well above our reasonable redemption value of 1.6 CPP.
  • Resort Fee: None.
  • Parking: Valet is $47 per night with in & out privileges. There is self-parking across the street in a garage that is accessible via a covered walkway from the Knight Center. Rates are $10 for up to 4 hours, $20 for 4-24 hours. No in and out privileges, so clock starts over every time you leave and come back.
  • Turndown service: None.
  • Housekeeping: Requested everyday (an option for elite members). Receieved it once during our five-night stay after we called down to the front desk because we ran out of toilet paper.
  • Internet: Very good. Able to stream, cast and zoom throughout the property
  • Dining:
    • Breakfast: There is a sizeable buffet breakfast served from 7am-12pm at Riverview Bar and Restaurant, as well as a grab and go option called the Market. The buffet is $32++ ($40 after) and was mediocre. While there was a very large selection of fruit, pastries and hot dishes, nothing was very good.  The fruit and pastries were old 3 out of the 5 days and I ended up just having the same eggs, potatoes and sausage the last three after trying some of the other hot dishes and finding them lackluster to unappetizing.  I’d feel pretty incredulous if I paid $40 cash for this. Coffee, juice and espresso included.
    • Lunch & Dinner: Riverview Bar and Grill Restaurant serves dinner from 4-11pm (midnight on Saturday).  There is also a grab-and-go option called “The Market” open from 6:30am to Midnight.
  • Spa: None. There is a small pool that’s in poor repair.
  • Fitness Room: The worst gym that I’ve ever seen in a Hyatt Regency.  Almost hilarious how small and claustrophobic it is for a 600+ room hotel.  They put mirrors quite literally over all over the walls and the ceiling to make it look bigger.  It doesn’t work. It has two treadmills, three ellipticals and two bikes sitting cheek-by-jowl in front of the tiniest “weight training” area I’ve seen.  We drove to a nearby gym where I’m a member and never used the one in the hotel.
  • Hyatt Globalist Elite Benefits: Suite Upgrade: We booked into the suite, so there was no upgrade.  They did give us a suite with a lovely view right over the river and the Brickell Bridge.
    • Club Lounge: None.
    • Free Breakfast: Mediocre buffet breakfast served at Riverview Bar and Grill.  Charges for gratuity and service charge were removed along with F&B.
    • 4PM Late Checkout: Applied automatically without asking
    • Free Parking: Free valet parking on award stays, otherwise $47.
  • Would I stay again?  Maybe, if the price was right. The location is absolutely incredible, right on the riverwalk and across the bridge from Brickell and Brickell key. The front desk was very helpful.  That’s about it.  Uninspiring rooms, lackadaisacal service and mediocre-below average F&B keep this from being a win. But, if I needed to be downtown I would consider it for location alone.
  • Hyatt Regency Miami pros:
    • Location, location, location. Right on the river, across the bridge from Brickell and it’s plethora of restraurants.  Connected to the Knight Center which has both convention and concerts. Knight Center has a Metromover station (above the parking garage) with free transport downtown or to connections with Metrorail and Bright Rail to Fort Lauderdale. Right in between the bridges to South Beach and Key Biscayne.
    • Nice river and city views from many rooms.
    • Very helpful front desk.
    • Did I mention the location?
  • Hyatt Regency Miami cons:
    • Property showing it’s age.
    • Mediocre food and beverage.
    • Room was fairly worn and small for a suite (427sq ft).
    • Housekeeping seemed in complete disarray and we only were serviced once in a five-night stay and then only after we called the front desk.
    • Absolutely no street parking around hotel. Only options are valet and parking garage.
    • Small, rundown pool area.
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Hyatt Regency Miami
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Hyatt Regency Miami Lobby
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Hyatt Regency Miami Riverview Bar and Grill Breakfast
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Hyatt Regency Miami Riverview Bar and Grill Breakfast
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Hyatt Regency Miami Fitness Room
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Hyatt Regency Miami Riverview Bar and Grill
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Hyatt Regency Miami Riverview Bar and Grill
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Hyatt Regency Miami Pool
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Hyatt Regency Miami Panorama Suite
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Hyatt Regency Miami Panorama Suite View
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Hyatt Regency Miami Panorama Suite Night View
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Hyatt Regency Miami Panorama Suite
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Hyatt Regency Miami Riverwalk
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Hyatt Regency Miami Riverwalk
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Hyatt Regency Miami Riverwalk
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Hyatt Regency Miami View from Brickell
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My son wanted to stay in the Brickell area for a trip a couple of months ago, like others have said this is the new place to be.. This was one of the hotels we were looking at but ended up booking him at the new Marriott Element on points. He loved it! They have a rooftop bar which he enjoyed and captured some nice pic’s.


Great, accurate review. I’ve stayed at this hotel 10-15x over the past year. I absolutely love Brickell and the area outside the Citi Center mall. Across the street from the Hyatt Regency are the JW Marriott and Kimpton Epic which are materially more expensive and require more points. A little further down the road is the Intercontinental which is adjacent to Bayside, a tourist outdoor shopping and restaurant area. I really enjoy this part of Miami, especially during the winter months.


“Confidante cons:” – should that be updated to Hyatt regency cons?

Thank you for the helpful review.

eddie ed

Coincidentally, I’m there right now. I’m not as sour about the Jr suite as you. It’s just OK, but the location is still ideal — it’s such a great hedge for anywhere. No idea how you managed $178, the rack rate tonight is $328 after a big convention (way more during). I figure my 12k is $192/nt (1.6cpp) and even with a lousy gym & pool, and the sub-par breakfast, it’s a steal compared to the sky high rates elsewhere. Yes, it’s a rip off in real dollars, and overpriced for what it is, but this is Miami. The Whole Foods across the street couldn’t be more ideal. I’ll continue to stay here instead of South Beach


Stayed at the Confidante a couple weeks ago and it was definitely a decent points option considering how easy it is to get more via Chase. Similar cons as you mentioned from our perspective but compared to the comical cash rates it’s a decent redemption to be on the beach.


I’ll be there on a one-day stopover in mid-May.

Points rate was 12k. Cash rate was $950+ (lol)

I couldn’t find a better cash or points redemption, but I guess I know now to not expect anything!


Do you have a recommendation for an alternative points hotel in this area or is this the best option for this area using points?


You pretty much nailed it. My wife and I stayed there pre-Covid and hit a lot of the same things. Ironically, the hotel was built as a business/convention hotel around 1980 when you simply did not venture downtown on foot after dark but as Brickell has grown and downtown flourished the hotel still has the same bones but the customer base has switched to leisure. It just hasn’t fully managed the transition. Great location though.