Probably the most complete resort near Disney, the stepped tower packs every conceivable amenity into a lush 1,500-acre campus located practically inside Walt Disney World. There are 45 holes of golf, an unforgettable waterfall-and-cavern-studded lagoon pool system (for my money, it’s the best pool of any Orlando resort), lush trails wrapping around a private lake, horses, and top-floor views of the fireworks at Epcot and Magic Kingdom. With so many extras (kayaks, paddleboats, mini-golf), it feels like what resorts used to be. Contrary to its decidedly 1980s atrium construction (and a snippy parrot, Merlot, who was allowed to remain in the lobby long after the previous tropical decor was retired), rooms—4 people maximum, 360 square feet—have an almost Asian sleekness with rain showers, chaise lounges, and adapter panels to play multimedia on the 65-inch HDTV. Each year the resort gets a little better; the signature restaurant, Four Flamingos by All-Star Top Chef Richard Blais, is in its own romantic courtyard pavilion, and LakeHouse does clean, fresh ingredients and gorgeous sushi. I’ve seen $85 Priceline bids accepted—such a steal for a place that deserves to be packed. Resort fee warning: $42.75/night.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort
1 Grand Cypress Blvd., Lake Buena Vista
Our Rating Neighborhood Lake Buena Vista Phone 800/233-1234 or 407/239-1234 Prices $199–$369 king or double queen. Self-parking $25/night; valet parking $37/night. Resort fee $42.75/night plus tax. Amenities 2 restaurants; 3 cocktail bars; coffee bar; pool; babysitting; kids’ club; business center; gift shop; game room; tennis courts; golf course; biking; trails; rock climbing wall; 24-hr. fitness center; salon; beach; free park shuttles; free local and toll-free calls; free throttled Wi-Fi (full-speed $5/day). Units 779 units URL Book a room now Web site Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort
Map1 Grand Cypress Blvd., Lake Buena Vista Orlando
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