And I thought I loved Hyatt Place hotels! On our last trip to Orlando we switched up category hotels and opted for the Hyatt House instead of the Hyatt Place. In fact we booked the brand new Hyatt House Orlando Universal Studios located directly across the street from Universal Studios – and this just may be my new favorite Hyatt branded hotel. It’s almost just like a Hyatt Place room. It’s got the option of two queens or a king, a sleeper sofa, a big bathroom, plenty of room for bags and a stroller and messy kids, but it’s even bigger! It’s a full studio with a kitchen and an island! Plus, if you have housekeeping come service your room, they’ll even do your dirty dishes!
► Ranking: #cleandiaper
We didn’t go to Universal Studios during this trip, in fact, we haven’t been to a Universal Studios outside of California so far. Our son, Widmore, would be devastated if we went to Islands of Adventure and he saw the Incredible Hulk Coaster and he wasn’t tall enough to ride. Widmore has been obsessed with the Incredible Hulk since he was two years old. He wanted to be just like him, showing off his incredible muscles to everyone and attempting to turn green when he got angry. I still remember the moment he realized Bruce Banner and Hulk were the same person.
These are my favorite moments in parenting. The moments where fantasy and reality merge. Not quite yet old enough to separate where fiction meets sensibility, and just innocent enough to accept everything they see as reality. Frankly I’m not even so sensible that I’m willing to admit anything doesn’t exist. I fall firmly in the camp of just because you can’t see it and just because you haven’t experienced it, doesn’t mean it’s not real. That’s how I prefer my reality. So, no we haven’t been to Universal Studios in Orlando, but when we do make the trip I’m staying here at the Hyatt House Orlando Universal.
Hyatt House Universal Studios
Actually, we chose this hotel for a change of scenery. We always stay in the Lake Buena Vista area. This hotel is brand new, pristine and gorgeous with beautiful hues of slate decorated throughout. Like at the Hyatt Place we enjoyed complimentary breakfast, early check-in and late check-out, a pool for the kids and parking is included.
The main draw here is Universal Studios. But at this location you are also close to a lot of shopping and restaurants with the famed Turkey Lake Road just around the corner. Unless you are going to be partying at Walt Disney World everyday, this location is excellent! You can walk directly across the street to the park and skip all the fuss of transportation, parking and not lose any precious time not riding rides!
The room itself is a large 400+ square foot studio. It has a king bed on one half of the divider and a king sleeper sofa on the other side. We had a full dresser, closet and large walk in bathroom. The kitchen came with a mini fridge, sink, stove top, microwave, island and a full set of utensils, dishes, and cookware. The previous night we had eaten at Whispering Canyon Cafe and were extremely reluctant to throw out all the amazing BBQ we brought with us in doggy bags. At the Hyatt House Orlando Universal this wasn’t even an issue, and in case you were wondering, it was just as good reheated.
► For Kids: The Hyatt House hotels are ideal for families. The sprawling rooms provide space for everyone, plus, with a fridge and cooktop you can reserve your extra cash for more activities rather than eating out! Kids get a pool, parents get their own bed, and everyone enjoys free breakfast.
Where is your favorite place to stay in Orlando? We haven’t stayed at a Hyatt we didn’t love. Check out our stays at the Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotel Hyatt Place Lake Buena Vista and the Orlando Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress! Both in the heart of Disney!
► Nap-Time Version: Our family loved staying in the spacious rooms at the Hyatt House Universal Studios directly across the street from Universal Studios!
You can’t go wrong on a family vacation to Orlando. Whether you are going to hang around Disney Springs, find magic at Walt Disney World, or just go eat at a restaurant with Mickey Mouse shaped food like my daughter requests!