- Heart of Downtown
- Near the Metromover monorail
- Clean, spacious rooms
- 40-inch flat-screen TVs
- Small pool
- Free Wi-Fi, with opportunity to upgrade for a fee
- No nearby beaches
- Fee for self parking or valet
Almost exclusively catering to the convention-center crowd.
With a huge convention center and a beehive of meeting rooms, it's no surprise that the Hyatt is filled with business folk rushing to meetings, chatting in the lobby and looking generally exhausted.
In the Center of Downtown -- which isn't as convenient as it sounds.
The Hyatt is at the banks of the Miami River, which cuts through the heart of Downtown. It draws the business crowd -- but few tourists -- to its colossal convention center. You'll have to walk several blocks to find any bars or restaurants outside the hotel. Fortunately, there's always a fleet of taxis by the entrance.
Spacious but odd, with a massive closet, a tiny bathroom and a suicide-resistant balcony.
My Standard King room was huge but weirdly shaped. A half wall behind the bed partially divided the bedroom from a large powder room with an enormous 50-square-foot closet -- space that might have been better used to expand the tiny bathroom.
The bed was very comfortable. The 32-inch LG flat-screen TV was great, but it was placed at a weird angle and difficult to watch from the bed. There's also an option for hypoallergenic rooms. Called Respire by Hyatt, these rooms are installed with air purification systems, have had all surfaces treated for allergens and contain beds with hypo-allergenic mattress and pillow encasings.
The room had a great view of Downtown, but I couldn't open the sliding door to the small balcony to get a better look. I later realized that it had been welded shut. The receptionist excitedly asked me to guess why. "Suicides?" I ventured. "Yes!" she chirped!
A gym and a pool, both quite small.
The lower lobby has a tiny 24-hour gym with a couple of cardio and weight-training machines and a rack of free weights.
Down the hall is a small heated pool not quite large enough to to swim laps in, but with plenty of space to lie in the sun.
Very little else in the area. Luckily, the options here are perfectly passable (and, in the case of the passion fruit smoothie, even better).
Guests can chow down at Riverwalk Cafe or Pure Verde (both on-site). But the only other food in the area is several blocks down SE Second Avenue and across the Miami River.
Riverwalk Café is a cheery restaurant open from breakfast through dinner. The breakfast buffet includes a selection of fruit, eggs and freshly baked pastries. Right outside the cafe is the Riverwalk Deli which serves snacks, salads and sandwiches on the go.
Pure Verde is more of a lounge than a restaurant, but it has an excellent view of the Miami River. Despite the full bar and multiple flat-screens, it was filled with more businessmen on laptops than laid-back revelers.
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