It’s often recommended to fly in a day early before a cruise.
Our first family cruise was stressful as our flight out of Toronto was delayed by several hours and we were rushing to the cruise terminal to make it onto the ship on time.
We loved the location and it gave our kids some time to adjust and relax after an early morning flight.
Here’s what we thought of this kid friendly airport hotel:
What Works for Families at the Hyatt
Located right inside the airport, it literally takes a few seconds to check in. The elevators to the main lobby are located right near the security gates. Pick up your baggage and then follow the signs to the hotel.
The roof top pool area is great for swimmers as well as plane enthusiasts. Swimming and watching planes take off is a neat experience for little ones.
Getting to Port Canaveral is simple as there are shuttle services located right inside the airport. Hyatt Regency Orlando staff members can also arrange for private transfers if needed.
There are two onsite restaurants at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport and guests can also take advantage of the numerous restaurants located in the airport’s food court if they’re looking for more affordable dining options.
Shopping is also just an elevator ride away.
What Doesn’t Work for Families
Standard rooms are outfitted with either two double beds or one king bed and can accommodate up to 4 guests.
A travel group that is 5+ will require multiple room reservations or an upgrade to a Deluxe room or Suite.
Room cost: $$.
Compared to other airport hotels in the area, Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport (if you go to Hyatt and book this hotel, TravelingMom will get a referral fee) is on the higher end of the price scale due to the location, dining options and ease of getting to the cruise ship terminal.
The Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport is tastefully decorated and there are lots of open areas to watch planes make their way down the runway.
Staff are very welcoming and helpful – we didn’t see the bed rails we made on our reservation in our room and they quickly resolved the issue within minutes.
This hotel is popular with cruisers, business people and families with young kids.
During our one night stay, we met many families with young children here and all were headed to Port Canaveral the next day with us.
There are 445 rooms at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. Although they aren’t the most modern looking rooms, they’re not outdated either. Decorated in yellow, sage and brown, our room was cozy and clean.
We had a standard room with two double beds and like most rooms, we had a balcony facing the airport parking lot. The kids were amazed that they could watch planes take off and land in the hallway only a few steps away from our room.
The soft down blankets and soothing pillow-top mattresses made for a good night’s sleep. Even with toddler feet in my face!
We brought our tablet with us and the complimentary Wi-Fi allowed the kids to play on it while my husband and I watched TV.
The Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport offers a wide variety of services and amenities including 24 hour business center, heated rooftop pool (our kids’ favorite thing about the hotel), gym and jogging track, luggage retrieval from baggage claim, complimentary WiFi and onsite concierge.
Towels are available at the pool so there’s no need to bring any from the room. Depending on the location of the room however, you may have to walk in air-conditioned hallways to get there.
Day Use Rooms are also available for families who need a space to recharge for only a few hours before heading home or to the cruise port terminal. These room are available from 10AM to 6PM daily and start at $99 USD.
Flying in a day before the cruise allowed us to travel at a slower pace and gave our kids some downtime before boarding the ship. It was a relaxing stay and we would consider the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport again if cruising out of Port Canaveral.