We’re just wrapping up a four night stay at the brand new Hyatt House Across from Universal Orlando. It opened in late June, 2018 and is a one mile walk (or shuttle ride) to Universal.
It’s a great option for a Universal Orlando vacation at only 8,000 Hyatt points (or Chase Ultimate Rewards) per night. Our Studio Kitchen Suite with Two Queen Beds and Sofa Bed was more than 500 square feet. It would have cost us $181 per night at the time we booked it. We were glad to save the money and points.
Here’s our Hyatt House Across from Universal Orlando Review:
Studio Kitchen Suite
We loved having the extra space this room provides. When you’re spending all day in the theme parks, it’s nice to come back to the room and not feel like you’re on top of each other.
There was a free hot breakfast each morning. As free hotel breakfasts go, this one was well above average. It has lots of options. My only complaint is that the fruit definitely came out of can. Otherwise, we were impressed.
There are times when you walk in a hotel and it feels like you’re on vacation. Everything is crisp and there’s been thought put into the decor. We’ve all had the other experience as well where we told ourselves, “Well, at least we’re only sleeping here.”
Walking into the Hyatt House was the vacation feeling. They really did a nice job on it and it’s still brand new so everything looks just the way it’s meant to.
It’s not a resort pool, but they did a great job utilizing the space available. The outdoor lounge with fire pits is just next to an indoor/outdoor bar, so you can enjoy a cocktail and still see the kids swimming.
The location of the fitness seems a bit random. It’s in a corner just past the pool. But, it has all the basic equipment you’d hope for.
There are options to wash and dry your clothes on the 4th and 7th floors, three washers and three dryers on each.
The hotel provides free transportation to and from Universal Orlando on a shuttle. You need to reserve space either the day of or day before you plan to ride. There is no resort fee and the shuttle is complimentary, which we really appreciated. But, it doesn’t come often enough that you can just show up and hop on. You basically need to plan your day around it.
Instead, we often walked to Universal. It’s about a one mile walk. We did the round trip twice each day, taking a break from the parks in the afternoon. It was fine for us, but it could be too far in the Florida heat for some families.
The hotel does offer complimentary parking as well.
Staying on Points
At only 8,000 Hyatt points per night, this Hyatt House Across from Universal Orlando is a great deal. For stays here, we would recommend the Chase Sapphire Preferred. Although it earns Chase Ultimate Rewards, these can be transferred directly into your Hyatt account as well as other travel partners like Southwest Airlines.
Your annual fee is waived for the first year. And, you earn 50,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first three months. You get another 5,000 points if you add an authorized user. These 55,000 points would almost be enough for a free week at the Hyatt House Across from Universal Orlando.
But, if you don’t need that many nights, you could transfer some to Southwest Airlines for flights or use them to purchase your park tickets.
If you decide to apply for this card, we’d appreciate you using our referral link. You get the same great deal, and we get some referral points for pointing you in the right direction.
Who Should Stay Here
People Who Should Stay Here
- Want to save money/points
- Like having a large room
- Prefer a kitchen for meals
- Free breakfast
People Who Should NOT Stay Here
- Want the most convenient location
- Prefer a resort style pool
We hope you enjoyed our Hyatt House Across from Universal Orlando review. Hopefully it helps you decide whether this the right hotel for your next Universal Orlando vacation.