Hyatt Regency Pier 66
A Fort Lauderdale Favorite
Cruise Diva's choice in Fort Lauderdale for a pre-cruise
by Linda Coffman
Who could have imagined more than a half-century ago that the 22
acres of swamp land purchased by Phillips Petroleum would grow from
a gas station designed for serving watercraft to one of Fort
Lauderdale's premier landmarks? From its humble beginnings, Pier 66
grew to include a luxury marina and yacht club and then a motel.
Demand for accommodations was so high that the iconic high-rise
hotel tower was constructed and the rest is history.
|Pier 66, 390
sq. ft. Tower Junior Suite
Ship lovers can gather on
tower balconies to take in the spectacular view and watch as
passenger ships regally sail past as dark begins to settle over Port
Everglades. It's a magical sight.
While the hotel is not
new, it is lovingly maintained and luxurious. Every guest room
features natural cherry wood furniture and a neutral palette
enhances the décor.
Most bathrooms include
expansive Brazilian granite vanities, Spanish marble flooring, and
stylish lighting. All rooms are non-smoking (although smoking is
allowed on balconies) and specially equipped accommodations for the
disabled are available.
In addition to beds dressed with white down duvet blankets and plush
pillows, standard Hyatt Regency Pier 66 amenities include:
or patios with expansive water or garden views*
Telephone with dual
lines and voice mail
32" flat screen
television with video on demand
Full bath amenities
Hairdryer and robes
Iron and ironing
service upon request
|Pier 66, Tower Luxury Bath
Although I prefer the view
from a tower balcony, the garden/pool accommodations also have a
great deal to offer. The best locations overlook lush, tropical
gardens, planted with the most beautiful of South Florida's trees,
plants, and flowers. This tranquil oasis is complete with
waterfalls, three geometrically shaped swimming pools, and an
enormous hydrotherapy pool that accommodates at least forty people.
Boat lovers might prefer a waterway/marina room overlooking the
Intercoastal Waterway, where yachts cruise by to dock at the
world-class 127-slip marina. One of my favorite places in the late
afternoon is an outdoor table at Pelican Landing, upstairs from the
dockside Marina Service Office. From there, it's fun to daydream
about the islands you could explore on one of the luxurious private
vessels berthed nearby while you enjoy a snack and a cool drink.
Another afternoon activity that's inexpensive and fun is a ride on a
water taxi. Make arrangements to catch one and take in the diverse
sights along the Intercoastal, where you'll see everything from
fabulous mansions to unspoiled tropical forests.
There's so much to do right at Pier 66, that you might not be
inclined to leave... get a team together for water volleyball and
check the Aquatic Center for a variety of water sports, jog on the
scenic trail, play a vigorous game of tennis on the lighted, Har-Tru
tennis courts, or unwind in Spa 66 with a pampering body treatment.
Choose from five restaurants and lounges that present a variety of
menus and ambiance, from casual poolside fare at Orchids to elegant
dining that features prime steaks and seafood at Grille 66. Lighter
meals, snacks, and cold drinks are served at the Pelican Landing overlooking
the marina and you'll find the Lobby Lounge is the chic spot for
cocktails. If you're inclined to de-stress and relax in the privacy
of your own room, Room Service is available. Cruisers embarking on Sundays can
enjoy a Vueve Cliquot Champagne Brunch before checking out with 360 degree panoramic
views at PierTops, located on the top floor of the resort. Sadly,
the top-of-the-tower PierTops, which used to make a full circuit
revolution every 66 minutes, is now the setting for private parties
and is no longer open nightly to the public.
Does all this sound too expensive?
Regency Pier 66 is somewhat pricier than some other
Fort Lauderdale hotels, but specials and “packages” that include
meals or other perks are often available—be sure to check when
* Patios on all ground
floor waterway/marina rooms, some balconies on second floor.