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Old May 24th, 2003, 05:21 PM
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Default Hyatt Pier 66 or Renaissance

Hello,

Any advise or comments on either of these hotels. Will be staying one night pre-cruise in December for the Golden.

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The Hyatt is a wonderful property. The Renaissance is just a nice hotel.

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The Hyatt not only offers the reliability of a 4 Star hotel chain but it is a beautiful property right on the Intercoastal Water Way. You can catch the water taxi at their marina. You can watch sunset from the rotating lounge atop of their tower building - what a way to start a vacation watching other ship's pull out the night before you cruise. You will pay for this experience unless you are lucky with bidding or have a special price, but it can be worth the extra expense. The Renaissance is just the newest hi-rise hotel on the corner closest to the pier.
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Old June 26th, 2003, 09:56 AM
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Stayed at Pierr66 2 years ago and loved it. Right on the water, views of cruise ships in port, accessible water taxi. We had a room that opened up to a canal lined with beautiful yachts. Don't know much about other hotel.
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Old June 27th, 2003, 09:08 AM
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we haven't stayed at the Hyatt , but have seen the property and it is gorgeous. Have a wonderful pre-cruise stay.
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Old July 2nd, 2003, 10:19 AM
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Have stayed at both (Hyatt July 2001, renaissance July 2002) and think that it just comes down to personal opinion.

The Hyatt is a lot more "resorty":
- big pool and external gardens,
- well equiped fitness centre,
- several restaurants/bars/coffee shop etc,
- right on the inter-coastal waterway (great views and can catch water taxis near by).
- rooms are nice and large (we had a ground level room on the inter-coastal waterway - nice view of large luxury yachts moored right next to our patio!).

The Renaissance in a bit more of a business hotel:
- very modern and clean and bright,
- rooms are large and very modern and bright, beds are SOOOO comfortable!
- fitness centre is small and fairly basic (ok, but not much room and not a HUGE choice of different cardio machines),
- pool is small and located right next to the main road (with a wall in between),
- restaurant is nice (only tried breakfast there) - food is very good, but service was slow.

Both are well located for pier, restaurants and shops. The Rnaissance is normally a bit cheaper than the Hyatt.

I probably prefer the Renaissance to the Hyatt, but that has something to do with us flying in from the UK: am not normally too bothered about things being "resorty" when I arrive (just need a quick snack and a comfortable bed...). Then, the next day, I just go to the gym, eat breakfast, then get all hyper about the cruise :-)

This year we are doing things a bit different, though - we are arriving an extra day earlier (because we are travelling on airmiles, they didn't have availability the day before the cruise). I have booked the Embassy Suites through Hotwire: have only heard very positive things about it, it includes free breakfast and cocktails each day and only cost about $56 a night. This seemed like a bargain too good to miss...

Good luck, whatever you decide. Hope my post helps.

Boo
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Old July 2nd, 2003, 10:33 AM
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Sorry, Embassy Suites was $48 a night + taxes and fees ($114 total for 2 nights).

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Old July 14th, 2003, 08:25 PM
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You may want to check out Pier 66's online brochure at :

http://www.GreatPorts.com/porteverglades/hotels.htm

nice photos and info on the property.
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