A quiet afternoon at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Can you tell that half of this hotel is under renovation? Neither can I. You have to walk to the other side to see the scaffolding.

If you don’t know what to look for — don’t pay attention to the engineers talking to each other in hushed tones on the elevator ride up to your room — you wouldn’t be aware that the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is undergoing a top-to-bottom facelift.

The results look promising. The new rooms are contemporary, elegant but understated. It’s a welcome departure from some of the kitschy, over-the-top decor you’ll find in many other Orlando hotels — particularly those catering to the Disney and Universal crowd.

It’s the perfect time for a renovation, actually. Next month may be the slowest for Orlando tourism in a decade, if not a generation. A drive around the neighborhood suggests that other resorts have the same idea: renovate when there’s no one else around.

Anyone who wants to know how to renovate discreetly should drop by the Hyatt in the next few weeks.

Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott is an author, journalist and consumer advocate. You can read more about him on his personal website or check out his adventures on his family adventure travel site. Contact him at chris@elliott.org. Read more of Christopher's articles here.

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