by Lissa Poirot
Taking up an entire block on the famed Pacific Coast Highway, the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach overlooks the Pacific Ocean and Huntington Beach’s expansive stretch of sand. The large resort operates a conference center, with a village of restaurants, shops and activities connecting the two areas. While the village is lively and filled with some of Huntington’s best restaurants, families can also find quiet pockets with lush landscaped grounds, a large pool area and more than 500 guestrooms and suites.
The resort’s coastal charm is luxurious and rich, leaning away from traditional blues and nautical themes. There is more of an international flair to this Hyatt, yet it’s just steps from the bohemian surfer Main Street and Pier, and even connected to Disneyland Resort by way of complimentary shuttle. Families will find the resort a perfect destination getaway for vacations.
Our Editor Loves
- Water park playground
- Free shuttle to Disneyland
- Suites with balconies
- Theme Park
- Water Parks
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Kids' Pool
- Onsite Dining
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The Hyatt offers rooms with one king bed or two queen beds, as well as suites for families. Rooms with king beds are outfitted with sofa beds to accommodate up to four people. All rooms feature a private balcony or patio, 42-inch flat-screen TV, iPod docking station and free standard Wi-Fi. Rooms may have a partial ocean view or oceanfront views, the latter of which comes at a premium. Cribs are available upon request at no charge; rollaways are also available.
Standard, View and Deluxe Rooms
With one king bed and a sofa bed, or two queen beds, Standard Rooms offer families views of the resort or partial ocean views. Deluxe rooms have just one king and one sofa bed. Rooms range in size from 436 to 539 square feet.
Suites are nearly three times the size of the guestrooms with separate living, dining and sleeping space and one and a half bathrooms. Families can choose from seven Governor's Suites or 10 Sunset Suites. All suites are at least 900 square feet in size.
The hotel also features a Regency Club level, which provides guests with a private concierge and a lounge with free continental breakfast and daily snacks and cocktails. Club level accommodations also feature larger balconies. Regency Club rooms come with one king bed and one sofa bed or two queen beds, with room for up to four.
ADA Accessible rooms are available with one king bed and one sofa bed, or two queen beds, plus wider doors, grab bars, raised toilet seats and more.
This is such a special property. A bridge from the resort to the beach, adult pool, kids pool, kiddie pool, waterslides, firepits, great food, and great service make this one of my favorite hotels.
The rooms are clean, the view is beautiful, and the spa is a must book.
Excellent staff at valet, reception & bellboy. My deluxe room layout, room decorations and cleanliness are great. Property layout is also beautiful with some unique plants and flowers. Overall stay and my experience are memorable!!
The chain's popular Camp Hyatt program is offered at the Huntington Beach location, with supervised activities available for children ages 3 to 12. Children must be potty-trained to attend. The year-round program is available for morning, afternoon and all-day sessions daily, and provides evening dinner sessions on Friday and Saturday nights. The programs are an additional fee and require 24 hours advanced reservations. Morning sessions with lunch are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are $70 per child. Afternoon sessions are from 1 to 4 p.m. and are $45 per child. Evening sessions with dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. are $70 per child. All-day sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. include lunch and are $95 per child.
Slyders Water Playground
The resort's pool playground is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and features a water playground with three waterslides, a children's wading pool, two splash pools and a main pool. The pools are heated to 78 degrees or higher, depending on the season, and set to be cooler in the summer. Two fire pits are also located in this area for families who want to make S'mores. Dive-in movies are offered on weekends in the summer months. On Saturday nights, the water playground becomes Cosmic, with a nighttime laser show on the waterslides, plus music. The pool area offers cabana rentals.
Huntington Beach is known for its surfing -- it's home to the International Surfing Museum -- and families can take surfing lessons from Toes on the Nose pros. The surf shop, located on the premises, provides private, semi-private and group lessons, as well as wetsuit and surfboard rentals.
Also on premises is Beach Cruiser Bicycle, with a large number of bikes available to rent throughout the day. With a selection of bikes for all ages and sizes, including carriers, families can rent bikes by the hour or elect to rent for a half or full day.
The resort offers a video arcade for all ages to enjoy.
The resort is located directly across the street from Huntington State Beach, providing its own walkway over the Pacific Coast Highway. Beach amenities are offered through the concierge, including umbrellas and chairs. Lunch can be ordered through the resort's various restaurants for picnics.
The Hyatt is more than a hotel; it also has its own conference center. Between the two awaits a lovely courtyard filled with restaurants from casual to grab-and-go to upscale dining. Each restaurant is family-friendly. Room service is available at all hours.
Overlooking the main pool, Mankota's provides poolside and barefoot service, along with evening cocktails and snacks around its fire pit. The grill offers a kids' menu, and it is open seasonally.
Pete's Sunset Grille
For a taste of Southern California, visit Pete's for lunch or dinner and enjoy some of the area's best fish tacos. On Friday and Saturday nights during the summer, the surfer-themed restaurant is the place to be with live music and Taco Nights. The restaurant is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Shubee's Bar and CafÃ©
In the evening, Shubee's opens for perfect sunset views on the patio, with specialty drinks for mom and dad and the kids. The cafÃ© is open seasonally.
Surf City Grocers
The hotel's grab-and-go grocery story offers breakfast, lunch and snacks, including Starbucks coffee, pastries, pastas, salads and sandwiches. Families can grab items for a picnic on the beach or S'mores kits for the fire pits available on Huntington Beach. This is also the spot to grab some fresh gelato after a day in the sun. The grocery is open daily, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tower 15 Pizzeria
Families love the Hyatt's pizzeria, which provides gourmet pizza by the slice or by the pie. The restaurant provides eat-in, take-out and even delivery to your room, with a menu that extends to salads, sandwiches and pastas. It is open seasonally.
The hotel's signature restaurant, Watertable, is rated one of the best in Huntington Beach. Named after its unique water table (it needs to be seen to understand!), the restaurant features a rustic, yet modern dÃ©cor, with dining available in the restaurant's library, bar, main dining room and outdoors on its patio.
The restaurant provides local and sustainable ingredients on its menus, which include traditional American dishes, Spanish-style tapas and artisanal cheeses. The Bar Jars are unique mason jar-filled appetizers, not to be missed. On Sundays, visit during the day for a fabulous brunch spread, or at night, when the restaurant offers a Southern Supper with a "Meat Plus Three" menu. The restaurant offers a children's menu with a more refined flair to traditional kids' dishes, such as Waffled Grilled Cheeses with tomato soup and a Chopped Salad with roasted chicken. The restaurant serves a breakfast buffet every morning.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
The resort is pet-friendly, with specific rooms available for guests with dogs. Families traveling with their pet will have a pet pillow and food and water bowls waiting in the room. One dog weighing 50 pounds or less, or two dogs weighing 75 pounds or less combined, are welcome. An additional, non-refundable charge of $150 will be charged for stays six or less nights, and an additional $150 for longer stays.
Babies Travel Lite
The Hyatt offers a Babies Travel Lite program, which delivers infant supplies, such as formula, diapers, strollers and highchairs, to the room at arrival. Cribs are available at no additional charge.
Parking for the Hyatt is available in a garage operated by Huntington Beach and will cost $15 per day for self-parking. Onsite valet parking is $35 per night.
Check-in is at 4 p.m. and check-out is at 11 a.m.
The Art of Smart Timing
Huntington Beach experiences sunny and temperate days throughout the year. While the winter may bring more chill, the weather makes the area a year-round destination. The resort peaks in the summer months and during school holidays.
The Hyatt partners with a shuttle company to provide transportation from Los Angeles International Airport and Orange County's John Wayne Airport. Each airport is less than 30 minutes from the resort.
The Hyatt provides a shuttle to Main Street that is only $3 per person, but families can easily enjoy the walk along the beach, as it's less than a mile. The Hyatt also provides a free shuttle to Disneyland Resort, so families can enjoy the beach and the theme parks without the need for a car.
For Mom and Dad
The Hyatt's Pacific Waters Spa is a 20,000-square-foot space providing the ultimate in relaxation. Parents can purchase a day pass to have access to the adult pool, sauna, steam room, waterfall showers, outdoor relaxation areas and the fitness center, or receive access when booking a treatment. The full-service spa features a salon, nail services, facials, body treatments and massages. Additionally, the Red Chair Lounge is open Wednesday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight, and offers specialty drinks and an impressive collection of California wines.