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Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa (Albuquerque) REVIEW - MASTER THREAD

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa (Albuquerque) REVIEW - MASTER THREAD

Old Feb 7, 2001, 2:22 pm
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Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa (Albuquerque) REVIEW - MASTER THREAD

Has anyone been there yet? It looks like it just opened a few weeks ago.
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Old Mar 19, 2001, 8:34 pm
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Beautiful property! Great style and "feel".

Had a great two night stay this weekend.

Staff was NEW but eager to please.

Spa was top notch and spotless.

Had dinner in both dining rooms...wonderful menu selections and great food.

Regency Club was open all day with snacks...and the meal services were excellent.

Bar - similar to Hyatt Hill Country
Pool - similar to Lake Las Vegas--Tower slide

Scottsdale Resort still rates #1 overall (except they HATE diamond members...maybe this has changed) This is a close second.

Golf arrives this summer....Indian Casino just outside gates...lobby gameroom...stagecoach rides down to the river and Santa Fe about 40 miles away.

If you go to Santa Fe...take the road through the mountains...the hotel can tell you about a dirt road shortcut that takes you on quite a ride.

Ok...the downsides...RESORT FEE added to the bill (quickly taken off)...No New York Times for sale in gift shop...I liked the wine glasses that came with welcome gift and asked to buy a dozen--even though I asked twice I never got an answer either Yes it is possible or No...just "my managers looking into it"

Thanks Hyatt for a great stay...this property will do very well if they keep this up.

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Old May 15, 2001, 9:50 pm
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Hyatt Regency Tamaya!!

I happened to be driving by the front entrance to the Hyatt Regency Tamaya earlier today and felt it to be my duty to drive in and investigate.

What I found was one of the more interesting Hyatt properties that I've run across. The special feeling starts with the drive, 2 1.2 miles from the main entrance signage. For most of the drive, one has the feeling of being on a private ranch. Notwithstanding the first impression you might have from the freeway interchange (typical fast food restaurants, gas stations, etc.), by the time you arrive at this place you feel like you are hundreds of miles from civilization. Actually, it's somewhat true, as you're well within the borders of the Santa Ana Indian Reservation (the hotel is actually owned by the tribe).

The scenery is spectacular, with many rooms facing a drop-dead view of Sandia Peak. Also, the way the property is sited, it is almost impossible to see any evidence of human development, other than the property itself.

The ambience is extremely laid back, but professional and friendly-- as I was walking back to my car, I had 2 different staff members stop by with golf carts asking me if I wanted a lift. F&B, rooms, etc. are at the high end for a Hyatt Regency.

A small detail, perhaps, but one of the most interesting things I found at this property was an extremely tasteful deli/convenience store with lots of snack products at reasonable prices. I really hate the standard destination resort practice of basically forcing you to go to an F&B outlet or order room service every time you have the slightest hunger pangs (for me, this often means going with out). Here, they had well-stocked shelves with large size packages of cookies, crackers, chips, etc., at reasonably affordable prices (of course, more than you would pay at 7-11, but a fraction of the smallest possible room service bill). This seems smart on Hyatt's part and I'd like to see them role this concept out at other resorts-- I believe they will see incremental spending increases as a result (people won't eat less at the restaurants or order less room service).

It is really hard to describe the "feel" of this place-- I found it unique and refeshing (and I've stayed at dozens of Hyatts around the world). Just wanted to post my reactions while they are fresh on my mind.

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Old May 15, 2001, 11:38 pm
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HKG_Flyer1,

Thanks for the info. I will put it on the list and give it a try. I am trying to sample most of the Hyatts around the world, obviously skipping the poorer properties.
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Old May 16, 2001, 2:38 pm
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Good infor but how does this resort compare with say Scottsdale for example? What facilities are offered and how are the accomdodations- decor, size, etc.

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Old May 17, 2001, 10:42 pm
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This place is much different than Scottsdale. To me, Scottsdale has a more "urban" feel and probably more activities. This place feels more like a ranch-- real laid-back. To be clear, I didn't spend the night there, so there were some things that were difficult to evaluate.

People who like "action" will probably come away disappointed. Room decor was first rate, but it appears that they skimped on some of the bathroom finishes.

Main lobby has a lodge-like feel-- two large gas fireplaces are always going, and lots of comfy chairs to lounge around in.
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Old Jun 6, 2002, 11:57 am
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Tamaya Resort and Spa

I was looking for some advice on the Tamaya Resort in New Mexico. I did a search but there does not look like there is much on this resort. Looking at the Hyatt site it does not look like this resort has a RC.
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Old Jun 7, 2002, 2:29 pm
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Hey 1K...

Mr. Boulder and I stayed there during our Q4 whirlwind last October. We were on the RC level, but it was closed! YUCK! It looked really pretty. We begged for breakfast coupons and for appetizer / drink coupons. They gave us breakfast buffet only.

Pools were AWESOME. Three pools. First one seemed to be adult (blech). Really boring. Was a "fort" with a wall around (blocked sun???) Second was open. Third was closed for the season. Second had an indoor waterslide (like Scottsdale). It was inside a fort. SCARY! You could not see the entire time, it was PITCH BLACK!!!

Nice property, but RC seems to be closed. Would love to know more.
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Old Aug 16, 2002, 10:03 am
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Tamaya Resort

Does anyone one have any recent war stories to tell about this location?
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Old Aug 21, 2002, 10:25 am
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Anyone have any recent stays? Anyone been in the RC?
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Old Aug 21, 2002, 9:19 pm
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I have stayed at this property seven times.
It is a very nice resort. Diamonds normally
get set for RC. Getting a suite upgrade is
another matter. This resort has received a lot of interest from Hyatt Corp. I heard that
all the Hyatt GMs were going to visit in September. Now, don't ya'll go and make reservations. I'll need my RC room again next month.
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Old Aug 22, 2002, 11:33 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by bobemac:
I have stayed at this property seven times.
It is a very nice resort. Diamonds normally
get set for RC. Getting a suite upgrade is
another matter. This resort has received a lot of interest from Hyatt Corp. I heard that
all the Hyatt GMs were going to visit in September. Now, don't ya'll go and make reservations. I'll need my RC room again next month.
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This might explain something. A couple of months ago I made a reservation there for 9/19-23. When I called the hotel to ask if the RC would be open during those dates and I was told is was, but 'it was sold out'. I did not know how they could sell out all the RC rooms 3 months ahead. Now the whole hotel has been showing sold out for those dates for about the last month, but the weekend before and after seem to be wide open. Maybe I'll get to talk to all the GMs at one time.

bobemac Maybe you could tell me of your 7 trips there, did you always get RC access as a Dimaond. And are drinks complementary in the RC?

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Old Aug 22, 2002, 7:06 pm
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It is SOP to assign Diamonds to the RC,
which is on the 4th floor of the center
complex. I was given that response when I requested a suite upgrade. They have done one for me, it was like pulling teeth. Right
now there is peak demand for this property,
and they want full revenue $$ for their suites.

The RC has many nice features, great breakfast, nice evening meal, cookies all
the rest of the time. They have a great
sesame nut mix in the evenings. But, I can't
honestly answer your ques. on booze as I'm
only a sporadic inbiber. I think I saw some
in the evening, but don't hold me to it. The Guest Svcs Mgr.is a great guy named Ivan Weiner he is in charge of the RC.
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Old Sep 21, 2002, 10:31 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by IK in Seattle:
This might explain something. A couple of months ago I made a reservation there for 9/19-23. When I called the hotel to ask if the RC would be open during those dates and I was told is was, but 'it was sold out'. I did not know how they could sell out all the RC rooms 3 months ahead. Now the whole hotel has been showing sold out for those dates for about the last month, but the weekend before and after seem to be wide open. Maybe I'll get to talk to all the GMs at one time.

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Well I am the Tamaya right now and sure enough so are all the Hyatt GMs, they are haveing a party tonight and several of the Pitzker (SP) family are coming in for the big party. It seems as if we are the only ones here who are not Hyatt employees. 1st time in years where I was given a first floor room. Although the RC is dead, we have had it all to ourselves pretty much so far.

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Old Oct 16, 2002, 3:22 pm
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Hyatt on the Early Show ... Hyatt Tamaya

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/...in525726.shtml

Family Friendly Luxury Hotels

(CBS) With business travel down significantly, hotels have had to find new ways to fill rooms that once went to the executive on the go.

Mark Orwoll, managing editor at Travel and Leisure magazine, tells The Early Show that some luxury hotels have noticed that more families are traveling. To promote the trend, the hotels are giving families with children extra benefits for staying at their establishment.

Some places give kids traveling with their parents get great deals that include special classes, camps at resorts and access to the club floor.

...

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort, Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M.
This beautiful Pueblo-style property is located in the high country north of Albuquerque.

Kids participate in the "Camp Hyatt" program, introduced in 1989, one of the industry's best-known and oldest children's programs.

Offered at 15 Hyatt resorts in the U.S. and the Caribbean.

Aimed at kids from 3 to 12, with a focus on regional flora, fauna, and culture.

Activities at the New Mexico property includes learning to bake bread in the ancient Pueblo style using authentic ovens, visits to the ruins of the Santa Ana Pueblo, learning about Pueblo legends from tribal storytellers.

Room prices are around $285, with many discounts available lower than that price (and some which include free Camp Hyatt sessions). Expect to pay $40 - $45 per child per day for Camp Hyatt, including meals.


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