Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort, Part 1

a field with trees and a mountain in the background

This is a tale of three canyons.  Chances are you haven’t heard of at least one and maybe two.

Here’s what I plan to cover in this trip report, mostly in order:

The first part of this review will cover the guest rooms, breakfast restaurant and general layout of the hotel.  Part 2 will cover the pools and recreation aspects.  Depending on length, I’ll probably split the stables and rodeo into part 3.

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa is located about 20 minutes north of downtown Albuquerque in Bernalillo, NM.  It’s a relaxing retreat with plenty of activities.  But, I’m getting a bit ahead of myself.

This was my second visit to the property.  The first one didn’t really do it justice, since I pulled in close to midnight and hit the road before light.  This time I was determined to enjoy more of the property. A long winding road takes you to a quiet, unassuming building.  The hotel sprawls out over a few acres, only a few stories tall.  Beyond that are acres of open land.

a road leading to a building

We had reserved two rooms ahead of time using World of Hyatt points.  Because of my Globalist status we were also able to secure a suite upgrade for one of the rooms.  My Hyatt concierge was able to get us 3 rooms that connected, leaving us with a lot of space.  We probably could have fit into one room plus the suite upgrade.  However, I’m usually the one who ends up on the pull-out sofa in those scenarios.  Having a regular bed makes a big difference.

The hotel rooms are fairly standard and well-maintained.  The region is present in the room decorations.  A standard hotel room at Hyatt Regency Tamaya has two queen beds or one king.  There’s a work desk and some soft seating.  All rooms have an in-room refrigerator.  More importantly, all the electrical outlets have 2 onboard USB ports.

two beds in a room

a room with a tv and a table

a small refrigerator with a door open

a white outlet with a plug and a key

The bathrooms are also pretty standard.  Tub/shower combo, well-lit and clean.

a bathroom with a mirror and sink

a shower head and tub in a bathroom

The living room area that connected the two rooms had a couple of couches and soft seating as well as another desk.  It also featured a full bathroom with a shower instead of a tub.

a living room with a couch and a coffee table

a room with a tv on the wall

All rooms had a decent sized balcony where two people could comfortably relax and watch the sunset.

a table and chairs outside of a building

a house in a field

a landscape with a road and trees


The hotel has a number of dining options.  The most upscale, Corn Maiden was on our list to try.  However, the timing just never worked out.  We’ll hope to try it on a future visit.

Globalist members get free breakfast in the main restaurant, Santa Ana Cafe. We were permitted to order anything off the menu or choose the buffet.  You’ll find standard breakfast fare on the menu along with some great regional options.

a menu of a restaurant


The buffet was quite extensive including made-to-order stations and some smoothie options Michelle really liked.

a room with tables and chairs

a restaurant with tables and chairs
Breakfast Outdoors?

a group of dishes on a counter

a buffet with different food in bowls

a buffet line with different food items on it

a row of bowls of food

a table with food on it

a group of donuts on a wire rack
Yes, Even Some Donuts For Breakfast (Though Pretty Low On the Rating Scale)

Given the fact that the hotel is a bit outside of town, heading out for breakfast would mean a decent drive. If you’re looking to relax, Globalist status saves you a bunch of money on a great breakfast.

The Final Two Pennies

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa is a joy of a property. All of the staff we came in contact with were great to deal with. Nothing over-the-top from a rooms perspective, but we were only there to sleep. And, the rooms were in excellent condition.

This hotel is a Category 4 in the World of Hyatt program, which means it’ll set you back 15,000 points per night. If you’re a fan of Points & Cash, that’s 7,500 points and $100.

Stay tuned for a breakdown of pools, kids clubs, activities and especially the horses. That’s a heartwarming story all on its own.

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