Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort Review: Is It Worth It?

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort Review: Is It Worth It?

Are you looking for a super honest review of the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort? Then you are in the right spot.

The Hyatt is one of the most stunning resorts not only in the Albuquerque area but in all of New Mexico. Of course, that sort of luxury comes with a price.

So if you are wondering if this place is worth the splurge, you are in the right spot. My wife and I spent Memorial Weekend and also his 30th birthday there. And we are happy to spill the beans.

First and foremost: yes, this resort is worth every penny! But, perhaps not for everyone.

Keep on reading to find out more!

Insane drone shot showing off the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort in Albuquerque for this review and the Sandia Mountains in the background

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Hyatt Regency Tamaya – My Honest Review

As you can see in this table, the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Hotel passed my review with flying colors.

We barely had anything to complain about, except that the spa and some activities were shamelessly overpriced so we didn’t even try.

All in all, we absolutely loved our stay. Especially the staff made it extremely memorable. For a quick overview of my ratings, look no further. If you need more in-depth info, keep on reading!

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Rooms 4,5/5 ⭐
Pools & Lounge Areas 5/5 ⭐
Restaurants 5/5 ⭐
Spa 3/5 ⭐
Activities 4,5/5 ⭐
Staff 5/5 ⭐
Price/Value 4/5 ⭐
Cleanliness 5/5 ⭐
Kid friendly 5/5 ⭐
Pet friendly 5/5 ⭐

The Rooms

We booked the Room With King Bed and Balcony and we were not disappointed. It is the smallest room category, but it looked great online so we went for it.

The room was super spacious, and we had a lovely view of the pool and the area. There was a small coffee area with plenty of (complimentary) water, coffee, and tea.

There were amazing toiletry products in the shower waiting for us, from their own spa. I loved the products and I should have definitely bought some for home.

The bed was super cozy and we loved watching TV in the evenings. They even had on-demand movies available at no extra charge.

We really loved the Native-styled items in the room. It gave it a very special atmosphere.

Overall, the rooms are great and there is nothing for me to criticize.

Hotel, Pools, and Lounge Areas

The entire hotel is decorated with lots of Native items. Think colorful rugs, pottery, and beautiful pictures. It is really a one-of-a-kind property.

The hotel is situated only a few minutes outside of Albuquerque, but it seems like it is in the middle of a nature paradise.

There are lots of cozy firepits, lounge areas, and tables for everyone to sit at. From one side of the property, you’ll have an amazing view over the Sandia Mountain Range.

Awesome drone shot of the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa near Albuquerque

The pools are pretty awesome as well. One of my favorite things about the Hyatt Regency Tamaya is that there is a separate adults-only pool. That was just so relaxing and quiet.

In the main pool area, you’ll find a beautiful hot tub with a waterfall, a big pool with a waterslide, and a lazy river.

There are plenty of sunbeds with lots of shade. Friendly employees will swarm around the pool area serving delicious drinks right to your beach bed. What a service!

Not only the pool areas were awesome, but the rest of the hotel was full of cozy hidden spots to relax as well.

Our favorite places were the firepits in the evening and the feeding stations for the hummingbirds. We loved to hang around and watch all the native animals roam freely. We even saw a hare right in front of the hotel.

At the reception desk, you could pick up sets for s’mores free of charge to roast over the fire. That was something we really appreciated.

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The Staff

This is the spot in my Hyatt Regency Tamaya review where I have to leave the biggest praise.

Of all the many properties we have stayed at so far, the people in this hotel were by far the friendliest.

What made them stand out was not only that they always had time for a chat but also how every single person in this resort was kind, friendly, and attentive.

This is something really unique for a property of that size, that the entire staff is so kind. From the waiters at the restaurant to the girls at the reception desk to the people working at the pool hut – everyone put in so much effort to make us feel welcome.

Everyone always had a kind word for us, asked about our stay or chatted with us about where we come from, and gave tips for the area.

This is truly what made our stay so perfect!

The Activities

The Hyatt Regency Tamaya has a couple of really cool activities to offer to its guests. We took part in some of them, but sadly we couldn’t try all.

Here are a couple of things they have to offer free of charge:

🏜 Traditional bread baking (soo delicious!!)

🏜 Artisan Vendors

🏜 Guided Nature Walk

🏜 Pueblo Stories

🏜 Gym

🏜 S’mores

There were also many different activities that you could participate in for a charge. I felt like some were a little bit expensive, so we did not sign up for anything.

Here are all the cool things you can do at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya (for a charge):

🏜 Tamaya Mist Spa & Salon

🏜 Basket Making

🏜 Painted Pony

🏜 Dreamcatcher Making (we actually wanted to do that one but it was fully booked)

🏜 Horseback Riding

🏜 Adobe Making

🏜 Clay Pottery

🏜 Golf Course

The Restaurants

Another one of our highlights at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya was the restaurants. While we were there, they had three different restaurants and a deli to choose from. We tried all of them and were not disappointed.

These are your food choices at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya:

🍕 The Plaza Grill is located at the main pool, and they serve delicious snacks and drinks. We especially loved the mocktails and the burgers.

🍝 The Santa Ana Cafe is a beautiful restaurant that is open all day. They serve a-la-carte and also have a buffet from time to time. The food had amazing quality and the servers were super friendly. We visited for breakfast as well as dinner, and we always enjoyed it. Especially the buffet food surprised us with its outstanding quality, despite being super affordable.

🍝 The Rio Grande Lounge was my favorite restaurant. It has an amazing view of the Sandia Mountains from the outdoor dining area. The food there was really great as well, especially the cauliflower pizzas were delicious. And you can see the hummingbirds while you eat.

☕ Lastly, the Trading Post is a cute deli that offers lots of different treats all day long. Our favorite thing was to grab a freshly brewed Starbucks coffee and some pastries to go and take them to the forest. We would enjoy them on a bench near the Rio Grande.

Money/Value Relation

Last but not least I sadly also have to share the less good things, otherwise this would not be a totally honest review of the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort.

Overall, I thought that we got a lot for our money and the prices of the rooms as well as the food were pretty fair.

One thing that absolutely ticked me off was the prices in the spa. As it was my 30th birthday, we were intent on doing a couple’s massage at the Tamaya Mist. Sadly, it cost about USD 540,00 – and that is in my opinion insane.

Most treatments there had such insane prices, so we did not visit the spa at all.

At the end of our stay, we were also surprised with lots of taxes and resort fees added to our bill. That is not very common in Europe, so it was definitely surprising.

Overall, this resort offered a lot of complimentary things, so we weren’t too mad about the resort fee.

To sum it up, the resort is definitely worth the money, but they could do better on the prices for activities and the spa.

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Things to Do Nearby

The area around the hotel has so much to offer, so you definitely won’t get bored. Here are a couple of things to check out in Albuquerque:

🌅 Hot Air Balloon Ride – Float over the city with a breathtaking view, especially during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

🌅 Old Town – Wander through historic streets, explore unique shops, and check out the local cuisine.

🌅 Sandia Peak Tramway – Ride this tramway to the top of Sandia Mountains for an epic sunset and panoramic city views.

🌅 Petroglyph National Monument – Discover ancient rock carvings in this vast archaeological site.

🌅 Indian Pueblo Cultural Center – Dive into the rich heritage and art of the local Pueblo communities.

🌅 Nob Hill – A vibrant area full of funky shops, cool bars, and great eateries.

🌅 ABQ BioPark – Visit this fun spot with a zoo, botanical garden, aquarium, and beach area.

Beautiful orange adobe building church in old town of Albuquerque against a beautiful blue sky.

Conclusion: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Review

To sum it up, we had an awesome stay at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa near Albuquerque.

We loved the rooms, the atmosphere in the hotel, the amenities, and especially the staff. Everyone was so friendly and sweet, it totally made our day.

We thought that the hotel was well worth the money, but the spa treatments were definitely overpriced.

The restaurants were awesome as well – and we loved the food, the views, and the staff.

I can wholeheartedly recommend this resort to everyone looking for a peaceful escape and a relaxing vacation.

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About the Author

Justin is a military pilot and travel blogger. Due to his job, he splits his time between the US, Curacao, and Europe.

Justin enjoys discovering the world together with his wife and venturing out with his drone to take magical shots.

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