Jacksonville is the largest city by population in the U.S. state of Florida, and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. It is the county seat of Duval County, with which the city government consolidated in 1968. Consolidation gave Jacksonville its great size and placed most of its metropolitan population within the city limits; with an estimated population in 2014 of 853,382, it is the most populous city proper in Florida and the Southeast, and the 12th most populous in the United States. Jacksonville is the principal city in the Jacksonville metropolitan area, with a population of 1,345,596 in 2010.
Jacksonville is in the First Coast region of northeast Florida and is centered on the banks of the St. Johns River, about 25 miles (40 km) south of the Georgia state line and about 340 miles (550 km) north of Miami. The Jacksonville Beaches communities are along the adjacent Atlantic coast. The area was originally inhabited by the Timucua people, and in 1564 was the site of the French colony of Fort Caroline, one of the earliest European settlements in what is now the continental United States. Under British rule, settlement grew at the narrow point in the river where cattle crossed, known as Wacca Pilatka to the Seminole and the Cow Ford to the British. A platted town was established there in 1822, a year after the United States gained Florida from Spain; it was named after Andrew Jackson, the first military governor of the Florida Territory and seventh President of the United States.
Harbor improvements since the late 19th century have made Jacksonville a major military and civilian deep-water port. Its riverine location facilitates two U.S. Navy bases and the Port of Jacksonville, Florida's third largest seaport. Significant factors in the local economy include services such as banking, insurance, healthcare and logistics. As with much of Florida, tourism is also important to the Jacksonville area, particularly tourism related to golf. In 2012, Jacksonville was listed as a "sufficiency" world city in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory, ranking alongside cities such as Abuja and Tulsa. People from Jacksonville may be called "Jacksonvillians" or "Jaxsons" (also spelled "Jaxons").
The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront welcomes you to the history and charm of downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Our downtown Jacksonville hotel is situated on a four-mile riverfront boardwalk close to area attractions. With numerous jazz and film festivals, museums, exciting sporting events, concerts and more within your reach, our downtown Jacksonville hotel will put you in the center of Florida life. At Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, you can expect the quality and comfort you are looking for in a hotel. Indulge in our plush Grand BedsTM, enjoy deluxe amenities, and take advantage our superior services. Enjoy a seafood feast or sumptuous breakfast buffet at Trellises Restaurant or enjoy your favorite Florida sporting event at Jaxx Sports Bar. You’ll find everything you desire at our downtown Jacksonville, Florida hotel. If there’s anything else you require, simply ask. We are more than happy to oblige.
The special group room is available August 31 - September 4, 2015, based on group availability. If a night is sold out at group rate the hotel's prevailing rate will appear. Reservations must be made by July 10, 2015.
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