This is the thirteenth in a series of posts documenting my January 2019 trip around the world, which took me to Victoria Falls, Cape Town, Chiang Mai, and Hong Kong. You can read my last post, which covered my flight from Chiang Mai to Hong Kong in Cathay Dragon business class, here.
Each year, I end up spending one or two nights at a Hyatt property, and have a great experience- like with the Hyatt Regency Cartagena, the Park Hyatt Hamburg, the Grand Hyatt Berlin, and the Grand Hyatt Melbourne. Unfortunately, Hyatt’s footprint is just too small to make it my chain of choice; and even when there are Hyatts in places I want to go, they tend to be more expensive than other chains. So, usually, I just take advantage of my annual free night in a category 1 to 4 property as a Hyatt Visa cardholder, and this year was no exception. My stay at the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui was phenomenal, and was a fantastic use of my annual free night certificate given the rates in Hong Kong. So even though I was there only a little more than twelve hours, it was worth a short write-up.
The shuttle from the Airport Express station at Kowloon dropped me directly in the parking lot of the Hyatt, where a hotel staff member was waiting to assist with luggage and direct guests, even at 11:15pm at night. From there, I rode an elevator up one level to the main check-in area, where I had an extremely efficient pleasant check-in. The agent told me I was upgraded to a Regency Executive Suite, which didn’t mean anything to me, but I said thank you and was up to my room on the top floor (24th) of the hotel at 11:21pm.
I’ve been a Hilton Diamond for over a year, and a Gold for years before that, and I think the last time I had an upgrade to a real suite was at the Doubletree in Little Rock almost three years ago. I’ve had sporadic Hyatt stays since getting low-level status through the credit card years ago, and I’ve *never* had a meaningful upgrade. So, this was…quite the shock. The suite was massive. As you walked in, there was a sort of reception area, with a desk (complete with Handy free cellphone), which didn’t really make sense. Next to that was a half-bath/powder room and a coat closet.
As you proceeded in, there was an open concept living and dining area. The living room had a large sofa and entertainment center, complete with DVD player and sound system and massive TV. Then there was a dining room with seating for six, along side a small kitchen area, which had water bottles, a ton of dishes, and a Nespresso machine.
There were floor-to-ceiling windows along the entire wall, covered with electronically operated curtains. The night view wasn’t much, but in the morning, it was pretty cool. I was on the side of the hotel facing away from the Harbor and across to Hong Kong Island, so just a Kowloon view.
The bedroom was not that large, but more than adequate. There was a chaise lounge next to the window that did have a bit of a gross stain on it.
Adjoining the bedroom was an absolutely massive bathroom with a deep soaking tub, and very fancy walk-in shower. The bathroom had its own TV, naturally, and a large range of toiletries and two more water bottles.
I slept fine and headed to the gym in the morning. Located on the tenth floor, it was on the small side but had a decent range of equipment and nice views, though oddly low ceilings. There was a ton of cardio equipment, and a fridge with chilled bottles of water. Alas the entire stretching and weight area was blocked by two Russian women doing some iPad video workout.
On my way back, I saw there was an entry to the lounge on my floor. Lounge access hadn’t been mentioned to me and I honestly am not very familiar with Hyatt’s policies on access when upgraded to a room, but I figured I’d walk in.
Apparently, the main entrance to the lounge is a floor below, and on my floor was just a small sitting area and an interior staircase down to the main lounge.
Alas I was too late for breakfast, as it was being cleared at just about 11am, but there were still some cakes, cookies, and fruit available, as well as sodas, coffee, and juices. Oh, and the views were incredible, with two-story floor to ceiling windows looking out towards the Harbor and Hong Kong Island.
At noon, I checked out, and walked out of the hotel into the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, a few blocks from Nathan Road.
I imagine my late arrival, combined with my one-night stay, may have played a role in my upgrade, so I can’t guarantee similar results. But the hotel was definitely a great use of my annual free night certificate.