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January 7, 2006
The Hyatt Regency Hong Kong is a fine hotel located in the heart of the bustle that is Nathan Road in Kowloon. This building dates back to 1964, so it has a rather mainstream design, albeit with the usual class of the Hyatt chain.
Amongst the zillions of neon Chinese signs hanging in seemingly random fashion along Nathan Road, somehow it is still easy to locate the Hyatt. It helps that the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR (Mass Transit Railway) station is situated basically outside of its main entrance. The hotel is about halfway between the harbor and Kowloon Park. Once you walk in, you first have to navigate through its shopping arcade, although I did no real shopping in these three levels of storefronts.
The Hyatt has 723 guest rooms, with a dignified interior decor that is an improvement over its bland exteriors. The public spaces are attractively furnished without appearing cluttered. The Hyatt is geared towards the business traveler, so its features include a business center, numerous meeting rooms, room service, and several restaurants for those who just do not have the time to eat out at the great range of local restaurants.
Our spacious guest room had two comfortable double beds and plenty of space for a large wooden writing table, though neither my friend nor I conducted any business upon it. It was, however, pleasant to sit at the table and act like a big shot in the office chair. We did receive a nice complementary fruit basket after checking into our room, a wonderful and unexpected surprise indeed. The walls featured calm colors like light gold and cream. The contemporary design could place this hotel anywhere, so look out the window to be sure that you are still in Hong Kong. It can certainly be very noisy on Nathan Road, but the only noise in our room was from the television when it was on. Besides the fine standard rooms, there are even larger Regency Club rooms, along with some plush suites.
One interesting note about the Hyatt is that its design was supposedly influenced by feng shui experts, and you could almost say that it supports its very own feng shui concierge on its main level. Something must be working out right in that always-sensitive area, as the Hyatt is certainly successful in what it has been offering to its guests in Hong Kong for many years.
From journal Bill in China - HONG KONG
August 25, 2005
From journal 48 Hours in Kowloon