01. Introduction: San Diego to Hong Kong on Asiana, Air India, and United Airlines
02. United Express ERJ-175 first class San Diego to Los Angeles
03. Star Alliance First Class Lounge, LAX
04. Star Alliance Business Class Lounge, LAX
05. Asiana A380-800 first class Los Angeles to Seoul
06. Asiana A380-800 business class Seoul to Hong Kong
07. Hong Kong, day one – Tsim Tsa Tsui, the Star Ferry, and Victoria Peak
08. Hong Kong, day two – blending in
09. Hong Kong, day three – I love this city!
10. Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Tsa Tsui
11. United Club, HKG
12. United Airlines 777-200 business class Hong Kong to Chicago
13. United Airlines 737-900 economy class Chicago to San Diego
I didn’t realize it at the time that I booked this hotel, but this is the exact same property I stayed at on my first trip to Hong Kong back in 2002. What are the chances of that happening, especially considering how many hotels there are in the same area? It’s not like I’m tied to the Hyatt rewards program or anything – I have no hotel affiliations at this time, so I just choose whatever looks good. I guess I’m naturally drawn to Hyatt. Go figure.
It had been 13 years since my last visit, and I didn’t even recognize this property. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even know this was the same one until I re-read my old Hong Kong trip report where I briefly wrote about my stay here. I know I liked it way back then, and I knew I liked it again as soon as I stepped inside, so yeah – this is a really good (though a bit pricey) hotel in the heart of Tsim Tsa Tsui.
I arrived at the hotel at 11:30pm via an airport taxi, and the place was bustling with activity. Apparently there was a wedding reception in the grand ballroom that evening, and a lot of the guests were staying the night in the hotel. There was a long line to check in (and it was very slow on top of that), but luckily one the staff members was kind enough to pull me aside to quickly check me in. He was very kind, and was bending over backwards to ensure I had everything I needed for a great stay. It was a great first impression, that’s for sure.
I do remember the room quite specifically from my stay in 2002 (it was very nice), and obviously they’ve been renovated since then. I’m happy to report that it was just as nice, though it had less of a Chinese / Asian style than I remember. I wish I would have took pics back then in order to compare, but there was quite a big difference. The decor seemed more upscale and mature to me this time – and that’s a good thing, considering I consider myself to be slightly more upscale and mature too. Lol…
The best thing by far about this room was the view. Oh, that view! I literally spent hours during my stay here just watching the city from my window – the city of Hong Kong is downright beautiful, and having such a grand view of it was the icing on the cake.
Dining options in this Hyatt were quite good. I had breakfast in the main restaurant all three mornings, and the buffet was phenomenal. Not quite as good as the buffet in the Inchoeon Hyatt in Seoul, but it was very extensive with many custom made-to-order options as well. I didn’t try this restaurant for lunch or dinner, but I have no reason to believe that it wouldn’t be just as good.
I ordered room service for two of my three nights here, and both times I was presented with a high-quality meal in less than 25 minutes. Unfortunately, I only enjoyed one of them. The first night I ordered some sort of crusted beef dish, but it ended up being much too spicy for my tastes. I’m a weakling when it comes to hot food, and I had a lot of difficulty eating it. It was perfectly fine otherwise – it was of very high quality so I ate as much as I could. The second night made up for it – it was a non-spicy prawn dish that very delicious. Ah, room service. Too bad it’s so expensive! But hey, I was on vacation…
When it comes right down to it, the Hyatt Regency in Tsim Tsa Tsui is a fantastic place to call home for a few days. It’s location is perfect, the staff is helpful and friendly, and the dining options are great. If it weren’t for my curiosity to try other hotels, I wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again on my next trip to Hong Kong.