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Review: Hyatt Regency Suzhou
Suzhou is a small town (by China standards) of about 5 million people located about 60 miles outside of Shanghai. I spend a lot of time in the area for work and have stayed at the Hyatt Regency Suzhou more times than I can count. The Hyatt Regency is a quite new hotel and just opened about 15 months ago. The hotel is located in the Suzhou Industrial Park and is adjacent to Times Square Station. Upon arriving at the hotel, you'll be greeted by hotel employees and led inside. Once inside, you can turn left to find the concierge desk and then continue to the right past that to find the front desk. You'll immediately notice the hotel's 29 story atrium, which is a striking feature of the hotel. It even has "stars" at the very top of the atrium at night.
Located next to the lobby is The Atrium, which serves as a seating area/bar area for after work gatherings. It's full of chairs and couches and you can order from a small snack menu as well.
The Market Cafe is found on the second floor, just above The Atrium and serves breakfast in the mornings for hotel guests. Breakfast consists of a large buffet area with breads, pastries, pancakes, salads, sushi, meats, eggs, juices, and a ton of other items. You'll find a significant number of staff members in this restaurant ready to help with anything you might need and there's almost never a line in the morning to be seated.
Also located on the second floor is Hua Chi 88, a Chinese restaurant offering authentic Suzhou cuisine, but one I have yet to try.
Located on the third floor above the Market Cafe is The Fireplace. The Fireplace offers a selection of local and international menu items and it's where I eat most of my dinners when I am visiting Suzhou. Usually I am too tired or it's too late to leave the hotel, so I'll grab something here. The food is excellent and the service is spot on as well.
Since I have stayed in this hotel many times, I have stayed in a Deluxe King Room, a Twin Room, and a Regency Suite. The Deluxe King and Twin rooms are nearly identical and I've found little to no variation among the rooms other than sometimes the bathroom is on the left and sometimes it's on the right. You'll take the elevators up to your room and head either left or right around the open air atrium to your room. I always notice that the carpet in the halls is very thick, which makes it a bit difficult to roll your suitcase along, but at least there's not usually any noise from the atrium.
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Review: Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui
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The Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui (or TST), is located on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong and boasts a solid location. It’s a 5-10 minute walk to the water where you can watch the nightly light show and take in the stunning views of Hong Kong Island, and it’s directly in front of an entrance for the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station. Granted, the TST MTR station isn’t Kowloon station, which has a direct line to the airport, but it’s convenient nonetheless.
We arrived from the airport in late afternoon after taking the airport train to Kowloon station and then grabbing a taxi from there to the hotel. The hotel entrance is somewhat discreet, but can be found in the middle of Hanoi Rd inside The Masterpiece building, which houses the Hyatt on the first 24 floors and then has residences above. As a side note, one of my dreams in life is to live in a building that also houses a luxury hotel - that’s when you know you’ve made it! ...or when you know you’re paying more than a normal person should ever pay for a home, but I already do that in San Francisco, so what’s a few more dollars?
Anyway, our taxi driver apparently wasn’t completely sure where we were going, so he dropped us off on the street in front of the hotel. (If your driver actually knows where he’s going, there’s an underground driveway that you can be dropped off in.) So, when you enter from the street, you’ll find yourself in a small lobby and the bellman there can help direct you to the hotel. You’ll take the elevator up to the third floor (which, I think, is as far as it goes) and arrive in the main lobby area. From there, we approached the front desk and since Chris was a Diamond member, we were offered to complete check-in from the Regency Club on the 23rd floor. We figured we might as well, so one of the associates took us up with our bags and found us a seat while they processed our check in. After checking us in and going over the Regency Club features (more on that later), we were assigned to room 2011, a Harbour View King Room.
We entered the room and found the bathroom and a closet on the left with the rest of the room laid out in front. The room was crisp, clean, and tastefully decorated and after our last hotel in Seoul, it was an incredibly refreshing change. The room had a king bed with a chair and ottoman situated by the window, a desk, and a console housing the safe, coffee and tea set up, and minibar. The room also had a nice view of the harbour, but since the hotel itself is located a few blocks back from the water, the view was slightly obstructed by other buildings, though still impressive.
One of the coolest parts of the room was undoubtedly the “Handy” phone they provide you to use during your stay. It’s an Android cell phone that you can use for free loaded with city guides, advertising, etc, but the BEST part is that you can tether to the phone’s 3G wifi for free. This is literally how we did all Instagramming, Facebook-checking, and map-checking we needed while we were in Hong Kong and it was awesome! You can also use it to make free calls to the US, UK, Australia, Singapore, and China, which I didn’t try, but I’m sure it would have been great - sorry mom!
The most unique part of the room was the partition between the bedroom and bathroom that could be opened so you could, in theory, see the view from the bathtub or shower. Honestly, I didn’t really see much of the point of it, but it was a novelty that I’ve seen repeated in a few other hotels and can be fun.
The bathroom was quite large and featured a standalone tub, a walk in shower, and a fairly large sink and counter space. The toiletries were Portico branded and seemed pretty standard, but were nice enough.
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