This is part of the Trip Report The Visa Run Keeps Running (October 2014) and So Long Mongolia, Hello SE Asia (December 2014-January 2015)
Getting There: From the airport purchase a one-way ticket for the Airport Express train. Take the Airport Express to Kowloon. Take the elevator to the ground floor and then take the free bus to the Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui. This is a free ride into town even if you aren’t staying at these hotels. The whole trip takes about an hour and a half.
The Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui is a refuge whether it be from a botched visa run or too much time in Mandalay. It is also located in one of the tallest skyscrapers in Kowloon. The Hyatt Regency is a Category 4 hotel so it qualifies for a free night stay using the annual certificate if you have a Chase Hyatt Visa. I used the cash and points option which was a bit expensive at $100 + 7500 points + a 10% service charge. The room rate is around $250 so I’m right at my threshold for 2 cents per point for Hyatt. The value of cash and points diminishes if you are a peasant platinum member like me which gives you basic benefits (2PM checkout, free Wi-Fi) compared to diamond where you are treated like a king (amazing breakfast, suite upgrade).
Still whether you have a stopover in Hong Kong or a getaway [from Myanmar] weekend, the price of luxury is worth it. In October 2014, I was upgraded to the deluxe room which had a partial view of the harbor. At the time, I thought the room was a bit small until my next trip to Hong Kong when I was not given an upgrade.
The benefits of the Hyatt Regency are as follows:
- Excellent location in Kowloon conveniently next to Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station
- Excellent dim sum right around the corner
- Starbucks next door
- Plenty of bars, restaurants, and shopping
- Included wireless phone which includes data and voice
- A comfy bed and hot shower, features not to be discounted compared to other hotels in Hong Kong and SE Asia in general
As you can see, everything at the Hyatt Regency is nice but what if you want to see another side of Hong Kong or what if you think that the points+cash value isn’t as great as other award redemptions? Then read on for the review of the Chungking Mansions, a city within a city.
It’s time to choose your adventure:
For The Visa Run Keeps Running (October 2014) you can:
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For So Long Mongolia, Hello SE Asia (Dec 2014-Jan 2015) you can: