After spending our first night in Hong Kong at W Hong Kong (related post), we spent our next two nights at the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui, situated in the heart of the Tsim Sha Tusi business and tourist district within the K11 building. The hotel occupies Level 3 to 24 of the mixed-use complex K11 and sits atop the six-story K11 Art Mall.
I’m not going to lie, before settling on this property, I spent a lot of time debating if I should stay right on Hong Kong island or in Kowloon. After reading numerous Hong Kong trip reports and reviews saying that Kowloon was the better pick because it is less crowded and offered breath-taking skyline views of Hong Kong, I was sold with two more nights in Kowloon.
The reviews were right; in my opinion, staying in Kowloon was the right decision for many of those reasons and more. Plus, getting to Hong Kong is a breeze via the ferry. For all of my Jersey/NYC readers, the distance between Hong Kong and Kowloon is comparable to the distance between Hoboken and Manhattan.
It’s funny, when first booking this Hyatt, I realized that I absent-mindlessly booked the wrong property; I booked the other Hyatt Regency in Kowloon, the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin, by accident. Whoops. It wasn’t until literally hours before our flight from New York to Hong Kong that I realized I made the mistake. Luckily I called Hyatt immediately and told them what happened. They then told me that my mistake was extremely common, and they were able to rebook me in the correct property. I did have to pay the 6,000-point difference though (the Hyatt Regency in Sha Tin has a nightly rate of 12,000 vs. 15,000 points for the Tsim Sha Tsui location).
We stayed two nights at this property for free using 30,000 Hyatt points transferred from my Chase Ultimate Rewards balance (15,000 per night), and we had an extremely pleasant stay. We arrived at the hotel a few hours before check in, but were able to get a room immediately, and we actually got upgraded into a “deluxe room” (deluxe as in bigger bathroom). The lobby grounds and rooms appeared to be very new, and the location was excellent. We were literally able to explore all of Kowloon by foot as well as walk to the Star Ferry terminal to get to Hong Kong without a problem. My only gripe about the hotel was that you had to pay for wireless in all areas of the hotel (including the lobby). You can avoid that all together if you have Platinum or Diamond status with Hyatt or by walking a few blocks to the many McDonald’s nearby that offer free wifi.
As far as the room itself, it was a bit small but offered everything we could possibly need and was comfortable, clean, and modern. The room was stocked with complimentary bottles of water, bath robes, slippers, and plenty of standard toiletries including toothbrushes, toothpaste, shower caps, nail files, etc. Overall we had a great 2 night stay here and would certainly recommend this location due to its prime location in the heart of the Tsim Sha Tsui district.