A Hyatt Regency in Hongkong’s countryside

Another hotel for Hongkong? And in the New Territories?

Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Sha Tin may be opening on away from the familiar precincts of Central and Tsimshatsui this Wednesday, February 11, but it’s confident the “countryside” location can still yield good business.

Traffic will mainly come from the adjacent Chinese University of Hongkong and nearby Hongkong Science Parks, when combined, provide a sizeable and captive market. (Besides the local staff, think of the overseas academics and executives who regularly visit the campus and various companies.)

While comfortable corporate accommodation does exist in the area, Hyatt Regency will be the first international brand to penetrate the New Territories.

Opening initially with 100 rooms out of the planned 567 guestrooms and suites, the hotel is offering an introductory rate of HK$1,000 (US$129) for a Mountain View Room and HK$1,300 (US$167) for a Harbour View Room from February 11 to March 11, 2009. Wired and wireless internet access, bathrooms with glass walls and 42-inch LCD flat-screen TVs are regular amenities. The 24th to 26th floors are allocated to the Regency Club with the lounge on the 25th floor.

With a higher proportion of long-stay guests expected, the Long-Stay Suites category has been created. Clients staying in any of the 133 units will enter the hotel via a private entrance and enjoy their own dry pantry with basic kitchen facilities such as a microwave oven and toaster. The Presidential Suite boasting spectacular views of Tolo Harbour and Ma On Shan Peak is also available for extended occupancy.

This Regency’s F&B options include the all-day dining Café and Sha Tin 18 (specialising in Peking duck and Shatin’s trademark roast pigeon) and two bars.

Certain to attract meeting planners is the 1,000sqm pillarless Regency Ballroom and three function spaces with their own separate driveway and entrance and outdoor terrace ideal for alfresco breaks.

Hongkong’s first Camp Hyatt for kids is located in the pool area. The Melo Spa, named after the pomelo which Shatin is famous for, will incorporate its skin and fruit into its treatments.

Well-known interior designer Steve Leung, a native of Shatin, was responsible for the look of the new Hyatt, the second in Hongkong besides Grand Hyatt in Wanchai. Then, in summer, Hyatt Tsim Sha Tsui is to complete the trio.

For more details, visit www.hyatt.com.

Margie T Logarta


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