Right by the railway station serving Chinese University, the Hyatt is half way between downtown Tsim Sha Tsui and bordertown Lo Wu and overlooks Tolo Harbour. Both Sha Tin’s racecourse and several country parks are nearby, but there is little immediately outside the hotel apart from the up and down platforms.
First choice to make is long stay or short: in the former category, there are 133 mini apartments of varying size, each with a small but workable kitchen. Otherwise, your budget will probably dictate whether you look onto harbour or mountains, and whether you can afford to get into the top floor Regency Club (recommended for its outdoor terrace alone). Cool, contemporary room interiors are offset by such technology givens as wireless broadband and two-line telephones.
Double-take modern artworks and sculptures enliven the spacious lobby which is flooded with natural light. The whole property has a very energetic and go-ahead feel.
Eating and drinking
Book a private dining room at Sha Tin 18 if you are entertaining local clients. And breakfast is definitely something to look forward to at Café. The Tin Tin Bar (meaning “heaven”) is a little on the gloomy side.
Experience the full monty – a very satisfactory spa, heated outdoor pool, tennis court and fitness centre. Jogging and cycling tracks thread their way round the harbour shoreline.
Proactive but never intrusive. While this is the most junior of Hong Kong’s trio of Hyatts, the staff take a real pride in their work.
Who stays there
From September to June – horse fans on race nights. Year-round – visiting university academics, executives with business in China and Hong Kongers on a break from the city.
Avoid race nights when occupancy rockets.
- Business travellers
Pros & Cons
- Master-of-all-I-survey panoramas
- Slightly isolated