What used to be slightly dingy backstreets got a swift makeover with the hotel’s new opening in 2009. There’s direct access to the MTR, via an art-themed mall, while a brace of (rather good) museums is just up the street.
Very smart: the 381 rooms and suites are contemporary yet comfortable, with rich tones of burgundy and grey, textured wallpaper, leather-style headboards and velour armchairs and ottomans. Black and white images of Hong Kong add a nice touch.
Given that it’s some way above ground level, the lobby has a spacious and calm feel to it. The ninth-floor Sky Garden provides a pleasant oasis.
Eating and drinking
Several of the old Hyatt’s outlets were resurrected here, including the Chin Chin bar (plus outdoor terrace), Hugo’s (European) restaurant and The Chinese Restaurant. Veritable stalwarts, they’ve been given a modern twist, and are as enduringly popular as ever.
Outdoor pool and indoor fitness centre, both tip-top.
Nigh perfect, in that it’s there when you want it, and not when you don’t.
Who stays there
North Americans familiar with the brand, old Hong Kong hands on a nostalgia kick, and a sizeable business segment.
Lots of rooms to fill, lots of hotels in the immediate vicinity. Strike a good bargain.
- Business travellers
Pros & Cons
- Brand new and super smart
- Street touts are a nuisance