Stayed two nights at the Hyatt Regency at Hangzhou for work. Having just stayed recently at the Regency in Perth, I have to say that the quality and service is maintained across the chain. From check-in to check-out and everything, we were greeted with smiles.
The hotel is next to the famous West Lake, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. There's even a free musical fountain show on the lake in front of the hotel. Shows are throughout the day, we happen to chance upon it walking back after dinner one evening. There are also possibilities to sail around the lake. For those that prefer outside food, there are many nearby choices, so just roam around. We happened to chance upon the "Hangzhou Restaurant" which supposedly has been around since the 1920s. Do try the "clay" chicken (i.e. chicken wrapped in lotus leaf and baked in its own clay "container").
The rooms are of very good size with everything that you need. Levels 8 and 9 seems to be reserved for Regency Club rooms while levels 6 and 7 are non-smoking floors. This being China, please do request for non-smoking rooms if you are sensitive. Didn't swim in the pool though if you have "lake"-view, you should be able to see the pool. I thought the gym was a bit on the small side... if memory serves me right, there's only 3 treadmills. Breakfast was fantastic with the right mix of Western and Asian choices.
Taxi service at peak periods seems to be a challenge. So please plan ahead. And traffic jams are quite common given the large number of cars on the road. The subway line 1 is up and running with work started on other lines. So hopefully in time to come, things will be better.
Hangzhou is well known for its scenic spots. Unfortunately for me, this is a work trip. And the constant rain didn't help with visibility either. Still, driver told us best time to visit is probably October when the weather tends to be better and past the summer heat.
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- Also Known As:
- Hyatt Regency Hangzhou Hotel Hangzhou
- Hyatt Hangzhou
- Hangzhou Hyatt Regency