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Review: Hyatt Regency Phuket in Kamala

For my first time in Phuket, Thailand, I decided to stay in a trusty Hyatt hotel. After arriving at the Phuket airport, I was herded into a cab and paid about 1400 baht (about $41 USD) for a 45 minute drive to the hotel. Given the distance of the airport from the Hyatt, which is in somewhat of a remote location by itself, getting into a taxi was the only way to go. The Hyatt Regency Phuket is located on the eastern shore of Phuket Island, Thailand. It is in the area known as Kamala. However, the hotel is situated by itself with residential roads around it. The hotel is a 5 minutes drive from old Kamala town and Kamala Beach, but about 10-15 minutes drive to Patong Beach.

The Hyatt Regency has a half-hourly free shuttle that takes you to Kamala town/beach to walk around and a hourly shuttle to Patong. Kamala can be described as a much more local and quiet town while Patong would be the more westernized and touristy strip area. Whereas the former would be perfect to just relax and enjoy the serene ocean air, the latter offers relaxing beach time in addition to bars, shopping, restaurants, hostels, and a lot more people.

Kamala Town

Kamala Town

Kamala Town

Kamala Town

Kamala Town

Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach

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Window View From Room

Review: Hyatt Regency Tokyo

I stayed in the Hyatt Regency Tokyo in Shinjuku for one night during a week-long Japan trip. As a Hyatt Regency in Asia, I was very impressed by the service and amenities they offered (or maybe that’s just something really special about the hospitality culture in Japan). Once I entered the grand chandelier-filled hotel lobby, a customer rep quickly took my luggage and guided me to the front desk. The hotel service in Japan, as expected, is very pro-active. I was quickly informed by the check-in desk that she suggests I check in at the Regency Club on the 9th floor since I am a Hyatt Diamond member. That seemed silly to me as I was already at the lobby check-in counter, so I went ahead and checked-in there. For 12000 points a night, this place is pretty amazing if even just for the value play.

The Room

The room had a clean design with all the usual amenities. My room at the 21st floor looked out at the cityscape of Tokyo quite easily. If you’re a gold passport member (doesn’t matter what status so why not?) you have free access to their pool and gym at the top 28th floor. There’s a reception desk to take your info before you can enter the gym or pool. The gym is pretty sparse in weights and equipment variety but gets the job done.

 

Room Overview From Entrance

Room Overview From Entrance

King-Sized Bed

King-Sized Bed

Window View From Room

Window View From Room

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