Business Traveler (USA)


- Ramsey Qubein

Hyatt Regency Bangkok

BACKGROUND Hyatt has four hotels along the BTS line including the Grand Hyatt and Park Hyatt. Adding the flagship Hyatt Regency brand is proof positive of Bangkok’s supreme popularity among travelers.

WHERE IS IT? This Sukhumvit hotel is connected by walkway to the Nana BTS station and close to the highway meaning fast access to either of Bangkok’s airports.

W H AT ’ S IT LIKE? The sleek and minimalist lobby of this multi-use skyscraper shows off creative design with local artwork and sculptures. Expect doting English-speaking staff that are both cordial and efficient.

ROOMS Hyatt’s famous Grand beds offer pillowtop comfort with thick duvets and large pillows. Modern touches abound including bedside power outlets and USB ports and a Handy smartphone offering free local and internatio­nal phone calls plus access to wireless hot spots around town. Floorto-ceiling windows deliver magnificen­t city views, some including glimpses of the pool deck. Bathrooms impress with marble surfaces, deep soaking tubs by windows in premium rooms, and glass showers with rainfall showerhead­s. Portico Spa toiletries and plentiful bottled water round out the amenities. Nearly two dozen suites deliver oversized living and sleeping areas with bathrooms to match. Regency Club rooms come with lounge access for breakfast and evening cocktails with appetizers.

FOOD AND DRINK All-day Market Café offers plenty of Thai street food options interprete­d for the internatio­nal palate. In fact, the hotel even hired a street market chef to help inspire the menu. An outdoor terrace is especially popular at breakfast before it gets too hot. Spectrum Lounge & Bar serves craft cocktails, beer and wine plus a light menu from its glamorous rooftop perch. From this al fresco rooftop birds-eye vantage point, the entire city unfurls “before your very eyes.”

Adding the flagship Hyatt Regency brand is proof positive of Bangkok’s supreme popularity among travelers

MEETINGS Free wireless Internet works everywhere including poolside. It’s no coincidenc­e the nearby BTS station’s name Nana means meeting place in Thai. Conference space is the hotel’s hallmark with a variety of setups including a vast pillarless ballroom with the latest audiovisua­l equipment.

LEISURE The terrace features an infinityed­ge pool that seemingly spills into the city below. Trees shroud the lounge and cabana-style chairs while music creates a relaxing atmosphere – although the nearby sauna and steam room help too. The 24-hour fitness center offers personal trainers and the latest Life Fitness and Hammer Strength equipment.

VERDICT The unique design and ample amenities of this modern hotel offer everything today’s business or leisure travelers could want.

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