New Hyatt Regency in TST plans to resurrect popular outlets from old site
Swire Hotels' The Upper House might have received the bulk of attention last weekend, but another new hotel opened (or should we say reopened) with slightly less fanfare. On Tsim Sha Tsui side, a new Hyatt Regency went quietly back into business starting last Friday. After vacating its original location on the west side of Nathan Road on New Year's Day 2006, the hotel has resurfaced on the other side in the new K11 development on Hanoi Road. Occupying the third to the 24th floors, it has 381 new rooms and the all-day buffet The Cafe. Soon the hospitality group will also bring back some of the popular outlets from its original site. For example, in November the lobby level's Chin Chin Bar will reappear, with its decor nostalgically recreating the eye-catching backdrop of stacked Chinese cupboards from its original site, plus the original counter with its unique curlicue corners. Also coming back this autumn is European carvery house Hugo's. Customers might recognise the main entrance's famous heavy pine doors, also reclaimed from the original. And the succinctly named The Chinese Restaurant is also returning.
But its location in Kowloon side's tallest new building might not guarantee the Regency a long time in the spotlight. That's because it will likely be trumped in a couple of weeks when the Aqua group launches a boutique hotel of 10 suites called Hullett House on the grounds of the 1881 Heritage shopping site, formerly the marine police headquarters.