The Hyatt Regency Kathmandu sits in a lovely green oasis to the east of the downtown area of Kathmandu. Without traffic, it is just 10 minutes from Kathmandu International Airport.
Check-in was quick and efficient. I currently have no Hyatt status so wasn’t expecting much but the room we received had a lovely view and was very quiet. It was spacious and exuded old-school charm and it wasn’t exactly new but was in great shape.
There was a well-working AC in the room (which really wasn’t needed most of the time) and the curtains closed up the room very well to the sunlight outside. The bathroom was in excellent shape as well and came with a huge rain shower.
The Internet was easy to log in to and came in at about 10 Mbit almost the entire time.
For the first two nights, the hotel seemed to be sold out and occupied by a huge group celebrating a birthday party. We had no room neighbors, making it extra quiet and enjoyable (though this would change for night three).
While it was raining the first few days, the pool became our daily routine for the next two days. It was perfectly quiet (well, from outside noise) and the colors, setting, ambiance, and water made it simply tranquil. Plus the pool staff were friendly and not bossy.
I also used the gym which was surprisingly well-equipped and reminded me of the gym at the excellent Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam. There is even an outside jogging path that goes along the property lines (walking or running in Kathmandu is basically impossible because of the crowds and traffic).
For our last day, we decided to add the Club upgrade (just $55) and thoroughly enjoyed the happy hour in the Club Lounge.
I was initially skeptical about the food but it tasted great and was fresh and had a number of innovative ideas like artichoke and cucumber salad.
There was a well-stocked liquor bar and wine and beer. The wines were of good quality and it seemed they were rather popular (wine isn’t cheap to find in Nepal).
We also partook in the breakfast the next morning, which had a huge number of delicious-looking dishes, including many made-to-order items. I liked the hummus and salads but found many western items to be of not high quality.
The Indian items like upadams and dosa were very good though. I also loved the freshly squeezed juices on offer. The espresso was included but the taste was rather horrific (neither India nor Nepal is exactly a coffee country historically though).
We also ordered room service twice which came at a fair price of $10 per entrée and they were served on a wonderful white tablecloth tray.
In summary, the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu would be an excellent hotel anywhere in the world. It has knowledgable and friendly staff and the food is good, and with some items truly great. The pool is a delight and the gym and spa are very good as well. With the fast Internet, it is also the best place to stay connected in Nepal. I found this place quite the jewel and would happily return anytime.
The Hyatt Regency Kathmandu can be booked by using just 5,000 World of Hyatt points and paid rates range between $100-$200 depending on the season and how fully-booked the property is.
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