My wife and I took a quick 2 night trip to Hong Kong as part of a mileage run and to see friends this past weekend. We opted to stay at the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui (TST), primarily because I was able to find a very good Hyatt Cash and Points rate with confirmed Suite Upgrade. At
$75 $100 plus 7,500 points. We felt it was a good deal, as we are used to burning 35k Marriott points for the JW Marriott Hong Kong.
After booking, it occurred to me that I had read about their new Handyphone – essentially the hotel provides guests a smartphone for their use during their stay.
For some of you that travel for work and get a global phone – big deal. I seldom travel overseas for work, so for me, it’s a cross between sim card roulette, GlobalSimCard, going without, or trying Milenomics new approach. I’m kind’ve cheap when it comes to that stuff too, so the fact that this was free was great.
The actual smartphone is an Alcatel OneTouch. I’m not a phone connoisseur, but I found it to be intuitive (I am pretty sure it had an android OS), and overall very easy to use. We had a couple of times while we were wandering that we opted to use Google Maps instead of trying to ask for directions, which was a big help and argument saver. Of course the most fun part was that I could tweet a ton through our adventure (you can look at some of those tweets using #43hoursinHKG).
— Trevor (@tmount) November 9, 2014
Nearly every time I unlocked the phone there was an advertisement, some with an option to buy something or other. I had no problem with that, because it was easy to just dismiss the advertisements and move on to using the phone. It was a small price to pay for such great flexibility.
I had planned to start trying other places out in Hong Kong, after frequenting the JW Marriott Hong Kong for the past 2 or 3 visits, but with the smart phone amenity at the Regency Hyatt TST, I’m finding it pretty hard to stay elsewhere unless I happen to have a global phone again. But, there are other benefits to the Regency Hyatt TST as well—but look for a Saturday Special for more on that!
What’s the best hotel amenity you’ve received?