After spending over 18 hours on American Airlines’ longest flight from Dallas / Ft. Worth to Hong Kong, I was quite ready to stretch my legs and move around. We got to Hong Kong immigration after about five minutes and had about a ten minute wait to clear immigration.
Outside of immigration, we went by the Hong Kong Airport Express and MTR kiosk where I purchased a round trip transfer from Hong Kong Airport to Kowloon Station for HKD 160 (about USD $30). The Airport Express is a direct rail link between the airport, Kowloon and Central Hong Kong that runs every ten minutes. It is very quick and very efficient, as is much of the public transportation in Hong Kong.
We intentionally worked in a long, 22-hour layover in Hong Kong into our itinerary because, frankly, we all wanted to spend a night in Hong Kong!
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When planning where we would stay for our weekend in Hong Kong, I narrowed it down between the two main Hyatt properties in Hong Kong: the Grand Hyatt and the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui. I wrote off the Hyatt Regency Sha Tin due to its location relatively far from Central and Kowloon. I booked a room at each property and attempted to use on of my Diamond Suite Upgrades at each property. I was immediately able to confirm a Regency Suite at the Hyatt Regency, but was unable to confirm any sort of suite upgrade at the Grand Hyatt.
I was torn between the two properties — the Grand Hyatt is well-known for being the superior of the two properties, and one of the best Hyatt properties in Asia. The Hyatt Regency, Tsim Sha Tsui, on the other hand, has a very nice location in Kowloon, right above the entrance to the Hong Kong MTR.
We wanted the space of a suite since three of us would be sharing the room, and ultimately that was the deciding factor — since my suite upgrade never cleared at the Grand Hyatt, we chose the Hyatt Regency for our stay.
After arriving on a short hop from Shanghai on China Eastern, we hopped the Airport Express to Kowloon MTR station. Here, we took a cab to the Hyatt Regency (HKD $32).
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