I’m combining previous posts from the Thailand trip in November 2021 into Flights, Nights and Sights to avoid cluttering each post with links to all the others and make it easier for friends and followers to find posts from that trip on similar topics. Nights incorporates posts about the hotel stays.
November 2021 was a time of masking, social distancing, hand sanitizing, vaccine requirements, testing, etc.. It is interesting to look back on these posts because, although Covid-19 is still with us, that time contrasts sharply with the current situation.
I stayed at the Grand Hyatt Erawan in Bangkok and the Hyatt Regency in Phuket. Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency are my favorite Hyatt brands. Grand Hyatt is a brand that offers luxury accommodations in a stately setting. Hyatt Regency is a brand that provides family friendly luxury with a contemporary flair. The hotels I stayed at in Bangkok and Phuket exemplify theses characteristics. Although there were restrictions to put up with, I lucked out on price because of the lack of tourists at the time. These hotels were going for the price of a pre-pandemic U.S. budget chain hotel.
Awards through Hyatt’s frequent guest program provided free access to the guest lounges and breakfast buffets. A really good breakfast has always been my favorite meal of the day. In Asia, Hyatt Regency and Grand Hyatt have outstanding breakfast buffets that are at least equal to other hotels in their class, and Asian luxury hotels have fantastic breakfast buffets.
Grand Hyatt Bangkok
Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort
What I did not convey in these posts is the high level of curtesy and pride displayed by the hotel staff. Great service is a skill that can be taught. At these hotels, and much of Asia, the culture of service seems genuine and sincere rather than something that people learned in a classroom.
The Grand Hyatt Erawan is located next to the Erawan Shrine in the heart of the tourist and commercial section of Bangkok while the Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort enjoys a secluded spot on Phuket’s Kamala Beach. These hotels are worth serious consideration if your travels take you to Bangkok or Phuket.