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Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic Hyatt Regency REVIEW - MASTER THREAD

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic Hyatt Regency REVIEW - MASTER THREAD

Old Oct 27, 04, 8:34 pm
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Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic Hyatt Regency REVIEW - MASTER THREAD

On the remote chance that anyone on this board is interested in visiting Bishkek (which is a few hundred miles from the Afghanistan border), the Hyatt Regency is definitely the nicest hotel in the country. It would probably carry a 4-star rating in the U.S. There is excellent security (cement barriers for car bombs, etc.), and the property is located in a nice section of the city (and only a few blocks from a shopping area). The hotel has a club level (very much recommended), a small health club (massages are only $21 per hour), a small fitness center, a good restaurant (with very inexpensive prices), and a virtually empty lounge. Cable TV includes Fox News from the U.S. (a welcome relief from the CNN Int'l blather found in virtually every non-U.S. property) and Turner Classic Movies. Rooms are good sized (I had a large, corner room on club level) and nicely furnished. A hotel casino closed last February (this was a popular hangout for U.S. military personnel who stay at a nearby U.S. base while on R & R from Afghanistan). Internet access is in the club only, and costs around $22 per hour. As usual, the hotel staff and club personnel are extremely helpful. The hotel provides transportation to and from the airport (assuming you can get a flight) for around $20.00 one-way. Rooms facing the south have a view of 15,000-foot mountains just south of the city. If you are in this neck of the woods, Bishkek is worth a stop.
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Old Mar 21, 11, 4:43 pm
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I will make this my stopover on my camel caravan in May. Any more recent guests?

Daily rate 355$. Corp rate 324$. Any ideas to lower this?


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Hyatt gift certs, premier level 185$ (+25$ intnl shipping).

No stay credit, no points (assuming neither for the 10k promo), but supposedly full diamond benefits.

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Old May 4, 11, 5:18 am
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As noted best hotel in the country. My second stay after a brief visit in 2003 (Hyatt opened here around 2001).
Had a one night, early check in agreed up front for 8 am, arrived 7 am, no problem. Late check out as I write, 430 pm. Being diamond, received decent fruit platter, tray of cookies, hand written note signed by GM, decent Moldovian red wine (decent after the vodkas that is). Got junior suite. Very small lounge, but ok selection, happy hour 6-8 pm, but even brought drinks back when a diamond arrived at 830 (me:-) )
Free internet (as diamond), wifi in lobby etc. Very good diamond free breakfast served in the regular restaurant.
Great service. Dont think they see many diamonds here.
Airport pick up now seems to be 45$, but I had private driver (and a slaughtered lamb for [email protected]:-))

Amazing mountain view, snow covered peaks.
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Old Jul 4, 13, 12:52 am
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Update for this good hotel. Just posted a review on MightyTravels:


Overall

This is a great hotel anywhere in the world. While the outside looks a bit more like a Soviet era building (the hotel stems from that time) Hyatt has worked hard to bring the hotel hardware and staff to Hyatt standards. It has succeeded and I found my stay very enjoyable.

Regular rates were a hefty $350 for King rooms for my stay dates. I used 12,000 points and a stay certificate from the Hyatt credit card instead.

I would happily come back here.

http://www.mightytravels.com/1323275...yrgyzystan.php
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Old May 20, 14, 10:27 am
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Getting ready to stay here next month. Is it really worth paying more points for club level? Is the airport service significantly more expensive than a taxi? Wondering how much time to build in for immigration since I won't need a visa for a two day stay.
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Old Sep 9, 14, 4:11 pm
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August 2014 stay

- Stayed here in the middle of August - 2 stays, each of 1 night. Had 2 rooms on the 7th floor - though not connecting. Lounge is on the 6th floor.
- Staff very friendly and helpful
- Hotel seemed quite empty with very few travelers
- Lounge access is strictly checked and I saw a couple of platinum members turned away. Lounge had soft drinks, water, coffee, and a few cookies during the day. Alcoholic drinks, salads and desserts were set out in the evening. Breakfast was served in the restaurant downstairs - cost of buffet 1,500 KGS or about $28 per person. The spread here seemed smaller than the Hyatt in Dushanbe though that may have been due to the low occupancy
- Pool is outdoor and looked like a decent size
- An official taxi from the hotel to the airport costs $60, though the front desk will happily arrange an unofficial taxi for 500 KGS (just under $10). Both times I used this, it turned out to be a Mercedes that was large and comfortable and much better than getting a taxi on the street which would have been the same price.
- Other notes: There is a fountain outside the hotel and I saw some of the local kids going for a swim in there on a hot summer day. It was some time before security realized what was happening and shooed them away.
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First of all, thanks to the previous posters for their reviews and info.

Any updates on this hotel? Considering a four-night stay there next month.
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Old Mar 20, 17, 10:43 pm
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i'm to stay there in April. Any updates?
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Originally Posted by MrAOK View Post
i'm to stay there in April. Any updates?
Not much has changed since the previous review in 2014. I stayed there monthly in 2016. Staff is very well trained. Excellent service. Food is very good. Dry-cleaning and laundry is done within one day.

Try to avoid the days when foreign senior-level politicians stay at the hotel, because the security measures will be a major hindrance for your movement in and out of premises.
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