- Introduction, Positioning Flight to New York, and the Hilton JFK
- British Airways First Class Lounge, New York JFK
- Cathay Pacific First Class, New York JFK – Hong Kong
- The Pier First Class Lounge and Cathay Pacific Business Class, Hong Kong – Ho Chi Minh City
- Park Hyatt Saigon
- Lunch at Pho Hoa, Ho Chi Minh City
- Vietnam Airlines Business Class, Ho Chi Minh City – Danang
- Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa
- Vietnam Airlines Economy, Danang – Siem Reap
- Park Hyatt Siem Reap
- Angkor Wat and Other Temples
- Dragonair Business Class, Siem Reap – Hong Kong
- Turbojet, Hong Kong Airport – Macau and the Sheraton Macao Hotel
- The Venetian, Fernando’s, and the Ferry to Hong Kong
- Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Harbor View Suite
- Bo Innovation, Hong Kong
- Amber Restaurant, Hong Kong
- Cathay Pacific The Wing First Class Lounge, Hong Kong
- Cathay Pacific First Class, Hong Kong – New York JFK
- American Airlines JFK Flagship Lounge and New York – Washington National
The Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa is not at all inexpensive for the area, this was ~ US$175 per night.
But I figured that as a Diamond with club access, and using a confirmed suite upgrade, it still represented fairly good value. It’s a Gold Passport category 3 hotel, so cash and points awards (upgradable with Diamond confirmed suite upgrades) are 6000 points and $75 if available.
The hotel is 10-15 minutes from the airport, a quick trip.
On arrival I was brought to the club lounge for check-in.
The evening spread was out, but it turns out we were close to the end of service (I didn’t know service times in advance). So while we sat there, waiting what seemed quite a long time to complete check-in formalities, the staff began putting away the evening’s offerings. That was my first strike on the property. I felt like they should have either let us know that the club’s evening service would be ending shortly, and would we like something first while they took care of paperwork? Or perhaps they could get us a plate? Or they could have kept things out just 2 or 3 more minutes for us, that’s how long I missed a snack by. The end of the world? Certainly not. And it’s not as though I had been traveling a great distance. But it would have made for a nicer first impression.
First impressions were improved markedly though when I was taken to my room — because I was immediately impressed by the suite.
Welcome amenity in the room when we arrived:
Hallway between bedroom and living room:
I thought the room was gorgeous. It was comfortable, too. It had a nice view, as well (though over buildings off to the ocean from my balcony), though in general the weather didn’t cooperate during the stay, warmer than back home in DC but not hot and more overcast than clear.
The hotel has an excellent club lounge. It was a short walk from my room and a short walk from the main lobby. The club has its own pool as well, and I’m not sure I’d stay here without club access. That’s because it makes for a hotel-within-a-hotel, and the property is otherwise quite large and can be really busy. Actually, at peak times (breakfast, but not too early, and evening cocktails) the lounge gets crowded as well. Fortunately I tend to eat breakfast on the early side.
This is the view from the lounge deck.
In addition to cold items, they rotate a choice of hot items each day — a noodle soup and also eggs.
The evening spread was impressive also.
The club pool area was deserted most of the time.
The property itself is attractive, large, modern and new. Although I wouldn’t say it’s better than other resorts I’ve stayed at elswhere around the world. Still, an enjoyable getaway.
Late in the stay more sweet treats were delivered to the room.
I enjoyed dining on property, though I was surprised how limited Vietnamese choices were and I wasn’t especially interested in Western options. I did have my share of Vietnamese iced coffee, though.
If the weather had cooperated the stay would have been better overall. The club lounge was well-provisioned. Everyone was friendly. And the suite was gorgeous. I thought the stay, given the suite upgrade and lounge access, was a good value even considering that the hotel is expensive for the area. Without those things I don’t think I’d feel the same way.
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