Regal Airport Hotel Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s new airport boasts a cozy corporate refuge
(A site-inspection report for travel agents.)

Just steps away from Chek Lap Kok, the vast and glistening new air terminal on Lantau Island, Regal Hotels’ fifth Hong Kong property offers a convenient refuge for the harried Far Eastern business traveler. Whisper-quiet, with around-the-clock room service, and special “jet-lag menus,” the hotel makes an ideal choice – in fact, the only choice — for that layover between Bangkok and New York. Yet thanks to a high-speed rail link, the airport is just 23 minutes from the bustle of Hong Kong’s Central business district, making the Regal Airport a tempting alternative for a longer stay.

The hotel caters to the briefest of layovers with four- and eight-hour day use rates that include access to a health spa, pool, airline passenger lounge, and a full-service Business Centre. For those whose business calls for an extended stay, monthly rates range from $1,500 to $5,700 (for a suite). Monthly guests enjoy a range of benefits including dining and laundry discounts, daily newspapers, and free local phone service. In high-priced Hong Kong, these rates are a distinct bargain.

The Regal Airport is also equipped to handle small to moderate-sized meetings. Given Hong Kong’s location and the now smooth-running efficiency of Chek Lap Kok, the hotel offers a logical central meeting point for corporations with branches strewn across the region. The hotel is less convenient for leisure travelers, although the Po Lin Monastery, with its enormous seated bronze Buddha, is a short drive away on Lantau Island. The 23-minute express trains to the main tourist areas cost about $14 each way, while double-decker buses (45 minutes) are about $5.

The brand-new hotel is still a work-in-progress, with final completion scheduled for late 1999.

Target Clientele: The hotel will appeal first and foremost to the business traveler, but agent’s should not overlook its appeal to leisure travelers with layovers in Hong Kong or those who are stopping over for a few days with an early flight out. Transportation into Hong Kong proper is convenient, fast, frequent, and moderately priced.

Accommodations: Sleek curving hallways dotted with abstract art in psychedelic colors give way to calming rooms highlighted with dark wood paneling and deep red upholstery. The 1,075 rooms feature direct-dial phones, a minibar, CNN and the BBC, an electric kettle with tea and coffee, lighted closets, and hair dryer. The suites offer silent views of airport operations and the sea beyond, along with jacuzzis and a well-appointed living/dining area with a free-standing glass-topped desk.

Public Areas: The hotel’s interior design is contemporary in the somewhat kinetic fashion that characterizes this ever-changing business mecca. Every turn of a corner or change in level offers a new and distinct visual experience. In the skylit atrium lobby, a small bandstand seems to float on a curtain of water as musical combos entertain guests into the wee hours. To all sides, an array of elegant shops beckons.

The 995-square-meter grand ballroom, with its elegant chandeliers, can host 65 guests for a sit-down banquet or 850 for cocktails; configured theater-style, the capacity is 800. The ballroom also features a large stage area with theatrical lighting. Seven smaller breakout rooms cater to more intimate get-togethers, while the Business Centre offers conference rooms for twelve and small offices for one-on-one meetings. The Centre also offers secretarial services and Internet access.

The health club is state of the art and there are both indoor and outdoor pools. A beauty spa offers the tantalizing prospect of a makeover during a layover.

Dining: The Café Aficionado offers Western and Oriental buffets in a tasteful pastel setting complimented by rotating art exhibits. Dragon Inn serves up Northern Chinese specialties in a luxurious setting while Rouge features Cantonese cuisine. The Airport Yataimura serves a wide range of Japanese dishes, from sushi to okonomiyaki, here billed as “Japanese pizza.” The China Coast Bar and Grill is a canny reproduction of an American sports bar with large-screen broadcasts of live sports events from around the world. The multi-level, “smart casual” rooftop Paramount Restaurant and Lounge serves up breathtaking views of takeoffs and landings along with trendy European cuisine.

Service: All staff members, including the household staff, speak fluent English and are unfailingly friendly yet never intrusive. Guests on the Regal Club Floors (11 and 12) receive private check-in, free laundry service, and complimentary breakfast, cocktails and refreshments served in a private lounge. All guests can take advantage of four-hour laundry service. A medical clinic is staffed by a doctor and nurse from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Strongest Selling Point: There are three: location, location, and location. For short layovers, it is the only logical choice. Corporations looking for a quick, convenient meeting place will also find the Regal Airport alluring.
Rates & Packages: Room rates range from $300 single and $320 double to $1,100 for a Regal Club Suite. Cabana rooms, which offer a semi-private terrace are $340 single and $365 double. The Presidential Suite is $3,600. A “Super Value Package” for $192 single or $221 double includes a room upgrade, buffet breakfast, a return ticket to Hong Kong on the airport express train, a free fax home, and 30 minutes in-room Internet access. [Note: this package expires June 30, 1999.]

The Basics:

Regal Airport Hotel, Hong Kong
Address: 9 Cheong Tat Road, Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong
Opened: January 1999
Number of rooms: 1,100
Commission: 10 percent
Web site: www.regal-hotels.com
Res code: RQ
Phone: 800-222-8888

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