Location: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
It already feels like a lifetime ago, but it was only three weeks ago that I returned from Uzbekistan, and just over four weeks ago that we packed up our things and headed off to Central Asia for what we knew would be a memorable trip. A country that was completely new and foreign to us, and that lack of understanding on our part did make the planning of it all quite daunting. Given the flight schedule, and the fact that we were able to fly direct to Uzbekistan from London Heathrow, it was only natural that we would start, and end, our trip in the capital Tashkent. That much we knew – but visiting Uzbekistan means adventure, exploration and travel. Cities such as Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand were also key locations to visit on our trip and that meant more planes, trains and car rides across the country.
As capital of the country, Tashkent is naturally the most metropolitan out of the cities. The removal of visa restrictions means that the country is now receiving a huge influx of tourists from across the world and the city is becoming more and more savvy as to how to cater to those that are looking for that luxury stay. When we did our research on where we would be able to get the most comfort at both the start and end of our trip, there was only one option that popped up again and again. The Hyatt Regency Tashkent. So what makes this place so special and why is it the perfect hotel to start and end your Uzbek adventure? Let’s kick off!
Before talking about the hotel itself and its wonderful staff, I want to spend a little time talking about the World of Hyatt and the hotels that fall within the brand. Overall, there are 18 different brands within the Hyatt portfolio, each focusing on a specific type of consumer – meaning there is something for everyone. At the uber luxurious end of the spectrum, we find Park Hyatt. With only around 50 properties globally, and all of them being located within the world’s busy cities. If you’re looking for a lifestyle brand that incorporates the local culture and style into the property, than the Hyatt offers Andaz – perfect for anyone looking for that authentic local feel.
The Hyatt Regency falls within the upper end of the spectrum, catering to both business and leisure travellers alike. With around 200 properties worldwide, this brand is focused on providing a premium service to those young at heart vibrant guests who are either looking for a central location, to attend conventions or a hotel that is close to airports.
Located about 20 minutes from Tashkent International Airport, the hotel is situated right in the middle of town, with a lot of the main attractions within walking distance. We walked in and immediately felt at home. Greeted by name by multilingual staff, it was almost like walking in to a family home where you are familiar with everyone present. The lobby has been luxuriously decorated, with no expense spared.
We were led up to our room on the 3rd floor, to a beautiful suite that is larger than some London apartments. For those looking for the epitome of luxury, check out The Presidential Suite. I was lucky enough to be given a tour and I can truly say, with hand on heart, that it was absolutely exquisite. Located on the 6th floor, with marble decor and beautiful wooden flooring, I think this might be somewhere that I use for inspiration when I come to decorating my own dream home. We were led into the double door entrance, and started on the left hand side. We walked into an open-planned tv area and office desk, with sliding doors that open onto an eight seater dining table with views of Tashkent. The suite is perfect for those travelling with children or personal security, as it offers a connecting room leading off the dining area. Exiting the TV area and entering the bedroom, we continue with that luxurious marble and wooden feel throughout. Naturally, the room hosts a comfortable double bed, along with an ample-sized wardrobe, leading on to a superb bathroom. I say that for a reason – it’s not everyday that you get to have a shower with it’s own in-built hammam. Bathroom amenities across all 300 rooms in the hotel are L’Occitane.
As with any five star hotel, guests have access to a 24 hour gym as well as a spa complete with sauna and hammam. The hotel spa is so dreamy – perfect after almost two weeks of extensive travel.
Last but not least, the hotel is proud of its two in-house restaurants – Khiva and Sette. Khiva for those looking for authentic traditional Uzbek cuisine and Sette, an Italian restaurant for those wanting something new. Remember that Italy is pretty far away from Central Asia, and a lot of local business travellers want diversity: to be able to eat food that’s different to what they are used to. It’s probably worth pointing out that I have a number of food groups that I can’t eat, and both restaurants went out of their way to cater to my requirements. I enjoyed both so much that I’ll actually be writing a separate article on the cuisine on offer at the Hyatt Regency Tashkent, therefore I’ll leave it at that for now.
We know how we like to travel, and what we expect from the hotels we like to stay in. It became clear to us early on that they understood exactly what we were looking for: luxury, comfort, familiarity and pampering and I can honestly say they delivered on all fronts. Staff were so friendly and accomodating that it made such a difference to the start and end of our Uzbekistan journey.
Have you ever been to Uzbekistan? I would love to hear more about your travel tales!
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