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ENDING ON A HIGH-AT THE HYATT REGENCY DELHI

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ENDING ON A HIGH-AT THE HYATT REGENCY DELHI

Sean Loughran

After three fantastic months in the North of India, I ended my trip on a high-at the Hyatt. Seven hours after leaving the town of Rishikesh, my car pulled up in front of one of Delhi’s most luxurious award winning five star hotels, The Hyatt Regency.
I was welcomed with open arms and suddenly felt at home in the large property. The ultra-modern 507 room hotel is situated in the heart of India’s capital and boasts an impressive array of restaurants, a fitness suite with a personal trainer on hand, a swimming pool and a full service spa.

Upon arrival to the check in desk, I was greeted by not one but three eager members of staff who rushed my paperwork and escorted me to my suite on the sixth floor. Those lucky enough to room on the sixth and seventh floor of the property have access to the luxurious executive Regency Club Lounge where a five star breakfast is served in the morning & snacks are served throughout the afternoon if you fancy a mid-day nibble.

After a quick arranging of my luggage, I scrubbed up, changed for dinner and made my way down to the hotel’s multi-cuisine buffet style ‘Cafe’ restaurant. Again, I was blown away by the attention paid to me by the waiting staff on duty. The food at Cafe is authentic and the decor contemporary. The restaurant is open 24 hours a day and offers fresh and original concepts, with dishes cooked a la minute by chefs in each of the five interactive kitchens. To begin, I helped myself to a plate of fresh prawns accompanied by the Moroccan cous cous salad then plate by plate, I sampled dishes from the Italian and Indian kitchens and of course I couldn’t leave without a trip to the dessert display - I had Mississippi mud pie with ice cream if you’re wondering!

Satisfied with my extremely delicious meal, I elevated back up to the hotel’s sixth floor and retired to my comfy king size bed for the evening.

Breakfast the next morning at Cafe was something I was looking forward to, in fact I barely slept with excitement. Everyone who knows me knows I’m a foodie and my favourite meals of the day are breakfast and brunch and the Hyatt Regency knows how to put on a good spread. I’ve brunched in many restaurants around the globe and now the Hyatt ranks as one of the top in my opinion.

With chefs whipping up fresh American, English and Indian breakfast items on request and an abundance of pastries, yogurts and fruits available, I was ready to get stuck in. One hour later and on a complete sugar high, I almost found myself leaving without trying the famous croissant pudding.. But don’t worry, I was lucky enough to get the last piece and thinking about it now brings back happy memories!

After a quick dash around the hotel, it was back up to my suite to freshen up and prepare for an important conference call. I settled into the desk in my living area and got to work. The hotel offers complimentary high speed wifi and even sent an IT technician to my room immediately when I was experiencing connectivity issues - sorted in a heartbeat though!

Later that afternoon, I skipped down the hall to the much recommended Regency Club Lounge, the incredibly modern business man’s dream office as I call it. The scent of freshly brewed coffee & homemade pastries filled the open air room. Modern furnishing and fixtures lined the walls and the pleasant staff once again made me feel welcome. I made myself comfortable with an Italian coffee and gazed out the window to the pool area where dozens of event coordinators were setting up for a wedding.

The hotel prides itself on being one of the leading venues in Delhi for events and functions and have recently unveiled their latest innovative creation, The Oval Room at The Mansion. “The new space is based on the core concept of open show kitchens and it is more than just another venue. It is based on our core strengths: excellence in service coupled with successful food and beverage concepts”, said Mr Aseem Kapoor (GM, Hyatt Regency Delhi).

Designed by HBA Dubai with consultation from designer Michelle Evans and a team of renowned architects from Bauer Latoza in Chicago, The Mansion’s Oval room can accommodate up to one thousand guests and can be used for corporate events or social gatherings. The venue is flushed with natural light, high ceilings, minimal decor and a courtyard adding ample fresh air.

Exciting news for the Hyatt Regency Delhi as The Living Rooms at The Mansion are due to be unveiled soon, these will be personalised private spaces on level two.

It seemed like no time at all that I found myself back at the room prepping for my meeting with hotel PR manager, Arpana. We met in the lobby and she offered me a full walking tour of the hotel, The Mansion and the on site restaurants. We stopped off at luxurious pastry haven, Sidewalk, for a few treats along the way. Dessert before dinner always seems like a great idea, right?

That evening, Arpana kindly arranged for me to visit India’s leading Chinese fusion restaurant, China Kitchen. Somnath Dey (EAM Food & Beverages at Hyatt Regency Delhi) describes the extended range of food and beverage as “some of the most imaginative out there”. The China Kitchen provides the perfect introduction to authentic Chinese cuisine accompanied by an excellent selection of wines and Chinese beverages, no wonder it has been rated as the best by renowned food critic, Vir Sanghvis.

Let’s talk about the food! To start, upon suggestion from my waiter, was the fried garlic and salted prawns. The first bite created a dancing of sensations in my mouth, I was in food heaven. Next up was the Sichuan Style Chicken which was chicken accompanied by a dried chilli, peanut and sweet vinegar sauce served with vegetable udon noodles. For dessert, my favourite course of the evening, was a mouth watering selection of ice creams; vanilla, mango and coconut - the perfect palette cleanser.

To say I was satisfied with my meal and the service at The China Kitchen would be an understatement. The ambience was unforgettable and I would recommend to anyone staying at the Hyatt Regency Delhi - this restaurant is a must!

I was treated like royalty throughout my visit to the Hyatt Regency and it will be my first choice location on my next visit to the capital. I’d like to thank Arpana and all the staff who made my trip so memorable and made me feel welcome from the moment I arrived until the final check out.

Hyatt Regency Delhi

Bhikaiji Cama Place, Ring Road, New Delhi 110066

+91 11 2679 1234

www.delhi.regency.hyatt.com