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Hyatt Regency Kinabalu Hotel, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Innovative Hospitality at Hyatt

With a total of seven food and beverage outlets plus excellent international standard services and facilities, staying at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu Hotel is an experience which no one will regret.

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu is located at the seafront of Kota Kinabalu city and this compact capital of Sabah is also the international gateway to East Malaysia.

Strategically located, the hotel which sits in the hub of a vibrant business, shopping and entertainment city of Kota Kinabalu is only 15 minutes away from the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA).

Immediately after entering the hotel, one could easily notice the 7-storey Atrium Lobby which is adorned with wall lamps and a generous use of local timber in the design.

“It is a unique place to enjoy the innovative hospitality that’s distinctively Hyatt,” said Hyatt Regency Kinabalu sales director Joyce Lau.

The hotel is equipped with seven food and beverage outlets namely Shenanigan’s Fun Pub; Phoenix Court “The Chinese Restaurant”; Tanjung Ria Café Restaurant; Nagisa Japanese Restaurant; The Atrium Lounge; and the Delicatessen Shop.

Elaborating briefly on each outlet, Joyce said since its opening in October 1994, Shenanigan’s Fun Pub has remained yet the best pub in the city being centrally located and easy access at street level. Shenanigan’s, as its name implies, is a real place to have fun.

For first timers, she said entering the pub is just like visiting an Irish pub mainly because the concept of the pub which is in line with other Hyatt Internation Fun Pubs.

Its image is one of a happening place. Shenanigan in Irish means a place to have fun. It is still a mystery to most that the pub’s concept is based on the Irish infamous waterfront hotel that features one of the best settings for those who just want to unwind with friends, business clients or in short, relax.

Build to portray a distinctive image of its own, Joyce said the outlet offers a slew of activities and an unlimited degree of fun for the evening and with subdued lighting and décor, the pub provides an elegant and spacious setting for after-hours drinking and informal meetings.

Styled after an early 1990’s Irish fun pub, Shenanigan features a large central bar complemented by wooden stools and stand up islands fitted with glass trimmings while the décor comes with imported replicas of antique, artifacts, furniture, game sets and nine sets of closed-circuit TV screening satellite programmes.

On the Phoenix Court, the “Chinese Restaurant” offers superb Chinese cuisine with daily Dim Sum which is the only “halal” outlet of its kind in Kota Kinabalu.

The interior is set in Shanghainese ambience of dark wood furniture, marble tables and calligraphy paintings, and also has booths for privacy and four VIP rooms.

Located at the lobby level, the outlet is designed to accommodate 150 persons wishing to have their breakfast, lunch and dinner.

On the other hand, Joyce said the Tanjung Ria Café Restaurant also located at the lobby level, overlooks the seafront and the nearby Gaya Island.

“An a la carte menu of both local favorites and western dishes, including its nationally renowned signature dish, dubbed “Oxtail Assam Padas”, is available daily. This restaurant also offers sumptuous buffers for breakfast, lunch and dinner with its well-known Show Kitchen featuring new and exciting international cuisine daily,” she said adding that children’s menu has been created especially for the young guests.

She said the hotel also provides room service with wide menu offerings available round the clock.

For the convenience of guests wishing to eat Japanese food, the hotel has decided to open its Nagisa Japanese Restaurant.

This is, Joyce said, is a celebration of delicacies, revealing the fine art of Japanese cuisine. Authentic Japanese dishes include Sashimi, Sushi and Teppanyaki are at affordable prices.

Also available daily are Ohiruno Teisyoku set lunches with the Bento box lunch being the signature dish.

She said the main dining area can accommodate up to 120 guests and features a stunning view of the South China Sea. She said a unique open kitchen concept allows diners to witness the exciting way in which their meals are prepared and not to mention the Sushi bar, two Teppanyaki counters and one Tatami room.

Furthermore, she said traditional Japanese paraphernalia imported from Japan adorns and abounds throughout the restaurant. To complete the ultimate experience in fine authentic Japanese dining, all cutleries used in Nagisa Japanese Restaurant are imported from Japan.

The outlet is also located at the lobby level and is open from 10am to 12 noon on Sundays to Thursdays and 10am to 1am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Touching on the Delicatessen Shop, Joyce said for patrons with a sweet tooth, the Delicatessen features a gastronomy blend of rolls, pastries to cakes, breads and pies.

“French pastries, American brownies, Danishes, Malay cakes, Indian curry puffs, Italian pizzas and English pies are some of the delicious items offered for take away.

Also located at the lobby level of the hotel, she said the outlet is open daily from 11am to 10pm.

Replying to a question, Joyce said all the 288 guestrooms including one presidential suite, 11 executive suites and two junior suites are elegant.

“We also have our Regency Club which offers 60 superb guestrooms with personalised service and amenities, the cozy Regency Club Lounge which also offers the best view of the sunsets…You can enjoy complimentary breakfast, evening cocktails and personal butler service,” she stressed.

For the business travelers, she said the business centre provides an efficient service that handles your personal secretarial needs, a full range of office equipment and a well-stock business library.

When it comes to private functions, Joyce said the hotel has a choice of function rooms equipped with up-to-date facilities to cater to various types of functions, from private meetings to large-scale seminars, conventions and banquets.

“We have the experience in organising business and social events. We offer creative theme parties that range from a setting of the Wild West to Galactical fantasies,” she added.

She also said that guests could readily make use of the outdoor pool, fitness centre and other facilities during their stay in the hotel.

Joyce said outdoor activities are abundance, golfing, island hopping tours, scuba-diving, snorkeling, and adventurous outings to the majestic Mount Kinabalu and Kinabalu National Park.

“You can even visit the Orang Utan Sancturary or go trekking in the rainforests…Everything is either at your doorstep or within easy reach,” she added.

Other additional facilities are international direct dial system, non-smoking floors, photo service, same-day laundry and dry cleaning services, safe deposit box in all rooms, voice mail, transportation desk for limousine and car rental, tour desk and unisex hairdressing salon.

Source: New Sabah Times

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