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For our one night in Dushanbe we stayed at the Hyatt Regency, which is a Category 2 World of Hyatt property. There was Points + Cash availability, so the stay cost me 4,000 points plus $46, while the cash rate would have been $150. That seemed like a decent deal to me.
The lobby was in a “V” shape, and was modern and spacious. While there was security to drive up to the hotel, unlike the Hyatt Regency Tashkent, there were no metal detectors upon entering the hotel.
Reception was located inside the lobby and to the right. The associate who checked me in was friendly, and thanked me for being a Globalist member. She explained I had been upgraded to a suite, and would receive complimentary breakfast in the restaurant, as well as access to the club lounge. She also asked if I needed the 4PM late check-out. The front office manager also came by to say hello and welcome us.
The elevators were located just to the right of reception, and I took the elevator up to the 10th floor, where my room was located.
My room, #1022, was just near the elevator, so I didn’t even have to walk down the hallway (Matthew’s room was at the end of the hallway).
The suite had hardwood floors, and was beautifully appointed. There was a long entryway with an entrance to the bathroom to the left, and a mirror to the right.
Then there was a large living room.
In the front part of the living room was a rectangular dining table with four chairs.
Further into the living room was a couch and two chairs, as well as a wall-mounted TV.
The kettle, bottled water, and empty mini-fridge, were to the right of the TV.
There was a very nice welcome amenity waiting on the dining table, including a fresh fruit plate, two bottles of Pellegrino sparkling water, a bottle of white wine, and three huge jars of cookies, which seemed like a bit of an overkill for a one night stay.
There was also a welcome letter explaining the Regency Club privileges I’d receive.
Then there was a sliding door separating the living room from the bedroom. The bedroom had a king size bed, a desk with a rolling chair, and a lounge chair with ottoman near the entrance to the room.
The bathroom had an unusual design, as it was one big bathroom, but sort of felt like two. Near the entrance to the room itself were the toilet and bidet, as well as a sink. The doors to that bathroom could be closed, both to the living room, and to the rest of the bathroom.
The other part of the bathroom had double sinks, as well as a shower “compound,” with a bathtub and walk-in shower.
Toiletries were from Portico.
My room had unobstructed views of the city. I loved how many trees there were all around the city, as you can see based on the below picture.
The in-room wifi was slow but not unusable, so it did the trick for my quick stay, but would be annoying on a longer stay.
The hotel’s Regency Club is located on the 11th floor, and is open daily from 7AM until 11PM (though breakfast isn’t served in the club, but rather in the restaurant). It’s a nice space, consisting of both dining tables and couches.
There was a coffee machine, though I found the coffee to be disgusting. On top of that there were soft drinks available all day.
Throughout the day there was fruit and cookies, though I think I had enough cookies in my room.
The evening drink and snack reception was from 6PM until 8PM, and was so much better than the selection in Tashkent. While I wouldn’t say the selection was a dinner substitute (there was nothing hot), I thought the quality of everything was very good.
There was also a selection of self serve liquor and wine.
We were in the Regency Club working during the reception hours, and there was a friendly attendant working there. However, I felt a bit bad, as there were no other guests. I hope they at least let the staff eat the food.
In the morning we had breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant, Focaccia Grill, located on the lobby level. The hotel serves breakfast from 6AM until 10:30AM. The restaurant is a nice space, and the servers were friendly and eager to please.
However, the breakfast buffet wasn’t nearly as good as the one at the Hyatt Regency Tashkent. It was fine, just not as great by comparison. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
On the plus side, the cappuccino was great.
So was the veggie omelet I had.
And the crepe wasn’t bad either. 😉
In terms of the hotel’s other features, the spa is located on the first floor. In Tashkent I was shocked by the crazy spa prices, while this hotel was the opposite. The only reason I knew the prices were low is because there was an ad in the elevator for the spa, so we decided to check it out. I ended up getting an hour-long massage, which cost a reasonable ~$30 (and that included a 2.5% service charge, which gives you a sense of wages in Tajikistan). I know you can get cheaper massages outside hotels, but for an international chain hotel, it doesn’t get much cheaper than that.
While the therapist was friendly, the massage wasn’t great, unfortunately.
The hotel also has a nice indoor lap pool, as well as a gym overlooking the pool.
A few more quick notes about the hotel.
First of all, the crowd at the Hyatt in Dushanbe was so different than the crowd at the Hyatt in Tashkent. The Hyatt Tashkent felt empty, and the only other guests seemed to be a large Chinese tour group. Meanwhile at the Hyatt Dushanbe, almost everyone in the hotel seemed to be a business traveler in a suit. At breakfast we sat next to some American businesspeople, so it was interesting to overhear their conversation.
The hotel has a great location within Dushanbe. In fairness, it’s not that big of a city, and traffic isn’t crazy, so I’m not sure it matters all that much what part of town you’re in. But we were walking distance to the Teahouse, Flagpole, all kinds of parks, and even downtown.
As far as Dushanbe itself goes, I wish we had more time there, but based on the few hours we spent exploring the city, it was a beautiful and clean city. It felt a bit soulless and boring, but that’s probably more a function of us only being there for a short period, rather than a reflection of the city as such. But my biggest takeaways were that it’s clean, safe, and has a lot of monuments (which is largely how I felt about Tashkent as well).
Hyatt Regency Dushanbe
Hyatt Regency Dushanbe bottom line
I enjoyed our brief stay at the Hyatt Regency Dushanbe. The hotel has beautiful rooms, their Globalist treatment is excellent, they have a nice Regency Club, the staff were friendly, etc. Overall I think I preferred the decor and breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Tashkent, while I preferred the Regency Club at the Hyatt Regency Dushanbe.
If you’re a Hyatt loyalist and visiting Dushanbe, I’d highly recommend this place.