Review: Hyatt Regency Dushanbe, Tajikistan

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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 drive from the airport to the hotel cost 5USD, and took about 15 minutes. The hotel stands out based on the exterior, given that it has a more modern (and boxy) design than just about anything else in the skyline.

Hyatt Regency Dushanbe exterior


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe exterior

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.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe lobby


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe exterior

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.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe elevators

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).


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe hallway


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe room exterior

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.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe suite entryway

Then there was a large living room.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe suite living room


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe suite living room

In the front part of the living room was a rectangular dining table with four chairs.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe suite dining area

Further into the living room was a couch and two chairs, as well as a wall-mounted TV.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe suite living room


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe suite living room

The kettle, bottled water, and empty mini-fridge, were to the right of the TV.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe suite kettle


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe suite fridge

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.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe welcome amenity


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe welcome amenity


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe welcome amenity

There was also a welcome letter explaining the Regency Club privileges I’d receive.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe welcome letter

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.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe suite bedroom


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe suite bedroom


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe suite bedroom desk


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe suite bedroom sitting area

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.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe suite toilet & bidet


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe suite sink

The other part of the bathroom had double sinks, as well as a shower “compound,” with a bathtub and walk-in shower.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe suite bathroom


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe suite bathroom


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe suite shower


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe suite tub

Toiletries were from Portico.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Portico toiletries

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.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe room view

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.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Regency Club


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Regency Club


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Regency Club


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Regency Club

There was a coffee machine, though I found the coffee to be disgusting. On top of that there were soft drinks available all day.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Regency Club coffee machine


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Regency Club drinks

Throughout the day there was fruit and cookies, though I think I had enough cookies in my room.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Regency Club snacks


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Regency Club snacks

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.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Regency Club evening reception


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Regency Club evening reception


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Regency Club evening reception


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Regency Club evening reception

There was also a selection of self serve liquor and wine.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Regency Club evening alcohol selection


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Regency Club evening alcohol selection

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.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe restaurant


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe restaurant


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe restaurant

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.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe breakfast buffet


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe breakfast buffet


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe breakfast buffet


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe breakfast buffet


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe breakfast buffet


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe breakfast buffet


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe breakfast buffet


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe breakfast buffet

On the plus side, the cappuccino was great.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe breakfast cappuccino

So was the veggie omelet I had.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe breakfast omelet

And the crepe wasn’t bad either. 😉


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe breakfast crepe

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.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe spa reception

The hotel also has a nice indoor lap pool, as well as a gym overlooking the pool.


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe pool


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe pool


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe pool area


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe gym


Hyatt Regency Dushanbe gym

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

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.

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Comments

  1. This has to be one of the better Hyatt Regency properties. But what a God forsaken place for a Hyatt Regency. Detroit doesn’t have a Hyatt, but this town that most Americans have never heard of has one of the better Hyatt hotels that I have seen in a long, long time.

  2. Stayed here a couple of years ago and fully agree it’s a great hotel, and for the market it’s way better than anyone would ever expect – probably better than 99% of Hyatts in the U.S. I still remember being almost shocked by how good the breakfast was.

    BTW the last two pictures (of the city) shouldn’t be captioned “Hyatt Regency Dushanbe.”

  3. I rarely get a welcome note anymore (as a “globalist” the hard way), let alone fresh fruit and cookies!

  4. FNT Delta Diamond
    “This town that most American never heard of” – I don’t know that this should be part of the Hyatt criteria.
    Maybe a reason for more Americans to get to know of somewhere different.
    And the hotel looks great

  5. I was there 2 years ago traveling. The hotel is in a great location. Upgraded to a corner room overlooking the Tea House. Great food, they have/had an all you can eat Rack of Lamb buffet for $16 USD. Great Staff, when I arrived on my return stay, I was greeted with a short version of Happy Birthday and a small cake, a nice touch.

  6. I went last year and probably will go back again shortly for work. Enjoyed the rooms, view, and most importantly the incredible service. The cappuccino at breakfast was indeed a highlight and my server would swirl a design in most mornings. What a treat! The city itself is not safe, and has rampant police corruption so do NOT walk around alone or in small groups as I and others have been accosted by police asking for a “special tip” for the made up holiday or other excuse. My business partner has been all over the country and it is arid and so unbelievably poor because leadership spends all the money on this making this city green and ornate, including piping in water for all the plants that are grown there. It is difficult to see such poverty juxtaposed against such lavish waste.

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