The Hyatt Regency Wichita, Kansas
June 26, 2010, 12:15 am
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The Hyatt Regency Wichita was undergoing some major refurbishments when I checked in last week.  In the pipeline are a new lobby, reception, and check-in desks.  The general manager predicted “some dust with a chance of noise.”  Meanwhile, what was once the conference reception now does double duty as guest check-in.  Other signs of major work are elevators that are stripped bare to their metal wall panels, with holes peering into the lift shafts for ventilation.

Still, my room, offering views of the Arkansas River and the Lawrence Dumont Stadium, was clean and comfortable, and the Hyatt bed never fails to offer a welcome respite after a 20-plus hour trans-Pacific flight.

The decor is classically American, with clean lines accented by relaxing cream colors.  I especially love the Portico Spa bath amenities at the Hyatt Regency Wichita, which feature the White Ginger collection that offers a warm scent with just a slight undertone of spice.

Despite the major renovations, which are expected to be completed by end-June, the gym (dubbed StayFit@Hyatt in the North American properties without on-site spas), was functioning, and while the range of equipments was not extensive, they was certainly serviceable.  Credit must go to Hyatt for its creditable effort in ensuring that guests can enjoy a robust workout whichever property they choose to stay.