There are some strange reasons that hotels might either have a delayed opening, or might be closed temporarily. For example, the St. Regis Cairo may never open because it’s owned by a Qatari company. Meanwhile in Abu Dhabi, the Grand Hyatt mysteriously closed for a few months, and then reopened.
Well, here’s another interesting situation. The Hyatt Regency Kathmandu has ceased operations temporarily while they work on a labor dispute with employees. Per a message posted on the hotel’s website:
At Hyatt, it is one of our top priorities to deliver outstanding experiences and service at all our hotels worldwide. At this time, Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is currently working through union negotiations until a fair and collective agreement is reached. Until then, the hotel will temporarily cease operations and not accept any bookings. The hotel is contacting hotel guests and groups with existing bookings to ensure they are aware of the situation and relocated to other comparable hotels. We hope the hotel will be able to resolve this issue promptly and continue to deliver the service for which Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is known.
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
Sure enough, when you look up availability at the hotel you’ll see that the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu isn’t accepting reservations for the next two weeks, through June 29, 2019.
If you have a stay coming up at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu in the next couple of weeks, this situation is most definitely worth being aware of. The message on the hotel’s site suggests they’ll reach out to guests, though who knows if that’s really happening, given the dispute.
While labor issues are common in the hotel industry, usually this results in strikes or hotels offering limited service. So for a hotel to shut down completely due to labor negotiations is quite extreme.
The Hyatt Regency has long been popular with World of Hyatt members, given that it’s a Category 1 property, so a free night here costs just 5,000 points per night. Furthermore, it’s generally considered to be the best hotel in the city.
Is anyone impacted by this Hyatt Regency Kathmandu closure? Anyone have a better sense of what exactly the dispute is, given that it’s resulting in a full shut down?