Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Review | Well-Designed Luxury
Being consistently ranked one of the best luxury hotel chains in the world, year upon year, is no easy feat, but the Hyatt brand has managed to do it. Their Grand Hyatt line especially has an illustrious history of exceptional service and facilities. Found in major cities around the world, the large-scale hotels are destinations in themselves. A recent trip to Hong Kong found us staying in the newly renovated, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, where we found out why exactly the Hyatt name is so universally revered.
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
The Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is the chain’s flagship property in Asia. Since opening in 1989, it’s guest book boasts the names of numerous international Heads of State, dignitaries, and celebrities. It’s true, we ran into an ex-prime minister of Australia during our stay there and had a nice chat with him about the state of affairs. The hotel houses over 500 rooms and suites, 10 different eateries and bars, and over 20 event spaces of varying sizes. Safe to say, then, that the hotel is grand in more than just name. What struck us when we first entered was how huge and cavernous the lobby was. This is generally a pretty rare occurrence in Hong Kong as space is so precious. The lobby was truly awe-inspiring; three-storey high marble columns were dotted throughout, while the exaggerated greenery and florals added to the elegance. Polished floors that reflected the ambient lighting gave the area a sophisticated atmosphere, and of course, the grand staircases that lead up to the mezzanine completed the overall, very dignified look. The lobby’s design was crafted very deliberately to emulate the luxury of cruise-liner travel in the early 20th century.
Throughout our stay at the Grand Hyatt, service was always highly attentive and as you would expect from a five-star hotel. We didn’t touch our luggage once at either arrival or departure. Facilities include a heated swimming pool and a big gym with new equipment, both of which we were happy to take advantage of during our time there.
Their Grand Cafe actually had one of the best breakfast buffets we’ve experienced. All the usual fare was there, including crispy bacon, juicy sausages, and delectable eggs, plus they even had congee, noodles, soup, and dim sum available too. There was no shortage of fresh fruit and pastries either. One of the most impressive parts about their breakfast selection was the fresh honey. As in, there was a honeycomb board that would drip honey into a bowl for you. That’s how fresh it was.
Found on Hong Kong Island, the Grand Hyatt is right on the water, facing out towards the stunning sights of Victoria Harbour. The stellar location is at a walkable distance from the shopping districts or only a short taxi ride away.
We Australians are always excited to see other Aussies leaving a positive mark internationally. That’s why we were proud as punch when we learned that Melbourne-based design firm, BAR Studio, led the renovation of guest floors at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong last year. This is the third such collaboration between the Hyatt chain and BAR Studio; the firm is also responsible for designing some of the spaces within Sydney’s Park Hyatt and Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt.
BAR Studio’s vision for the Hong Kong arm of the hotel was to meld the city’s Eastern and Western influences, as well as to retain the brand’s heritage but make it accessible for a new generation of guests. They executed their ideas really well and created spaces that look and feel high-end but also light-filled, open and welcoming at the same time. BAR Studio re-built the rooms and suites, making the best use of the space and ensuring that the spectacular views were the focal point of each room. We found this to really enhance the experience of staying at the hotel.
During our stay at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, we stayed in the Victoria Harbour Suite. The generously sized suite featured five separate areas; the entry, lounge room, bathroom, bedroom, and dining room. Yep, it had it’s own dining room with a table that could seat 6 people. As if this wasn’t enough, the suite also boasts a guest toilet, extra closet, and a small walk-in wardrobe. This actually makes it pretty ideal if you’re travelling for business; meetings could easily be held in the dining space with no need for guests to go through your bedroom to use the bathroom.
The bedroom’s size alone was almost the size of most standard hotel rooms in their entirety in Hong Kong. The huge window that lined most of the wall of the bedroom made it seem even bigger again. We left the blinds open in the evening so we could doze off with the dazzling view of the harbour lights in sight. There was no better way to wake in the morning than with the sun rising around us and it’s light reflecting off the buildings across the water in Tsim Sha Tsui. It was times like these when we truly appreciated BAR Studio’s design intricacy.
Like nearly everything else in the suite, our bathroom – and everything in it – was also quite big. The oversized shower was a luxury, while the tub was a dream to bathe and relax in. Even the shampoo and conditioner bottles were larger than the usual pint-sized hotel amenities.
The Victoria Harbour Suite’s lounge room was one of my favourite spots to relax in. BAR Studio did a great job in balancing the vibe of the space; it felt homely but we definitely weren’t forgetting that we were in a luxury hotel. Sweeping views of Victoria Harbour could be seen from the windows of the lounge space, while the 46-inch TV and complimentary movies made for a nice way to wind down at night.
Something we always take note of in hotel rooms is the quantity and placement of power sockets. At the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, we found there to be a pretty decent amount around and they were situated at the right level i.e. above desks. Unfortunately, they weren’t universal sockets, which could come down to aesthetic reasons, however, the hotel did provide in-room adaptors.
A couple of nice additions to the suite that made it further stand out from other hotels was that it had a lot of fashion and design books on display. These were interesting to flick through while relaxing on the lounge. The Grand Hyatt also provided a free mobile phone for guests to take as they head out to explore the city. The phone featured unlimited data, which made navigating the streets and finding places way easier, plus it came pre-loaded city guides.
The hotel’s exclusive lounge, the Grand Club, is located on levels 30 and 31 of the building. We received complimentary access as we stayed in a suite, however, it requires a separate members fee to enter if you’re staying in a room. BAR Studio are also responsible for the design of the Grand Club, which proves to be as tastefully designed and decorated as the other spaces in the hotel.
The Grand Club seeks to be a multi-purpose space for guests to work, relax, eat, and indulge. Breakfast, lunch, and tea are all served in the space while refreshments, including wine, champagne, coffee, fresh fruit, and canapés, are available all throughout the day too. The breakfast selection is smaller at the Grand Club than it is in the Grand Cafe downstairs, however, the view from the 30th floor more than makes up for that.
The Wrap-Up – Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Review
A couple of nights in the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong and it’s not hard to see why the hotel chain receives such high accolades year after year. Everything from the service to facilities, the suite to the interior design was impeccable and hard to fault. It’s a great place to stay whether you’re in the city for business or pleasure.