Fodor's Expert Review Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
1 Harbour Rd., Hong Kong, n/a Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China See on Map
Since space is a premium in Hong Kong if you’re lucky enough to have it then you’d better create something special with it, a thought those at the Grand Hyatt clearly share. Akin to stepping onto a golden age ocean liner, the huge, palatial lobby of the hotel is the kind of entrance you won’t forget in a hurry. A luxury business hub hotel within a stone’s throw of the Convention Centre, the Grand Hyatt also moonlights as a resort property on weekends. Ostentatious details are found all over a hotel that is grand in more than name.
Slipping into a room is like coming up for air from public spaces that dominate the senses with all that gold and marble. This makes the elegant, spacious rooms and their muted honey tones and dark wood feel even more tranquil. Views extend over the harbour from many rooms.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Building work on a new bypass and an extension of the MTR means ugly works detract from the location and view from some windows.
Bathrooms are all marble everything with bathtubs and showers fitted into rooms barely separate from the living space.
In Hong Kong the trend seems to be to keep bathrooms open and the Grand Hyatt upholds the look. A screen partition blocks the bathroom from the rest of the room but that might not represent enough privacy for some.
Once inside the mammoth 1920’s style lobby, it will take some time to get your bearings. There are the dual winding staircases that draw the eyes to the mezzanine bar, the huge marble pillars seemingly holding the weight of the hotel and the buzzing proliferation of people moving from place to place.
The Grand Hyatt must surely possess one of the longest hotel pools in Hong Kong. At 50-meters, the outdoor pool is perfect for laps, although you’ll find plenty of guests hanging out and relaxing too.
The hotel is popular with weekend guests who come for the resort-like vibes summed up by the Plateau Spa. Here, you can pamper yourself with plunge pools, steam rooms and a range of treatments.
The marble-clad gym with a wide array of cardio machines looks out onto the hotel’s courtyard gardens.
Guests can choose from a steakhouse, Japanese or Italian restaurants, an exceptional buffet and an outdoor pool-side eatery, not to mention afternoon tea on the mezzanine. Hainanese chicken and dim sum bites come highly recommended in the Grand Café.
Go full Jazz Age glamour with champagne and vintage cocktails at the beautiful Champagne Bar. Alternatively, take it east by the pool at the Waterfall Bar.
Getting into the hotel on foot involves something of a labyrinthine journey through elevated walkways and over roads so the best way to get around from here is either by taxi or via the Wan Chai MTR. The hotel is primarily located for business convenience, away from most of the area’s shops, bars and restaurants, which means staying in can often feel easier than venturing out—so just as well there’s plenty going on.
For a hotel restaurant as far from the Grand Hyatt’s own options as possible, head for The Fleming and its hip ground floor southern Italian restaurant, Osteria Marzia (7-minute walk). Otherwise, just head next door to the neighboring Renaissance Harbour View Hotel and dine in style at Dynasty (3-minute walk) the Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant.
If you want to make a retreat from the extensive bars and restaurants of the hotel for something with a little more atmosphere, make the short walk to Ted’s Lookout (15-minute walk), a trusty Wan Chai neighborhood bar close to hip Star Street. Close by, Pici (15-minute walk) in Francis Yard is a great spot for an intimate drink and a small dish.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Grand Hyatt exists at a slight remove from the rest of Central and Wan Chai, closer to the Convention Centre and the Harbour than the tight streets of the neighborhood, which means the resort-like property offers everything a guest might need to enjoy their stay without having to leave the complex—with the convenience of the Convention Centre next door. We love the range of dining options and the laidback pool scene, as well as the spacious rooms that come with killer views of the Harbour.
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