Sizing up the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
The Grand Hyatt Hong Kong opened in 1989 but still feels thoroughly updated and modern - it's Hyatt International's flagship property, and simply one of the snazziest hotels in Asia. The massive, modern building cuts a striking figure over the Hong Kong waterfront. Decor pays homage to the deco age, with a lobby whose aesthetic recalls the grand ocean liners of the 1930s. About 70 percent of the hotel's rooms overlook the harbor, with the rest facing the pleasant if far-less-dramatic landscaped gardens. Big closets, warm lighting, and incomparably soft and plush beds add to the luxury. It's a great hotel because it's super comfy yet without the formality of some other luxe brands.
- Sleek, art deco-inspired furnishings are lovely.
- There are few hotels in the world with better views - the Grand Hyatt is set apart from other skyscrapers downtown and so has unobstructed harbor views from many rooms (although be sure to request this if it's important).
- The hotel's Plateau Spa is splendid full-service facility that is attached to a lovely health club with a rooftop pool - if you're a die-hard spa addict, you can book one of the special overnight accommodations in the spa itself.
- Service at the Hyatt is first-rate - highly professional and always smiling.
- It's close to the Star Ferry to Kowloon, and a 10-minute walk to the City Centre.
- This is big property, and it's attached to the city's convention center - it's not a very intimate choice.
- The location on the harbor is lovely, but the hotel is slightly set off from the City Center - it's a short walk, but if you want to be right in the center of the action, or near the gay nightlife of Soho, you may want to cab it.
Address, phone, and web: 1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong, 852/2588-1234 or 800-233-1234 in North America); book online here. The hotel is across street from the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, perched on edge of Victoria Harbour, and thus offering fantastic views in one direction toward downtown, and in the other direction toward Kowloon. You can easily walk to Star Ferry, and it's just a 10-minute walk or so to the City Centre business district.
Rates: Rates begin around $450 per night during quieter times, but generally you can expect average rates of about $600 to $700 during the busier times.
Rooms and notable in-amenities: About 500 rooms and 50 suites, many with spectacular views of the harbour, mountains, and city skyline. Amenities include Wi-Fi, interactive satellite TV, minibars, free distilled water and tea/coffeemaking, electronic safes, bathrobes and slippers. Bathrooms are quite stunning - large marble rooms with deep soaking tubs and separate glass showers. Fixtures are done in dramatic gold-plating. The best rooms are the eight on the Grand Club level, which have access to a large two-level lounge (on the 30th and 31st floors) with daily meal services and a separate concierge. Views from the lounge take in Victoria Harbour.
Noteworthy hotel amenities: The Grand Hyatt is almost a little city unto itself. The Hyatt has some of the best amenities in town - a complimentary London-style Taxi service around town, an extensive business center (this is a major destination for corporate types), the fantastic 80,000-square-foot Plateau residential spa (on the 11th floor) with a 50-meter heated outdoor pool, fitness and exercise rooms, 400-metre jogging track, and its own casual outdoor restaurant, plus two tennis courts and two squash courts. The hotel also has several restaurants. One Harbour Road specializes in Cantonese-style Chinese fare, and is quite renowned (although also pricey for what it is). Grissini serves Italian, Kaetsu upscale Japanese.