Review: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Club Harbour View Room

Review: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Club Harbour View Room

 

This Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Club Room Review is part of a trip report including Singapore Suites, Emirates First Class, Cathay Pacific First Class, Asiana First Class and luxury resorts and dining in Southeast Asia. For the previous posts, please see:

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Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Location, Lobby and Check-In

The Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is located on Hong Kong island, at 1 Harbour Road (which gives its name to the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong's Cantonese restaurant, One Harbour Road). I took the Airport Express to Hong Kong station, and from there you can take a taxi or transfer to the MTR and go to Wan Chai.

I initially didn't realize that the hotel was about a 7 minute walk from Wan Chai MTR station, and took the complimentary bus offered by the Airport Express to various hotels, but due to traffic it took awhile. If traveling lightly, I highly recommend taking the MTR instead and walking from the Wan Chai station.

Here's the side entrance I used, just to the left of the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre:

Review: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Entrance Near Hong Kong Convention Centre

 

The Lobby is large, presumably to accommodate the many convention groups that must stay here. It was rather impersonal, but live piano music did add an elegant touch in the afternoons.

Review: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Lobby and Reception

 

I was courteously greeted and, when the associate saw that my booking was for the Club Level, escorted up to the Grand Club on the 30th Floor to complete my check-in.

 

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Club Harbour View King Room

My room was on the 31st Floor, at the end of the hallway, so with a Hong Kong island and harbor view. Here's the view during the day:

Review: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Club Harbour View Room View

 

The room itself was a good size for Hong Kong, at just over 400 square feet (38 square meters), although not as spacious as our Deluxe Harbour View Room when we stayed at the Four Seasons Hong Kong.

 

The King Bed was quite comfortable, almost but not quite as plush as the Four Seasons Hong Kong pillowtop mattress. The work desk was a sufficient size for my needs, and I appreciated that a plug adapter was already in a little box on the desk, since I hadn't brought an adapter for Hong Kong.

Review: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Club Harbour View Room

 

The bathroom would be perfect if you're a Russian oligarch, given its use of black marble and gaudy gold colored faucets. Not really my style, but everything worked well, from the perspective of hot water and water pressure. 

Review: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Club Room Bathroom Sink

 

Review: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Club Harbour View Bathroom Bathtub

 

Bathroom amenities were June Jacobs, which are now standard for Grand Hyatt (experienced a mixture of these and the awful smelling Portico amenities at the Grand Hyatt Seattle last year). I still prefer L'Occitane and better branded amenities, however, so I was glad to have my own.

Review: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Club Harbour View Room June Jacobs Bath Amenities

 

I did like the thoughtfully provided box of additional amenities, such as toothbrush and toothpaste, q-tips, and even unexpected additions such as nail clippers and a hair band:

Review: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Club Harbour View Room Bathroom Amenities

 

There was a hot water kettle and a tea pot and cups, for tea:

Review: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Club Harbour View Room Tea Pot and Cups

 

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Heated Outdoor Pool, Fitness Center, Kids' Playground, Tennis Courts

While I didn't have time to use them, the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong offers a variety of ways to work out. Here's the indoor fitness center:

Review: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Fitness Center

 

The heated outdoor swimming pool was popular with some morning lap swimmers:

Review: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Outdoor Heated Pool

 

And if you enjoy the smell of roasting pork while swimming, you're in luck–there was a whole pig being roasted outside by the pool when I did my walk through:

Review: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Club Harbour View Room - Pig Roasting on Spit

 

There were also a couple of outdoor tennis courts and a driving range:

Review: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Tennis Courts

 

Review: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong-Driving Range

 

While the munchkin wasn't with me, he would have been very happy to play at the kids' playground:

Review: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Kids' Playground

 

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Club Lounge and Food

I'll be covering the Grand Club Lounge at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong and its food offerings in a separate post. They were better than I expected, given the usually lackluster offerings of Hyatt Grand Clubs in the U.S., but not as extensive or as high quality as the Four Seasons Hong Kong Executive Club Lounge.

 

The Verdict

The Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is currently undergoing renovation, and I found the noise quite intrusive on the Friday afternoon I was there, although not detectable on Saturday. Until renovation is complete, I would recommend only staying at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong on weekends, or if you'll be out the entire day.

My Club Harbour View King Room was comfortable, including the bed, but the bathroom was rather dated in its style. That's hardly surprising, since the Executive Club Level room renovations won't even begin until after Phase 1 renovations of floors 12-26 is complete, by the end of 2014.

My clear first choice for a Hong Kong luxury hotel remains the Four Seasons Hong Kong, including its fantastic Executive Club Lounge, but after renovations are complete, I would consider the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Club level for a family stay, simply because the playground and tennis courts are nice additional amenities when traveling with kids (and indeed, I saw several families making use of them during my stay).

Disclosure: I paid for my own stay at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, using Hyatt Check Certificates bought at an effective 16.5% discount, via a now expired Hyatt Check discount offer, SPG AMEX Business card 5% statement credit and SPG points (see Hyatt Discount on Hyatt Gift Cards and Check Certificates).

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