What are the Best Park Hyatt Hotels in the World? I get this question, along with the Best Four Seasons Hotels in the World and Best Aman Resorts in the World, at least once a month. As always, it's a subjective question, and I also haven't managed to personally visit all the Park Hyatts in the world. But of those I've visited and sent clients to, several stand out in the combination of their service level, hotel and room amenities.
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There are of course more luxurious resorts in the Maldives, such as Cheval Blanc Randheli, Joali and Velaa, but the Park Hyatt Maldives is still a special place, if more low key. It's quite far south in the Maldives, so it takes an additional domestic flight + speedboat trip to get there, but it does have one of the better house reefs in the Maldives and the setting and snorkeling is unlike any other Park Hyatt hotel in the world.
2. Park Hyatt Vienna
I recently stayed at the Park Hyatt Vienna for the first time, and was impressed by the gorgeous building, formerly the headquarters of the Austrian Hungarian Monarchy Bank, located right on Am Hof Square. The two year restoration and renovation paid off, as our room and bathroom were gorgeous, and The Bank Brasserie, where the sumptuous breakfast buffet is served, is magnificent. The indoor swimming pool is somewhat modest in size, but it's still a treat to have one in this city center hotel in a UNESCO World Heritage listed area.
The Ararat Park Hyatt opened in 2002 but was renovated in 2012-2014, and even the Deluxe Room we stayed in this year, in 2019, still looked fresh. What's especially good about the Park Hyatt Moscow and its other top tier competitors such as the Four Seasons Moscow and Ritz-Carlton Moscow is the level of service, which is excellent, and as good or better than at most luxury hotels in the U.S. and Europe.
I also had occasion to try out the Spa, and my 30 minute back and neck massage was among the best massages I've ever had. There's a well-equipped fitness center, a modest-sized pool with great natural light from skylights, sauna, and hammam.
One of my favorite aspects of the hotel is the rooftop terrace, with its panoramic views over the city, including Red Square.
Sydney is unfortunately not a great city for luxury hotels, which explains the significant price premium for the Park Hyatt Sydney: it's currently the best luxury hotel in the city (although perhaps the Fullerton Sydney, when it opens in October 2019, will give it a run for its money). If a view is important, definitely spring for an Opera Deluxe Room.
While the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome isn't my favorite Paris hotel, that's simply because Paris is one of the top luxury hotel cities in the world and competition is very high. In most other cities it would be the best hotel in the city, thanks to excellent service, 1-Michelin star restaurant Pur' and lovely (if slightly dark) rooms and suites.
NYC is, unlike Paris, not one of the great luxury hotel cities. Some hoteliers will tell you that's because of the strong labor unions, but that's only part of the equation; hotel products are not renewed as often, which also creates higher demand for relatively newer properties such as the Park Hyatt and The Baccarat. The Park Hyatt New York doesn't have the views of Central Park that select rooms and suites at the Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental and the Four Seasons New York have, but rooms and suites are very spacious, with a clean design aesthetic. And the swimming pool gets great natural light from the wall of windows on one side.
7. Park Hyatt Zurich
Zurich's city center has two great hotels, and The Park Hyatt Zurich is one of them (the other is the nearby Baur au Lac). Clients have already enjoyed this property for its rooms, suites and service level, and I'll be reviewing it later this year, so stay tuned.
8. Park Hyatt Shanghai
Shanghai is host to a number of luxury hotels, and while it can be hard to obtain Hong Kong-level service standards, not to mention English fluency at Shanghai hotels, the Park Hyatt Shanghai gets high marks from clients for its hard product and many if not all of its service staff.
While my favorite Siem Reap property remains Amansara, the Park Hyatt Siem Reap is excellent for its price point, especially in the higher level suites, some of which have their own private garden or pool.
10. Park Hyatt Washington, DC
We've stayed at The Park Hyatt Washington, DC a couple times, most recently last year, and the hotel staff couldn't have been better, recognizing our son's birthday with balloons, fresh fruit, cupcakes from local bakery Baked & Wired, and even a great book that he still enjoys reading. Later, when my husband wasn't feeling well, concerned staff at the Blue Duck Tavern provided complimentary ginger ale for him. Our suite was very comfortable, and it was an easy walk to the Metro stop when it was time to depart for the airport (DCA).
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