I Love Hotels ❤ Grand Hyatt Melbourne
On the “Paris end” (Eastern end) of Collins Street in central Melbourne, the Grand Hyatt proudly stands with high-end fashion houses like Louis Vuitton, Gucci and EmporioArmani.
The 546 room art deco-inspired Grand Hyatt was developed by Max Moar of Lustig & Moar to world class 5-Star standards back in 1985, who later also built the Park Hyatt just before the turn of the century.
In 2007 this property underwent a $40 million refurbishment to its lower and upper lobbies, restaurants, retail and events areas. Moving away from the 80s glam to a more contemporary, simple elegant finish accustomed throughout the Hyatt portfolio.
Late 2009 saw the commencement of the final piece in the hotel’s transformation – the guest rooms and suites. Renowned hotel interior decorator Joseph Pang, whose also the mastermind behind Sydney’s Four Seasons, Hilton and Westin, was tasked to maximise guest comfort and ensure the rooms matched the hotel’s luxurious public areas.
Custom-designed furniture and furnishing creates a warm, relaxing atmosphere that mirrors a home away from home. A large L-shape sofa, round table and leather armchair creates a multipurpose space fit for working, dining or just sitting back to enjoy the expansive views of Melbourne.
The classic marble bathroom comes well equipped with amenities but I found it strange that new shower screens, tap ware and basins were obviously installed as part of the refurbishment yet the WC appeared original (nonetheless clean). Water pressure from the shower wasn’t strong enough for my liking but there’s the option to take a nice bath in the tub instead (some bath salt would’ve been nice).
An indoor swimming pool, steam, sauna and commercially run gym is available. This meant it was busier than your average hotel gym but at the same time much larger and better equipped. The only downside is it closes by 9pm (or 8pm on weekends).
I didn’t get a chance to sample the food offering at the Grand Hyatt but there’re plenty of restaurants close-by like the popular Chin Chin on Flinders Lane. This South-East Asian inspired restaurant is modelled on the hawker style dining common in Asia. The dishes are generally small so you can try a few more things but since there’s no booking, be prepared to WAIT WAIT and WAIT…in our case, 1.5 hours and seated at 8:30pm on a Thursday night!
Is it worth the wait? Give it a go, food isn’t bad (I’ve had better) but the atmosphere is pretty awesome.
Overall, another great Hyatt property offering authentic hospitality.
I love staying at hotels, new and luxe ones that is. Met with a warm welcome as you enter a grand lobby and opening the doors and seeing the sophisticated and thoughtful interiors of a fresh immaculate room…’I ❤ Hotels’ is a series where I share hotel experiences that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed.