- Introduction, Positioning Flight to New York, and the Hilton JFK
- British Airways First Class Lounge, New York JFK
- Cathay Pacific First Class, New York JFK – Hong Kong
- The Pier First Class Lounge and Cathay Pacific Business Class, Hong Kong – Ho Chi Minh City
- Park Hyatt Saigon
- Lunch at Pho Hoa, Ho Chi Minh City
- Vietnam Airlines Business Class, Ho Chi Minh City – Danang
- Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa
- Vietnam Airlines Economy, Danang – Siem Reap
- Park Hyatt Siem Reap
- Angkor Wat and Other Temples
- Dragonair Business Class, Siem Reap – Hong Kong
- Turbojet, Hong Kong Airport – Macau and the Sheraton Macao Hotel
- The Venetian, Fernando’s, and the Ferry to Hong Kong
- Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Harbor View Suite
- Bo Innovation, Hong Kong
- Amber Restaurant, Hong Kong
- Cathay Pacific The Wing First Class Lounge, Hong Kong
- Cathay Pacific First Class, Hong Kong – New York JFK
- American Airlines JFK Flagship Lounge and New York – Washington National
The Hyatt Daily rate at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong can run nearly US$450. But they also offer some very cheap corporate rates (half off). They do ask for proof of eligibility though, something not a lot of hotels in my experience do.
In the U.S. the only hotels I’ve ever known to ask for eligibility on corporate rates are the Marriotts in Las Vegas in New York, and then only for some specific rates that are super cheap. It’s more common in Asia to be ID’d for corporate rates, but still not universal even within a given chain. The Grand Hyatt actually will send out an email a few days in advance on certain rates to let you know to bring your company identification in order to demonstrate eligibility.
The nice thing about Hyatt’s Diamond confirmed suite upgrades though is that you can confirm a suite on any rate booked directly with Hyatt, even inexpensive corporate rates. And when you confirm a suite here, you’re going to get a harbor view.
The Grand Hyatt is a very good hotel. The rooms can use an update, but:
- The club lounge is excellent
- The harbor views are magnificent
In fact the hotel’s address is One Harbor Road on Hong Kong Island. That should tell you something about its placement and views.
In general I prefer to stay on the ‘Hong Kong side’ rather than Kowloon, but I prefer the views from Kowloon. That’s because hotels on the Kowloon side facing the harbor look straight out at Hong Kong, and there are more impressive light displays across the harbor that way.
The Grand Hyatt, though, is positioned to look both straight across the harbor at Kowloon, and is angled to be able to have a straight shot across the Hong Kong harbor-line, meaning you can see all of the lights on the Hong Kong side as well. Amazing.
Here’s the living room of the suite, at least its setup when I arrived. I preferred to angle the furniture towards the windows to be facing out at the harbor view rather than into the suite.
An amenity was already in the room on arrival.
The room furnishings looked fairly well aged, and that there was a filter in the room didn’t instill confidence. I didn’t mind that it was there, except that it indicated the hotel felt it needed to be there.
The bedroom had a similar design scheme.
There was a letter waiting on the desk outlining club benefits (click to enlarge):
There was also a letter outlining the hotel’s room renovation project progress and timeline (click to enlarge).
The night stand had a small clock that I’m surprised doesn’t need to be replaced after every other check-in.
The room keys are kind of cool, they’re electronic but look like old school keys.
There was an attractive bathroom with shower, tub, a television and dual sinks. The door from the bedroom to bathroom, though, was the heaviest door I’ve ever had in a hotel room.
There was water by the bedside, in the bathroom, and in the entryway by the coffee maker.
I loved gazing across the harbor throughout the evening.
And heading up to the club lounge. You enter on one floor, where there’s a concierge desk and some seating areas.
You then head up a grand staircase to an upper level with buffet and waiter service. And stunning views.
Breakfast in the lounge was plentiful as well.
You can also place an order from your table as well.
The hotel lobby is grand, but at some level the keys to this property are the harbor views and club lounge and without those it’s just a large city hotel.
There’s a little park directly across from the front of the hotel.
I was very happy with the stay and I’ll try to return to this property the next time I’m in Hong Kong for more than a connection. I do love forward to the room renovation though, a slightly more modern touch will be closer to my preferred style.