Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

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A legacy hotel in Hong Kong: the Grand Hyatt in Wanchai
Some luxury hotel experiences are beyond the beautiful and the expected: they transcend tradition and history and blend modern aesthetics seamlessly.

The Grand Hyatt Hong Kong occupies a rather enviable location in Wanchai overlooking Victoria Harbor, steps away from the celebrated convention center where Hong Kong was officially handed back to China from the British in 1997. Billed as a five-star hotel, it dazzles with efficiency and glamor (think: lattes in five minutes delivered to your room!) while paying respects to time-honored traditions.

To cement its position as a flagship hotel in the Asia Pacific region, the hotel debuted newly-renovated suites.

Having opened its doors to royalty, heads of state and tycoons for 27 years, suites of the plain- vanilla variety with lots of empty cavernous spaces would never do. These freshly-imagined spaces are true residential oases: they draw attention to the tranquil beauty of the harbor dotted with graceful red-sail junk boats called “Aqua Lunas,” the constellation of lights all over Victoria Harbor, and the silhouette of mountains --including the unmistakable Victoria Peak--in the distance.

The newly-appointed suites come in five flavors, ideal for those who love the freedom of choice.

The Presidential Suites are far from stuffy, predictable or lonely; these have the surprise of an unfurnished room that can be adapted to whichever style or purpose the guests choose.

Bathrooms have artistic touches, with a hand-painted verre églomisé wall, and fluffy chenille bathrobes. The Ambassador Suites have a plaza-like capaciousness, and have rich textiles and ethnic art; the Diplomat Suite has generous amounts of Asian art, which makes you feel as though you are in a museum.

What I loved most was the amount of attention to nostalgic detail: in my suite, a pendant lamp that hung from the ceiling lit everything up with its soft, frosty glow and was reminiscent of the branch of a tree (and funnily enough, I later learned that the artist Lindsey Adelman, who has her studio in New York City, created this piece of art, called “Branching”).

In these suites---or any room at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong—there is a sense that people have gone the extra mile to make every nook and cranny thoughtful. The square-shaped marble tub makes you feel likes Cleopatra; the light panel opens and closes the blinds with the touch of a button, and the clean, no-frills feng shui approach to the bedding made for comfortable nights.

Also a favorite: nostalgic photographs of old Kowloon on the mantelpiece make you feel that parts of the city have been cajoled into your room.

And in this sense, you are part of your historic surroundings.

Room rates for the iconic Grand Hyatt Hong Kong start from $273 per night. Full-size amenities (from hair brushes to hand creams) are available upon request.
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1 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
+852 2588 1234
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