Signature checks into… Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Traveller: Cara Wagstaff
Room: Grand Deluxe King
Address: 123 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3000
Date: May 2017
Best for: Relaxing and taking in city views from the Club Lounge situated on the 31st floor.
Located on prestigious Collins Street, Grand Hyatt Melbourne comprises 550 guest rooms, 84 of which are Club Rooms and include exclusive lounge access. Guests can also choose between 25 premium suites including the Premier, Ambassador and Diplomatic Suites.
Arriving by taxi, a 30-minute trip from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, a concierge opens the car door and welcomes us into the grand foyer, directing us upstairs to the check-in lobby. Guests with Club access are able to check-in and check-out at the Club Lounge. A floor-to-ceiling artwork leads to the lifts that take us to the 26th floor. Our room is at the end of the corridor which elicits a sigh of relief; there will be fewer people walking past, ensuring a quiet and enjoyable stay. Guests are also only able to access their level with a key card via the touch screen in each lift.
As I open the door to our corner room, wide windows display the Melbourne skyline. A chaise longue is in one corner with a circular table, which doubles as an office desk, and to the right is a teak dry bar. A king bed is made up with extra-long pillows, Egyptian cotton linen and comfy feather-down doonas. June James amenities are neatly displayed in the Italian marble bathroom. By far my favourite item in the room is the ‘Missing Must-Haves’ list. From cufflinks to hair straighteners and even an in-room spin bike, guests are able to ‘borrow’ items to make their stay more comfortable. Perfect!
For those looking for the ultimate Melbourne city experience, you can opt for one of the 25 premium suites and choose the Premier Suite on the hotel’s top floor. Spanning 182 square metres, guests will enjoy two large open living areas, a Bose surround sound system and a 72-inch television. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow you to take in all of the Melbourne skyline. The 25-square-metre bathroom is set in jet black marble and features a sunken spa, rain shower and double vanity.
On my plate
Club guests are invited to enjoy complimentary canapés and beverages in the Club Lounge on the 31st floor between 6pm and 8pm. Expecting the usual fare of cheese, crackers and a couple of hot items, my partner and I were impressed with the ample options, including vegetarian fare. From tofu sliders to tuna sashimi the two of us were pleasantly surprised. Alcoholic drinks on offer include Chandon sparkling wine, Long View Whippet Savingnon Blanc, a Leura Park Chardonnay, local beers and a range of soft drinks.
For breakfast the lounge offers three rotating hot dishes. On Saturday morning we enjoyed scrambled eggs, sausages and grilled tomato topped with sage, and Sunday was bacon, grilled mushrooms and scrambled eggs. A continental breakfast is also available offering fresh seasonal fruit, a selection of cereals, pastries, bread, salmon and cheeses. Staff are on hand to make a great cappuccino, too.
The Grand Hyatt Melbourne also has Collins Kitchen, a contemporary restaurant, Ru-Co bar and the Lobby Lounge and Bistro Bar.
Despite being on the sixth floor and not offering city views, the City Club Health & Fitness Centre more than makes up for it in its sheer size alone. A dedicated spin cycle room, pilates and yoga room, indoor heated pool and a plethora of treadmills and weight machines make it almost larger than my local gym. I use an elliptical for the first part of my workout and then move into the pilates and yoga studio to make use of the empty space and wall of mirrors. Although I didn’t take the offer up this stay, a future visit would lead me to take up the three 30-minute personal training sessions.
Located on Collins Street the hotel is surrounded by boutique designer shops including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Cartier, Tiffany & Co. and Ralph Lauren. For those wanting to explore more of Melbourne, popular points of interest include Federation Sqaure, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Australia’s Leading Business Hotel -2016, 2015 and 2014 Annual World Travel Awards
Oceania’s Best City Hotel – 2016 Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards
Best Marketed Accommodation Provider – 2016 TAA Accommodation Awards for Excellence
Excellence in Innovation – 2016 TAA Accommodation Awards for Excellence
Administration Employee of the year – 2016 TAA Accommodation Awards for Excellence
Excellence in Environmental Sustainability – 2016 Hyatt Thrive Leadership Awards
Best Upper-Upscale Hotel – 2015 HM Awards
Highly Commended, Meeting and Conferencing Property – 2015 HM Awards
Best Marketed Hotel, Accommodation Divisio – 2015 AHA National Awards for Excellence
I had more time to stay and explore Melbourne because I spent too much time enjoying the view from the lounge.