The Grand Hyatt Singapore needs no introduction - locals know that it is located along Scotts Road, next to Far East Plaza and business travellers know this place to be a haven; a home away from home. With over 677 guestrooms consisting of beautifully appointed rooms and suites, the Grand Hyatt Singapore enjoys a premium location in the heart of the world-renowned Orchard Road. Well known for its variety and quality of restaurants, it is not difficult to see why the Grand Hyatt Singapore is top on the list for seasoned travellers.
I stayed in a Club Deluxe King room which is almost like a junior-suite in most hotels. It comes with a separate living area, a plush sleeping area and a luxurious bathroom. There are two main types of rooms at the Grand Hyatt Singapore and the Club Rooms are essentially the same two types with (an amazing) club benefit. The Grand Rooms (one-tier below the room type I stayed in) are 42sqm in size while the Grand Deluxe Rooms are 52sqm in size with a separate living area as photographed above. There is also a large workstation for you to get work done over some quality WiFi. It is therefore a great idea to upgrade your room to the latter room type to benefit from more space and a better staycation experience.
Magazines are provided in the living area for you to browse and if you look closely on the table, you will see my amenities as a Diamond Member at the Grand Hyatt Singapore (more on this later!). There is also a Blu-Ray player and large 42-inch flat screen television that contains a long list of cable and local channels. I have previously written about the Hyatt Diamond Challenge and the difficulties in completing it in Asia-Pacific - click HERE to access this article. Unfortunately, Hyatt has ceased this generous challenge as of 31 October 2014.
I received a box of delicious vegetable chips and chocolate chip cookies as a Platinum Amenity. In addition to that, I was also given a choice between a food amenity or 1,000 bonus Hyatt points. It isn't difficult to guess which one I went for - the latter of course!
The bedroom itself like most suites, came with a separate 32-inch flat screen television that you can adjust. Why exactly do you have to adjust the viewing angle of the television? So that you can watch it from the luxurious bathub (see picture below) - an integrated speaker is also found inside the bathroom so you can enjoy a soothing soak and a great show (subjected to what is showing on TV). The plush soft goose down king bed is definitely one of the top 3 hotel beds to sleep in Singapore! Most importantly, the curtains are amazing at blocking out light. In fact, it was slightly scary to be sleeping in pitch darkness initially but I quickly adapted and drifted off to sleep at night.
A bedside table is located on both sides of the plush bed and complimentary drinking water is provided (and replenished at turndown). Reading lights are also available in bed because there is no better place to read.
The luxurious bathroom in this Club Deluxe King Room is also one of my favourites in Singapore. Not only does it exude opulence and indulgence, it is also tastefully designed and contained all the right facilities. The tub is deep and wide, catering to travellers to most shapes and sizes. It also allows you to watch the television while still being inside. A separate rain shower area is also available.
Amenities are provided by the luxurious June Jacobs Spa Collection. I really like the grassy and refreshing scent that the Green Tea and Cucumber series has. It is rejuvenating and definitely an excellent choice for the Grand Hyatt Singapore, reflecting a hidden oasis in this busy city.
Take the lift to Level 21 and walk up the stairs to find this amazing walkway to the Grand Hyatt Singapore's Grand Club Lounge. I really like how the use of lights tastefully light up the way to the Grand Club lounge. Actually it reminded me of Christmas lights although I can be certain that this is definitely not the original intention.
I arrived at the Grand Hyatt Singapore's Grand Club Lounge strategically during cocktail hour. It was actually pretty crowded but I managed to find a table to get some work and drinking done. I was offered a delicious Malbec wine to start with but that was basically what I drank for the whole two hours - yes it was that good!
There was also a decent amount of cooked food and this would easily make a pretty great dinner. Look out for the delicious XO Sauce that goes great with your steamed dim sums! I also particularly enjoyed the ravioli served in the Grand Club lounge.
You will also find some delicious Chicken Teriyaki here - in fact they taste similar to the ones at Mezza9 so definitely load up on these! If you have a Westernised-Asian tastebud, you can also enjoy some California Roll amongst other kinds of sushi.
The Smoked Duck Salad is definitely my favourite dish amongst all the cold foods. The salad itself is pretty ordinary but I thought the smoked duck was delicious and not overly dry.
The Grand Club lounge at the Grand Hyatt Singapore is easily one of the best lounges I have been to and it competes directly with the Pacific Club at the Pan Pacific Singapore (another one of my personal favourites). The Grand Club feels exclusive enough to make you feel special as a club level or suite guest but yet the level of hospitality transcends through the exclusive nature of the place. Staff were attentive, plates were cleared up quickly and my wine glass was always full. The only downside of this lounge is probably the fact that it gets pretty crowded during cocktail hour but I guess that is a sign of a great club lounge.
I chose to have my breakfast the following morning at Straits Kitchen. As one of the rare few hotel restaurants in Singapore with a halal kitchen, the Straits Kitchen offers a variety of dishes during breakfast. As a club level guest, I can choose between privacy and variety for breakfast at the Grand Club lounge or the Straits Kitchen respectively. I decided that I am too young for privacy so I settled for the latter option. Even though breakfast is included in my room rate, Straits Kitchen charges only S$35++ per person if breakfast is not included. Breakfast is also open to public at the same rate.
The Nasi Lemak section is definitely one to look out for! You will be spoilt for choice here - fragrant coconut rice, delicious curries and the usual suspects in a good Nasi Lemak meal.
Most hotel breakfasts serve the same dishes - cooked to order omelettes, sausages, mushrooms and so on. While Straits Kitchen have the aforementioned items at breakfast, you will also find a variety of hawker and local favourites like "Char Kway Teow" (fried rice noodles) and "Chai Tow Kuay" (fried carrot cake) to name a few. These dishes are served on traditional woks that are utilised at hawker centres for a more authentic experience.
Chinese congee with a generous selection of conditions is available for those that prefer their porridge in the morning. Remember that this is a restaurant with a halal-approved kitchen so you may find some ingredients missing from traditionally prepared dishes. That being said, the main flavours of the dishes are not compromised as the major elements are all kept in tact.
"Roti Canai" or more eloquently known as "Roti Prata" in Singapore is also served here. Dense and flavourful curry coupled with a flakey piece Indian-infused flatbread is really the way to start every weekend morning.
I think the breakfast at Straits Kitchen differentiates itself well from the rest. Featuring delicious hawker food alongside the usual continental breakfast items allow international travellers to try out local dishes without having to venture into the heartlands. While many may argue that the food at Straits Kitchen is not authentic enough to be called "hawker", I think it offers a convenient and decent variety of hawker dishes for everyone to enjoy. Sure, it may not have the best "Char Kway Teow" in town but it is decent and you do not have to queue for an hour just to eat it.
Medical practitioners will probably advise against swimming after eating but I went to do so anyway. Featuring a free form turquoise pool, the swimming pool at the Grand Hyatt Singapore is a great place to soak up the sun. Lounge chairs are literally in the pool for you to enjoy so it's easy for you to shuffle between suntanning and swimming (or simply just to cool yourself down). Oasis Restaurant which overlooks the swimming pool offers pool service - cold beverages and light refreshments.
Laze around in one of the private pool cabanas and enjoy the light breeze in this hidden oasis - catch up on some reading, enjoy a cocktail or simply people watch. If there's no natural breeze, just turn on the fan above and enjoy. It is Singapore after all; everything natural is manmade.
If you are craving for something a little more intimate and indulging, select from a wide range of spa treatments or take a dip inside one of the hot and cold plunge pools at the Damai Spa.
Enjoy a luxurious weekend away at the Grand Hyatt Singapore. Indulge in excellent service, beautifully appointment rooms, delicious food and a rejuvenating experience. Advance purchase rate starts at S$351++ (approximately S$413 after taxes) but you should definitely check out the Weekend 24 offer which allows you to check-in at anytime on a Friday or Saturday and then check-out 4 hours later. The Grand Hyatt Singapore truly impressed me despite being a comparatively older hotel. The facilities were well maintained and luxury exudes from every detail of the hotel design. The service levels are impressive as staffs seem to go the extra mile just to make your stay a little bit better.
If you are looking for a luxurious getaway from the city life or a romantic one with your partner, consider the Grand Hyatt Singapore. This is the perfect staycation experience if you have a little bit more to spend. Room rates are not particular cheap but the Grand Hyatt Singapore experience is one that everyone needs to experience at least once in their lives.
Grand Hyatt Singapore
10 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228211
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Hotel stay has been sponsored by Grand Hyatt Singapore, though all views expressed are my own.