Grand Hyatt Singapore
10 Scotts Road, Singapore, Singapore, 228211
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Escaping the crowds, Relaxation, Shopping, Sightseeing
Expert review of Grand Hyatt Singapore
Singapore is a dynamic and modern city state. But when it comes to hotel design, Chinese superstition is still alive and thriving. The Grand Hyatt Singapore‘s main entrance is a row of large glass doors set at right angles to the arrivals area, leading into an expansive marble-floored lobby. The main reception is tucked neatly around the corner and in the distance you can hear the sound of a large, five-storey waterfall. This is all in accordance with Feng Shui principles, meant to usher in good luck and prosperity. The grand staircase in the main lobby has 32 steps – an auspicious number when spoken in Cantonese - it sounds the same as "business". Yet, for a distinctly business hotel, the Grand Hyatt Singapore still manages to have a warm buzz about it.
I love the fact that this hotel is just moments from Singapore’s most famous shopping thoroughfare, Orchard Road. An MRT train station is almost at the front door and there are endless entertainment options – bars, clubs, restaurants and shops - within a few blocks. I barely took a cab the entire stay, everything was at my doorstep. But if you do need to hail a taxi, it's a 25-minute cab ride to the airport and 10 minutes to the central business district.
This is one of the city’s older hotels. It was built in the 1970s, but that needn’t be a cross on its report card. The Grand Hyatt has been refurbished many times over, and the finishings are neutral and modern. But what’s key is that all 663 rooms and suites are far more spacious than the city’s newer boutique offerings.
The rooms in the Terrace Wing come with a sturdy desk and I especially liked the drawer-come-safe where I could lock up my laptop. The bathrooms are a generous size with marble bench tops and all rooms have modern, flat-screen TVs. Or you could upgrade to the Grand Wing, a tower of suites, with separate living areas, small walk-in closets, as well as a separate work area.
The gardens at the Grand Hyatt are a real hidden gem. There’s perfectly manicured lawns near the tennis courts, as well as a mini rainforest right beside a gushing monster waterfall. You wouldn’t even know that you are only minutes away from one of the busiest intersections in the city.
The Straits Kitchen is local food in a luxurious setting. If you’re not brave enough to face the hawker centres just yet, then ease your way into an array of Peranakan dishes cooked fresh before your eyes. Don't forget to try the satay and poh piah, a local version of the spring roll.
While upstairs, and a little more upmarket, Mezza9 combines nine different dining concepts under one roof. The Martini Bar here has a wonderful atmosphere, especially on a Friday night when it’s standing room only.
The recently opened, Japanese-inspired Damai Spa is a real treat for hotel guests. The spa offers a range of beauty and massage treatments. There’s also a substantial sized gymnasium. The pool is an irregular shape and a touch on the small side, but there are luxurious day beds as well as sun loungers submerged in the shallow waters. I found this was the perfect way to unwind after a tough day's filming.
The restaurant staff were eager and attentive, while the concierge was helpful with suggestions of things to see and do, with the odd local tip thrown in.
Mainly business people, especially during the week, with roughly 30 per cent leisure travellers.
This isn’t the cheapest hotel in town, but then again, this is a solid five-star property. WiFi is $25 a day and the breakfast buffet is $35++ if it's not included in your room rate. Make sure you use the Simonseeks booking tool to check for special promotions and packages.
More information on Grand Hyatt Singapore:
- 10 Scotts Road, Singapore, Singapore, 228211
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool
- Orchard Road