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.
Eating and drinking
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.
Who stays there
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.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Escaping the crowds
Pros & Cons
- Fantastic spa and pool area
- Great central location close to shops, bars, restaurants and public transport
- WiFi isn’t free