The gold façade of the 34-floor Grand Hyatt gives passersby a taste of the luxury that lies within the glass. The hotel is a fixture of the city’s business traveller scene, offering super-comfortable digs, delicious food at its six eateries and a full gym and spa. Not only does the hotel get a big tick for its prime location near the city’s top restaurant strips, it also has comprehensive business facilities, with every room offering high-speed wi-fi telephone access, as well as 16 rooms of varying size for meeting and event hire.
The Grand Hyatt holds court on the block that borders Flinders Lane, Russell and Collins streets in the heart of the CBD. That means easy access to city-based business meetings and transport connections, shopping and some of the restaurants that helped put Melbourne on the map as a destination for food-lovers such as Supernormal, Chin Chin and MoVida.
The 550 rooms and suites effortlessly mesh luxury and comfort, with plenty of space to spread out and floor-to-ceiling windows that give guests sweeping views across either the city or the Yarra River. Rooms begin at 33 square metres, with the hotel’s premier suite a massive 182 square metres. Each room is fitted with Egyptian cotton linen on the bed, a flat screen television and a bathroom adorned with Italian marble.
Food and drink
Collins Kitchen regularly takes the cake as one of the city’s best breakfasts. It’s known for an award-winning buffet, which includes everything from eggs however you like them to sweet pastries, dim sum and Char Siu Bao pork buns. Collins Kitchen also operates as a pop-up for a roster of food talent from around the city. The hotel also has two lounges offering all-day dining, and two bars – Ru-Co, which is hidden away in a nearby laneway and keeps a plentiful cocktail and wine list, and the Bistro Bar overlooking Russell Street.
For business travellers
The Grand Hyatt offers 16 event and meeting spaces, varying from a 10-person room to a function centre that can cater for 1500. If you’re staying in a Grand Club room, you can access the Grand Club Lounge – it has meeting rooms for hire as well as all-day refreshments and express concierge services.
For wellness travellers
The hotel is home to one of the largest hotel gyms in the Asia Pacific. The City Club offers state-of-the-art Life Fitness equipment, an indoor swimming pool, a half basketball court and even a golf driving range. Forgotten your tights? The gym has a 2XU retail store for workout wear emergencies. The club also has a spa offering a slate of beauty and wellbeing treatments, including massages and facials.
The fab factor
Fancy a hit of tennis? Head to open-air court on the roof of the fitness club, nine floors above the city.