My final night in Australia was at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne. Where the Park Hyatt was in a pretty, but sleepy, area of Melbourne, the Grand Hyatt was right in the thick of things – though only a 10 minute walk down Collins Street from the Park Hyatt – the Fifth Avenue of Melbourne. Physically, on first blush, it reminded me a lot of the Grand Hyatt Berlin- neither being like the large convention hotels I think of when I think of Grand Hyatts. Although not as fancy as the Park Hyatt, it’s a lot more recently renovated, and still plenty fancy. In fact, for the days I was in Melbourne, the Park Hyatt was going for $200 less a night than the Grand Hyatt. But I could only use my free Hyatt Visa night at the Grand Hyatt, because it’s actually in a lower award category.
The Grand Hyatt feels very new. The lobby was super modern and shiny, and the Singapore Airlines crew was checking out as I arrived. Check-in was easy. I wasn’t expecting any upgrade or anything, as I wasn’t entitled to one, and was sent up to my Grand King room on the 26th Floor. As a Diamond member, I was proactively offered late checkout at check-in, which I appreciated since my flight out of Melbourne didn’t leave until 5:30.
I was a little nervous because the room was right off of the elevators, but noise wasn’t an issue. The room was a lot smaller than my room at the Park Hyatt, and a bit oddly shaped, but still quite lovely. At the foot of the bed was a round table and a sofa wedge, which seemed a good use of the space, as there wasn’t room for a real desk and a seating area. The bathroom was nice, too, with a separate glass enclosed shower and soaking tub, and toiletries including shaving and dental kits. Bottles of water were waiting.
But without a doubt, the highlight of the room was the view of downtown Melbourne.
My low Platinum status with Hyatt Gold Passport entitled me to free premium wi-fi, which was great. The gym was the best of all the gyms on the trip – a massive health club with tons of free weights, cardio machines, and resistance training.
I didn’t try the food and beverage at the Grand Hyatt at all, but there’s tons of dining right around there, making it a fantastic base for exploring. This was definitely one of the best uses of my Hyatt visa cardmember free night over the several years I’ve had the card, and is a good use of Hyatt points as well given its location and underpricing as an award property, in my opinion.