The newly refurbished Speciality Suites at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong are now complete, following a multi-million dollar renovation that took almost four years.
Since the hotel opened in November 1989, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong has an enviable track record of hosting international dignitaries and Heads of State, the A-list of the entertainment world, celebrities and high society.
The new suites respond to the needs and behaviors of the hotel’s discerning VIP guests, offering the perfect combination of spaces, drawn upon accumulated information from guests over the past 27 years.
“When we were planning these new spaces, the different behaviors of our suite guests were all analysed and taken into consideration,” says Andreas Stalder, Senior Vice-President of Product Development for Hyatt Asia Pacific.
“Guests staying in presidential suites, for instance, usually travel with an entourage and need a separate entrance for staff, a fully-equipped kitchen and connecting guestrooms. They also often need an extra space, but for differing purposes—such as a media communications “war” room, personal assistant’s office, private gym or styling room—so we decided to include an unfurnished room in our new Presidential Suites that can adapt to different scenarios and be fitted out as necessary.”
Another revealing discovery was that size was not the priority for their VIP guests. The VIP guests at Grand Hyatt Hong will now enjoy a warm and cosy space that also has a strong sense of place. The living spaces, whilst luxurious, reflect a comfortable and less formal experience.
“Presidential suites are often vast, soulless spaces. Impressively large, but lacking in personality and therefore ultimately forgettable,” says Stalder. “Sometimes, people are staying in a presidential suite by themselves and for them, size can actually be a drawback, making it a lonely experience. For them, it’s about privacy, quality and how the spaces make them feel.”
Situated at the prime waterfront of Hong Kong Island, facing the world-famous Victoria Harbor, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong’s new suites allow guests to take full advantage of the hotel’s unique and incredible view of the harbor and Kowloon peninsula.
Contemporary and classic in design, the suites reflect Hong Kong’s oriental heritage and contemporary outlook, as well as its eclectic blend of east and west. Bar Studio, who have also created interior spaces at Park Hyatt hotels in Sydney, Shanghai and Beijing, masterminded the renovation.
“For frequent travelers, it’s highly disorienting to wake up in a hotel room and not know where you are,” says Bar Studio Principal Stewart Robertson.
“With all the new suites, it was important for guests to know and feel that they are not only in Hong Kong, but specifically Grand Hyatt Hong Kong by the waterfront. The rooms needed to evoke the spirit of this incredibly cosmopolitan city, but in a subtle, non-cliché way.”
As a result, Asian details appear throughout the suites in an understated manner, whether in the scroll detailing of a hall console, the kang-style leg of a side table or the lacquered finish of a storage box.
All situated on the top three stories of the hotel, the suites offer additional security and privacy with a separate set of elevators. Designed to encourage entertainment and conversations, the suites not only take care of guests’ accommodation needs, but at the same time allow them to continue with business and social activities as if they were at home.
Lined in timber flooring, the two 4,306-sq-ft Presidential Suites’ have a similar layout. The first suite is ‘Classic Traditional’, with furniture sporting classical lines and gold and bronze detailing while the second suite, ‘Contemporary Eclectic’, features clean-lined furniture, a softer-hued palette and a modern interpretation of traditional furniture.
Any corner of the suites can turn into a social space – the dining lounge area for elegant lunch and dinner; the lounge area and foyer for cocktails or socialite’s afternoon tea, and also a business meetings and media interviews on the suites’ multiple sets of sofa seating. This can be found in the hotel’s five 1,184-sq-ft Ambassador Suites, with welcome foyer leads into the main space featuring a spacious living area; a work desk that transforms into a dining area for four; a pantry area; and a bar counter. The foyer leads into the bedroom with a marble bathroom, equipped with an over sized square tub, a rain-shower cubicle, twin vanity areas with a TV embedded into the mirror, a separate WC, ‘cloud-like’ chenille bathrobes and a large walk-in wardrobe.
The last suite, the 861-sq-ft Diplomat Suite titled ‘Oriental Chic’, also employ a similar layout. Entering via a welcome foyer, guests will discover a living area and a work-space-cum-dining-area for four, leading into a bedroom and then a bathroom equipped with an over sized square tub, twin vanity areas with a TV embedded into the mirror, a rain-shower cubicle, ‘cloud-like’ chenille bathrobes, a walk-in wardrobe and a separate WC.
The hotel’s five 1,184-sq-ft Ambassador Suites have been designed in two styles—‘Bohemian Chic’, furnished with rich textiles and ethnic art, or for the ‘Aristocratic Adventurer’, featuring a striking cabinet of eclectic artwork, books and objet d’art.
Visitors staying in suites and on Grand Club floors have exclusive access to a private two-story lounge on the 30th and 31st floors. The winding staircase leads to a light-filled lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows offering a one of a kind 10,000 foot view of the harbor and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.
Another project recently completed by BAR Studio, the lounge serves complimentary breakfast, artfully presented snacks and evening cocktails and free-flowing Champagne all day.
The proud home of similarly prestigious restaurants and bars, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong offers guests an exciting range of dining options, all offering authentic cuisine with the hotel’s signature heart-warming service.
Recreational amenities at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong incorporate a comprehensive spa, a 50-meter open air heated swimming pool surrounded by lush trees, a sauna overlooking the harbor, two tennis courts, a squash court, a simulated golf driving range, a running track and 24-hour fitness studios.