Hong Kong features many luxury hotels, perhaps more and better than any other city in the world. Competition for big spenders is fierce, with money flowing out of China whipping up a storm. I have tried several, but have come to appreciate the Grand Hyatt. The one in Dubai is nice, but the Hong Kong one eclipses that by far. A bed and a shower can be had at any hotel and at various prices, but none offers such a pool and spa area. From what I have seen and read, this is the biggest hotel pool of an urban hotel anywhere in the world.
Luxury in Hong Kong is space...and ceiling height. Average ceilings are, perhaps, two meters, even in office buildings. A hotel room with a two meter ceiling--I have stayed in some--can be oppressive. Upon entering the Grand Hyatt, one immediately recognizes the opulence, because the ceiling is 3 to four stories high and held up by meter thick marble columns. Every aspect of the interior design screams luxury. Stay in black suits swarm about like worker bees looking for nectar, but are rather waiting to serve. More people work the lobby than staff entire hotels in Europe. Anyone working in real estate would drool over the potential to tear down this hotel and erect a structure featuring only floors with two meters.
The pool area is another real estate developers dream. I cannot understand how any Hyatt manager or financial person can justify not selling this space, which must be worth a fortune. Land nearby is valued at $5 to 10 million per square meter. I have not done the math, but the pool is advertised as being 50 meters long. Surrounding gardens and pool restaurant must make the area about 80 by 50 meters, which should equal 4000 square meters using old math. Multiply that by the $10 million price (I don’t have a calculator and gave up doing sums in my head after leaving school) and you will see that someone is either foolhardy or generous to hotel guests using the pool, because the owner could make a killing. I, for one, hope the owner does not sell, because I would have to find another hotel.
As a final note, the food in this hotel is (almost) with equal. I thought that food at the Dubai Grand Hyatt was the best hotel food I have found, but this franchise exceeds that. Each of the many restaurants serves food which is as good or better than most restaurants in the country of origin (Japan, Italy, China). I cannot figure out how the Japanese produce beef, which is as tender as pudding and flavorful as the best US beef. We found no reason to venture out of the hotel (except for the Big Bus and shopping), despite the plethora of good restaurants in Hong Kong.
NB. This is not a paid commercial message from Hyatt.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.