Singapore is one of those places that I always wanted to visit, but my plans kept getting canceled. But then, in the fall, I decided to do the American Airlines Platinum status challenge which I received as a result of being a Hyatt Globalist.
I chose Singapore for my destination. I bought a business class ticket on Finnair and I was on my way. Not that quickly, but you know what I mean.
- Finnair Flight Reviews, AY 006 (JFK-HEL), AY 131 (HEL-SIN), AY 132 (SIN-HEL), AY 5909 (HEL-LHR, operated by BA), AY 5479 (LHR-JFK, operated by BA)
- Review: Finnair Business Class Lounge, Helsinki Airport
- Review: Almost@Home Lounge, Helsinki Airport (Priority Pass)
- Review: Plaza Premium Lounge, Helsinki Airport (Priority Pass)
- Hotel Review: Grand Hyatt Hotel Singapore
- Trip Report: Three Days in Singapore
- Hotel Review: Andaz Hotel Singapore
- Review: Qantas Business Lounge, Singapore Changi Airport
- Review: British Airways Lounge, Singapore Changi Airport
- The Jewel at Singapore Changi Airport
Choosing between the Grand Hyatt Singapore and the Andaz Singapore was difficult. Both are category 5 World of Hyatt hotels (20,000 points per night) and were similarly priced for the dates of my stay. Each hotel had their own pluses and minuses, but ultimately the Grand Hyatt won (primarily because of the Grand Club). I know I would have been happy at either location, but I’m happy with the choice I made. (I did have the opportunity to visit the Andaz Singapore, and was given a tour of the hotel, stay tuned for the review).
After hours and hours of flying and sitting around at Helsinki Airport, I was scheduled to arrive in Singapore on Friday night and meet a friend who was flying in from Tokyo. We had plans to stay at a Sheraton hotel that she had booked for the first night, and the Grand Hyatt for Saturday and Sunday evenings. I had reserved the Grand Hyatt at a points and cash rate, and used a Globalist Suite upgrade.
My friend missed her flight, and I was unsure of what to do. I could have gone to the Sheraton and checked to see if my name was on file (after the fact, I learned that it was), but I was feeling a bit like a stranger in a strange land. I decided to go to the Grand Hyatt (rather than the Sheraton) because I knew I would be made to feel at home there.
I arrived and asked if they could add Friday night to my reservation. I was exhausted and probably a bit disheveled, but, without a blink, the hotel accommodated me, and even had my suite for the entire weekend ready and available. Once again, this is why I love World of Hyatt.
This is the hallway on my floor.
The suite is huge. Actually, the whole hotel is massive (but not impersonal). The living room is divided into two areas: a living room area and a dining area.
There is another room area between the living room and the bedroom, which is best described as an office or study area.
There is also a pantry room (though I didn’t use it at all).
The bedroom is nicely furnished and comfortable:
The master bathroom has both a bathtub and a shower (and June Jacobs toiletries).
There is a second bathroom near the front entrance to the suite.
This is the closet/dressing room area.
The hotel sent a nice amenity: a small bottle of wine, a plate of plums and Brookie ( a delicious chocolate brownie cookie that was scrumptious!)
The Grand Club at the hotel is fabulous. As a World of Hyatt Globalist, I had breakfast in the morning and appetizers and drinks in the evening here. I like the fact that breakfast was served until 11 am on the weekend – it gave me an opportunity to start slow or exercise before breakfast.
Each morning, I’d go out walking for an hour or two before returning for breakfast. The first morning I walked around the Orchard Road area familiarizing myself with the area by the hotel.
I discovered that the Singapore Botanic Gardens and the National Orchid Garden were walkable distance from the hotel, and I was in heaven – that is where I went both the second and third mornings before breakfast.
Breakfast choices in the Grand Club were just grand!
In the evening there are hot and cold appetizers, salad and cheese items, desserts, as well as a good selection of wines and spirits. The food was plentiful and delicious, and easily served as dinner.
The hotel has a nice pool and one afternoon, after returning from sightseeing, I actually relaxed and swam there.
To sum up, I really enjoyed the hotel. The location is convenient to everything – in part because the public transportation in Singapore is such a snap – so I never felt that the hotel was at all out of the way (as some people had told me). Although the hotel is a little older and perhaps more dated than the Andaz, I am happy with my choice and would choose the Grand Hyatt again in a heartbeat.
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