Thursday, July 14, 2016

TRAVEL | Inside the Grand Hyatt Macau's Grand Club

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Handsome dark wood panels adorn the elevator lobby of the club floor.

It's not often that I get to stay in a fancy hotel, let alone in a fancy room, so when such chances come by, it better be an excellent experience. Thankfully, and as I detailed in my review of the Grand Hyatt Macau, our stay was a truly great one. More so, spending a bit more for a Club room proved to be worth it.

Now let me take you inside the Grand Club of the Grand Hyatt Macau.

The moment the elevator opens on the Club floor, one is greeted by a rather imposing sight of dark wood panels covering the ceiling and walls, dimly illuminated by warm light from wall lamps that line the lobby. To me it's a very elegant setting.

As with a lot of hotels where access to certain floors is controlled through guest key cards, only club room guests are allowed to press that button for the 37th floor. A second level of control comes in a form of a pleasant hotel staff who will politely ask for your room number and names before anyone is fully allowed in.

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Unmistakable elegance on display at the Grand Club.

The space houses a main dining area, private dining rooms, an outdoor section, a meeting room, and clusters of seats and couches for lounging.

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Waiting/lounge area at the entrance.

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More clusters of couches are available for some tête-à-tête or simply some time alone.

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Club room guests can lounge here at any time of day.

Dining area
The main dining space offers a variety of different seating options to accommodate small and big groups alike, and even guests going solo. Breakfast and afternoon snacks are served buffet style, featuring Chinese and international fare. Afternoon snacks are no joke here because they can be quite filling, filling enough that we skipped dinner on our first night.

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Photos of the main dining area.

Private dining
For VIPs and the well-heeled, the Grand Club also offers private dining experiences for groups of 8-12. Yeah, as if the common dining area wasn't exclusive enough, there's always something even more exclusive for these people. One of the hotel staff, though, was most gracious that he offered to take me inside one of these exclusive nooks. And it was wow!

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Inside one of the exclusive private dining suites. Oddly enough, The Godfather came to mind.

Meeting room
I was also allowed inside the club floor's swanky meeting room. Although our accommodation entitled us to an hour's use of this facility, who the heck were we supposed to have a meeting with anyway?

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Impressive. How I wish meeting rooms at our office were like this. Or even half the level of this one.

Outdoor area
A rectangular space filled with couches and bar-style tables and chairs, this outdoor space is for the smoking lot, or maybe even for non-smokers who simply wish to savor Macau's chilly winter breeze. Not sure how it is here in the summer, however.

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I definitely loved this spot. How I wish I'd seen how it looked like at night.

So there. I haven't been to club floors of other hotels, so I really can't compare. Nonetheless, I think the Grand Hyatt Macau's is swanky and impressive on its own merits.

For more information, head over to macau.grand.hyatt.com

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