43. Park Hyatt Melbourne

43. Park Hyatt Melbourne

Park Hyatt Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia

3 night points suite redemption

Confirmed Suite Redemption

We arrived at the Park Hyatt Melbourne just after dark.  We had transferred Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt to make this redemption.  Standard room is 15,000 points per night although we paid the 3,000 points per night premium to be upgraded to a Suite.

Check-in was uneventful and we were given a suite on the top floor of one of the two hotel wings.  The lobby itself is on the ground level but is called the 7th floor, presumably because of the parking deck numbering system below ground.  So we were on floor 12, which was really like floor 7.  Diamond status was recognized and we were offered free (cold) breakfast in the restaurant for two as well as lounge access.  Most Park Hyatt’s don’t have a lounge so it was nice to be given both as Diamond benefits.

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Lobby of the Park Hyatt Melbourne was big and spacious.  The hotel is right next to the State of Victoria Parliament which appeared to not be in session as the hotel was pretty quiet.
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Room 1245.
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The entry room was a great living room complete with gas burning fireplace.  To get from the entry room to a bedroom you actually had to go down a long hallway for hotel standards, about 20 feet long.
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View of the hallway and the tub/shower room.  I love it when a hotel has a tub and shower combined into a nice big space.  This hotel certainly did with great marble to boot.  To the left and not pictured is the toilet which was in a separate room and had a separate sink.
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The view from our room looked directly on the St. Patrick’s church, the largest church in Australia.  It was built in the mid to late 19th century and was a beautiful holy space to explore.
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The bed was a very comfortable Park Hyatt bed.  No reservations about this sleeping spot.
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The complimentary Diamond breakfast was given in the hotel restaurant, radii.  For $8 a person more we could have upgraded to the hot breakfast.  But the cold breakfast spread here was already plenty to eat.
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View of the Radii restaurant.
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The grains and fruit compote section of the breakfast buffet.
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The fruit and juice zone.
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Sliced meats and fish were on offer.

We spent most of our time in Melbourne wandering around the great neighborhoods of this world class city.  The lounge on the 19th floor of the other wing of our hotel was a great place to cool our jets after our ramblings around the city.
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The lounge was only open from 6 – 8 PM for “afternoon tea” (again – awesome food and drinks and not just tea).  However all-day the fridge was accessible for a water or a coke.
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While out and about we ran into a Victoria government car that looked like it belonged in the movie Ghostbusters.
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The lounge afternoon tea spread was generous.  They had dim sum, some vegetable appetizer plates, some crustry pastries, and all sorts of desserts.  We passed on all except for dessert as we had just filled up on Fish and Chips in the Carlton neighborhood by the time we made it into the lounge.
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The drink spread at the Melbourne Park Hyatt lounge.
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More of the food, including the dim sum.
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The desserts had strawberry with some decadent dipping sauces and some mixed individual desserts pictured on the left.

We had a very comfortable 3 day stay at this hotel.  The location was impeccable, right in the heart of Melbourne.  The staff at the front desk were very professional and always helpful for a recommendation on what to do and see in town.  We had arranged our Qantas ChaufferDrive ride for a 7:05AM pick-up on our last day since our flight to Cairns at Melbourne airport was scheduled for 9:35AM.  So on our last morning we woke up, made it to breakfast as it opened at 6:30AM, and were in the lobby by 7:00AM.  Some windy and cold weather had blown into Melbourne over the last couple days and actually felled trees and branches in the area.  It was mostly cloudy during our time there so Cairns and specifically Port Douglas would be a welcome treat for us.

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