It was almost the end of 2021 – although I didn’t plan to complete my Hyatt Globalist Challenge, there were still a few £100 cashback offers on my Amex cards. I decided to use these offers on the Great Scotland Yard hotel, which is part of the Unbound Collection.
I booked the Hyatt Prive rate under the ongoing 3-for-2 offer. Hyatt Prive includes free breakfast, $100 credit to spend on property, room upgrade and 2pm checkout. The total comes to £690 for three nights pre cashbacks – remember that you’ll only get two night credits for the stay though.
The hotel is very centrally located, just a couple of minutes’ walk to Embankment and Charing Cross stations. The building is on a quiet lane though so you don’t need to worry about noises.
The hotel sits on the original site of the (Old) Scotland Yard which is where the name comes from. It’s a total rebuild though so has nothing to do with the old MET office.
Its public space is full of classy and graceful decorations, and they are truly beautiful.
And of course there’s a Christmas tree.
The wall arts in the corridor are funny British humour.
I’m very impressed by the enamelled door – it must be expensive to make.
I’m upgraded one-level to a room with city view, which isn’t much of an upgrade. The Explorist status has been virtually useless to be honest, even combined with Hyatt Prive which supposedly enhances the room upgrade benefit.
The room is – unsurprisingly – small, however it feels very tasteful. It reminds me of Marriott Park Lane, although the styles are quite different.
The bathroom is very beautiful too, equipped with a smart toilet seat.
The welcome letter is wax-sealed.
At the same time, I have quite a few complaints as well:
- No bottled-water provided
- No bathrobe provided
- The toilet smells really bad
- Bed is very uncomfortable for me
Also calling the room one with city view is probably way too euphemistic.
Breakfast is all a-la-carte, which is unusual but very welcomed.
The food is good, but not on par with Marriott Park Lane or the Andaz.
I have £75 credit to use on property, which isn’t easy. There’s only one restaurant Ekstedt but I don’t fancy it, and ended up having two meals in the pub 40 Elephants instead.
The dinner is average and nothing to write home about.
The hotel features no spa or swimming pool. There’s a small gym, but if you want a jog Green Park and Hyde Park are just around the corner.
The hotel has very impressive interior design and the room is pretty, and in the meantime its rate is not excessively high. If you are Hyatt Globalist and can fare a suite upgrade, I think it’s a good choice for central London.