Our Journey to Australia Part I: The Park Hyatt Sydney for Families

Our family is currently on our Australian adventure and having a truly amazing time. As such, my posting schedule is highly irregular and for that, I apologize. Thanks to Million Mile Secrets, my award booking service is off the charts and that has taken a priority while we’ve been gone (next to adventuring, of course). I will be back on track when we return, but am hoping to share some Australian family travel lessons along the way. In the meantime, if you’d like to follow along with our adventures, don’t forget to follow Our Frugal Life on Facebook or Instagram.

If you’d like to catch up on our entire Australia adventure, you can find the series here:

Our Journey to Australia Part I: The Park Hyatt Sydney for Families

Our Journey to Australia Part II: Sydney with Kids!

Our Journey to Australia Part III: The Australian Outback and Uluru

Our Journey to Australia Part IV: Adventures in Cairns!

Our Journey to Australia Part V: Hamilton Island

 

As we make our way to the Australian outback, I’d be remiss if I didn’t share our family’s experience at the Park Hyatt in Sydney. There have been numerous posts about this property and what a fantastic hotel it is but I have yet to read one from the perspective of a family with children.

We arrived at the Park Hyatt around 8am after an early morning flight from Brisbane. Our check-in was efficient, our diamond status acknowledged, and we were informed that our room would be ready shortly. This was very well received by our bunch as we had been up since about 230am.

While waiting for the room, we decided to spend some time at the pool which of course the kids loved. The pool isn’t anything special, but our kids don’t need special. They just love the water. There are three cabanas along with numerous lounge chairs at the roof top pool. And there is a hot tub as well. The facility included a small refrigerator with water and fruit which was great in the hot Sydney sun. They also had complimentary sunscreen which we made use of several times since our sunscreen was in the bag that was lost by Qantas on our flight from the US to Australia (a story for another day).

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That’s the harbour bridge in the background…

The pool is definitely not large, but we rarely shared it with another party during our four day stay. And it was a great place to kill time while waiting for our room to be ready. After receiving our keys at the pool, we made our way to the room for a nap. While we had expected to be allocated a room without a view since we used our four free nights from the Chase Hyatt credit card (i.e. our ~$1,000 per night room was free). But, we were pleasantly surprised to have found this view from the balcony.

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View from room 232 at the Park Hyatt Sydney

The room was on the smaller side, but it was no issue for our family of four. Each night they brought in a rollaway for my son, and every morning they took it away, allowing us more room to maneuver during the day.

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The layout, the amenities, and the functionality of the room was nearly perfect for us. It was on par with some of the nicest hotels we’ve stayed at including the St. Regis in Abu Dhabi, the Conrad Maldives, and the Park Hyatt Siem Reap. The only quibble I would have was that there were no drawers in which to store our clothes. So, we had to “live” out of our suitcases for the four days. Not a huge deal, but I definitely prefer a little more organization with our clothes.

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Every morning we took advantage of the amazing breakfast in the Dining Room. Since I am a (new) Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond member, the breakfast was complimentary for all four of us. I’m not sure if all four of us got breakfast since my daughter is only four (there were “only three” of us on the room due to their capacity requirement) or just because, but in the end, we only ended up paying for the tip each morning.

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The belgian waffles were a hit with our crew!

We aren’t really breakfast people, but we had an amazing meal each morning before heading out for the day. It included anything off the menu along with unlimited access to the buffet. It all was delicious.

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And the french toast was great!

And the service was outstanding. Really, outstanding. Among all the hotel staff. The pool attendant was wonderful, Fanny at breakfast was great, and Robbie at the concierge desk was fantastic. He even managed to resurrect my nephew’s beloved blankie from the depths of the laundry room after it was taken out with the bedding one morning.

The location of the hotel could not be beat for our needs. Our first day there, Christmas Eve, we explored the Rocks area and had dinner at the nearby Ribs and Burgers. The second day, Christmas, we made our way to the Taronga Zoo which was basically the only thing open on the holiday. The zoo was just a short ferry ride away and left from the nearby Circular Quay. Day three involved a taxi ride to Bronte Beach where we did the cliff walk to Bondi Beach. And on our final day in Sydney, we took the ferry to Manly Beach for some more beach time before our afternoon bike tour around the city.

Other than the cab rides from/to the airport and to/from Bronte Beach/Bondi Beach, everything was reachable on foot or via the ferry which is just a short walk away. Given the number of little legs in our party, this was yet another aspect of the Park Hyatt that made it one of the most amazing hotel experiences that we’ve ever had. One worry that I had before our stay was that the hotel was going to be pretty pretentious and that having kids in tow would be frowned upon by other guests. We didn’t find that to be an issue at all, even from the celebrities! 😉

So as we move on in our Australian adventure, I look back on our Park Hyatt stay very fondly. I can’t imagine a better use for four free nights at a Hyatt as the Park Hyatt Sydney is truly above and beyond other options in the city, if just for their location alone. There are very few hotel stays that rival this one from our family’s perspective and I would highly recommend staying here should ever your family find yourselves on an Australian adventure!

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Park Hyatt Sydney and the Harbour Bridge

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2 Comments

  1. Thanks for the review. You do often only hear about some of the most sought after hotels from a single person or couple perspective. It’s good to know this one is good for families with kids as well.

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