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Will Hyatt Centric South Beach Make Its April Opening Date?

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  Site Where: 1600 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
February 16, 2015 at 11:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last week got a bit Hyatt Centric with the news that both Miami and Chicago would be blessed with one of these new hotels geared towards millennials in the coming months.

But just how close will the one in South Beach, come to hitting its targeted open date?

We swung by the construction site on the corner of Collins Avenue and 16th Street the other morning to take a look. As if the company had been stirred into action by our coverage, the site was abuzz with activity. Detour signs were set up in front a massive hole in the road on 16th Street and construction workers tinkered away on the exterior of the building at multiple levels.

That's all a good sign, for sure. But--and you can call us jaded if you like--we're not convinced this means that the hotel will be finished by April.

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Hyatt Centric Will Open in The Loop in Chicago This May

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  Site Where: 100 W. Monroe St. [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60603
February 13, 2015 at 11:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hyatt Hotels have always been Chicago-centric (it's where the company's headquarters are) so it makes perfect sense that their new brand, Hyatt Centric will open here as well as Miami.

Not long after the news came out yesterday about South Beach, came this news about the Hyatt Centric The Loop:

Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago, a 22-story property first constructed in 1927 by Frank Chase, has undergone a transformative renovation from an office building to an iconic new hotel, all while maintaining the integrity of the building’s roots. The hotel features 257 guest rooms, 2,513 square feet of meeting space, a 24-hour fitness center, rooftop bar and a new signature French bistro, Cochon Volant, run by James Beard award winning Master Chef Roland Liccioni. The hotel will showcase elements of the area’s rich cultural and architectural past while offering guests a full range of modern amenities.

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Hyatt Centric to Open Their First Hotel in South Beach in April

Where: 1600 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
February 12, 2015 at 2:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Remember the other day when we gave you the lowdown on the high season hotel happenings in Miami? Well, there's already been a change to the list. A BIG ONE. Sit down for it. Or at least stop glancing at Facebook while you read this important news.

The expected Hyatt South Beach at 16th Street and Collins Avenue will actually open as the Hyatt Centric South Beach, making it the very first Hyatt Centric hotel to open. If you aren't familiar with Hyatt Centric, you can read all about that here. In short, it's a hotel for millennials.

Since the name change was pretty sudden (or at least we think it was), the hotel's layout has not changed much since its initial description. But here's what you can expect from the 105-room hotel:

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Checking Out the Future Home of Andaz Singapore

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  Site Where: Ophir Road, Singapore, Singapore
February 10, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

With the news that Andaz Hotels was heading to Singapore dropping into our inbox just days before we would be in town, we naturally had to include a stop in the Ophir-Rochor district on our itinerary to check out what we’ll be looking at come opening in 2017.

We’ll get to construction shots in a second, but first, here it is: the dual-towered DUO development Andaz will be part of, designed by Ole Scheeren, the architect also behind Bangkok’s Mahanakhon Tower. Curving along a half-moon base, the exterior of the two towers is covered in hexagons, with extensive gardens and at least one pool on the roof. Read on for much more.

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Andaz is Revving up to Andazsm in Ottawa and Singapore

February 3, 2015 at 1:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Not long ago, we were a little worried that the expansion plans for Andaz Hotels was waning. (The delay for Andaz Mayakoba didn't help soothe our fears.)

But Andaz has now come out strong in 2015, announcing both Andaz Ottawa and Andaz Singapore.

Here are the details on the newest place to have an Andazsm:

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Hyatt Has Gone Public With Their New Millennial Hotel Brand, Hyatt Centric

January 27, 2015 at 10:55 AM | by | Comment (1)

At last, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts have thrown their hat (porkpie, we're assuming) into the trendy millennial hotel brand ring, by announcing HYATT CENTRIC., with its first hotel opening in 2015.

Here's what Hyatt Centric is about, according to their website:

Pick a location and pack your bags! We are at the center of the most unique destinations—in the middle of the action, in the know, and always on-hand to serve up insider knowledge, intriguing tidbits, and great conversation over a well-crafted cocktail. We are your local home base, preparing you to explore the best our cities have to offer.

Yup, that sounds like a millennial hotel. And just like all the other millennial hotels out there, Hyatt Centric experience is focusing on design, socialization (with The Corner Lounge), technology (including free WiFi) , artisanal beverages, foodie bites and wellness (the hotel gym is called The Health Studio.)

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

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Andaz Mayakoba is Delayed Until May 2016

Where: Mayakoba, Mexico
January 15, 2015 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last time we checked in on Andaz Mayakoba, we were filing it under “back-up Andazm”, since we hadn’t heard much about it since it was announced, despite a mid-2015 opening.

Well, turns out there’s a reason for that. That mid-2015 opening is gonna be May 2016. Oof.

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Hyatt Regency Amsterdam Will Look Like This In 2016

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  Site Where: Sarphatistraat, Amsterdam, Netherlands
January 2, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

We may have seen some demolition last year at the former children’s hospital in Amsterdam that will become the city’s first Hyatt Regency, but boy did we underestimate how much bulldozing was still to be done.

Before we show you where things are today, above is the end result planned for the 211-room hotel, scheduled for 2016. Take note of the three historic facades on the right (three stories with the white vertical stripes, then the mishmash of windows, then the four stories in darker brick) and check out what that looks like today below.

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2014 Must-Have Hotel Amenity: Free WiFi

December 30, 2014 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of year again: the 2014 HotelChatter Awards! Today and tomorrow, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...

It’s almost as if they knew. We (and you) have long been advocates of free WiFi being essential to hotel stays; but many of the big chains didn’t want to know.

But the tide is turning, and 2014 will go down as the year the WiFi revolution really came to pass. In the last two months alone we’ve seen Marriott, Starwood, Hyatt, Sandals and Taj all announce they’re freeing the WiFi (with a couple of easily taken care of caveats from Marriott and Starwood). And free WiFi is the most important factor in choosing a hotel for British guests, according to a slightly-biased-but-we’ll-take-it-anyway survey for Amba Hotels, which is promising the fastest connection speed in the world.

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No, Your Eyes Aren't Deceiving You, It's a Lifesize Gingerbread House

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  Site Where: 601 Loyola Ave [map], New Orleans, LA, United States, 70113
December 23, 2014 at 8:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

Who dat?

Oh, no one. It’s just a Christmas elf working on the life-size gingerbread house at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

No, you’re not looking at it through a French Quarter-infused haze. Yes, life-size means human-sized – it’s 14 feet long, 15 feet high and 8 feet wide, and is the work of Exec chef Eric Damidot and his little helpers. Here are the stats:
· 500 sheets of gingerbread, made of:

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Starting in February, Hyatt Will Free the WiFi For All Guests

December 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (2)

This room at the Hyatt South Beach will have free WiFi for all guests when it opens this spring

2014 is going out with a bang as far as Hotel WiFiis concerned. First came Marriott's news. Then Starwood and now, here comes Hyatt Hotels.

The giant hotel company announced that starting on February 2015, the WiFi will be free at ALL HYATT HOTELS. Previously, it was free for elite members of Hyatt Gold Passport loyalty program.

And unlike other hotels WiFi offerings, the WiFi will be free whether you are a Hyatt Gold Passport member or not, and whether you booked directly through Hyatt or not.

“Internet connectivity is no longer an amenity. It has become an integral part of travelers’ daily lives and a basic expectation,” said Kristine Rose, vice president of brands for Hyatt. “Travelers shouldn’t have to remember which brands or locations offer it for free or the strings attached to get it.”

We kinda can't believe this. Even though we've been saying WiFi is as important as air conditioning and a toilet that flushes, for several years now, it feels strange that major hotel brands are finally coming around to it. But it is good news.

Now, we'll be scrutinizing the speed and quality of this free WiFi. Oh and on that note, where Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond and Platinum tier members will receive a complimentary upgrade to a Hyatt Hotel's premium WiFi service.

So, what do you have to say, Hilton Hotels?

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Opens in Jamaica With Adjacent Zilara Property Not Far Behind

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  Site Where: Rose Hall Road , Montego Bay, Jamaica
December 16, 2014 at 2:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Aerial view of Hyatt's new Ziva and Zilara Rose Hall joint properties in Montego Bay

After debuting its first all-inclusive resort last year in Cabo, Hyatt has announced the opening of its second Ziva property, the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The resort is Jamaica’s first Hyatt-branded all inclusive resort, and will be followed next week with the opening of a sister property, the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall, whose opening has been delayed until December 20th.

In case you forgot, the Ziva and Zilara are Hyatt's two new all-inclusive brands. The difference between the two is that Ziva is a family-friendly resort while the Zilara is an adults-only resort. In Montego Bay, the properties are located adjacent to one another where the the Ritz-Carlton used to be.

The Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall has 496 suites, including 28 swim-up suites with large terraces. The all-inclusive perks include the usual suspects of food and booze, but also airport transfers, a private airport lounge, a round of golf at one of the two courses, and a catamaran excursion.

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