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Hyatt Hotels are going big in the big city this week. Not content with opening up the brand's largest NYC build in the past 30 years, today the Grand Hyatt New York is launching its first-ever artisanal chocolate line.
Available at the hotel's Market cafe, located in the lobby, the line features milk, dark, and white chocolate bars, and truffles in five flavors, each with a signature color and design: passion fruit, citrus, gianduja & white truffles, coffee, and dulce de leche (given that the chef is Argentinian, you've got to try that last flavor).
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Today is opening day for the Hyatt Times Square and we are fresh from a opening-eve visit to bring you a first look.
The 54-floor, 487-room property is Hyatt's largest new build in the city in more than 30 years and sports a striking, shimmering glass exterior by SLCE Architects and a bright LED sign that changes colors. Stepping into the almost entirely white George Wong-designed lobby, you will first come across a line-up of iPad check-in stations, with a human check-in counter to the right and the (also Wong-designed) T45 Diner to the left. The diner is not quite ready to go yet -- they are hoping to open in a couple of weeks -- but it will feature a menu of classic diner dishes given a modern twist, retro decor, a milkshake bar, back wall of moving lights and a photo booth off to the side.
Although Kauai and the word "big" would never be used in the same sentence to describe its size, it does have a surprisingly large property in the form of the Grand Hyatt Kauai, which is located on 50-acres with over 600 guest rooms, an outdoor spa, seven restaurants and a golf course.
It's a resort in every sense of the word, but it certainly is a beautiful property. It recently renovated its 37 suites and committed itself to green initiatives, the coolest of which is a design aspect that says no building can be higher than the tallest coconut tree, ensuring that the natural environment remains a main attraction despite it being a sprawling resort.
Hyatt Hotels has a huge list of openings prepped under its luxury Park Hyatt brand: from Bangkok to St. Kitts and Siem Reap to Marrakech. On that list is the very first Hyatt for Austria altogether, in the form of Park Hyatt Vienna, in a century-old former bank headquarters in the city’s central First District.
We seem to be writing it a lot these days, but here we go again: a promised 2013 opening did not quite work out, with the hotel now scheduled for June next year. We’ll have to make do with these renderings for now, showing off what we can expect inside the public spaces and 143 rooms.
We've said it before, hotel magazines are back! Now, just in time for Art Basel Miami, Park Hyatt have just launched an online contemporary art magazine named ARTPHAIRE -- yes, that's a 'PH;" for Park Hyatt of course.
Developed in conjunction with BOND Strategy & Influence, ARTPHAIRE launched last week and features a guide to fall's artist retrospectives and upcoming auctions; a Q&A with Anne Pasternak, a profile of Yayoi Kusama, many beautiful high resolution images, and a whole lot of Top 10 lists.
Just in time for the holidays (and its December 3rd opening date) the Hyatt Times Square is flaunting some new multi-colored twinkling lights.
The scaffolding that has covered the site for the past couple of years is gone too, and the lobby is positively glowing. Bar the stray construction barriers and workmen out front, the hotel has tidied up considerably since our last visit just two months ago. We are near-heartbroken, however, to read that the restaurant, spa and lounge won't be opening until January -- what a missed opportunity for a bird's eye view of the Times Square ball drop from the 54th-floor lounge. Maybe next year, then.
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We gave you a sneak peek into the first-ever Hyatt Hotel all-inclusive brand last week, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, but now Hyatt has officially unveiled both of their new all-inclusive brands, Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara.
As you may recall, Hyatt Ziva is the family-friendly resort while Hyatt Zilara is the adults-only resort. ut whichever resort you choose, Hyatt is always listening. Seriously, that's what they said. They're listening to what you want out of the all-inclusive experience and they're making that feedback a part of their brand development.
“We are listening to guests as we create these brands so that we can redefine this category and make the all inclusive experience Hyatt offers unlike anything currently in the market,” said Chris Walker, vice president, brand experience, Hyatt. “We believe that we can leverage our expertise in hospitality to make a short-term impact in the category while inviting our guests to help us create their ideal experience over the long-term. We intend to prototype and test various services, food and beverage concepts, and amenities and collect feedback in real-time to constantly lead in the all inclusive market.”
They ain't messing around. Here are just a few things that Hyatt is implementing with their new all-inclusive brands:
Hyatt Union Square New York and Hyatt 48 Lex have partnered with awesome e-hail phone app that connects passengers looking for a ride with willing drivers, Uber (kind of like the Airbnb of the transportation world). And now both hotels are offering an über-cool package going by the name Uber-ific.
Guests that book the Uber-ific package by March 31, 2014 will receive an Uber Black Card for a $20 Uber credit (valid only for new users), free WiFi and 4 p.m. late checkout. If you are so savvy that you already have an Uber account, you are welcome to give the Black Card to a friend.
The offer is available until March 31. 2014 and rates start at $309.
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In case you thought your visit to the new Andaz Peninsula Papagayo would be just a sunny, luxe vacation filled with nothing but gluttonous me time, forget about it. Andaz has painstakingly curated the hotel experience with the help of its team of Cultural Insiders.
Who qualifies as a Cultural Insider? You may ask. Well, the team the hotel has recruited are all people at the top of their industries of art, music and surf. First up there's twin brothers, Alex and Mike Faherty of the Faherty Brand clothing label who will together take the position of Cultural Insider: Surf. The Fahertys will provide guests with their own ‘How to Surf Costa Rica’ guide, created exclusively for the hotel, which will reveal a list of the hottest hidden surf spots in the country. Guests who book the Witches Rock Surf Package, which includes a full day excursion to Witches Rock National Park plus a professional photographer to shoot the ride, will also receive Faherty Brand board shorts or bikini.
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Now that we've actually seen one of the properties in person, we're even more ready to give the all-inclusive experience a whirl.
We peeped at the former Barcelo Cabo in Mexico as it was undergoing some last-minute touch-ups to turn into the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, a family-friendly resort. (Hyatt Zilara in Cancún will be adults-only.)
The good news is that the Barcelo property is rather new (it opened in 2009) and so the rooms, public spaces, restaurants, meeting rooms, pools and even the kids' club area are all in excellent condition. (We especially loved the giant flat-screen TVs which also accessed the internet as well.) All Hyatt really had to do was make some cosmetic adjustments, change up the signs and tweak the all-inclusive plans.
You can read more about the plans here but the basic all-inclusive plan includes not just food and alcohol from the eight restaurants on-site (most are a la carte and only two are buffets) but also entertainment options, daily and nightly activities, fitness center, kids club and WiFi. The Club Premium Plan gets you a few more perks like private check-in, access to the Exclusive Premium Level Lounge, 20 percent off spa and salon services, welcome amenities and other goodies.
Martha Stewart with Chris Walker, VP of Hyatt House.
We've been proponents of Hyatt's upscale extended stay brand,Hyatt House, pretty much since it was announced (the brand took over the existing Summerfield Suites and Hotel Sierras.) How could we object to stylish, comfy new digs and free WiFi? Yet while Hyatt House has been populating all over America, it's been missing from the big cities. But now we're can get excited about the Hyatt House coming to NYC's Chelsea hood in 2015.
Hyatt House made the NYC announcement last week alongside none other than Martha Stewart who has partnered up with the hotel brand for her new "American Made" program. Guests who stay at more than 20 participating Hyatt Houses will get tips on how to live like a local during their stay. Such tips include places to eat, shop and visit, all of which embrace Martha's "American Made" spirit.
While we think Martha might be more of Park Hyatt guest than a Hyatt House, she did offer up some packing tips that work for hotel guests of all classes. Keep reading to see what they are!
A long, long time ago we wondered if a Hyatt could be coming to South Beach? Well guess what? Yes, Hyatt will finally be strapping on their roller blades to go cruising down Ocean Drive. Ok, well maybe not quite Ocean Drive but close.
According to South Florida Business Journal, the property will open at 1600 Collins Ave. It will be a small hotel with only 105 rooms, an outdoor pool, fitness center and 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. And we're guessing some muy caliente F&B options too.