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2013 has been quite the year for Hyatt Place so far, with two major openings in Austin and New York within weeks of each other (we recently stayed at the latter, and wrote our thoughts about it here).
Now, the brand has us all worked up again thanks to an announcement about a 151-room hotel built on a 550-acre luxury resort in La Paz, Mexico. Opening in 2014, the hotel will be just a few minutes from downtown La Paz, and only 30 minutes from Manuel Marquez de Leon Int'l Airport (that's good news if your schedule only allows for quickie long weekend jaunts).
Now, don't go thinking that Hyatt Place gets all those 550 acres to itself: the hotel will be part of a luxury resort complex known as "CostaBaja." And as such, guests of the future hotel will get to enjoy all the resort's amenities, like a 250-slip double-basin marina, La Paz' first-ever spa, two pools, two restaurants, and an 18-hole golf course. Oh, and white sandy beaches along the Sea of Cortez.
It almost snuck past us with its March 14th opening, but we managed to get in the highly anticipated Hyatt Place Midtown. Originally scheduled to accept reservations last November (which then got bumped to March 15th), it got the typical pushback until it was juuuust right for a crowd who took advantage of a new hotel debuting in time for St. Patrick's Day weekend. Ballsy!
From our one-night midweek stay observations, the 185-room hotel is already hopping (probably from that in-house Starbucks coffee they serve) and operating at full capacity.
The reason appears fairly simple--it's a good deal for the location as we've mentioned in our pre-opening stories. Other biggies are the large rooms with doubles or kings, many with pull-out sofas (great for families) free WiFi, desk, and complimentary hot breakfast spread. That's why at 9 a.m. on a Friday morning, the dining room was absolutely packed with patrons. Once we saw the plates, we said, screw the cereal and yogurt and grabbed a cheesy frittata with pesto sauce that was ridiculously delish. At first the breakfast scene appeared overwhelming and a little mobbish, but the Hyatt staff kept the food coming and plates cleared quickly, so it wasn't quite as chaotic as it looked, and by 10 a.m., all was quiet again.
We also learned Hyatt Place offers a few other services we think are just dandy and may give comparable hotels something to think about.
Yesterday, we finally received some long-awaited news about the opening of Hyatt Union Square. Yes, the hotel is on for an early spring opening. And yes, rates will be high ($479/night, in case you've forgotten).
But that's not the only Hyatt coming to Manhattan this year.
Just twenty-three blocks north, the less-hyped Hyatt Place Midtown is ready to rock 'n roll. Though there's still paper on the windows (as shown in the photo above), the "place" is basically set to open. Reservations are being taken for March 15, and starting rates are $314/night.
So, what to expect?
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With the Grand Hyatt Erawan already open, the group’s selection of brands in the city is nearly complete. So Mister Hyatt, will an Andaz be next? While we wait for that announcement (we just heard about a Tokyo addition), read on for details on the two new hotels.
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We feel we should preface this post with a big 'but...'
Yes, it's true that Beyonce will be the official act for the Super Bowl halftime show this February. Yes, it will probably be a better show than whatever weird Egyptian thing Madonna did last year. And yes, even you, who's left planning 'til the very last minute, can find a way to see Beyonce perform and have a place to stay.
But (we told you it was coming!) don't expect to find a hotel in New Orleans proper, as, from what we can tell, they're all pretty much sold out. A quick look online shows that not only are our usual NOLA faves fully booked, even the crumby ones on the outskirts of town are unavailable too.
So, what's a Beyonce fan to do?
We're still not sure when The Hyatt Union Square in Manhattan will open (it certainly doesn't look like in July) but up in Midtown, there's another Hyatt hotel with a clear opening date--The Hyatt Place Midtown on 36th and 6th near Penn Station.
The hotel is now taking reservations for November 26 and on. If you've never stayed at a Hyatt Place before, here's what you can expect: spacious guest rooms with divided living and sleeping areas, a king Hyatt Grand Bed (or two double beds), 42" flat-panel HDTVs, plenty of places to plug in your gadgets (including hookups for the TV), a Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper (yes, in all rooms), complimentary continental breakfast buffet and best of all, free WiFi.
Downstairs, there will be one of those new-fangled Grab n' Go restaurant, a bakery cafe, a "den" to hang out in and an "E Room", a business center in case you somehow forgot your laptop.
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If you're in the Boston area and happen to get a case of the munchies, you'd do well to hop over to the new Hyatt Place Braintree, opening on May 15. The 204-room hotel, which is located 12 miles from downtown Boston, will offer guests free WiFi, one of the brand's 24-hour Stay Fit fitness centers, and a 24-hour "Guest Kitchen" with made-to-order snacks like soups, burgers, hot sandwiches, pizza and salad.
The Guest Kitchen, reminiscent of Aloft's re:fuel pantry except with an actual server, is available at other Hyatt Place properties, and is in fact just one of a few dining amenities designed for guests on the go.
Guests can also choose from a free hot breakfast, a Bakery Cafe with fresh-baked muffins, Starbucks coffee and Hyatt-branded Mondavi wine, and a Grab 'N Go case with packaged sandwiches and juice bottles. But if it's something more...personal you're looking for, simply place an order with the Kitchen Host, have the food sealed up in a to-go container, and bring the comestibles up to your room.
Say 'hola' to free WiFi!
Hyatt is planning a new 156-room Hyatt Place to open in the city of Bayamon, 15 miles southwest of San Juan. The brand hasn't introduced any new properties to the country since Hacienda Del Mar opened in 2005 in Dorado, and while that one aims for an affordable resort-type experience (think poolside cocktails, easy beach access, rooms with balconies), Hyatt Place instead appeals to business travelers on a budget—and who are looking to have a little fun at the end of the workday.
In addition to all the regular Hyatt Place amenities (free WiFi, remote printing, nifty plug panel outlets), the seven-story Hyatt Place Bayamon will neighbor El Tropical Casino. Dangerous business when you go to a beautiful place like Puerto Rico but the hotel isn't on a beach so you just spend your time in the casino. Luckily, a 45-acre park sits right next to the property, so you'll at least be able to get your nature groove on there.
We're big fans of Hyatt Place hotels mainly because of their free WiFi, spacious rooms, geeky tech panels and wallet-friendly room rates but now Hyatt Place is even more appealing thanks to the opening of their first hotel in Hawaii.
Formerly the Ocean Resort Hotel, the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach in Honolulu is comprised of two towers, the first of which, the Pali Tower, is now open. This tower has 191 rooms, all with balconies and views of the Waikiki Beach neighborhood.
Waikiki beach is a "three-minute walk" away, according to Hyatt Place, and the Hawaii Convention Center is just two miles away, making it a good spot for either business or pleasure guests, or both.
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Say goodbye to these rooms!
For 2011, the Ocean Resort Hotel Waikiki is going to get a much-needed makeover. The Hyatt will give it a Heidi Montag-sized face-lift and turn it into the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach.
The Diamond Head hotel's 451 rooms will get nipped and tucked, the lobby and public spaces will see major changes, and the pool deck will receive an update.
We gave you the lowdown on a bunch of last-minute Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. But if you can't wait till then and you need a room pronto, Hyatt is offering a holiday package that you can buy right now.
Foodies! We have a present for you! Or at least we think we do: we just caught wind of a pretty sweet rumor that the Culinary Insitute of America (in Hyde Park, NY) is going to be getting a Hyatt Place right on the campus.
Right now, the only options for stays near the campus are kinda limited most of your hotel choices are in nearby Poughkeepsie but according to the documents we came across, the Hyatt Place is actually working with the Culinary Institute to develop the hotel directly on the campus. Mmm, so you can roll yourself home from Escoffier restaurant into your hotel room.
No word if there's going to be student involvement in the operation or not (our guess is no, since Hyatt Places typically don't have massive F&B programs), but still good to know, foodies. Good to know.