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Having only just reported on the Hyatt Place coming to Downtown Brooklyn from New York super-developer Sam Chang, we're thrilled to hear from The Real Deal that plans for a Manhattan outpost are also well in the works.
Due to snuggle into Midtown East at 208-210 East 52nd Street and 3rd Avenue, the 225-room, 29-story hotel will be the first Hyatt Place in Manhattan, and boy do we need one. Why all the excitement, even though NYC already has a Grand Hyatt ten blocks south? You see, Hyatt Places are all about budget business travelers who have to haul around laptops and other gadgets and want the hotel resources to support these tech toys. In addition to the draws of free wifi and ergonomic work chairs, Hyatt Places have a heck of an outlet panel!
Too bad we've got to simmer down quick, as "[Chang] expects the hotel to open in 2011, but the date depends on the city's approval process." Don't they understand that we need it now? If they're thinking two years from now, they'd better be capable of installing touch-screen work surfaces and other fancy gadgets that we envision will blow up in hotels in the near future. Here's hoping, Hyatt Place. Here's hoping.
[Photo: The Real Deal NY]
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We know NYC room rates are dropping. But when you really want to do up the Big Apple on a budget, we've been telling you to take a second look at Brooklyn. We consider ourselves sorta like Brooklyn cheerleaders here at HC; we've already profiled the Five Best Hotels for Those Willing to Go to Brooklyn and we're happy to tell you over and over just how easy it is to hop on a subway to roll a few stops into Manhattan. Heck, we promise you: it's even easy to hail a 2 a.m. cab back to the ol' BK after you've indulged in a few too many swanky Manhattan hotel cocktails. Really!
And apparently The Borough of Trees is really hoping we do our Brooklyn cheerleading job well: they're adding even more hotel rooms out there. The Daily Eagle is reporting that a Hyatt Place Hotel and a Best Western are on their way to Downtown Brooklyn.
Hyatt Place is quickly becoming one of our new fave chains for budget business travel excursions. Yesterday, our brothers at Jaunted did a bang-up job of reporting their check-in to check-out experience during their very first Hyatt Place visit and being the tech-dependent gadget goobers that we are, we zeroed in on this: the glorious panel of tech goodies.
Four easy buttons allow us to toggle between the TV, component, video, and computer inputs and there's a plug for anything we might be able to stuff into our laptop case to bring along with us. That means presentation prep would be a breeze, but switching back to the telly to catch the latest ep of Lost would not require calling the front desk (or any missed shirtless-man scenes).
The only gripe: shouldn't there be an Ethernet plug in here somewhere? Jaunted mentioned the WiFi at this particular Hyatt Place was a little bit sluggish (though it was free!), and we've had experiences where the WiFi was out completely and there was no wired Internet access in the rooms (we're looking at you, Marriott Courtyard) there is something to be said for keepin' the old school alternative on standby in case the WiFi craps out.
There's tons of hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.
· Wyndham Searching for New CEO: Wyndham Hotels needs a new CEO after Steven Rudnitsky stepped down yesterday. [BTN Mag]
· Hyatt Place Birmingham Nearly Done: Hyatt Place keeps expanding. The property in Birmingham, Ala. gets topped off and will open in February 2009. [Birmingham Biz Journal]
· Where to Find the Ladies of the GOP: Why at the Crowne Plaza hotel. "Chanel flats and pearls" not necessary although probably mandatory. [HuffPo]
· Illegal Hotel in Las Vegas Shut Down: NYC's not the only one with illegal hotels. The Meridien condo building gets shut down for having illegal overnight rentals. [LVRJ]
We are too busy trying to keep Cheeto dust from falling into our keyboard to worry about silly things like etiquette and manners (ha, kidding about the Cheetos), but we recall our mothers telling us to remove our elbows from the table one time. And, of course, we've learned a few social etiquette rules after getting yelled at for double-dipping a chip during our latest soiree featuring margaritas and guacamole.
But when it comes to business etiquette, we don't know so much. Like, is it rude to leave your cell phone on during a meeting? How does one go about mingling with people at a big conference without coming off like a Michael Scott-type?
Hyatt Place -- a chain that's primarily been marketing itself toward business travelers -- thinks you might be like us and may be in dire need of etiquette lessons. But, like, not because you seem ill-equipped to handle real-life social situations -- but because knowing proper etiquette can give you a competitive edge in the business world.
So they called upon Emily Post's great-great-granddaughter (seriously) to help launch an online guide called The Etiquette Effect to help us out.
The Mediterranean island of Malta is a fascinating place... but, truth be told, this post is about Malta, New York, where Hyatt Place just opened a new outpost.
The Hyatt Place hotels cater to a business clientele, replete with free WiFi, ergonomic chairs, check-in kiosks, gyms, Hyatt-trademarked beds, food that can be ordered via touch-screen menu 24/7, and "Gallery Hosts" (or, in traditional industry vernacular, concierges.) This one will definitely follow the model.
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· CitizenM Opens in Amsterdam: Tonight is the first night for guests at the CitizenM Hotel near Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. We have a spy scoping the place so stay tuned for a full review.
· The Artisan Hotel: This hotel in downtown El Paso is finally set to open on August 1 even though the owner has already put it back on the market.
· Palm Springs To Get a Hyatt Place: The developers of an upcoming Hard Rock Palm Springs is going to put in a Hyatt Place and a Marriott Residence Inn.
· 1 Hotel Set for Vancouver Island: Sternlicht and Co. are going ahead with plans for a 1 Hotel & Residences Vancouver Island at Wyndansea. The place will have 180 condo-units and 95 beach and golf villas.
With so many celebrities developing hotels these days, you may not remember that a just under a year ago, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen announced he and builder Brent Johnson were in talks to develop a guitar museum attached to a Hyatt Place Hotel in Rick's hometown of Rockford, IL.
"It's going to be garish, over the top, disgusting," Nielsen told the Rockford Register Star at the time. Following that appealing description, you may be shocked to learn what happened next.
With all these new hotel brands popping up, it's getting harder and harder for us to keep track of which has what where.
But we recently saw an advertisement for Hyatt Place Hotels that mentioned free WiFi and we have to say that those people in the advertising department should get some raises!
As we mentioned last month, Hyatt Places have been on a roll converting the old Amerisuites brand into these newer joints. Currently, there's about 100 hotels across the U.S. with the most being on the East Coast and in the South.
Another thing we're intrigued by at Hyatt Place? The touchscreen menu in the Guest Kitchen (in the lobby) where you can order made-to-order entrées, sandwiches, soups, salads and pizza 24 hours a day and use your roomkey for a cashless purchase.
Have you stayed at a Hyatt Place recently? Put your review in comments below.
Hyatt has been on a roll converting the old Amerisuites brand it bought into swankier new Hyatt Place hotels. Economic downturn be damned--they're going on a building binge as well. The company announced last week that they now have 200 locations open or in development.
You can read where all the new locations are going to be in the press release, but here's a look at a few of them to get a feel. If there's not one in a suburban office park near you, it's probably in the works.
* Buffalo Grove, IL
* Richmond Heights, MO
* Middleton, WI
* Austin Airport, TX
* Ewing, NJ
* Richmond Airport, VA
* Houston Medical Center, TX
There are a few urban locations though, including Manhattan and Salt Lake City. There's a lot to like about these Hyatt Place hotels, including free WiFi throughout, 42-inch flat panel TVs with 11 high-definition channels, DIRECTV Sports, and a cool connector that allows you to connect your laptop to the TV and watch DVDs or video you've stored.
We're not sure why the company decided to include this Hyatt Place rendering in their press release though. First, why not picture one that's already open? Maybe even offer up a video tour? Second, is it just us or does this look like pretty much every other boxy mid-range hotel lining the nation's interstate highways and strip mall zones?
We really do love a good bit of hotel Wifi--when it's included in the cost of the room, that is--and the Hyatt Place brand have done a good job of offering free Wifi since they started opening up across the US.
Now they've taken their online offerings one step further with the introduction of a hotel-industry first. Whenever you use the Wifi access at a Hyatt Place you'll be greeted with a rather useful-looking customized home page, powered by iGoogle.
This means that you'll see a page full of stuff that is probably useful to you while you're on a trip: the local weather, the evening offerings on TV in that city, information about the hotel (especially the room service menu), a box for checking flight info and news feeds from relevant websites. Plus a Google search box, of course, and a direct link to Wikipedia searches too.
It all sounds almost too convenient. Seems like we won't need to ask staff too many questions with everything we need to know just jumping off the screen at us. Add this handy service to their great offers for football fans and we're starting to wonder if we'd ever check out again.
· Hyatt Place Catering to the Football Fanatic [HotelChatter]
· Hyatt Places Will Have Free Wifi [HotelChatter]
Hyatt Place, the new boutique brand from Hyatt, is going after gridiron fans with their new DIRECTV football programming on 42-inch HDTVs.
To celebrate football season, Hyatt Place has introduced the Hyatt Place DIRECTV Sports Package offering extra room hours for maximum viewing, a full day of college or professional games and quintessential football fuel.
The service is valid every Saturday and Sunday night through December 30, 2007 so as to appeal to the college football and NFL football fan.
As for extra room hours, Hyatt Places will offer early check-in so you won't miss the games. Also, the hotel will serve you a pizza and two 20 oz. beverages and you can snack on the 24-hour guest kitchen.
This is not a bad way for Hyatt Places to make a name for themselves especially in a competitive market with Westin hotels, Hotel Indigos, etc. Now, we kinda wanna check-in to one of these places but sadly there are no Hyatt Places in Los Angeles.
· Hyatt Place™ is the Only Hotel Brand to Offer Guests DIRECTV® Football Programming and 42-Inch Guestroom HDTV [BizWire]
· Hyatt Place Boston Lobby Video Tour [HotelChatter]