Park Hyatt opens first hotel in Thailand

Park Hyatt Bangkok Lobby

Fans of Hyatt’s upscale Park Hyatt brand will be pleased to know the hotel’s first property in Thailand – Park Hyatt Bangkok – officially opened its doors on Friday, some three years after its originally scheduled 2014 launch.

“We are excited to open Park Hyatt Bangkok in this incredible city that is full of culture, history and a rich sense of place,” said the hotel’s general manager, Michael Golden. “Our goal is to make all of our guests feel welcome and very much at home with highly personalised service in a luxurious and sophisticated environment.”

The property is located in the heart of the city’s central business district, occupying levels nine to 36 of the Central Embassy mixed-use complex. Travellers familiar with the brand’s flagship Park Hyatt New York hotel are likely to see certain similarities with the design of the new Bangkok property, as both were realised by New York-based design firm Yabu Pushelberg.

A total of 222 rooms and suites with about 57 configurations are available, offering numerous adjustments such as bathrooms with or without windows.

For a detailed look at the Park Hyatt Bangkok, take a look at our hotel overview ahead of the hotel’s opening.

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Hyatt Place opens in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu

Hyatt Place Rameswaram

Earlier this month, Hyatt opened Hyatt Place Rameswaram, the first under this 4-star brand category in Tamil Nadu and the fifth in India.

Kurt Straub, Hyatt’s vice president of operations, India says, “The opening of Hyatt Place Rameswaram is a significant milestone for the Hyatt Place brand as it continues to expand in India and across the globe. Rameswaram’s first Hyatt Place hotel will be a vibrant and dynamic hotel that combines comfort and style that fits right into the region’s religious tourism.”

The property is located in the heart of Rameswaram, and is within proximity to prominent pilgrim venues in the city.

It offers 101 rooms (28 sqm) and suites (62-70 sqm), each of which include a 42-inch HDTV, “Cozy Corner” sofa, free water bottles, rain shower, tea/coffee making facilities, work desk, iron/ironing board, minibar and free wifi. Suites include a bathtub too.

Amongst its F&B offerings are Gallery Kitchen Breakfast with a South Indian menu as well as select few international specialities, 24/7 Gallery Menu and Market, and a coffee and cocktail bar by the poolside. The Hyatt Place Rameswaram kitchen serves only vegetarian fare.

A 24-hour gym, outdoor swimming pool, 441 sqm of meeting space and free public computers with high speed internet are other facilities on the property.

“The Hyatt Place brand is designed to offer seamless experiences for travellers, and we know that our guests will appreciate the comfortable and functional amenities offered at Hyatt Place Rameswaram,” says Utsa Majumdar, general manager at Hyatt Place Rameswaram.

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Earlier this month, Hyatt opened Hyatt Place Rameswaram, the first under this 4-star brand category in Tamil Nadu and the fifth in India.

Kurt Straub, Hyatt’s vice president of operations, India says, “The opening of Hyatt Place Rameswaram is a significant milestone for the Hyatt Place brand as it continues to expand in India and across the globe. Rameswaram’s first Hyatt Place hotel will be a vibrant and dynamic hotel that combines comfort and style that fits right into the region’s religious tourism.”

The property is located in the heart of Rameswaram, and is within proximity to prominent pilgrim venues in the city.

It offers 101 rooms (28 sqm) and suites (62-70 sqm), each of which include a 42-inch HDTV, “Cozy Corner” sofa, free water bottles, rain shower, tea/coffee making facilities, work desk, iron/ironing board, minibar and free wifi. Suites include a bathtub too.

Amongst its F&B offerings are Gallery Kitchen Breakfast with a South Indian menu as well as select few international specialities, 24/7 Gallery Menu and Market, and a coffee and cocktail bar by the poolside. The Hyatt Place Rameswaram kitchen serves only vegetarian fare.

A 24-hour gym, outdoor swimming pool, 441 sqm of meeting space and free public computers with high speed internet are other facilities on the property.

“The Hyatt Place brand is designed to offer seamless experiences for travellers, and we know that our guests will appreciate the comfortable and functional amenities offered at Hyatt Place Rameswaram,” says Utsa Majumdar, general manager at Hyatt Place Rameswaram.

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Hyatt Place to come to Japan

Hyatt Place Tokyo Bay

Hyatt Place is set to make its Japan debut in 2019 when the Hyatt Place Tokyo Bay opens its doors. The new hotel will be situated near Tokyo Disney Resort at Urayasu City in Chiba Prefecture, approximately 20 kilometres from Haneda Airport and 50 kilometres from Narita Airport.

The Hyatt Place brand is among the more casual and technology-focused of Hyatt’s offerings. “The new Hyatt Place Tokyo Bay will have the feel of a resort with beautiful surroundings, including a park and views of Tokyo Bay, something that is sure to satisfy both business and leisure travellers,” said Shinya Ozawa, president and CEO of Sogo Development Co, the parent company of Tokyo Bay Resort Development Co with which Hyatt has entered into an agreement for the property.

“We will continue to work alongside Hyatt to create a hotel that is loved and valued by all guests while still meeting the high expectations of the people living in the area.”

In addition to its 365 guestrooms including two suites, the ten-storey hotel will have some 180 sqm of meeting space along with an all-day dining facility and a 24-hour gym.

“The opening will mark a very important milestone for Hyatt’s brand growth strategy as the company expands its portfolio in key locations within the country to increase preference among guests,” said Hirohide Abe, senior vice president of Hyatt, Japan and Micronesia.

Key among these is the new Hyatt Centric Ginza in Tokyo, which is set to open in 2018 and is among 12 new Hyatt Centric-brand properties that are slated to open by the end of 2019. In addition to the Hyatt Place Tokyo Bay, Hyatt Place will also be making its Malaysia debut in 2019 with the Hyatt Place Melaka Gateway.

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Ten new and upcoming Kuala Lumpur hotels

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia city skyline.

Hotel Cosmo Kuala Lumpur

Opening its doors on December 1, 2016, the Hotel Cosmo Kuala Lumpur is one of the latest midscale additions to Kuala Lumpur’s hotel scene. Its 347 rooms range from family-style and studio suites to regular guestrooms, and its location near the Masjid Jamek Interchange Station – two stops from KL Sentral – make it convenient for business travellers entering the city via the KLIA Express. The Leboh Ampang-district hotel is also located close to a number of the city’s banking institutions and Central Market.

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Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur

Along with The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, YTL Hotels’ Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur is among the first properties in Southeast Asia to join the Autograph Collection – a group of more than 110 independent hotels worldwide. Opened in February 2017, the Hotel Stripes is situated in the business hub on Jalan Kamunting, an area replete with 1940s shop houses and once known as the Asian Heritage Row, and features 184 bespoke guestrooms and suites.

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Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade

The Mercure brand debuted in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month with the opening of the Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade hotel. Located in the city’s Bukit Bintang district, the 213-room property features a number of distinctly local touches – a common theme among Mercure hotels – including Peranakan motifs in its all-day Chorak Restaurant. The hotel also has a lobby lounge, rooftop pool bar and adjacent fitness centre, and three meeting and events spaces.

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Element Kuala Lumpur

The Element Hotels brand will be making its Southeast Asia debut when the Element Kuala Lumpur opens on April 9, 2017 in the 275-metre Ilham Baru Tower. Nearly half of the guestrooms in the property will be suites (120 out of a total 252 rooms), with small kitchenettes being a key feature of many of the eco-themed hotel’s accommodations. A variety of recreational services and amenities are also planned to be available in this green vein, including bicycle rental and electric vehicle charging stations.

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Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur

Four Seasons’ new 209-room property in the Malaysian capital is scheduled for an early 2018 opening and will make up part of a 65-storey mixed-use tower that will offer a total of 242 Four Seasons-branded residences and 27 serviced apartments. A five-floor 27,900-sqm luxury shopping complex known as the Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur will also occupy the tower.

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CitizenM Kuala Lumpur

Set to open in the second quarter of 2018, Artyzen Hospitality Group’s third CitizenM hotel in Asia will be its smallest in the region with 198 rooms – upcoming properties in Taipei and Shanghai will have 267 and 303 rooms, respectively. Announced last week, the Bukit Bintang district CitizenM Kuala Lumpur has been confirmed to feature a 24-hour CanteenM eatery, though other facilities have yet to be announced.

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So Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Hotel and Residences, and Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara

Accorhotels’ new So Sofitel offering in the Malaysian capital actually comprises two properties – the So Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Hotel and the So Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Residences. Both are scheduled to open their doors in 2020 and, like many of the city’s new hotels, are situated a short distance from the Petronas Twin Towers and the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The hotel will offer 207 guestrooms while the serviced residences will include 590 units. Each features a spa, fitness centre and event spaces, among other facilities, while guests at the residences will be able to make use of the rooftop sky garden foyer for barbecues.

In addition to these properties, Accorhotels is also set to open its Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara on June 1, 2017, located about one hour from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Larger than the So Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Hotel, the Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara will include some 312 rooms.

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Crowne Plaza Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Intercontinental Hotel Group’s (IHG) Crowne Plaza Kuala Lumpur City Centre is currently scheduled for a 2021 opening with a specific focus on business travellers. This is evident in the hotel’s central business district location on Jalan Yap Kwan Seng road, walking distance from the Kuala Lumpur City Centre and Petronas Twin Towers, and its business centre and seven meeting spaces. A total of 338 rooms, an all-day dining restaurant, numerous specialty restaurants and a Sky Bar round will be available, along with leisure facilities such as an outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre.

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Radisson Red Kuala Lumpur City Center

Announced back in October 2016, the Radisson Red Kuala Lumpur City Centre will stand about 800 metres from the Petronas Twin Towers when it opens in 2022, marking the brand’s debut in Malaysia. While the upscale lifestyle hotel brand focuses particularly on design, art and fashion, its business facilities are also a key component and the Radisson Red Kuala Lumpur will offer 166 rooms across 27 floors along with meetings and events spaces with views of the twin towers. A rooftop swimming pool and gym will also be included.

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Hyatt Centric to open in Madrid

Madrid cityscape

Hyatt Centric to open in Madrid

 

Hotel to be one of the first for the lifestyle brand in Europe

 

Hyatt is to open a Madrid hotel under its Hyatt Centric brand.

 

Due to open by the end of this year, the 159-room Hyatt Centric Gran Via Madrid will be one of the first openings for the lifestyle brand in Europe. It plans to launch Hyatt Centric La Rosière in the French Alps at a similar time.

 

The Madrid property is housed in a 1920s building on Gran Via that was previously home to offices.

 

It will have a restaurant and bar called Hielo y Carbon, serving “locally inspired dishes” and signature cocktails. A rooftop terrace is due to be added next year.

 

Launched in 2015 [LINK TO https://www.businesstraveller.com/news/2015/01/28/hyatt-centric-lifestyle-brand-unveiled/], there are now a number of Hyatt Centric properties across the US as well as one in Montevideo, Uruguay.

 

It plans to open a dozen hotels across the world by the end of 2019 [https://www.businesstraveller.com/accommodation/2017/02/13/hyatt-centric-add-dozen-new-properties-2019/].

 

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Hyatt Centric plans a dozen new hotels by 2019

Hyatt Centric

Hyatt Hotels Corporation is set to add 12 new Hyatt Centric-brand properties by the end of 2019 as part of an aggressive expansion plan that will see the Centric brand’s portfolio nearly double from 14 to 26.

The dozen new hotels will open across the globe. Last month, Hyatt announced Australia’s first Centric property, due to open in 2019 in Hobart, Tasmania, while in September three US properties were re-branded under the Centric name.

“Since its launch in 2015, the Hyatt Centric brand has proven to be one of our fastest-growing lifestyle brands,” said Steve Haggerty, global head of capital strategy and franchising for Hyatt. “Our aggressive expansion plans for the brand were born out of a need to increase our brand presence where our guests travel most, and the hotels in the Hyatt Centric brand pipeline will allow us to meet that need and further connect with millennial-minded guests in the upper-upscale lifestyle segment.”

A number of the new properties will be located in Asia-Pacific, most notably in Japan, Australia, and China. The Hyatt Centric Ginza in Tokyo is due to open in 2018 followed by the Hyatt Centric Hobart in 2019. Opening dates for the new China properties – Hyatt Centric Boao Gold Coast in Qionghai and Hyatt Centric Sanya Yazhou Bay in Sanya – have yet to be confirmed.

Other destinations getting a new Hyatt Centric by the end of 2019 include France, Turkey, Qatar, the US and Barbados.

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Hyatt Regency opens first Xiamen hotel

Xiamen from Gulangyu island

The Hyatt Regency brand has come to Xiamen following the opening of the Hyatt Regency Xiamen Wuyuanwan today in the city’s newly developed central business district.

The new property is part of an upscale multi-functional complex comprising retail, F&B, entertainment and commercial spaces, and is situated near to the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center and a few minutes’ drive from Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport.

“We are excited to welcome the Hyatt Regency brand to Xiamen,” said Christopher Koehler, vice president and managing director – operations, Hyatt in China. “The opening of this hotel is a great testament to Hyatt’s commitment to developing its brand footprint in places where our guests are increasingly travelling.”

The 301 rooms and suites at the hotel range in size from 45 to 208 sqm, with many featuring views of Wuyuan Bay and the city. Rooms come with wifi access, bathrooms with separate a bath tub and rain shower, a 48-inch LCD TV and Bluetooth audio equipment.

In addition to nearby dining options, four F&B outlets exist in the hotel, including an all-day international buffet restaurant, a signature Cantonese, Min and Teochew restaurant, a dim sum and noodles restaurant appropriately named Noodles, and the lounge.

Other facilities include in excess of 2,500 sqm of meetings and events space, a 200-sqm outdoor lawn by the pool and a 450-sqm ballroom. For guests looking for recreational options, the hotel has a jogging route along the Wuyuan Bay Wetland Park, a 24-hour gym with studio spaces and fitness classes, and an outdoor pool.

“Xiamen has long been one of the most important international ports in Southern China and is well known for its entrepreneurial spirit,” said the hotel’s general manager, Eugene Pak. “We are extremely proud to be part of this bustling community and we hope the hotel will become a new go-to destination in Xiamen.”

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Australia to get its first Hyatt Centric

Hyatt Centric

Tasmania’s capital city Hobart is set to be the location of Australia’s first Hyatt Centric-brand hotel, due to open in early 2019. The Tasmanian city has been one of the country’s strongest performing hotel markets in recent years, according to Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, with overseas arrivals from China, the US and UK being particularly strong.

Hyatt Centric Hobart will be situated near the Hobart Waterfront in the city’s commercial and tourism centre, and will include some 221 guestrooms, along with a restaurant, bar and meeting facilities.

“The Hyatt Centric brand offers an upscale, cosmopolitan experience that was created for millennial-minded travellers,” said David Uddel, group president – Asia Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. “With hotels placed in the centre of the world’s most unique destinations, this brand provides our guests with a launch pad to explore the best the city has to offer – which in the case of Hobart includes the breathtaking surrounding countryside.”

Construction of Hyatt Centric Hobart is due to begin the middle of this year, and follows the recent return of the Hyatt Regency brand to Sydney back in December.

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Andaz Delhi to open on December 20

Andaz Delhi

Andaz, a luxury boutique hotel by Hyatt will make its Indian debut in Delhi on December 20. This will be the third Andaz property in Asia, with two others in Shanghai, China and Tokyo Japan. A fourth one is scheduled to open in Singapore next year.

The boutique hotel with 401 rooms and suites and 129 apartments is located in Aerocity, within proximity to Indira Gandhi International Airport. Room sizes range from 33 sqm to 49 sqm, suite sizes range from 72 sqm to 209 sqm and the apartments are sized between 56 sqm and 192 sqm. Following the trend of its properties worldwide that capture the local culture, each accommodation category at Andaz Delhi will have one piece of art that “celebrates a reason to fall in love with Delhi”.

Wifi, local calls and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks from the minibar are free to all hotel guests. They can also access the 24-hour gym, two outdoor swimming pools and spa to unwind at.

Amongst its F&B offerings, AnnaMaya is a modern European food hall with flavours of India; Andaz Deli is the patisseries with an array of delectable treats; Juniper Bar is essentially for gin and tonic, spirits and cocktails; The Hong Kong Club is a multi-level bar, club and lounge.

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Andaz, a luxury boutique hotel by Hyatt will make its Indian debut in Delhi on December 20. This will be the third Andaz property in Asia, with two others in Shanghai, China and Tokyo Japan. A fourth one is scheduled to open in Singapore next year.

The boutique hotel with 401 rooms and suites and 129 apartments is located in Aerocity, within proximity to Indira Gandhi International Airport. Room sizes range from 33 sqm to 49 sqm, suite sizes range from 72 sqm to 209 sqm and the apartments are sized between 56 sqm and 192 sqm. Following the trend of its properties worldwide that capture the local culture, each accommodation category at Andaz Delhi will have one piece of art that “celebrates a reason to fall in love with Delhi”.

Wifi, local calls and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks from the minibar are free to all hotel guests. They can also access the 24-hour gym, two outdoor swimming pools and spa to unwind at.

Amongst its F&B offerings, AnnaMaya is a modern European food hall with flavours of India; Andaz Deli is the patisseries with an array of delectable treats; Juniper Bar is essentially for gin and tonic, spirits and cocktails; The Hong Kong Club is a multi-level bar, club and lounge.

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Hyatt Regency returns to Sydney

Hyatt Regency Sydney

Hyatt Regency has returned to Sydney following a multi-million-dollar redevelopment of the Hyatt Regency Sydney property in the city’s central business district. The redevelopment was anticipated to cost approximately A$250 million (US$185 million) when Hyatt announced it would be manage the new property earlier this year.

The redevelopment includes a new 24-storey tower, which has enabled the hotel to add 222 more guestrooms to the property for a total of 892 guestrooms. Hyatt claims the property is now the largest upscale, full-service hotel in Australia.

Meanwhile, the property has a 272-seat all-day dining restaurant as well as an open-air bar that will open towards the end of this month.

In addition to the new rooms and F&B options, the property has more than 3,450 sqm of events space, including two ballrooms able to seat more than 1,000 people. The new property is expected to enable Hyatt to expand its meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) offerings in Asia-Pacific, particularly in the lead up to the opening of the nearby International Convention Centre Sydney later this month.

“It’s a great feeling to welcome the return of the Hyatt Regency brand, which will be a key flagship Hyatt Regency hotel for Hyatt in both Australia and the Asia Pacific region,” said David Udell, group president – Asia Pacific for Hyatt. “Guests can now enjoy many of the hotel’s facilities, including state-of-the-art meeting and event facilities and a new Regency Club lounge, all of which will provide the ultimate dwelling for both business and leisure travellers to relax and unwind.”

Prior to its redevelopment, the Hyatt Regency Sydney operated as the Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour.

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