Hyatt goes back to school

11 Apr 2009

Upholding a reputation for setting trends, Hyatt International will soon launch a dedicated product for meetings and networking called “Campus”.

The facility, built at the cost of US$4 million, will be rolled out at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. In 2004, the hotel was also one of Hyatt’s first properties to feature “the residence”, a multi-functional space with the feel of a stylish home. Well known New York-based designer Tony Chi has been behind the concept of both Campus and the residence. Inspired by the nostalgia of university life, Campus features a series of venues, located on the lower lobby level and aptly named the Lecture Hall, Classrooms 1 to 3, Library, Union Hall, Reading Room, Internet Café, Cafeteria and Campus Commons (a hangout place where various games will be set up).

The Lecture Hall can accommodate up to 140 people theatre style and 180 people for cocktails. The Classrooms and Union Hall enjoy natural daylight. Meanwhile, the other spaces will be providing more opportunities for interaction among event participants.

To quote a blurb from the Campus’ opening brochure: “It (the Campus) is better described as a ‘learning and social centre’ rather than a meeting venue.”

Commenting on why Grand Hyatt Erawan was again chosen as the stage for the debut of a facility, expected to be adapted by many Hyatt hotels, general manager Richard Greaves said: “We are very lucky to have very supportive owners.”

More details about Grand Hyatt Bangkok are at

Margie T Logarta

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