Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Hotel Equities Announce the Opening of Hyatt Place Savannah Airport
Oct 15 14
Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Hotel Equities announce the opening of Hyatt Place Savannah Airport. The 81-room hotel is conveniently located two miles from the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport and a short distance from historic downtown Savannah. The hotel's prime location also provides guests with easy access to a wide variety of entertainment options, including the national Mighty Eight Air Force Museum, popular with history and military enthusiasts, a movie complex with an IMAX theater and several indoor recreation centers. Hyatt Place Savannah Airport offers: 81 roomy rooms, all of which feature a swiveling 42-inch HDTV, the plush Hyatt Grand Bed(R) and Cozy Corner sectional sofa; free Wi-Fi everywhere; complimentary a.m. Kitchen Skillet(TM) breakfast for guests, featuring freshly prepared breakfast sandwiches, a variety of fresh fruits, hot and cold cereal, yogurt, breads, premium coffee and an assortment of juices; 600 square feet of flexible, high-tech meeting/function space to accommodate 40 people; 24/7 Gallery Menu serving made-to-order entrees and appetizers around the clock; and a Coffee to Cocktails Bar featuring specialty coffees and premium beers, as well as wines and cocktails.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Chesapeake Lodging Trust Announce the Opening of Hyatt Herald Square New York
Oct 9 14
Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Chesapeake Lodging Trust announced the opening of Hyatt Herald Square New York. Ideally located in Midtown Manhattan's lively Herald Square neighborhood, the 122-room hotel draws on inspiration from the area's rich publishing history and neighboring Fashion District - both of which serve as inspiration for the hotel's design, dining, services and amenities. Located on West 31(st) Street between 5(th) Avenue and Broadway, the building housing Hyatt Herald Square New York has been designed by famed interior designers Paul Vega and Vennie Lau of VLDG Inc. Every aspect of the hotel's design exudes a mixture of fashion and industrial newspaper printing elements, composed of bright pops of colors, glass, custom fabrics and millwork, reclaimed wood, letterpress blocks, pounded metal and other nuanced details. The lobby, adorned with the artwork of nine local artists, serves as its own destination. The inviting lobby features several themed communal areas including an espresso bar with café counter, an on-site market for on-the-go snacks and a library-themed lounge, bar and private dining space with comfortable seating and a bookshelf. Upon arrival, hotel ambassadors will personally greet each guest and invite them to experience the lobby or head to their guestroom. To create a seamless experience between check-in and settling in, the traditional check-in desk experience has been abandoned for a smooth, bowl-shaped desk toward the back of the lobby sitting in front of a curved metal door with embossed lettering. This is located steps away from the hotel's comfortable bar and lounge. Adjacent to the check-in area, a small concierge desk made from decorative newspaper stacks of different colors and textures fields guest requests and questions. Sustainable LED lighting designed by Brooklyn-based manufacturer Stickbulb will be on display in a customized installation of wooden beams of varying lengths, further adding to the lobby's industrial feel. Glass block upholsters with LED lights on the walls provide a shimmering effect on gold colored Maharam fabric wallpaper. The guestrooms are designed with a natural and neutral palette, allowing the design and fashion-inspired decor to stand out. The dark, rich wood furniture found in the rooms is accented with pops of hot pink, a recurring color throughout the hotel. As a nod to both the publishing and fashion industries, an in-room letterpress block feature includes a quote from famed fashion designers. Letterpress blocks are also used to indicate the room numbers on all 122 guestrooms, including the Penthouse suite located on the 18(th) floor. Each floor also has a different custom-made panel outside the elevators indicating the floor number. These panels, created by artist Vicky Chan, all feature the same hot pink accent found in guestrooms and a fashion-inspired image. Guests can choose between king or double rooms with features including retail-inspired open armoires where guests can display personal clothing items, desks that double as vanities, patterned couches with multi-textured throw pillows and artwork panels on the ceilings and walls. In place of a lamp, the bedside lighting feature is a chain link lantern attached to a down light, which adds elegance and softness to the room and evokes the style of a necklace. The spacious bathrooms include stand-in showers and C.O. Bigelow amenities. Guestrooms contain stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, including the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building. Hyatt Herald Square New York offers three food and beverage outlets, each with its own distinct identity, headed up by the hotel's Food & Beverage Director and Executive Chef Gunnar Steden. The hotel's coffee bar, Espresso Bar, boasts locally roasted gourmet beans from Stone Street Coffee Company and offers a wide variety of barista-prepared espresso, coffee, and specialty drinks, as well as freshly baked pastries from Balthazar Bakery. Espresso Bar offers a separate seating area with swing out stools set in front of an art installation featuring Dali-inspired clocks. Guests can also peruse vintage newspapers displayed in stacks around the bar. The intimate library-themed lobby bar and restaurant, aptly named The Den, features a casual bistro menu. With emphasis on simple, market fresh ingredients, the menu offers seasonal dishes in three sizes - Large Bites, Light Bites, and Even Lighter Bites - making The Den an ideal option for meals, group sharing, or a quick bite on the go. The bar also features a dedicated cocktail menu with seasonally inspired drinks, some of which are infused in-house. Offering a living room-like feel, The Den includes chairs and tables of varying heights, a bookshelf with a wide variety of media and fashion-focused literature and a comfortable seating area with a writing desk. The bar area looks like a finished bar cart that one might have at home, while the private dining area seating 18 is modeled after an upscale diner with modern, mid-century banquettes and quilted chairs. The hotel's rooftop lounge Up on 20 boasts stunning views of the Midtown skyline, as well as both the Empire State Building and Freedom Tower, and offers a variety of seasonal cocktails, a selection of local and international beers, wines and spirits as well as the hotel's small plates menu. The rooftop is also available for small meetings and events for up to 100 people.
Hyatt Announces Executive Appointments in Asia Pacific
Oct 8 14
Hyatt announced executive appointments in Asia Pacific. David Udell, a 32-year veteran at Hyatt, has been appointed as Group President - Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, Udell will oversee all of Hyatt's activities in the region, which includes 12 countries, over 26,000 associates and a portfolio of brands that currently consists of 61 managed, franchised and owned properties across the region. Udell will have overall responsibility for the operation of all Hyatt hotels in the region and will lead the Asia Pacific development team - which is charged with increasing the company's brand presence in key Asia Pacific markets. Udell's selection comes as 44-year Hyatt veteran, Larry Tchou, steps into the newly formed position of Senior Advisor - Greater China, based in Hong Kong. Playing a central role to Hyatt's growth strategy and operations, Tchou will continue to provide advice and guidance to the company - with a focus on development projects and activity in China. Sara Kearney has been appointed as Senior Vice President of Operations - Asia Pacific. During her 30-year career at Hyatt, Kearney has held a wide variety of operations, marketing and brand strategy roles. In this new position, Kearney will be responsible for the strategic planning of Hyatt's direction in the region, overseeing operations and talent development. The selection follows the move of Pete Sears, a 27-year Hyatt veteran, from Asia Pacific to take on the position of Group President, Americas. Carina Chorengel has been appointed Senior Vice President of Brand and Commercial Strategy, Asia Pacific. Chorengel will support the driving and optimization of hotel revenue streams and devise strategy to enable the speedy ramp up of new hotels. She will also assist hotels with delivering experiences designed for each brand's target customers. A 25-year career with Hyatt places Chorengel in good stead to steer the team towards capturing guest, associate and owner loyalty and preference. Katie Carter has been appointed as Vice President of Human Resources, Asia Pacific. Carter will focus on leadership and talent development, associate engagement and ensuring that Hyatt's strong culture of empathy and innovation continues to drive preference among existing and prospective associates. Carter assumes the role from Sharon White, who after 30 years of dedicated service to Hyatt is set to retire by December 2014.