Exciting news on new hotel openings!

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  1. Hyatt Gold Passport Concierge
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    Hyatt has exciting news! Announced August 31, 2011 Hyatt and its wholly owned subsidiaries acquired a portfolio of assets from LodgeWorks, L.P. and its private equity partners.

    The hotels involved in the transaction are currently branded under the Hotel Sierra® (17), AVIA® Hotels (4), Hyatt Place®(1) and Hyatt Summerfield Suites® (2) brands. This acquisition will enable the company to introduce Hyatt-branded hotels in several markets where it currently is not represented at all and to expand our extended stay representation significantly.

    Sincerely,

    Nick B.
     
  2. noname2
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    Always glad to hear when Hyatt is expanding. I think locations are the #1 drawback to the current program.
     
  3. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    "Hotel Sierra has joined the Hyatt family of brands and is pleased to welcome travelers to enjoy the exclusive benefits and rewards of the Hyatt Gold Passport loyalty program and access to the many services of Hyatt’s portfolio of 456 hotels worldwide."

    Does that mean Hotel Sierra will be a new "brand" within the Hyatt family, or will these properties transition to some existing brand?
     
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    The press release in this earlier thread answers my question:

    "Following the transaction, 16 Hotel Sierra hotels will be branded as Hyatt Summerfield Suites, increasing the number of hotels in that portfolio from 38 to 54. Five properties, including the AVIA Hotels, are expected to be converted to full service Hyatt brands. The brand affiliations of Hyatt Summerfield Suites and Hyatt Place properties in the LodgeWorks portfolio will remain unchanged."
     
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    I'm a bit surprised that the Sierra properties are being labeled as extended stay hotels. I expect this catagory, especially the nicer ones, to have full sized refrigerators, dishwashers, and at least a cooktop with two burners if not a full range in larger units plus microwave and kitchen sink of course. These are described as a wet bar with a small refrigerator and microwave. They sound like some "deluxe" rooms I've seem recently in Sheratons with a granite-topped wet bar along one wall having a small sink, small refrigerator under the counter (not the mini dorm-sized ones), and smallish but fully powered microwave. However, the Sheraton rooms (not suites, some of which are similarly equipped and also at Westins) don't supply any cooking equipment or dishes and silverware, which the Sierra units might.
     
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    [​IMG]Sample photo for the Kitchen for Hotel Sierra Branchburg NJ - seems to have the full-sized refrig, sink, a compact dishwasher, and a two burner range.
    (source http://hotelsierrabranchburg.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/gallery/photos.jsp?icamp=propPhotoGallery) If this turns out to be standard for Sierra under Hyatt, it is not bad at all. :)
     
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    I just took the words in the description from one of the Sierra properties using the link in the post. I looked at Green Bay, WI, where the room descriptions for every type I looked at had the words "mini-fridge and microwave" with no mention of a cooktop or dishwasher. It's not good if the kitchens vary enormously by property.
     
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    Agree...but if they are re-branded as SS as the press release indicates...they should be expected to have the typical full fridge, mini-range (2 burners) and a compact dishwasher with sink that SS units around here (Northeast) have. Of course, always need to read the fine print :)
     
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    They're already being sold on hyatt.com as Sierra properties and the website gives the impression that these are pretty elegant, although the rates look good (and lower than for AVIA hotels, at least for a few properties and dates I checked quickly. It looks like making them into typical Hyatt SS units would entail a downgrade, assuming that there's even space for a full kitchen, which could require expensive plumbing and electrical modifications. OTOH, if Hyatt offers too many brands, it could become confusing. These look very appealing, I just question whether the current version should be called extended stay. (I also don't know whether they offer the standard weekday food reception in the early evening.)
     
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    The Hotel Sierra in Richmond is quite nice. From what I recall when I stayed there, it did have a full (and nice) kitchen area. Beyond the kitchen though, the rooms and the property overall are very nice. Until the new Hilton opened just down the road (literally less than a mile) and took away alot of the business travelers, the Hotel Sierra was a very popular option for business travelers in that part of Richmond.

    I think this is a great addition for Hyatt. I was happy to see this (especially as a new Hyatt Diamond).
     
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    Any new cities and ways to earn stays/points is welcomed by me. I need lots more Hyatt stays this year, if I want to requal.
     
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    Congrats for being a new Hyatt Diamond!:)
     
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    I was hoping an addition near LAX. C'mon Hyatt!
     
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    Terrific additions :), but still this gaping hole.:(
     
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    I heard a rumor that the building under construction between Sukhumvit 11 & 13 in Bangkok will be a Hyatt Regency Bangkok ... this will make 3 Hyatt properties within one mile radius! :) Any input from Hyatt Reps on this?
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    Great news if this is true! :)
     
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    Especially great if it is an Andaz.
     
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    LOVE Bangkok. LOVE the GH Erawan. The more Hyatts in Bangkokmthe better as far as I am concerned. More chance to mattress run between properties and have fun in BKK
     
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    The above photo was taken back last December ...here is another photo with the recent developments on the ground!
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    Since there seems to be no confirmation forthcoming from our own Hyatt Reps here, I will check with the Staff at the Erawan when I'm there next week. I wonder if they know/can divulge anything about this ;)
     
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    More Andaz are coming through in various developing stages with expected opening dates as follows:

    . Andaz Napa September 7th, 2012
    . Andaz Savannah in October, 2012
    . Andaz Amsterdam in November, 2012
    . Andaz Maui to look forward to in 2013
    · Andaz Sanya Sunny Bay, China: in 2014
    . Andaz Guragon, India in 2014
    · Andaz Delhi, in 2014
    · Andaz Papagayo, Costa Rica, in 2014 (initially this was to open in 2013)
    . Andaz Mayakoba, to open in 2015, which is situated along one mile of beach coastline in Mexico’s Riviera Maya.
    · Andaz Jaiphur, in 2016
     
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    Good news however I think it is Jaipur ;)
     
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