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Unofficially, we’ve known this for some time, but Hyatt has now finally put out an official statement confirming that it will open the Hyatt Regency London Blackfriars in the City of London later this year.
The Hyatt Regency London Blackfriars will open in July 2022 and will be taking the place of what was the Crowne Plaza London – The City. The property is located in the heart of the City of London (London’s financial district) and while that may make it a little quiet on weekends, it also makes it very well located for a lot of London-based businesses and for visiting sights like St Paul’s Cathedral and Shakespeare’s Globe (a short walk across the Thames).
The building in which the new Hyatt will stand is a former palace and is a protected Grade II listed property. Currently, an extensive refurbishment program is underway with Hyatt confirming that an all-day New York style bistro and a specialty Chinese restaurant are being incorporated and that guests can expect a “stylish cocktail bar with a large outdoor space” to be added.
Apart from that, Hyatt’s announcement hasn’t said very much more about what we can expect from the new property but as we’ve been provided with an image of a “lounge”…
…a section of the cocktail bar…
…and a “standard room”…
…we have a few indications of what we can expect.
At first glance, I’m not loving the look of the room (although the size looks good) while the lounge and cocktail bar look like they show promise. Clearly, it would be unfair to prejudge a property based on a few preliminary images (so I won’t), but I hope Hyatt cuts back on the use of all that light wood as it doesn’t do anything to give the property’s rooms an upscale feel.
It’s probably worth reminding ourselves that the original rumors had indicated that the new Hyatt Regency London Blackfriars would be opening its doors in March so the fact that we now know that the property won’t open any earlier than July may indicate that the refurbishment project is bigger than was originally anticipated. We’ll have to wait and see.
The Hyatt Regency London Blackfriars will be the 7th hotel in central London to operate under the flag of one of Hyatt’s brands and will join the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill (review), the Great Scotland Yard Hotel (review), the Andaz London Liverpool Street, the Hyatt Place London City East, and the soon-to-be-opened Hyatt Regency London Stratford and Hyatt House London Stratford in the World of Hyatt program.
Of the current London properties, the Hyatt Regency – The Churchill, the Great Scotland Yard, and the Hyatt Regency London Stratford all sit in Category 6 and cost between 21,000 and 29,000 points per night and that’s the level at which I think the Hyatt Regency Blackfriars will join the World of Hyatt.
Yes, the Andaz Liverpool Street shares a similar location to the new Hyatt Regency (it’s less than 1.5 miles away) and that sits as a Category 5 property, but as I cannot imagine Hyatt giving a central London Hyatt Regency property a lower category rating than a Hyatt Regency that’s located to the east of the city center (Hyatt Regency London Stafford), I’m confident that the Blackfriars property will not enter the World of Hyatt program any lower than category 6.
It’s official. London is getting a new, central, Hyatt property which will be branded as the Hyatt Regency London Blackfriars. The property is currently expected to open in July 2022 (although this could always change) and is taking the place of the former Crowne Plaza London – The City.