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Hyatt is back with another announcement featuring new properties that it will be adding to its portfolio and as has been the case in a number of the hotelier’s recent statements, the new properties will all be located in Europe.
Hyatt’s New European Properties
Hyatt has announced that it will be opening six new properties in Europe and while a couple won’t be hosting guests any time soon, two are expected to open their doors as early as next month.
Opening October 2021
ll Tornabuoni Hotel in Florence, Italy
The Il Tornabuoni Hotel in Florence is a luxury boutique 62-room hotel that is expected to join Hyatt’s Unbound Collection next month and, in doing so, it will be Hyatt’s first property in Florence.
The historic hotel shares its name with the road on which it stands (Via de Tornabuoni) and is within walking distance of attractions like Giotto’s Campanile (a marbled Gothic tower with spectacular views across the city) and the historic Ponte Vecchio (a medieval bridge).
Hyatt says that the property’s interior design “will truly reflect its historic roots from the Renaissance era, offering guests a story-worthy experience” with “references to the city’s architecture, history, nature, and food woven throughout the hotel’s design and amenities”. A quick look at the hotel’s website would appear to confirm this.
World of Hyatt fans will be pleased to note that the Il Tornabuoni offers a number of different suite types (good for upgrades if you hold Globalist status) and with three restaurants, a rooftop terrace, an extensive wine cellar, and a gym complete with personal trainers and yoga sessions, guests should be well catered for.
The Tribune Hotel in Rome, Italy
The second property to join Hyatt’s portfolio in October 2021 will be the Tribune Hotel in Rome and, a little surprisingly, will be Hyatt’s first property in Rome (this property has the same owners as the Il Tornabuoni Hotel in Florence).
The property features just 52-rooms and was operating as an independent hotel (with very good TripAdvisor reviews) before it closed for renovations during the pandemic (what better time to renovate a hotel?). The property has now reopened and will become part of Hyatt’s JdV brand next month.
The Tribune is located just off the Via Veneto (a street the great Dean Martin once sang about) and based on its website, guests can expect a good choice of rooms (including suites), an outdoor terrace restaurant, and a lounge room.
Note: At the time of writing this property does not yet appear on Hyatt.com.
Expected In 2022
A Yet-To Be-Named JdV by Hyatt hotel in Bordeaux, France
The JdV by Hyatt brand is expected to debut its first hotel in Bordeaux, France, in 2022.
A Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with Alboran Hotels and Hospitality for a JdV by Hyatt hotel located in one of the most active districts of Bordeaux. Hyatt has said that the property will be “a true reflection of the local neighborhood, enabling guests to immerse themselves in Bordeaux’s culture and connect with its communities“.
Details of the new property are thin on the ground but we’re told that the 147-room property will offer a main restaurant and bar (serving regional flavors, cuisines, and drinks) as well as a private rooftop speakeasy bar and terrace.
Expected In 2023
Rhodania Hotel in Crans-Montana, Switzerland
The Rhodania is described as a luxurious boutique hotel in the Swiss Alps and is expected to join The Unbound Collection in 2023.
The 41-room hotel is currently located on the third tee of the famous Severiano Ballesteros golf course, approximately 4,900 feet (1,500 meters) above sea level in one of the most prestigious and well-established year-round mountain destinations in Switzerland.
With the property not slated to join Hyatt in 2023 it’s probably safe to assume that the hotel will be seeing some renovations before it becomes part of the Unbound Collections and with Hyatt having this to say…
The hotel is expected to deliver on the brand’s mission of providing experiences that inspire unforgettable memories for guests seeking elevated yet unscripted service when they travel. Inside the hotel, the rooms and suites will be characterized by their elegant and luxurious décor. The hotel’s food and beverage outlets will offer high-quality local products and regional cuisine at both the main restaurant and the Swiss Chalet, creating unique dining experiences for worldly, independent-minded guests.
…it looks like those renovations may be extensive.
Overall, and assuming that the property lives up to its billing, having a boutique hotel in the Swiss Alps at which rooms can be booked with World of Hyatt points will be a very big bonus for a lot of Hyatt loyalists…especially those who like to ski.
Expected In 2025
Hyatt Centric Altstadt Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany
The Hyatt Centric brand will debut in Germany under a franchise agreement between a Hyatt affiliate and SV Hotel AG. Hyatt Centric Altstadt Hamburg will be located on Moenckebergstrasse, one of Hamburg’s most vibrant shopping streets.
The Hyatt Centric Altstadt Hamburg is slated to open in 2025 and will be the second Hyatt-branded hotel in the city, joining Park Hyatt Hamburg. With the property still almost 4 years away from welcoming guests, there aren’t many details to share but Hyatt says that the hotel will feature “a stunning top-floor panoramic restaurant and bar, outdoor seating, and a fitness center“.
No Opening Date Provided
Hyatt Regency Madrid Residences in Madrid, Spain
The Hyatt Regency Hesperia is a Category 4 property in Madrid and we’re told that it plans to will expand its offering to include a residential component – Hyatt Regency Madrid Residences.
The new residences will comprise 22 premium apartments ranging from 1,000 square feet (100 square meters) to a 3,700- square-foot (350 square meter) penthouse that will feature a 1,000-square-foot (100 square meter) terrace with panoramic views of the city’s main avenue.
Hyatt hasn’t said if these residences will be bookable using World of Hyatt points (it would seem unlikely but we can always hope!) but we do know that guests of the Hyatt Regency Madrid Residences will have access to all the services and amenities at Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid.
Hyatt’s continuing additions (mainly to its European portfolio) appear to show that it’s not content to expand the World of Hyatt program just by adding more SLH properties as and when the opportunity arises…and that’s good news for Hyatt fans. The fact that we’re finally getting Hyatt properties in Rome and Florence is great news for those of us with healthy WoH balances and now that I’ll soon be able to redeem points at a Hyatt in the Swiss Alps, I may look into getting the skiing lessons that I promised myself quite a few years ago!
Featured image courtesy of AG Hotels