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As I was poking around the Hyatt pipeline website a few days ago, I noticed an (apparently) unannounced piece of news – Hyatt plans to open a new Hyatt Place property in London next year and its location should please quite a few people.
The Hyatt Place London Paddington will be based at 29/23 Norfolk Square…
… making it incredibly convenient for arrivals from Heathrow (Paddington mainline station is just 4 minutes’ walk away and offers direct service to/from Heathrow via the Elizabeth Line and the Heathrow Express) and for access to west and central London.
The property’s information page suggests that we should expect it to open on 1 July 2024 but, at the time of writing, reservations have not been opened up on Hyatt.com.
There doesn’t appear to be much information surrounding what the property will offer (87 rooms, a fitness center, all day dining and a ‘Market’ are all that I’ve really found) and given that we’re less than a year away from opening, it’s a little strange that Hyatt doesn’t appear to have made any kind of formal announcement in any of its frequent press releases.
A quick web search shows that someone on FlyerTalk noticed this property on Hyatt’s pipeline page over a year ago, and this page suggests that the project dates back to 2020 and has involved the conversion of a truly terrible 1970s hotel (the Norfolk Plaza Hotel) into something more tailored to the 21st century.
Assuming the property opens on schedule, this will be Hyatt’s third Hyatt Place in the London area (following in the footsteps of the Hyatt Place London City East and the Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport) and Hyatt’s 10th property in London overall (the new Park Hyatt London River Thames is expected to be the 11th when it opens in late 2024).
Clearly, we’ll have to wait and see what the property is like before we pass any kind of judgement, but while I know that some will bemoan the opening of yet another limited-service property by Hyatt, I’m quite pleased to see this latest addition to the Hyatt portfolio.
London is already reasonably well served by full-service Hyatt properties (The Churchill, the Andaz London, the Hyatt Regency Blackfriars, the Hyatt Regency Albert Embankment, etc…) but up until now, there hasn’t been any real Hyatt option for the more budget focused traveler looking to stay close to the center of town. The Hyatt Place London Paddington should change that.
From a miles and points standpoint, Hyatt’s latest limited service London property will probably enter the World of Hyatt program as a Category 3 or Category 4 property (making it an option for anyone with a free night certificate to burn), and during the quieter months of the year, this could make it a very economical option (points-wise) for anyone looking for a property that combines easy access to Heathrow with easy access to a lot of what London has to offer.
Although there doesn’t appear to have been any formal announcement from Hyatt, it looks like London will be getting a new Hyatt Place property at some point next year. Currently, the opening date for the Hyatt Place London Paddington is set for 1 July 2024, but given that we’re now only 7 months away from that date and that bookings are not yet being taken, that’s probably a tentative date that we should expect to see moved.
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