Cool: Hyatt Opening Hello Kitty Hotel In China

Cool: Hyatt Opening Hello Kitty Hotel In China

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This should be fun…

Sanya Hello Kitty Hotel opening in 2025

It has been announced that Hyatt and Hong Kong-based Keystone Group are partnering to open Sanya Hello Kitty Hotel. The hotel is expected to open in 2025, and will belong to Hyatt’s JdV collection, which consists of independent upper-midscale hotels. This property is expected to be part of the 52-acre Sanya Hello Kitty Resort, which will be the first Hello Kitty theme park in the Hainan Province.

The hotel is expected to have 221 rooms and villas, with Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters prominently featured. The hotel will boast three restaurants and bars, a themed ballroom, a swimming pool, and a spa and fitness center.

Here’s how Stephen Ho, Hyatt’s President of Growth and Operations in Asia Pacific, describes this development:

“We are delighted to be working with Keyestone Group and are grateful to them for entrusting Hyatt with the first Hello Kitty-themed hotel in this fast-growing market and expand our brand portfolio in China. We look forward to bringing to life well-loved Sanrio characters in this exciting new project, which will retain a unique identity while providing the JdV by Hyatt brand’s signature guest experience that is inclusive, free-spirited and distinguished by heartfelt and joy-driven service.”

Rendering of Sanya Hello Kitty Resort

This looks really cool, but…

I’m a sucker for any themed experience. I don’t really care what it is, I just love when a theme is picked, and they go all the way with it. So this concept is right up my alley.

Taiwan-based EVA Air has historically offered Hello Kitty service on select jets (it’s suspended at the moment), and these flights are just so fun. From the check-in, to the plane’s livery, to the amenities, to the toilet paper, everything is Hello Kitty themed. What’s not to love?!

EVA Air Hello Kitty check-in
EVA Air Hello Kitty amenities
EVA Air Hello Kitty toilet paper

While I’m sure I’d enjoy this experience in theory, there’s a very real possibility that I won’t be visiting mainland China in the next decade (I’m not convinced China will fully reopen borders in the coming years). If only this hotel could be opened a bit closer to home…

Bottom line

The Sanya Hello Kitty Hotel will be opening in China in 2025, as part of a larger 52-acre Hello Kitty theme park. The property will be managed by Hyatt as part of the JdV collection. I’m sure this would be an incredibly entertaining place, though with China’s current policies, I’m not sure this is an experience many of us will have.

What do you make of this Hyatt Hello Kitty property?

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  1. EVR Guest

    Cracked me up that you put the photo of the TP right above the heading “Bottom Line”

  2. iamhere Guest

    I think that this would have been an OK post minus your opinion that is unrelated. Your opinion about the Chinese border was unnecessary and shows your political views. It has nothing to do with the post and is not based on first hand experience. You only base it on travel blogs, Western news, and other Western social media. There has been many important developments and indications by key people to the possibility of the...

    I think that this would have been an OK post minus your opinion that is unrelated. Your opinion about the Chinese border was unnecessary and shows your political views. It has nothing to do with the post and is not based on first hand experience. You only base it on travel blogs, Western news, and other Western social media. There has been many important developments and indications by key people to the possibility of the restrictions becoming more relaxed soon. Further, as this this the case I do think you should consider featuring blogs about hotels and airlines in China with people based in China. Many Chinese and expats in China would follow your blog for related information and there are many local airlines you never talked about. It could be interesting.

    Regarding the content, actually I think it depends on how "overboard" the theme is. Disney Hotel or Toy Story Hotel is not very overboard because some things you can see with the shapes and colors, but EVA Air with Hello Kitty, that's "overboard" with everything branded with it. Furthermore, your article lack many missing details, for example, you do not say where in Hainan it will be and when some of the parts of the project will open.

    1. John Guest

      Damn you mainlanders have become sooo overly sensitive.

      Grow a pair and stop behaving like a red headed step child. Some of us non mainland Chinese are embarrassed for you.

    2. henare Diamond

      So fragile... much drama!

    3. Ethan Guest

      Get a grip, how does China not opening borders soon a well informed opinion, and likely fact?

    4. Eskimo Guest

      @iamhere

      So the guy doesn't want to go to China what's the big deal?
      You are doing nothing to improve the view of an outsider to want to visit China.
      I'd say "Duc de Paris" does put a dent for @Lucky to experience China.
      His concern is the travel restrictions. You say it will be relaxed. Most travelers don't care about relaxed but will wait until it becomes open and stays open....

      @iamhere

      So the guy doesn't want to go to China what's the big deal?
      You are doing nothing to improve the view of an outsider to want to visit China.
      I'd say "Duc de Paris" does put a dent for @Lucky to experience China.
      His concern is the travel restrictions. You say it will be relaxed. Most travelers don't care about relaxed but will wait until it becomes open and stays open. The emphasis on staying open.

      Oh and this is a "Western" blog, selling "Western" credit cards, and "Western" travel lifestyle. I don't think Chinese or expats in China will find this blog overly useful.
      I do think @Lucky will visit mainland China much sooner than the next decade. Too much to offer, he can't resist.

    5. East2West Member

      If only the reports from China didn’t say they were locking down even more due to their zero COVID-19 policy, after they covered up COVID-19 in December 2019 and early January 2020 and the cover up helped spread it across the world.

    6. East2West Member

      I meant the China government not the people by the way

    7. tcATL New Member

      Chinese government apologist say what?

    8. S Nack Guest

      What are you talking about? He did not get into politics. He simply speculated that China's current COVID rules would not be eased any time soon by as much as 2025, which in my opinion is pessimistic and I disagree. However, he did not either criticize or defend the rules.

  3. J-Town Guest

    @Stuart, Imagine going to a blog to call the author 'messed up' and thinking you are the sane one, hahaha.

    1. Stuart Guest

      Yet here you are, lol. Do better next time.

    2. Stuart Guest

      Oh, and I said, "we are messed up." Ya know, reading comprehension is the first step towards an effective troll.

  4. Quo Vadis Guest

    Personally, I'm much more interested in the Warner Brothers Curio/Hilton hotel in Abu Dhabi. Too bad they don't have one in the States, or I'd visit it much sooner. Would be even better if WB partnered with Hyatt on a State-side one, but oh well.

    Will be interesting to see how much business the Hello Kitty hotel draws.

  5. Stuart Guest

    Disney posts at LALF. Hello Kitty posts at OMAAT. Both on the same day. Now I sort of understand why Boris Johnson went on a rant about the wonders of Peppa Pig Theme park. The demographic of voters and readers across the world must be skewing to the intellect of a 9 year old.

    1. Eskimo Guest

      @Stuart
      You probably don't have kids.

      It's the intellect of the 9 year old that forces parents to spend absurd amount of money on things such as theme parks and toys.

      Now I believe one thing, if we let 9 year old kids vote, we probably get people who are better than Biden or Trump.

    2. Stuart Guest

      I do have a daughter, now 13. I take her to exotic locations around the world, this since she was small. When budget or time has been a concern I have opted for trips to Idaho or Montana (as an example) and camping, skiing, or multi-day river trips. See, not so hard.

      Those are real experiences and in the end less money than feeding our kids with this garbage. Especially when a world of...

      I do have a daughter, now 13. I take her to exotic locations around the world, this since she was small. When budget or time has been a concern I have opted for trips to Idaho or Montana (as an example) and camping, skiing, or multi-day river trips. See, not so hard.

      Those are real experiences and in the end less money than feeding our kids with this garbage. Especially when a world of real and fantastic awaits. No wonder we are so messed up when a grown man who is a travel blogger thinks a theme park and hotel about a cartoon kitty is, "cool."

    3. BookLvr Gold

      I am pro-joy and pro-"doing what makes you happy."

      Would I personally seek out a Hello Kitty Hotel? Probably not, because it's not my cup of tea.

      I do, however, know people who love Hello Kitty and I will remember this OMAAT post so I can pass along this news to them.

      I don't think we have to be either/or when it comes to vacation destinations. It can be both/and. Has my daughter gotten to...

      I am pro-joy and pro-"doing what makes you happy."

      Would I personally seek out a Hello Kitty Hotel? Probably not, because it's not my cup of tea.

      I do, however, know people who love Hello Kitty and I will remember this OMAAT post so I can pass along this news to them.

      I don't think we have to be either/or when it comes to vacation destinations. It can be both/and. Has my daughter gotten to go on vacations to places like London and Paris, as well as domestic destinations ranging from Alaska to New Mexico, and including some national parks like Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon? Yes.

      Has she also been to a Star Trek convention in Las Vegas to indulge in her favorite pop culture fandom with people from around the world, many of them dressed in Star Trek costumes? Yes! (She is a Klingon at these events.)

      I don't think participating in such an event downgrades her intellect. I think all kinds of travel can stimulate the imagination! She's now a sophomore in college. This summer, she hopes to take a deeper dive and study abroad at a summer Arabic intensive in Amman, Jordan. I'm proud of her.

      I hope everyone will pursue their joy and get the opportunity to visit at least some of the destinations they want to visit in 2022...safely, of course!

  6. jfhscott Guest

    This terrifies me.

    I would not go even to tick a box toward a brand explorer reward.

  7. tim Guest

    Must be a slow day on the miles/ points front

  8. John Guest

    I wouldn't go as far as saying that it's not cool ;)

    But, come on, I'd like Hyatt to be a bit more creative than that. A bit too obvious jump on the 'kawaii' train

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John Guest

Damn you mainlanders have become sooo overly sensitive. Grow a pair and stop behaving like a red headed step child. Some of us non mainland Chinese are embarrassed for you.

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iamhere Guest

I think that this would have been an OK post minus your opinion that is unrelated. Your opinion about the Chinese border was unnecessary and shows your political views. It has nothing to do with the post and is not based on first hand experience. You only base it on travel blogs, Western news, and other Western social media. There has been many important developments and indications by key people to the possibility of the restrictions becoming more relaxed soon. Further, as this this the case I do think you should consider featuring blogs about hotels and airlines in China with people based in China. Many Chinese and expats in China would follow your blog for related information and there are many local airlines you never talked about. It could be interesting. Regarding the content, actually I think it depends on how "overboard" the theme is. Disney Hotel or Toy Story Hotel is not very overboard because some things you can see with the shapes and colors, but EVA Air with Hello Kitty, that's "overboard" with everything branded with it. Furthermore, your article lack many missing details, for example, you do not say where in Hainan it will be and when some of the parts of the project will open.

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Eskimo Guest

@Stuart You probably don't have kids. It's the intellect of the 9 year old that forces parents to spend absurd amount of money on things such as theme parks and toys. Now I believe one thing, if we let 9 year old kids vote, we probably get people who are better than Biden or Trump.

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