World of Hyatt is my favorite hotel loyalty program, and Park Hyatt is my favorite Hyatt brand. I’m always thrilled when the portfolio expands, and new Park Hyatts are added in exciting destinations, whether we’re talking about city hotels or resorts.
Up until now, Hyatt hasn’t had a true luxury hotel in London. Well, it looks like London might actually be getting two Park Hyatts, incredibly enough.
Park Hyatt London 5 Strand
Before I talk about the more recent news, I wanted to recap the previous Park Hyatt London opening we knew about. At the beginning of the year I wrote about how a Park Hyatt would be opening at 5 Strand, near Trafalgar Square. At least that was according to plans filed with Westminster City Council.
Based on the plans, the hotel would be 11 stories and have about 200 rooms, plus two restaurants and a bar. However, if that Park Hyatt does open, it will be in many years, as a building needs to be demolished before construction can even start.
Personally I think it’s far from a sure bet that this Park Hyatt will actually open, given how much can change with new hotel openings.
Park Hyatt London Nine Elms
A reader has just pointed out to me a Park Hyatt project in London that should be opening much sooner. One Nine Elms is a mixed-use skyscraper project currently under construction. It has been revealed that the hotel that’s part of this development will be branded as a Park Hyatt.
The development will feature a 43 story River Tower, and then a 58 story City Tower. The 43 story tower will feature 109 residential apartments, plus a Park Hyatt.
The 187 room Park Hyatt will take up the first 18 floors of the smaller tower. This will feature retail stores and two restaurants on the ground floor, a spa and pool on the first floor, conference and meeting facilities on the second floor, a terrace on the fourth floor, and a clubhouse on the 17th floor.
Construction of this development is expected to be completed by 2022, meaning that we could see a Park Hyatt open in London in just a couple of years.
As of now I haven’t seen any official announcement from Hyatt about its management contract for this property, but that’s not that unusual if it’s so far in advance.
While there has been no official announcement from Hyatt, there seem to be two different Park Hyatt developments coming to London. The one we learned about at the beginning of the year is likely still many years away (and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it branded as something else), while it sounds like the Park Hyatt at Nine Elms will be opening in just a couple of years.
Ultimately many people may not love the location of Nine Elms, and it’s perhaps also a bit disappointing (but not surprising) that the hotel will take up the bottom half of the tower, meaning the views likely won’t be that amazing.
That being said, I still very much welcome a Park Hyatt in London.
Are you excited about the Park Hyatt London Nine Elms?