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.
It’s lovely to be able to redeem points at these hotels, and as a Globalist member confirm a suite upgrade at the time of booking, get free breakfast, etc.
One market where Hyatt is missing a “true” luxury hotel is London, and it looks like that will be changing eventually.
The Caterer reports that a Park Hyatt will be opening in London, at London’s 5 Strand, just off Trafalgar Square. This is according to documents that have been filed with Westminster City Council.
According to the plans, the hotel will be 11 stories and will have about 200 rooms, as well as a restaurant and bar on the ground floor, and a restaurant on the top floor.
The bad news is that we’re still a long ways off from this hotel opening. First of all, an eight story building has to be demolished to make room for this. The building was constructed in the 1980s, and the space has been leased by Westminster City Council until recently.
While conditional approval has been granted for the project, it’s anyone’s guess how long it’ll take until the hotel is open. Even a simple new construction hotel can be delayed by years due to a variety of factors, so when you add in that a building needs to be demolished, it only makes things more complicated.
On top of that there’s always the risk of the hotel rebranding before even opening. Hotels are typically owned by investment companies that simply strike up a management contract with a major hotel group. Over time we sometimes see these companies change their mind on what hotel group they want to work with, based on a variety of factors.
I can’t wait for the Park Hyatt London to open, though unfortunately we’ll have to be patient.
Are you excited about the prospect of a Park Hyatt London?
(Tip of the hat to Shane)