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Although I love my Hyatt Diamond status and am aiming to requalify for it again this year, one of my biggest quibbles with Hyatt is that its footprint is smaller than the other major brands with just under 500 hotels across the world.
The good news is, the chain is constantly expanding – including just-announced plans to open an Andaz in Tokyo in the summer of 2014. The hotel will be Hyatt’s fourth property in Tokyo – I already love the Park Hyatt there – and the ninth overall in Japan. The hotel will be located in the Toranomon district between Shidome and Roppongi in order to appeal to both leisure and business travelers.
The Andaz Tokyo will have 164 guestrooms and suites on eight floors including the top six of a 52-story tower that is currently under construction and will be the second tallest high-rise in the city. Andaz plans to make good use of that fact by having an open-air bar and event space on the penthouse level with city views, and there will be a wedding chapel up here as well. The hotel will also have an infinity pool, spa and fitness center on the 37th floor. On the 51st floor, the Andaz Lounge will be a lobby and reception area and will also have an all-day dining restaurant. A pastry shop and café will be on the street level.
Rooms will average a spacious (particularly in Japan) 550 square feet, and the largest suite will be 2,200 square feet – positively palatial by Tokyo standards. Tony Chi, who also oversaw the Andaz Fifth Avenue’s interior design and the Park Hyatt Shanghai, will be the designer of this project as well.
The other interesting thing about the project is that it is building an underground portion of the city’s major Loop No. 2 road to reroute it so that the tower’s surroundings will contain pedestrian-friendly plazas, paths and open spaces.
Morrocco and Bangkok
At the same time, Hyatt announced plans for two other properties. It plans to open a Hyatt Place in Taghazout, Morrocco (currently there’s only a Hyatt Regency Casablanca in the country) late in 2014, while the Park Hyatt Marrakech under construction there is slated to open sometime in 2013.
The other planned opening is a new Hyatt Place hotel in Bangkok, which will join two other forthcoming Hyatt properties in the city, a Hyatt Regency expected to open in 2017 and a Park Hyatt, which is scheduled to open in 204. Currently, there are just two other Hyatts in Thailand. The Hyatt Place Bangkok, Sukhumvit will have 220 guestrooms and seven studio suites outfitted with typical amenities like Hyatt Grand Beds, Cozy Corner sectional sleeper-sofas, executive workspaces and 42-inch flatpanel HDTV’s as well as some cool public areas like a “sky pool” and fitness center as well as an all-day international restaurant.
While I’m usually more interested in the higher-end hotels like Park Hyatts and Andazes, it’s nice to see Hyatt continuing to expand its properties and offering loyal customers more choices for both earning and redeeming points around the world. Now if they’d just open a few places up in Spain, I’d be thrilled!