Hyatt Announces Plans For Hyatt Place London City/East

September 30, 2018

The hotel will mark the first Hyatt Place in central London and the seventh Hyatt-branded hotel in the United Kingdom

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with Resolution Property, which has teamed up with specialist real estate firm Berkeley Capital Group, to develop a Hyatt Place hotel at Black Lion House on Whitechapel Road in Aldgate. Hyatt Place London City/East will be a 280-room hotel managed by Cycas Hospitality and will mark the fourth collaboration with Cycas Hospitality on select service Hyatt hotels in Europe.

The Hyatt Place brand is rooted in extensive consumer insights indicating that guests seek stylish, comfortable, seamless experiences that accommodate their lifestyles and familiar routines. To embody this, the brand offers casual hospitality and purposeful service in a smartly designed, tech-forward and contemporary environment.

“Set to be the first city center Hyatt Place hotel in London, Hyatt Place London City/East will mark an important milestone for the brand in the UK,” said Nuno Galvao-Pinto, Hyatt’s regional vice president acquisitions and development Europe. “We are delighted to have this opportunity to collaborate with Cycas Hospitality, Resolution Property and Berkeley Capital Group to build on our commitment to expanding the Hyatt Place brand footprint. We are excited to continue our role in London’s continued expansion in the east and the on-going regeneration of Aldgate and Whitechapel. Hyatt Place London City/East will benefit both business and leisure travelers and will be a significant contribution to Hyatt’s growing select service portfolio in Europe.”

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“Securing planning is a significant achievement, and it is fantastic that we can now move forward with the development of Black Lion House into a Hyatt Place hotel, supported by our partner Berkeley Capital Group,” commented Head of UK Investment Oliver Jackson, Resolution Property. “Bringing the Hyatt Place brand into central London perfectly demonstrates Resolution’s approach as a pioneering developer focused on creating new and exciting hotel destinations in collaboration with world-leading brands, such as Hyatt Place, to meet the needs of emerging and future demands.”

“We are pleased to be teaming up with Resolution Property and Hyatt to develop this exciting central London site,” said Lissa Engle, founder and director Berkeley Capital Group. “This development underscores our keen interest to seek out and collaborate with best-in-class operators, owners and leading hotel brands to create properties that deliver optimum value. We thank the team for all their efforts and look forward to continuing our work together to ensure the successful opening of the first Hyatt Place hotel in central London.”

“We are excited to be expanding our work with Hyatt by managing Hyatt Place London City/East; our fourth collaboration with Hyatt,” said Eduard Elias, co-founder of Cycas Hospitality. “Our deep understanding of the Hyatt Place brand ensures that we can consistently exceed the levels of care Hyatt Place guests have come to know and expect, and we look forward to further growing our collaboration with Hyatt across the UK and Europe.”

Hyatt Place London City/East will be the seventh Hyatt-branded hotel in the UK, joining Hyatt Regency London The Churchill, Andaz London Liverpool Street, Hyatt Place West London/Hayes, Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport, Hyatt Regency Birmingham, and the Great Scotland Yard Hotel London, which is expected to open early 2019.

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For more information about Hyatt Place hotels, please visit www.hyattplace.com.

The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

About Hyatt Place

Hyatt Place, a brand of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, combines style, innovation and 24/7 convenience to create a seamless stay with modern comforts. There are more than 312 Hyatt Place locations in Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Honduras, India, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Thailand, The Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States. For more information, please visit hyattplace.com. Join the conversation on Facebook and Instagram, and tag photos with #HyattPlace and #WhySettle.

About Cycas Hospitality

Founded in 2008, Cycas Hospitality is a hotel management company which specialises in extended-stay and dual-branded properties. With a total of 3,099 suites and rooms open or under development across 19 hotels, 13 are open. These are in key city centre locations across the UK (London, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle) and include Cycas’ first properties in mainland Europe (Amsterdam, Paris, Rouen).

Following recent investment from the family-owned Huakee Group, Cycas intends to grow its portfolio to more than 10,000 guest rooms by 2022.

Having pioneered the branded extended-stay hotel concept in Europe, Cycas is London’s leading operator in this field and a partner of choice for international investors and major global hotel franchise brands, helping develop their dual-branded concept in the region. It will also be bringing Hyatt’s first dual-branded property to Europe, with the opening of the first extended-stay property serving Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Cycas delivers a combination of expertise in hotel operations, property development and asset management. With the philosophy that “our job is not over until we get a smile” and winner of the Cateys 2018 ‘Best Employer’ award, its overarching goal is to be one of the best hospitality employers in the market, making its hotels the best places to work as well as stay.

To find out more visit www.cycashospitality.com or connect with us via LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Resolution Property

Resolution Property was founded in 1998 with the specific aim of investing in UK and European commercial real estate that offers scope for high returns through a combination of good initial stock selection, active management, refurbishment and redevelopment potential. Grounded in experience of some of Europe’s most successful urban development projects, Resolution Property creates inspiring places, from cutting-edge workspaces to vibrant retail destinations across Europe. Its London and UK regional office developments offer bespoke workplaces, recognizing that creative companies thrive in stimulating environments. Across Europe, Resolution uses innovative and creative asset management techniques to release un-tapped value from outlet centers and mixed-use schemes.

About Berkeley Capital Group

Berkeley Capital Group is a specialist real-estate firm which invests in and develops high-quality hotels and mixed-use schemes in the UK and Europe.

The firm partners with land and property owners, and investors including institutional funds, private equity firms and family offices looking for innovative, deliverable solutions for optimum value creation.

As a specialist hospitality-focused firm, Berkeley Capital has the ability to manage the entire value chain: from identifying sites, structuring the capital, bringing together a brand, an operator and the whole development team, to overseeing the development and asset management post hotel opening. Further information is available at www.berkeleycapitalgroup.com.

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Hyatt to grow UK footprint as new brand is launched

August 29, 2018

Hotels group Hyatt is on track to grow its UK footprint, with plans to open a new site at Great Scotland Yard as part of major brand launch.

The US company’s UK presence is small compared with its global footprint, with just five sites in the country – four in London and one in Birmingham.

But it is expanding rapidly, having recently confirmed the opening of one of its so-called Unbound Collection sites, based in the former home of the London Metropolitan Police at Great Scotland Yard for next year.

The Press Association understands a second UK location is also in the pipeline but details of its exact location and sub-brand under the Hyatt umbrella has yet to be publicly confirmed by the company.

Despite having recently backed off from a potential offer for Spain’s NH Hotels, Hyatt’s president and chief executive, Mark Hoplamazian, earlier this month said Europe remains a key focus for the business.

“We see a lot of opportunity here in the UK, we feel we’re under-represented. That’s why the team is working extremely hard at exploiting these opportunities,” Peter Fulton, an executive vice president for Hyatt hotels, told the Press Association.

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“We don’t see the development pipeline slowing down over the next five years.”

Hyatt has bolstered its London-based development team – which serves the whole of Europe and was previously located in Zurich – with three new appointments and an internal transfer.

“We increased our development presence here in London to be closer to where the capital is and that’s proven to be a bit of a godsend as well, so that’s really helped stimulate this whole pipeline,” he said.

Peter Fulton, is an executive VP for Hyatt hotels and its president covering Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South-West Asia (PA)

Peter Fulton, is an executive VP for Hyatt hotels and its president covering Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South-West Asia (PA)

Day-to-day Mr Fulton – who also oversees Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South-West Asia – said the team is talking to potential operators, independent hotel and land owners across the region, as well as capital partners and sovereign wealth funds looking for investment opportunities.

That is in addition to a fresh push into franchising.

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“We’ve been in the UK for 30 years plus, but because we weren’t franchising and so forth we didn’t really see the growth that chains have, and now we have that growth coming through,” Mr Fulton said.

He sees a particular need to be in Edinburgh – a location where he says Hyatt customers “want to go”.

“So not being in Edinburgh is a problem for us.”

In the meantime, the company is trying to extend its reach by launching a loyalty programme with 500 small luxury hotels across the world, many of which will be based in Europe.

Mr Fulton explained that more than 87% of those locations – many of which are yet to be announced – are in places where Hyatt has yet to set up shop.

“There’s the innovation that comes in – how do we fight above our weight and give … opportunities to our loyalty partners?”

When asked whether Edinburgh sites were in the mix, Mr Fulton hinted at a potential partnership.

“I was speaking to one of the owners there yesterday and it was about exactly that, so that will come out towards the end of the year when that’s all finally dotted and crossed.”

However, he stressed that a Hyatt hotel is still on the cards for Edinburgh.

“That will not preclude us from going and opening a hotel there on our own. So this is a placeholder.”

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