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Goettsch Partners completes Colombia’s first Grand Hyatt

Hamish Kilburn

The Grand Hyatt hotel is “positioned as the crown jewel” of an 18-building commercial complex between the historic centre and airport and adds to the firm’s 30-plus hospitality works globally…

Architecture firm Goettsch Partners has announced the completion of the Grand Hyatt Bogotá, a new, 372-key hotel complex with a 230-foottall elliptical tower marking the symbolic centre of an 18-building commercial complex. The new hotel, replete with helipad for visiting dignitaries, has debuted this fall as one of South America’s preferred destinations and accommodations. The Grand Hyatt Bogotá also signals another landmark addition to the extensive portfolio of hospitality architecture by Goettsch Partners – known globally as GP – spanning 30-plus major hotel projects and more than 50 million square feet of facilities on three continents.

The project is the second for Goettsch Partners (GP) in South America, following the successful Grand Hyatt São Paulo in Brazil, which opened more than 15 years ago. The new project, developed by the Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo Organization and positioned by operator Hyatt Hotels Corporation as the premier hotel in the city and the first Grand Hyatt in Colombia, has paired architect GP with Chilean interior design firm Studio Echeverría Edwards. The architect of record and general contractor is Construcciones Planificadas, and GP collaborated with an international team of engineers and consultants, including a bioclimatic expert.

“This new hotel complex represents an exceptional opportunity to create a singular and completely modern touchstone in South America to draw both international travelers and dignitaries as well as Colombian businesspeople and families looking for the finest experience — and the largest ballroom — available in Bogotá,” says Travis Soberg, AIA, LEED AP, principal and director of sustainable design for GP.

“The Grand Hyatt Bogotá’s curving glass walls employ robust double glazing and a highly insulated envelope.”

Designed to anchor the business district called Ciudad Empresarial Sarmiento Angulo and to integrate with its glass-and-steel office blocks set against the scenic mountain Monserrate, the Grand Hyatt Bogotá stands out in Colombia for its modern expression and incorporates leading-edge technology and design ideas. Unique to the region, the hotel is wrapped in a precision-engineered, blueglass curtain wall and detailed with wood millwork — both from Spain — as well as imported fabricated stone, among other high-end components.

Image credit: James Steinkamp Photography courtesy Goettsch Partners

The Grand Hyatt Bogotá’s curving glass walls employ robust double glazing and a highly insulated envelope, ensuring quiet guestrooms and other interior areas, says Soberg. A three-story podium clad in warm stone, natural wood, bronze-toned metals and glass wraps the lobby, restaurants and other amenities, offering views into the hotel and through to the commercial area’s central paseo, or walkway, from the adjoining neighborhood. Outdoor dining and gathering areas connect the hotel to the paseo’s pedestrian life, creating an active urban space and inviting atmosphere.

“We have the best hotel in Colombia, an example of what can be achieved when things are thoughtfully considered,” the project’s leader and backer, businessman Dr. Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo, announced at the ribbon-cutting. “Today we deliver this Grand Hyatt as a world-class project.” Inside, the hotel complex opens to a dramatic atrium, leading to 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space, two signature restaurants, a bar and coffee shop, as well as a fitness center, pool and full-service spa. The ballroom is the largest regionally, according to the developers. “The taut, reflective glass façade heralds the arrival of the modern and progressive city of Bogotá,” says architect Michael F.Kaufman, AIA, LEED AP, partner-in-charge at GP. “Its design acknowledges the hotel’s role in this growing business district while gesturing to the city center and offering guestroom views to Bogotá’s downtown.”

Main image credit: Goettsch Partners

Top 5 stories of the week

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Here are our top five stories of the week…

  1. Gleneagles unveils Ochil House for meetings and events
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    Our top performing story of the ween, the glorious playground of country pursuits Gleneagles, located just 40 minutes from Edinburgh, has launched Ochil House, a unique new meeting and events space.
  2. The Hotel Designs Brit List is back, this year launching 6 new awards
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    Following much anticipation in the industry after launching last year, Hotel Designs Brit List will return in 2018 with an evolved concept that will further amplify the best hotel design influencers in Britain. This year, as well as celebrating the Top 25 of the most influential hoteliers and the top 25 of the most inspirational interior designers, The Hotel Designs Brit List will also launch six coveted awards that are up for grabs.
  3. Grand Hyatt debuts in Abu Dhabi 
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    Hyatt Hotels has announced the opening of Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residence Emirates Pearl, the first Grand Hyatt hotel to open in the United Arab Emirates’ capital city, Abu Dhabi.  The luxury property combines iconic brand elements and awe-inspiring design and architecture with a central location in the capital that offers easy access to world-class shopping, dining and cultural events.
  4. Westin Hotels & Resorts to debut in the UK
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    Poised to set a new standard for wellbeing in the Heart of the Capital, The Westin London City, designed by Dexter Moren Associates, is scheduled to open in 2020…
  5. Swire Hotels announces official opening of The Middle House Shanghai 
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    The latest addition from Swire HotelsThe Middle House, provides guests with an intimate and urban sanctuary in Shanghai, one of the world’s most dynamic cities in the world.

Grand Hyatt Xi’an offers travellers Silk Road stop off

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A new Grand Hyatt hotel has opened in Xi’an – one of China’s most ancient cities and the starting point for the ancient Silk Road trading post that connected East with West.

Strategically located within the Xi’an High-Tech Industries Development Zone, home to more than 200 Fortune 500 companies, Grand Hyatt Xi’an forms part of the Maike Center, comprised of high-end retail and offices.

Xi’an Greenland PICO International Convention & Exhibition Center as well as Xi’an Qujiang International Conference Exhibition Center are also situated nearby.

Various tourist attractions, key transportation hubs and the international airport are also easily accessible from the hotel.

Design and Guestrooms

Inspired by a palatial mirage in the desert, the Grand Hyatt Xi’an hotel’s glass tower may appear cutting-edge, but the company says its design is firmly rooted in the city’s history. Representing the Silk Road, the 396-room hotel connects to an office tower via a Sky Bridge 328 feet above ground. At ground level, the faceted exterior of the hotel shapes the entrance comprised of a two-story atrium lobby topped with a triangular sloping glass roof. Inside, guests are greeted with a design inspired by the exotic desert wildlife, geography and culture of the modern Silk Road.

Standard rooms in contemporary design start at 538 square feet, while deluxe rooms start at 807 square feet, all with floor-to-ceiling windows. Light brushed woods and terracotta or crimson accents have been used to create a ‘warm and relaxing’ ambience.

“The heritage and history of Xi’an have been the backdrop for an impressive atmosphere of hospitality,” said Christopher Koehler, Hyatt’s vice president of operations and managing director for China. “As early as 1990, Xi’an has been of special importance for Hyatt as it was one of the first locations in which our brands entered China and where we have cultivated great talent and leaders over the years. We are grateful to Maike Group for developing such a spectacular property and are excited to support the development of the Silk Road in the process.”


Dining and Drinking

From the Sky Bridge, visitors can take in the 360-degree views of the city below. Against this backdrop, numerous dining experiences are available, ranging from local to global fare at The Lounge, Grand Café, Chang’an Bridge Chinese Restaurant and Allegro Restaurant & Bar.

Grand Café is intended to conjure the feeling of a vibrant marketplace along the Silk Road, where chefs prepare local and global cuisines within interactive, open kitchens during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dressed in warm desert tones, The Lounge is intended as a spot for high-flyers to relax and meet.

Chang’an Bridge Chinese Restaurant serves the regional cuisines of Canton and Shaanxi in a chic ambience that contrasts dramatic abacus-styled screens and red booth seating with rustic woods and Persian carpets. In addition to the main dining room, nine dining suites are available for exclusive private experiences with butler service.

Opening later this year, Allegro Restaurant & Bar will bring a new level of personality to dining and nightlife in Xi’an. An Italian restaurant by day serving classic dishes and pizzas from a wood-fired oven, Allegro Restaurant & Bar will transform into a gastro lounge with specialty cocktails, wines and spirits, and live entertainment at night. The space can also be converted into a special event venue for meetings or events with natural light and impressive views.

Later this year, Maple House will specialize in Pan-Asian and local Shaanxi BBQ specialties in a stylish setting enclosed by floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors. Guests can also enjoy alfresco dining on the podium terrace atop the fifth floor, which is landscaped with fire pits and colorful gardens.

Meetings and Events

The 24,907 square feet of futuristic and customizable spaces at Grand Hyatt Xi’an host events, with both the Grand Ballroom and the Grand Salon enclosed by curving walls. Encircling the space is a nearly 10 foot high LED screen that can be used by event organizers for tailored presentations that “travel” around the entire Grand Ballroom.

An additional 11 meeting rooms are available in varied sizes for customized business meetings or intimate social gatherings as well as a large open kitchen that offers a site for creative catering and networking.


Grand Hyatt Changsha set to open in south-central China

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Grand Hyatt Changsha, the first Grand Hyatt hotel in China’s Hunan Province, has celebrated its grand opening. The 354-room hotel crowns a 61-storey tower on prestigious Xiangjiang Road, offering breathtaking views of Xiang River and the city skyline.

A riverfront landmark just steps from Changsha’s historic sites, Grand Hyatt Changsha is expected to be the destination for impressive views and unforgettable dining experiences in the heart of this cosmopolitan city.

When guests arrive in the lobby, they will feel the crimson magnificence of the autumn maple trees on Yuelu Mountain and Xiang River. The red spice of Hunan’s legendary cuisine and the city’s energetic nightlife inspire the vibrant ambience. Bold crimson tints, rich textures and a sophisticated art collection provide a poignant cultural backdrop for Changsha’s showpiece of contemporary living.

Conceived by the renowned Singapore hotel design firm LTW Designworks, the hotel’s interiors create a strong sense of locale. The design concept is inspired by two classic Chinese red-ink wash paintings: Changsha by Fu Baoshi and Ten Thousand Hills in Red by Li Keran. The hotel design makes dramatic use of the unique Chinese red shades from these traditional ink wash paintings.

The constant flow and energy of Xiang River and Chinese historical motifs are also referenced in the natural textures and an impressively curated collection of contemporary artworks and sculptures richly displayed throughout the hotel.

Grand Hyatt Changsha features 354 contemporary guestrooms, including 31 suites, located on levels 46 to 61. The spacious rooms welcome guests into a modern Asian sanctuary styled with red textured walls, ochre-leather paneling, intricate Oriental patterned carpets and streamlined bespoke furnishings. Floor-to-ceiling windows command breathtaking high-rise views of the city or Xiang River from both the bedroom and bathroom.