I visited. This will be a serious player. It is beautifully designed and appointed, at a large investment.
Airport? You ask.
Well, it is a fact that I have never heard of an unsuccessful airport hotel.
The impressive, modern, iron gray building is home to 202 stylish hotel rooms and an entire business wing with spa, two car rental agencies, an assortment of retail including a market, practically an indoor mall. There is ample parking in the back.
Life unfolds on the third floor where the front desk operates discreetly along with the breakfast room, a restaurant, an indoor bar and an outdoor bar, overlooking the pool.
Raise your gaze, and you’re looking at the gentle, green rolling hills of Arikok national park in the distance. I could easily see that pool deck used for wedding and special events.
The hotel offers 24/7 dining in its outlets, boasts a well-equipped gym, a business center, meeting rooms, and a medium size modular ballroom.
Remember it’s a select-service hotel, not a full-service-resort, it doesn’t do everything for everybody, but with a staff of 39 it does a lot.
I once stayed at a Hyatt Park in Miami. Frankly it had a similar feel, modern, clean, efficient, comfy. In the morning I was amazed at the number of people in the breakfast room. No wonder, it’s included and nicely presented.
I never eat breakfast. But if free and included, count me in for a tasty bite.
General Manager Marta Raven reports she decided to simply apply for the job of GM when it got posted, encouraged by her colleagues at the Hyatt Regency. And while she did not think she would beat the competition, she did. She owned all qualifications. She outshone the four last candidates and earned the position, having working for many years in the sales and marketing department of the Hyatt Regency.
As we were travelling by elevator to the third floor I recognized familiar faces. Quite a few of Marta’s colleagues from the Hyatt Regency are now working at Hyatt Place, the chef, the maintenance manager, some operations people, they have Hyatt DNA in their blood and are now saving time on the commute, they joked.
Marta shares the hotel interviewed extensively, more than 300 candidates, many of them gainfully employed, but wishing to relocate closer to home.
I asked myself where the potential guests come from, and realized that the location within a stroll from the arrival and departure gates, is very attractive to corporate clients doing business on the island and to our timeshare owners wanting to tag two or three more days to their week on the island.
Opening date? Soon. Around November 15th, 2019. They are applying the finishing touches now, and then tada…. Hyatt Place is ready to put you to sleep in total tranquility, and energize you with double reward points and reasonable rates.