EDMONTON — Canada's first Hyatt Place has opened in downtown Edmonton, and a second is on the way to West Edmonton. This is the first new hotel to open in the city's downtown since 1974.
The hotel, which opened its doors on Thursday, October 27, includes intuitive design, a casual atmosphere, and practical amenities, such as free Wi-Fi and 24-hour food offerings, to the Edmonton area.
It is located in The Quarters, which is well on its way to becoming a vibrant, flourishing community in downtown Edmonton. With $56 million in infrastructure upgrades and another $43 million allocated to new projects, the mixed-use urban village is taking shape. The hotel’s location in the heart provides easy access to the area’s best shopping and cultural favorites such as the Art Gallery of Alberta, Citadel Theatre, Francis Winspear Centre, Commonwealth Stadium and the New Rogers Place. Business travellers enjoy a short commute to the Shaw Conference Centre, Government of Canada, Alberta Treasury Branches and Edmonton’s CN Tower office building.
“Our place is less than three miles from anywhere in downtown Edmonton,” Sam White, director of operations who has managed Hyatt Hotels for the last 10 years, told CLN. “We are very pleased to have such a beautiful product just 450 metres from the Shaw Conference Centre.”
He also pointed out that the development is owned and managed by AUM Hotel Group, a local Edmonton company that now owns five hotels in the area including Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn and now the Hyatt Place Edmonton Downtown. The hotel's designer, Gene Dub of Dub Architects, is from Edmonton as well.
“As Edmonton continues to grow and thrive economically, we are excited to add to the momentum by welcoming the first Hyatt Place hotel to the area,” said Owner Prem Singhmar of AUM Hotel Group.
“It lends itself well to both business and leisure business, with extra space, but not all the frills of a full-service hotel,” said Hyatt spokesperson Jorian Weiner. “We target travellers of all ages, not just millennials. We give them exactly what they need — more spacious rooms, couches and a desk, but convenient grab and go food and a friendly staff.”
Specifically, Hyatt Place Edmonton/Downtown offers:
o 255 spacious guestrooms with separate spaces to sleep, work and play, as well as a Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper
o Free Wi-Fi everywhere
o The a.m. Kitchen Skillet™, a free hot breakfast for guests available daily in the Gallery Kitchen, features signature breakfast sandwiches, fresh fruit, oatmeal, yogurt, cereal, fresh-baked pastries, and more
o 24/7 Gallery Menu & Market serving freshly prepared meals anytime, day or night and perfectly packaged sandwiches and salads
o Coffee to Cocktails Bar featuring specialty coffees and premium beers, as well as wines and cocktails
o Odds & Ends program for forgotten items that guests can buy, borrow or enjoy for free
o Meeting and Function space with more than 13,000 square feet
o 24-hour Gym featuring cardio equipment with LDC touchscreens and free ear buds
“Edmonton is a vibrant city, filled with friendly people, inviting neighborhoods, and an ever-expanding list of attractions and landmarks to visit,” said Rachel Macknee, director of sales and marketing, Hyatt Place Edmonton/Downtown. “Our hotel is central to all of Edmonton’s most popular sites, and we are confident that the Hyatt Place Edmonton/Downtown will exceed guest expectations and provide them with everything they need while visiting our area.”
Stay tuned regarding more news about the Hyatt Place West Edmonton.