Hyatt Opens New Properties In Asia, North America

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the opening of 2 iconic properties in Asia and North America. The 28-storey Andaz Shanghai introduces the vibrant lifestyle brand to Asia, while the highly-anticipated Hyatt 48Lex becomes the latest addition to New York’s recent hotel boom.


Andaz Shanghai: Fashionable Sensitivity in the Heart of Xintiandi

Located in Xintiandi on the edge of the former French concession, the 307-room Andaz Shanghai is inspired by its dynamic and distinctive surroundings. The hotel’s design blends the warm grey stone cladding and low-rise podiums of the traditional shikumen houses with a powerful architectural form that embody the dynamism of modern Shanghai.


The guestrooms and suites range in size from 80 to 193 square meters, with views of Xintiandi or the Huai Hai Road shopping district. LED lighting on the ceiling allow guests to set the colour and mood of their accommodation, which is furnished with contemporary amenities. These include luxury bedding, a modern bathroom with heated floors, electronic toilet and glowing translucent bathtub, flatscreen television, Hyatt Stereo iPod docking station, high-speed internet access, dual-line telephones with voicemail function, oversized workdesk, in-room safe, minibar and coffee maker.


Andaz Shanghai’s restaurants and bars extend the vibrancy of the neighbourhood, with the all-day dining Hai Pai restaurant complex offering a range of Shanghainese/Chinese specialties along with Western favorites that can be enjoyed in the main indoor/outdoor terrace environments or private dining rooms. Multi-functional bar spaces, including an enormous slatted brushed-steel ovoid split over 2 floors, are set to become some of Shanghai’s most sought after nightspots. Eclair is an all-day patisserie and retail outlet serving the city’s largest selection of gourmet eclairs, from classic flavours like vanilla and caramel to innovative concoctions such as green tea and sesame. The Andaz Lounge is the heartbeat of the hotel, where guests can congregate to socialize and relax over the signature drink, a Kir Royale made with original creme de cassis liqueur from France.


3 floors of sophisticated event space provide unique venues for corporate meetings, product launches and wedding banquets. The hotel will also add the residential-style Andaz Garden Studio, featuring 4 event rooms and a spectacular glass pavilion surrounded by water and 2 organic outdoor gardens, as well as a glass elevator descending directly into the Ballroom. Relaxation facilities include a translucent indoor swimming pool featuring internal LED lighting, a 24-hour gymnasium and the soon-to-open Optime Spa paying homage to proven Traditional Chinese Medicine methods in its cutting-edge holistic treatments.


Andaz Shanghai joins sister properties in London, New York, San Diego and West Hollywood. The brand is quickly gaining a foothold around the world with new properties under development in Amsterdam, Maui, New Delhi, Papagayo, Providenciales and Sanya.


Hyatt 48Lex: Pied-a-Terre Accommodation in New York City

Located on Lexington Avenue and 48th Street, Hyatt 48Lex is Midtown Manhattan’s newest full-service hotel within walking distance from the city’s many iconic attractions, such as Grand Central Station, 5th Avenue, Chrysler Building, Empire State Building and Central Park. Renowned architect Nobutaka Ashihara incorporated a mirror glass facade to reflect the surrounding buildings and create a blending effect despite its design expression, with interiors by local design firm VLDG’s Paul Vega and Vennie Lau.


116 studios and suites exude an air of elegance with gracious layouts, a soothing warm grey colour palette and stunning views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. A unique art program showcases pieces by local photographer Kelly Neal together with vintage sheet music and magazines layered with acrylic and canvas by artist Susan Reedy, while the renowned Hyatt Grand Beds, stylish bathrooms, 37-inch flatscreen televisions, iPod docking stations, high-speed internet access, dual-line telephones, workdesk, in-room safe and a butler’s pantry stocked with locally-sourced snacks and treats.


EMM Group, the team behind Abe & Arthur’s, operates the 100-seat Lexington Brass American bistro situated on the ground level. Executive Chef Franklin Becker serves modern twists on classics such as “Jam-Filled Pancakes with Berries and Lemon Cream”, “Sirloin Steak Sandwich with Truffle Fries” and “Sweet Corn Ravioli with Chanterelles”. A thoughtful beverage program, including kombucha tea, 3 local wines and 4 local beers on tap, is available to accompany the dishes. Alternatively, the warm and comfortable Lexicon Lounge is the heart of the hotel and perfect for quiet evenings with iPads and Assouline coffee table books or interacting with fellow guests and staff during hosted wine-and-cheese tastings.


Hyatt 48Lex has 4 private executive board rooms for meeting groups of 8 to 12 delegates. Each features floor-to-ceiling windows allowing ample natural lighting and access to the Alcove, a quiet space for relaxing or taking important phone calls. Herman Miller chairs, the latest audio-visual and conferencing technology and a wireless Crestron system controlling all multimedia functions ensure convenient and seamless business meetings.


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