Hyatt’s 40 Property West Coast Expansion Isn’t New, But It’s Still Exciting!

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Hyatt West Coast Expansion
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, CA.

Hyatt West Coast Expansion

Anyone who has read this site for any length of time should know that I am a Hyatt fanboy. Their top-tier Globalist status is incredibly rewarding and is the only elite status that I earn THE.HARD.WAY. While Hyatt does treat top-tier elites very well, the one HUGE drawback of being loyal to them is their property portfolio.

The simple truth the past few years is that Hyatt’s growth simply hasn’t been fast enough given the mergers and growth of their competitors. Additionally, most of their growth in the United States prior to 2019 was in the limited service segment with Hyatt Place and Hyatt House. Don’t get me wrong, I love me a random Hyatt Place in the middle of nowhere, but for the most part my Globalist status is wasted at such properties.

Exciting Partnerships & Expansions

Thankfully Hyatt has shown a strong commitment to growth the past year by adding new properties internationally and also forming partnerships. A great example of that is their inclusion of some Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties in World of Hyatt. Still, they fall short when compared to Hilton, Marriott, IHG and others, especially outside of major cities in the U.S.

Hyatt West Coast Expansion
Hyatt Regency Lake Washington.

A West Coast Expansion

While many of their problems will remain unsolved for now, Hyatt has announced a big commitment to growing on the West Coast. Over the next couple of years they will open 40 properties in California, Oregon and Washington and some of them are really cool. Let’s take a look.

Note: Many of these properties have previously been announced, but it’s nice to see what the big picture will look like.

Park Hyatt

Hyatt West Coast Expansion
Park Hyatt Los Angeles concept art. Courtesy of Hyatt.

If we’re going to list all of the properties coming, why not start with their flagship brand? In 2020 Park Hyatt will be expanding to Los Angeles with the opening of:

  • Park Hyatt Los Angeles at Oceanwide Plaza (Calif.), 184 guestrooms.
  • Park Hyatt Los Angeles Residences at Oceanwide Plaza (Calif.), 164 residences.

Yes, this is technically one property split into two, but the Downtown Los Angeles location is exciting. Unfortunately, this one is not going to be cheap.

Grand Hyatt

Hyatt West Coast Expansion
Grand Hyatt SFO concept art.

Hyatt only has one Grand Hyatt property set to open on the West Coast, but it’s a big deal.

  • Grand Hyatt at SFO (San Francisco, Calif.), 351 guestrooms.

The Grand Hyatt at SFO will be located off of the Airtrain making it an on-site hotel. It’s expected to open this Summer.

Andaz

Hyatt West Coast Expansion
Andaz Palm Springs concept art. Courtesy of Hyatt.

Andaz is one of my favorite brands and there is a new one coming to a market that already has a couple of decent Hyatt offerings.

  • Andaz Palm Springs (Calif.), 150 guestrooms

Set to open this Fall, this hotel looks very cool. It is located in Downtown Palm Springs and has a very modern and pleasing exterior. I can’t wait to see what the finished product looks like when it opens.

Hyatt Centric

Hyatt West Coast Expansion
Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami. Courtesy of Hyatt.

Not surprisingly Hyatt has big plans for their newish Centric brand on the West Coast. There are currently plans for four new Centric properties with three opening in California and one in Oregon.

  • Hyatt Centric Mountain View (Calif.), 168 guestrooms, Spring 2019
  • Hyatt Centric Korea Town Los Angeles (Calif.), 310 guestrooms, Fall 2021
  • Hyatt Centric Downtown Sacramento (Calif.), 172 guestrooms, Fall 2020
  • Hyatt Centric Downtown Portland (Ore.), 215 guestrooms, January 2020

Between this Centric and the new Regency and Hyatt Place locations (see below), Portland is really coming into its own when it comes to Hyatt properties. It’s also nice to see another Downtown Sacramento option along with another Los Angeles property.

Other Full Service Brands

Hyatt West Coast Expansion
Tommie Hollywood concept art.

Hyatt will be opening up a number of other full service properties under the Hyatt Regency, Thompson, Joie de Vivre and tommie brands.

  • Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center (Ore.), 600 guestrooms, Early 2020
  • Thompson Hollywood (Calif.), 190 guestrooms, Early 2020
  • A hotel within the Joie de Vivre brand, located in Oceanside, Calif., 161 guestrooms, Q4 2020
  • El Capitan, a Joie de Vivre Hotel (Merced, Calif.), 114 guestrooms, Q1 2020
  • tommie Hollywood (Calif.), 212 guestrooms, Q1 2020

Some of these hotels looks really nice. As mentioned before, the Regency in Portland will be a welcome addition since it’s close to their convention center and sports arena. Some of these partner brand hotels look very very nice as well.

Hyatt Place & Hyatt House

Hyatt West Coast Expansion
Expect the Hyatt Place properties to look something like this!

No big expansion would be complete without a ton of limited service options opening. Unfortunately 25 of the 40 properties Hyatt is touting are Hyatt Place and Hyatt House. Don’t get me wrong these brands are very competitive, but there is very little uniqueness across properties.

With that said, there are some good and convenient locations opening up. I for one will be happy about the SeaTac Airport locations and who doesn’t want to visit Bakersfield, California!!! 😉

  • Hyatt Place San Jose Airport (Calif.) 190 guestrooms, March 2019
  • Hyatt Place Santa Barbara (Calif.), 88 guestrooms, April 2019
  • Hyatt Place Fresno, California (Calif.), 126 guestrooms, April 2019
  • Hyatt Place Vacaville California (Calif.), 136 guestrooms, July 2019
  • Hyatt Place Bakersfield (Calif.), 120 guestrooms, September 2019
  • Hyatt Place LAX (Los Angeles, Calif.), 272 guestrooms, February 2020
  • Hyatt Place Sacramento Airport – North Natomas (Calif.), 109 guestrooms, November 2020
  • Hyatt Place Pomona (Calif.), 115 guestrooms, November 2020
  • Hyatt Place Sunnyvale (Calif.), 90 guestrooms, January 2021
  • Hyatt Place Hayward (Calif.), 119 guestrooms, January 2021
  • Hyatt Place Paso Robles (Calif.), 131 guestrooms, February 2021
  • Hyatt Place Livermore (Calif.), 90 guestrooms, March 2021
  • Hyatt Place San Carlos (Calif.), 103 guestrooms, March 2021
  • Hyatt Place SeaTac Airport (Seattle, Wash.), 237 guestrooms, April 2021
  • Hyatt Place Vancouver Washington (Wash.), 113 guestrooms, September 2020
  • Hyatt Place Portland – Pearl District (Ore.), 176 guestrooms, November 2020
  • Hyatt House San Jose/Cupertino (Calif.) 148 guestrooms, March 2019
  • Hyatt House San Jose Airport (Calif.) 165 guestrooms, April 2019
  • Hyatt House LAX (Los Angeles, Calif.), 129 guestrooms, February 2020
  • Hyatt House Davis (Calif.) 118 guestrooms, July 2020
  • Hyatt House Los Angeles USC Medical Campus (Calif.), 200 guestrooms, August 2020
  • Hyatt House Sacramento Airport – North Natomas (Calif.), 92 guestrooms, November 2020
  • Hyatt House Pomona (Calif.), 100 guestrooms, November 2020
  • Hyatt House Livermore (Calif.), 130 guestrooms, March 2021
  • Hyatt House Seatac Airport (Seattle, Wash.), 139 guestrooms, April 2021

You can find the full Hyatt press release here.

Conclusion

Many of these properties were previously announced, so Hyatt has basically just compiled the list for marketing purposes. With that said, it’s nice to see the big picture of Hyatt’s plans on the West Coast even if they are still mostly limited service.

What are your thoughts? Do any of these properties stand out to you? Let us know in the comments!

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2 COMMENTS

  1. If that Vacaville Hyatt Place is a Cat 1, I’ll totally go weekending on points with the kids to help achieve Globalist.

    Also excited about the Sac Airport and downtown options, not to mention the SFO Grand Hyatt, which I *really* hope is Cat 4 property.

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