Hyatt Regency Houston Completes $40 Million Transformation

Houston's landmark hotel completes its $40-million transformation including the renovation of all 947 guestrooms, a redesigned LobbiBar, and 64,000 square feet of refreshed meeting space.

Houston, TX, April 30, 2009 --( Hyatt Regency Houston, a prominent landmark in the downtown Houston skyline since 1972, has completed its comprehensive, $40-million transformation including the renovation of all 947 guestrooms, a redesigned LobbiBar, and 64,000 square feet of refreshed meeting space. The project also included the opening of Texas' first Shula's Steak House.

At the center of the transformation are new guestrooms designed with rich hues of chocolate, silver, and beige. All rooms are fitted with the signature Hyatt Grand Bed complete with a pillow-top mattress and three-part Comfort Support System. Long, sleek work desks have been added with wall-mounted, plug-n-play consoles for Internet connectivity. Dark wood furnishings, contemporary lighting and 32-inch high-definition, flat panel televisions complete the new room style. Guestroom baths include a spacious, walk-in shower, a glamorous, black marble-top vanity and matching black marble flooring.

“We completely transformed the hotel to reflect the experiences that today’s business, convention, and leisure guests expect when they travel,” says Steve Trent, managing director of Hyatt Regency Houston.

Over 64,000 square feet of meeting space was refreshed with new carpet, wall coverings, artwork and lighting. The most dramatic change can be seen in Window Box, an intimate event space overlooking the hotel’s atrium lobby, where sophisticated lighting was added to the newly expanded venue. A second point of entry and registration area were also added to the redesigned space.

Shula’s Steak House replaced the hotel’s two previous lobby-level restaurants. The first of its kind in Texas, Shula’s features upscale, steakhouse fare and is themed after the 1972 Miami Dolphins’ “Perfect Season” - the only team in NFL history to finish a season undefeated.

Centrally located beneath the soaring atrium, the redesigned LobbiBar offers cocktails in a contemporary setting. The sunken design features glass walls, pendent lighting, and modern seating on two levels. Themed cocktail nights include Make-Your-Own Martini Mondays where guests customize martinis from a list of ingredients and then name their recipes. The recipes are then shared with others via the LobbiBar’s Facebook page.

Originally opened in 1972, Hyatt Regency Houston was the city’s first atrium-style hotel. Its storied history includes being the host hotel of the 1990 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations, the 1992 Republican National Convention, and the 17th Congress of the World Energy Council in 1998. The hotel’s New Year’s Eve celebration remains its signature event where more than 50,000 balloons descend on revelers at the stroke of midnight.

Kaplan Public Relations
Anna Drake