Hyatt Place(R) Marks 150th Hotel with Opening of Hyatt Place Charleston Airport/Convention Center

Hyatt Place(R) Marks 150th Hotel with Opening of Hyatt Place Charleston Airport/Convention Center

Every Hyatt Place Hotel Will Award One Traveler 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport Points

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- A little more than three years after its first hotel debuted, the rapidly growing Hyatt Place brand today announced the opening of its 150th hotel, Hyatt Place Charleston Airport/Convention Center.

"Since we opened the doors of the first Hyatt Place in 2006, our guests repeatedly tell us that we created a new hotel category that shows we understand their lifestyle and allows them to seamlessly transition from home to hotel in a way that was never possible before," said Gary Dollens, global head, franchise and select operations, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. "As we celebrate the 150th hotel milestone and the brand's record growth in the U.S., we look forward to introducing the Hyatt Place brand to travelers around the world."

Hyatt Place Charleston Airport/Convention Center, which is owned by South Carolina-based Naman Hotels, offers:

  • 127 spacious guestrooms, all of which feature a 42-inch HDTV, the plush Hyatt Grand Bed® and an eight-foot sectional sofa-sleeper
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel
  • Complimentary continental breakfast featuring a variety of fresh fruits, hot and cold cereal, yogurt, breads, premium coffee and an assortment of juices
  • 1,000 square feet of meeting space

"With strong fundamentals and growth prospects, including Boeing's additions, Charleston will continue to see an increase in the number of travelers," said Nick Patel, chief financial officer, Naman Hotels. "We are confident that the unique product and service offering will exceed guest needs at the new Hyatt Place Charleston Airport/Convention Center."

To celebrate the 150th hotel opening, each Hyatt Place hotel will select one lucky winner at random to receive 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points from that hotel. Gold Passport members can enter a hotel's sweepstakes by submitting their names at the front desk through March 31, 2010.*

"It is crucial for Hyatt to offer hotels where our guests need us to be. Because Hyatt Place continues to give Hyatt Gold Passport members – Hyatt's best customers – more locations to stay with us, we are marking this growth milestone by rewarding our best guests," continued Dollens.

Hyatt Place hotels are specially designed to accommodate today's lifestyle, offering amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi access, a StayFit@Hyatt fitness center, a coffee and wine bar serving Starbucks® specialty coffees and premium wine and beer, and the Grab 'n Go case stocked with freshly made sandwiches and salads. The Guest Kitchen offers made-to-order breakfast, lunch and dinner entrées around the clock, in addition to the complimentary continental breakfast served daily. Specially trained Hosts are on hand to offer assistance with everything from directions to check-in to a freshly made meal.

Spacious guestrooms feature multiple areas to work and relax and include the Cozy Corner, an eight-foot couch; plush Hyatt Grand Bed®; and ergonomic work center. Every guestroom is also equipped with a state-of-the-art media center that allows electronic devices to plug directly into the 42-inch high definition television, giving guests instant access to the technological amenities they're accustomed to accessing at home or in the office.

Hyatt Place Charleston Airport/Convention Center is less than two miles away from Charleston International Airport and adjacent to the Charleston Area Convention Center, which offers nearly 80,000 square feet of exhibit space. The North Charleston Performing Arts Center and North Charleston Coliseum, both popular entertainment venues, are also just steps away from the hotel. Hyatt Place Charleston Airport/Convention Center is also conveniently located near Boeing's facility and just eight miles from downtown Charleston.

For additional convenience, the hotel's complimentary shuttle will offer transportation to the airport and surrounding area.

About Hyatt Place

Hyatt Place brings the authentic hospitality for which Hyatt is known to the upscale select-service category. Inspired by multitasking travelers' 24/7 lifestyle, Hyatt Place combines stylish design, practical amenities, forward-thinking technology and purposeful service so guests can remain connected and productive while traveling. Hyatt Place is a brand of Hyatt Hotels Corporation that currently offers more than 130 locations throughout the United States.

About Naman Hotels

Naman Hotels is a rapidly growing hotel management and development company. Established over thirty years ago, the company owns, operates, and develops hotels in the southeastern United States. Based in Florence, SC, Naman's portfolio consists of 23 hotels comprising over 2,400 rooms.

*Official rules will be posted at the front desk.

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