Hyatt Announces Plans For First Andaz Hotel in Canada
Andaz Ottawa Byward Market Expected to Open in 2016
January 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management contract with Claridge Homes for an Andaz hotel in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. When Andaz Ottawa Byward Market opens in mid-2016, it will become the first Andaz-branded hotel in Canada as well as the city's first hotel under Hyatt's brand portfolio. Andaz Ottawa Byward Market will join Andaz hotels currently located in world-class cities including London, New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai, and Tokyo.
The 200-room Andaz Ottawa Byward Market will be located at 325 Dalhousie Street in Ottawa's famed Byward Market neighborhood. The neighborhood is surrounded by more than two dozen embassies and consulates and is located immediately east of Ottawa's commercial office core, a short walk from Parliament Hill, and just north of the University of Ottawa campus. The area has become the center of Ottawa's nightlife and is surrounded by residential towers, restaurants and bars.
Guests at Andaz Ottawa Byward Market will experience the personal style, comfort and sophistication for which the brand is known in the hotel's 200 guestrooms, including four two-bay Hyatt suites, two three-bay Junior suites, and a four-bay Executive Suite with a fireplace and large 560 square foot terrace. The hotel will also feature a destination restaurant and a rooftop bar and lounge including an outdoor terrace offering panoramic views of the city. Meeting facilities will feature six Andaz Studios as well as the prefunction and lounge area with an open kitchen totaling approximately 4,500 square feet.
"We are pleased to expand our brand presence in Canada. Andaz was a natural fit for Ottawa's Byward Market neighborhood," said David Tarr, Senior Vice President of Development – Americas for Hyatt. "Andaz Ottawa Byward Market will bring to life the brand's mission of creating inspiring, indigenous experiences and immersing guests into the destination's local culture. We believe Andaz Ottawa Byward Market will convey the vibrant, international spirit of Canada's capital city."
"We are delighted to bring the first Andaz hotel to Ottawa and Canada. We believe it will become the new center of social connections in the Byward Market as well as in Ottawa. The Andaz brand's creativity and refined, yet casual atmosphere will elevate the neighborhood and will connect guests to the best of the local community," said Neil Malhotra, Vice President of Claridge Homes. "Our capital city is host to a diverse group of business and leisure visitors, making it an international hub for Canada. Andaz Ottawa Byward Market will not only appeal to the local community, but will serve a broad group of Canadian and global travelers."
"I am thrilled that Hyatt and Claridge Homes are working together to bring Andaz to Ottawa and to Canada," said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. "The Byward Market is one of the most vibrant parts of our City and Andaz Ottawa Byward Market will be perfectly situated within steps of many shops, restaurants, tourist attractions, and of course the historic Byward Market itself. With several LRT stops within walking distance, Andaz Ottawa Byward Market will be well-served by the coming LRT system and perfectly situated for guests to enjoy the celebrations for Canada's 150th birthday that will take place throughout 2017."
Andaz Ottawa Byward Market will collaborate with local artists, musicians, designers, and other cultural influencers to deliver events and programs on themes unique to its location in Ottawa. The Andaz Salon, the brand's signature cultural program, features interactive, on-property and virtual events conceived to support and nurture each hotel's community of emerging talent. The distinctive spaces at Andaz Ottawa Byward Market will stage creative Andaz Salon events, ranging from talks to exhibitions to live performances. These events can also be experienced through the Andaz Salon website at www.andazsalon.com, where unique content is shared by Cultural Insiders.
The term "Hyatt" is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.
About Claridge Homes
Claridge Homes is the leading real estate developer in the City of Ottawa. Growing steadily for more than 30 years, Claridge Homes and its affiliated companies have had remarkable success with residential and mixed use developments in communities across the region - to date, having built over 12,000 homes in the National Capital Region, including nearly 40 high rise developments.
Claridge Homes was founded by Bill Malhotra and continues to be privately owned by the Malhotra Family.
Global in scale while local in perspective, Andaz hotels deliver an innovative hospitality experience and attentive, uncomplicated service designed to accommodate guests' personal preferences. Hotels in this collection reflect the unique cultural scenes and spirit of the surrounding neighborhood and are dedicated to creating natural and vibrant living spaces where travelers can indulge their own personal sense of comfort and style. Twelve Andaz hotels are currently open: Andaz 5th Avenue and Andaz Wall Street in New York, Andaz San Diego, Andaz West Hollywood, Andaz Napa, Andaz Savannah, Andaz Maui at Wailea, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica, Andaz Liverpool Street in London, Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai and Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills. For more information, please visit www.andaz.com.
About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company's subsidiaries develop, own, operate, manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences and vacation ownership properties, including under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Zilara™, Hyatt Ziva™, Hyatt Residences® and Hyatt Residence Club® brand names and have locations on six continents. As of September 30, 2014, the Company's worldwide portfolio consisted of 573 properties in 48 countries. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.
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