Hyatt Announces Plans for Andaz Palm Springs

Andaz Palm Springs to open in 2016

CHICAGO - March 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management contract with Rael Development Corporation for an Andaz hotel in Palm Springs, Calif. The hotel will join Andaz hotels currently located in top resort destinations including Wailea (Maui), Napa (Calif.), and Peninsula Papagayo (Costa Rica), as well as other world-class cities such as London, New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Andaz Palm Springs is expected to open in late 2016.

Andaz Palm Springs will bring to life the brand’s mission of creating inspiring, indigenous experiences and immersing guests into the destination’s local culture. The 150-room luxury lifestyle hotel will be located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, adjacent to the vibrant Uptown Design District and walking distance to the shops, restaurant and galleries that line the famed Palm Canyon Drive. The hotel will also be within walking distance of the Village Center and the convention center, and two miles from Palm Springs International Airport. Andaz Palm Springs is being designed to provide guests with a sophisticated urban resort experience.

The 150-guestroom, 17-suite Andaz Palm Springs will stay true to its desert oasis destination. The hotel will be built as a collection of small buildings and guestroom bungalows surrounding two outdoor pools and garden areas on an elevated patio terrace, offering panoramic views of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains and city. Andaz Palm Springs will also feature spa services, a fitness facility, a signature restaurant and lounge, as well as an expansive elevated poolside retreat and terrace bar. The first level of the hotel site will include approximately 25,000 square feet of boutique retail space and intimate indoor and outdoor meeting facilities.

"We are delighted to see Andaz Palm Springs come to life in such an iconic California community," said David Tarr, Senior Vice President of Development – Americas for Hyatt. "Andaz Palm Springs will embody the local culture, infusing it throughout the guest experience. The hotel will be an urban oasis, offering personal style, comfort and sophistication synonymous with the Andaz brand."

"Palm Springs has once again become increasingly influential as an entertainment, arts and recreation destination in Southern California, and we are excited to introduce the Andaz brand to the Coachella Valley," said Graeme Rael, Principal of Rael Development Corporation. "We felt this brand was the perfect fit for the community as it is a design-oriented, eco-conscious brand with a service model that is personal and uncomplicated."

Andaz Palm Springs will collaborate with local artists, musicians, designers, and other cultural influencers to deliver events and programs on themes unique to its location in Palm Springs. 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 Palm Springs 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.

About Rael Development Corporation

Rael Development Corporation (Raelcorp) is a privately-held real estate company focused on the development, investment and management of commercial real estate. Founded in 1977, the firm has acquired and developed an array of trophy properties in select markets across the country. The company is guided by its experienced senior leadership along with a dedicated staff of veteran real estate professionals. The company maintains offices in Newport Beach, California and Dallas, Texas. For more information, please visit www.raelcorp.com.

About Andaz

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 December 31, 2014, the Company's worldwide portfolio consisted of 587 properties in 50 countries. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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SOURCE Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Contact: 

Aurelia Vasquez
Hyatt
+1 312 780 5873
Aurelia.Vasquez@Hyatt.com

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