Hyatt Hotels Corporation  announced that a Hyatt affiliate completed its previously announced acquisition of the 756-room Hotel Nikko Mexico from Japan-Mexico Hotel Investment Co. for approximately US$190 million. The hotel has been rebranded as Hyatt Regency Mexico City. Ramping up its expansion in Latin America, Hyatt also announced plans for eight Hyatt-branded hotels in Latin America, in addition to four previously-announced hotels under development, for a total of 12 Hyatt-branded hotels under development in Latin America. When these properties open, there will be a total of 20 Hyatt-branded hotels in the region.
Over the next three years, a Hyatt affiliate is expected to invest approximately US$40 million to renovate Hyatt Regency Mexico City to strengthen the hotel’s competitive position as the preferred business and leisure hotel in Polanco, Mexico City’s most desirable area.
“The introduction of Hyatt Regency Mexico City marks the first step in expanding the presence of Hyatt-branded hotels in Mexico and throughout Latin America,” said Steve Haggerty, global head of real estate and development for Hyatt Hotels Corporation. “Our substantial direct investment in acquiring this hotel, as well as our plans for 12 new properties in Latin America across our full-and select-service brands, underscores our commitment to becoming the most preferred hospitality brand by opening hotels in key locations where our guests are traveling.”
New Agreements for Six Hotels in Mexico, One Hotel in Colombia and One Hotel in Chile:
Of the eight agreements being announced, all of which were signed prior to March 31, 2012, six are for hotels in Mexico, one is for a hotel in Colombia and one is for a hotel in Chile.Several of these projects will includeinvestment by affiliates of Hyatt.
Park Hyatt Los Cabos: Located within a master planned golf resort community that stretches along two miles of beach coastline in Los Cabos, Park Hyatt Los Cabos will offer 196 guestrooms and 36 Park Hyatt-branded residences. In addition, the hotel, expected to open in 2015, will feature meeting and event facilities, several food and beverage outlets, and a 13,000 square feet, a ten-treatment room spa, and a fitness center.
Park Hyatt Riviera Maya: The 220 room-Park Hyatt Riviera Maya, expected to open in 2016, will be situated within an upscale, mixed use hotel, residential and golf community located on the beachfront in Riviera Maya, south of Cancun. The luxury hotel will offer meeting space, three restaurants, a coffee shop, pool, spa, and a fitness center.
AndazMayakoba: The 213-room AndazMayakoba will be located in the master planned resort community of Mayakoba, which is situated along one mile of beach coastline in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The hotel, expected to open in 2015, will offer food and beverage outlets, a spa, and a fitness center.
Hyatt Playa: Hyatt Playa, expected to open in 2015, will be located in Playa del Carmen on a beach-front property with 460 feet of white sand beach. The 332-room Hyatt Playa will offer food and beverage outlets, a spa, and a fitness center.
Hyatt Place San Jose del Cabo: Located in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, and expected to open in 2013, Hyatt Place San Jose del Cabo will offer 157 guestrooms and will be situated in close proximity to the beach, golf courses, commercial areas and dining and entertainment venues. The hotel is located less than 10 miles from Los Cabos International Airport.
Hyatt Place Tijuana: Hyatt Place Tijuana will offer 144 guestrooms, and is expected to open in 2013. Located in the vibrant Aviacion neighborhood on Agua Caliente Boulevard, the hotel will be close to the city’s best shopping plazas and Tijuana’s international airport.
Hyatt Regency Cartagena: Expected to open in 2015, Hyatt Regency Cartagena will be located within a new mixed-use development in Cartagena’s oceansideBocagrande district and will offer 250 rooms, including 29 suites. In addition, the hotel will feature an all-day dining restaurant, cocktail lounge and bar, a 7,500 square-foot ballroom, a spa, fitness center, outdoor pool, and business center. The hotel will be the first Hyatt-branded property in Colombia and will include 72 Hyatt-branded residential condominiums.
Hyatt Place Vitacura: Located in the Vitacura area of Santiago, Chile, the 160-room Hyatt Place Vitacura is expected to open in late 2012 and will be located close to several diplomatic missions and embassies, as well as Vitacura’s high-end retail area, the Las Leones Golf Club, the Polo Club, and the Fashion Museum.
“The introduction of Hyatt Regency Mexico City creates a significantly higher profile for Hyatt’s brands in Mexico and throughout all of Latin America,” said Mexico City based Myles McGourty, senior vice president, Hyatt of Latin America. “The addition of four of Hyatt’s hotel brands in Mexico over the next few years and our plans for further expansion throughout the region underscores our commitment to enhancing preference for our brands.”