Hotel celebrates the iconic experiences of legendary Xi’an and the Silk Road
Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced today the opening of a Grand Hyatt hotel in one of China’s most ancient cities, Xi’an. Reinterpreting the city’s rich history and multicultural influences with a contemporary splendor, the Grand Hyatt Xi’an hotel places guests center stage for a memorable journey in this legendary destination and marks another important milestone for Hyatt’s continued brand expansion in Northwest China.
“The heritage and history of Xi’an have been the backdrop for an impressive atmosphere of hospitality,” said Christopher Koehler, Hyatt’s vice president of operations and managing director for China. “As early as 1990, Xi’an has been of special importance for Hyatt as it was one of the first locations in which our brands entered China and where we have cultivated great talent and leaders over the years. We are grateful to Maike Group for developing such a spectacular property and are excited to support the development of the Silk Road in the process.”
The oldest amongst the four great ancient capitals of China, Xi’an was the starting point of the Silk Road connecting east and west and is also home to one of the world’s most recognizable UNESCO sites, the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor. Today, Xi’an is a key component of the renewed focus on the Silk Road, whose development is spearheading growth across the region and establishing the city as an important economic and cultural center for Northwest China.
“We are excited to welcome guests from all over the world to enjoy a stay beyond the ordinary at Grand Hyatt Xi’an,” said Sidney Hardy, the hotel’s general manager. “Grand Hyatt Xi’an is an iconic embodiment of the city’s transformation as well as the boldness and worldliness of the Grand Hyatt brand. We are determined to provide our guests with an extraordinary journey and create many unforgettable moments in this legendary destination.”
Strategically located within the Xi’an High-Tech Industries Development Zone, home to more than 200 Fortune 500 companies, Grand Hyatt Xi’an forms part of the landmark Maike Center, comprised of high-end retail and offices. Xi’an Greenland PICO International Convention & Exhibition Center as well as Xi’an Qujiang International Conference Exhibition Center are also situated nearby. Iconic tourist attractions, key transportation hubs and the international airport are also easily accessible from the hotel.
Design and Guestrooms
Inspired by a palatial mirage in the desert, the Grand Hyatt Xi’an hotel’s impressive glass tower may appear cutting-edge, but its dramatic and bold design is firmly rooted in the history of Xi’an. Representing the Silk Road, the 396-room hotel connects to an office tower via a Sky Bridge 328 feet above ground. At ground level, the striking, faceted exterior of the hotel shapes the unique entrance comprised of a two-story atrium lobby topped with a triangular sloping glass roof. Inside, guests are greeted with striking design inspired by the exotic desert wildlife, geography and culture of the modern Silk Road.
Marrying contemporary luxury and modern comforts, ample space is afforded to all guests, with standard rooms starting at a generous 538 square feet and deluxe rooms starting at 807 square feet, all with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. Light brushed woods and terracotta or crimson accents create a warm and relaxing ambience, like coming home.
Dining and Drinking
From the Sky Bridge, visitors can take in the dramatic 360-degree views of the metropolis below. The scene is particularly beautiful in the evenings, when floor-to-ceiling windows frame views of the glittering city lights. Against this backdrop, numerous dining experiences are available ranging from local to global gastronomical fare at The Lounge, Grand Café, Chang’an Bridge Chinese Restaurant and Allegro Restaurant & Bar.
Grand Café conjures a vibrant marketplace along the Silk Road, where chefs prepare local and global cuisines within interactive, open kitchens during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dressed in warm desert tones, The Lounge is a welcoming spot for high-flyers to relax and meet.
Chang’an Bridge Chinese Restaurant serves the regional cuisines of Canton and Shaanxi in a chic ambience that contrasts dramatic abacus-styled screens and red booth seating with rustic woods and Persian carpets. In addition to the main dining room, nine dining suites are available for exclusive private experiences with butler service.
Opening later this year, Allegro Restaurant & Bar will bring a new level of personality to dining and nightlife in Xi’an. An Italian restaurant by day serving classic dishes and artisanal pizzas from the wood-fired oven, Allegro Restaurant & Bar will transform into a vibrant gastro lounge with specialty cocktails, wines and spirits, and live entertainment at night. The space can also be converted into a special event venue for meetings or events with natural light and impressive views.
Later this year, Maple House will specialize in Pan-Asian and local Shaanxi BBQ specialties in a stylish setting enclosed by floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors. In sunny weather, guests can also enjoy alfresco dining on the podium terrace atop the fifth floor, which is beautifully landscaped with fire pits and colorful gardens.
Meetings and Events
Grand spectacles are a hallmark of the Grand Hyatt brand, and the 24,907 square feet of futuristic and customizable spaces at Grand Hyatt Xi’an host the city’s most prestigious and extraordinary events. Both the Grand Ballroom and the Grand Salon are enclosed by lavishly curving walls that emulate the natural beauty of desert sand dunes. Encircling the space is a nearly 10 foot high LED screen that can be used by event organizers for tailored presentations that “travel” around the entire Grand Ballroom, enabling infinite creative possibilities.
An additional 11 meeting rooms are available in varied sizes for customized business meetings or intimate social gatherings as well as a large open kitchen that offers a site for creative catering and networking.
Well-being and Activities
Grand Hyatt Xi’an houses a 24-hour fitness center equipped with the latest contemporary cardio and strengthening equipment to cater to all guests’ training routines while traveling. Guests can also take a dip in the indoor swimming pool which mirrors the ocean waves with undulating textured patterns on the walls and floor.
Conceived as an oasis amidst the sand dunes, the spa on the sixth floor is a calming sanctuary in soothing natural shades of green and wood, with pops of orange and yellow, where guests can be pampered with traditional Chinese-inspired massages and treatments. The spa will open in summer 2018.
About Grand Hyatt
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About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 14 premier brands. As of December 31, 2017, the Company's portfolio included more than 700 properties in more than 50 countries across six continents. The Company's purpose to care for people so they can be their best informs its business decisions and growth strategy and is intended to attract and retain top colleagues, build relationships with guests and create value for shareholders. The Company's subsidiaries develop, own, operate, manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences, vacation ownership properties, and fitness and spa locations, including under the Park Hyatt®, Miraval®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Andaz®, Hyatt Centric®, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Ziva™, Hyatt Zilara™, Hyatt Residence Club® and exhale® brand names.