Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) yesterday announced the opening of Grand Hyatt at SFO, which is now accepting guests. As the only on-airport hotel at San Francisco International Airport, the $237 million luxury hotel sits on 4.2-acres and features 351 rooms including 22 suites, 14,435 square feet of well-appointed meeting and event space, two distinct culinary concepts, and an impressive art collection that was curated exclusively for the hotel by the San Francisco Arts Commission.
“We are thrilled to open the doors to Grand Hyatt at SFO and welcome our international guests, SFO visitors and local friends,” said Henning Nopper, general manager, Grand Hyatt at SFO. “The completion of this hotel, an iconic addition to our Grand Hyatt brand, is a culmination of many years of hard work and planning by Hyatt, San Francisco International Airport, the great City and County of San Francisco, San Francisco Arts Commission, and many more supporters.”
Directly connected to all airport terminals with its own dedicated, newly constructed AirTrain station, Grand Hyatt at SFO serves as a captivating destination within a destination and elevated respite for corporate business travelers as well as leisure guests to bypass the airport bustle. The highly anticipated debut also marks a key milestone in Hyatt’s west coast expansion plan to add 40 new hotels in California, Oregon and Washington by the end of 2021.
“With the opening of Grand Hyatt at SFO, we offer travelers a new benchmark in airport hospitality,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. “The new hotel reflects our commitment to deliver a world-class experience for our guests, with seamless access via our AirTrain system, sustainable building design, thoughtful service and amenities, and inspiring works of public art. My thanks go out to Hyatt, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and our entire design-build team for making this day a reality.”
CONCEPT & DESIGN
The bold, vibrant design and architecture of Grand Hyatt at SFO is the vision of San Francisco-based architect Hornberger + Worstell and associate ED21, along with two internationally acclaimed interior design firms, BraytonHughes Design Studios and RoseBernard Studio. Guests step out of the hotel’s new AirTrain station, which features a dramatic kaleidoscopic stained-glass art installation, and after crossing an enclosed bridge, they enter the hotel’s stunning, light-filled lobby where they are greeted by expansive windows and views of SFO and hills beyond.
The California Eucalyptus grove-inspired lobby invites guests to relax, enjoy a refreshment, and work among natural wood communal tables overlooking the airfield. As a subtle visual homage to the airport’s long history as an aviation gateway to and from the Pacific Rim, the marble reception desks are designed to recall a set of vintage pilot’s wings.
Light-filled guestrooms, designed to become a sanctuary for modern travelers, counterbalance stressful travels with calm bespoke interiors, soundproofed, floor-to-ceiling windows. Each guestroom also features a Hyatt Luxury Pillowtop Grand Bed™, flat screen TV, and elegant bathrooms. As a part of the Grand Hyatt brand’s eco-friendly tenets, Grand Hyatt at SFO offers large-format bath amenities and is working to limit single-use plastics. With the hotel’s location directly adjacent to the International Terminal and airfield, guests have the unique opportunity to enjoy magnificent moments of close-up views of airplanes.
Travelers also have the opportunity to reserve a micro stay in the hotel’s day-use rooms – the perfect solution for fly-in, fly-out conferences and daytime layovers. Day-use rates start at $125 for access to guestrooms for six hours between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Quail & Crane, the hotel’s 108-seat signature restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, boasts an open kitchen and expansive communal dining with wood floors and ceilings. Executive Chef Jesse McDannel has created a bold, multicultural menu that speaks to both the bounty of Northern California and the cooking practices and traditions of Asia. The restaurant design feels uniquely linked to the Bay Area with a direct connection to the local landscape. Accenting the experience is artwork inspired by regional landscapes and materials, resulting in one-of-a-kind pieces that feel honest, crafted, and exclusive to the Bay Area.
Twin Crafts Market & Bar is a multifunctional lounge with a 24/7 market for “on-the-go” provisions including breakfast, salads and hand-crafted sandwiches. The cocktail bar, open from 10:00 a.m. through midnight, serves up burgers, oysters on the half shell and salads, paired perfectly with cocktails, California wines and local craft beers. For dining in-room, guests may place an order for chef-inspired entrees and appetizers from the hotel’s 24-hour room service menu. The design is inspired from the Bay Area’s cityscape; details emulating urban life, from grid topography and textures, mixed eclectic architecture and cable car-inspired light fixtures to street inspired artwork, together transports guests outside SFO.
MEETINGS & EVENTS
Grand Hyatt at SFO offers 14,435 square feet of stylish meeting and event spaces with designs inspired by the bay, with deep blues and sail-like floor patterns and ceiling forms adorning the meeting rooms and hallways. All 18 event spaces, including a 5,760 square-foot Grand Ballroom with a wide selection of layout options, suitable for both weddings and meetings, are named for storied planes like the Stratocruiser and Looper. For brides- and grooms-to-be, Grand Hyatt at SFO serves as a modern, theatrical wedding venue unlike any other.
Developed in collaboration with the San Francisco Arts Commission, the public art program at Grand Hyatt at SFO reflects nature and the innovation and creativity for which San Francisco is celebrated throughout the world. A total of 16 works including sculpture, mosaic, painting, and photography created by internationally recognized artists include Green Map by Ellen Harvey, Circadian Transit by Tahiti Pehrson, and Ether by Japanese artist Kohei Nawa. A true statement piece, Ether is a 35-foot sculpture located on site at the exterior of the hotel references weightlessness and the movement of airplanes.
The new hotel features a 24-hour fitness center complete with a dedicated yoga space, treadmills, elliptical fitness equipment and free weights. Interactive gym technology, Peloton® bicycles and high-tech MIRROR, offer on-demand workouts. The fitness center’s spaces provide the opportunity for energetic light-filled workouts. Additionally, an intimate massage suite will offer a range of on-demand treatments including massages, body treatments and facials perfectly designed to combat the effects of air travel.
Designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification (expected early 2020), Grand Hyatt at SFO’s operations reflect the sustainability missions of both Hyatt and the San Francisco Airport Commission. SFO has set a goal to become the world’s first Zero Net Energy (ZNE) airport campus by 2021, and the property is in line with this goal with a ZNE capable design. Grand Hyatt at SFO is 26% more energy efficient than a baseline hotel, identified by LEED, and the property generates 133,000 kWh of energy annually with roof-mounted photovoltaic panels.
Highlights of the property’s water sustainability efforts to save 6,700,000 gallons of water each year include the installation of water-efficient systems including cooling towers with state-of-the-art water flow controls, efficient flush toilets, low-flow faucets and showerheads, as well as Energy Star®–rated ice machines. Additional sustainability endeavors include the use of regionally sourced building materials, recycled content used in building construction and furniture and much more.