Hyatt Place Park City readies to begin welcoming guests
Bob Hughes over the last several months has watched the vacant land and the enormous piles of dirt transform. A year after ground was broken on the Hyatt Place Park City, construction on the hotel is nearing completion.
Guests will soon start flooding in, perhaps as early as late December.
For Hughes, general manager of the hotel, at 4377 N. Highway 224, and everyone else involved, it is shaping up to be a Merry Christmas indeed.
"We’re getting to the point where we’re just counting down the days," he said. "We can’t wait to show everybody what the property is like because it is a very nice property. It’s not real yet because we’ve been working on it for so long, and every day there are contractors here and activity going on. But now with the end of construction coming soon, it’s like, ‘Wow, we’re going to be running a hotel instead of just a construction site.’ It’s exciting."
Hughes is quick to tout the hotel’s amenities. It will feature 122 rooms — there will be four suites, while the other rooms will have either a king-size bed or two queens — as well as a coffee and cocktail bar, 24-hour restaurant service, free breakfast and a ski storage area for guests.
The rooms will run in the $150 to $200 per night range through ski season, with higher prices during events such as holidays and the Sundance Film Festival. The prices will be closer to $100 in the summer. Hughes said the hotel is aiming to accommodate guests who want to stay in a hotel instead of a condominium and want a first-rate experience without dropping a fortune.
"Hotel rooms are at a minimum in this town," he said. "Most of the bed base in Park City is condos. So those folks that aren’t looking for that and instead want a hotel room, this fills that need. The other side of it is we’re kind of in that middle price range. We’re not an economy property and we’re not a five-star, deluxe property. We’re in-between those in terms of pricing and expectations. We think we’re filling a void here."
The hotel has begun accepting reservations for February and March, and Hughes said on Tuesday that bookings for January were set to also open soon. He is aiming to open around Christmas, though the date is flexible, pending the end of construction.
Hughes said he is eager for guests to see the property and to find out what the Hyatt brand is all about.
"The Hyatt approach has been something I’m learning because I came from an independent property," he said. "But the Hyatt way is very much guest-centered. They try to make things simple for guests, from the reservation process to the check-in process to having food available 24 hours a day."
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A study pegged the number of Sundance Film Festival attendees at 122,313, with the event generating an economic impact of $182.5 million. Both numbers represent a slight decrease from the 2018 festival.