Ensemble Hotel Partners Breaks Ground on Hyatt Place Hotel in Emeryville, California

Unique Location Within Existing Retail Center Will Benefit Local Businesses and Guests

EMERYVILLE, Calif.- Ensemble Hotel Partners today announced that the company has broken ground on a new Hyatt Place hotel in Emeryville, the first hotel to be built in the community in more than a decade. Located at the northern end of Bay Street Emeryville, a dynamic retail center, the new hotel features a contemporary design that will complement its unique surroundings. The 175-room, upscale, select service hotel will benefit from its new location within the amenity-filled retail mall, while adding more modern hotel rooms to serve Emeryville’s thriving community as well as its growing number of business and leisure travelers.

“Hyatt Place Emeryville/San Francisco Bay Area exemplifies our keen focus on embedded development by pursuing opportunities within booming, well-located retail centers, and working with the owners and other stakeholders to design a hotel that adds tremendous value to the surrounding community,” said Brian Ehrlich, chief investment officer at Ensemble Hotel Partners. “Our goal is to use our signature expertise and creativity to bring the right product to the right location, and we are delighted that it will both serve and support local businesses.”

Ensemble selected DavisReed Construction to provide design/build construction services for the project, and innovative hotel management company, RIM Hospitality, to manage the new hotel. The hotel is expected to open for business in the Q3 2016.

The contemporary design of the new Hyatt Place features extensive use of glass and brick to reflect Emeryville’s industrial architectural heritage. The hotel will be integrated into the Bay Street Emeryville retail center through a landscaped outdoor patio that will extend the mall into the hotel. The hotel’s ground floor will be dedicated to public use, including a spacious lobby and dining area, with five levels of guestrooms above. Hyatt Place Emeryville/San Francisco Bay Area will offer:

  • 175 guestrooms, all of which will feature a swiveling 42-inch HDTV, the plush Hyatt Grand Bed®, Cozy Corner sectional sofa, mini-fridge and a separate work space
  • Free Wi-Fi and remote printing everywhere, plus hard-wired access available in each and every guestroom for seamless and secure access
  • Flexible, high-tech meeting/function space with audio visual equipment
  • Complimentary a.m. Kitchen Skillet™ breakfast for guests, featuring freshly prepared breakfast sandwiches, a variety of fresh fruits, hot and cold cereal, yogurt, breads, premium coffee and an assortment of juices
  • A 24-hour gym
  • 24/7 Gallery Menu and a Coffee to Cocktails Bar serving Starbucks® specialty coffees and teas, premium beer, wine, and cocktails

Given Emeryville’s unique location and proximity to Oakland, Berkeley and the San Francisco Bay Area, Hyatt Place Emeryville/San Francisco Bay Area will be an attractive and affordable lodging option for Bay Area business and leisure travelers. The city is also home to numerous corporate headquarters, including Peet’s Coffee, Clif Bar, Pixar Animation Studios, Novartis, Bayer Healthcare, Leapfrog, and Jamba Juice.

In addition to 40 onsite parking spaces, the hotel will utilize Bay Street Emeryville’s existing parking facilities, located only a short walk away and typically underused at night. “This arrangement is highly efficient in that it maximizes the use of an existing facility,” Ehrlich said.

One of the most popular shopping destinations in the area, Bay Street Emeryville is comprised of 65 stores, 10 restaurants, a movie theater, and 400 residential units, all within three city blocks and connected by a main street. The mall uses architecture, lighting, landscape, and environmental graphics to create an eclectic and energetic atmosphere with appealing streetscapes, plazas and green space.

Other Northern California projects currently under development by Ensemble Hotel Partners include a new Marriott Autograph Collection luxury hotel for the Menlo Gateway site in Menlo Park, and the renovation of the Bernardus Lodge and Spa in the Carmel Valley, managed by Woodside Hotels of Menlo Park.

About Hyatt Place
Launched in 2006, the Hyatt Place brand brings to the upscale service hotel category the authentic hospitality for which Hyatt is known. Inspired by multitasking travelers’ 24/7 lifestyle, Hyatt Place combines style with casual hospitality. Featuring spacious guestrooms with the Cozy Corner, Free Wi-Fi everywhere, the 24/7 Gallery Menu, Coffee to Cocktails Bar, and Free Hot Breakfast for guests. The Odds & Ends program also has guests covered with items they may have forgotten and can buy, borrow or enjoy for free. Specially trained Gallery Hosts are on hand to offer assistance with everything from directions to check-in to a freshly made meal.

Hyatt Place, a brand of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, offers more than 215 locations in the United States, Armenia, China, Costa Rica, India, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Netherlands, and United Arab Emirates. For Hyatt Place information or to make a reservation, call 1-888-HYATT-HP (888-492-8847) or visit www.HyattPlace.com.

About Ensemble Hotel Partners
Ensemble Hotel Partners is the hospitality group within Ensemble Investments, a privately held commercial real estate investment, development, and management firm. The group has a long-standing history of maximizing investment returns through the development, renovation, and repositioning of hotel assets, while adding value to their respective communities. Ensemble Hotel Partners specializes in assembling customized teams to realize its vision for each specific market. With its combined operational expertise, development acumen, and asset management capabilities, Ensemble has fostered strategic and fruitful partnerships with boutique hotel operators as well as with global brands including Hilton, Marriott, and Hyatt.

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