|FRESNO, Calif., Nov. 14, 2006 - Hyatt Place, Global Hyatt's
rapidly growing select service brand, announced today it has signed a deal
with Wolff Urban Development to develop a Hyatt Place hotel in Fresno,
California as part of the new Campus Pointe project being developed by
Lance-Kashian & Company.
The 197-room Hyatt Place Campus Pointe will bring a new type of hospitality
experience to Fresno by reflecting the comfort, flexibility, technology
and taste people incorporate into their daily lives.
This view is consistent with the overall goals of the Campus Pointe
"Campus Pointe will embody the spirit of community. It will be place
where you live, work and play in an environment designed to meet the needs
of your daily life," said Tracy Kashian, Marketing Director, Lance-Kashian
Scheduled to open in Winter 2008, Hyatt Place Campus Pointe will feature
indoor and outdoor spaces for weddings, reunions, and meetings. Hyatt Place
Campus Pointe will offer a myriad of services and amenities to help guests
seamlessly continue their everyday life in an environment specially crafted
to help them be more productive, relaxed and fulfilled.
Similar to what travelers might experience at home, guests of Hyatt
Place Campus Pointe can spread out in their spacious, contemporary guestrooms,
taking advantage of free Wi-Fi access while stretched out on the signature
Hyatt Grand Bed(TM) or the Cozy Corner sectional sofa. They can also catch
the evening news, the big game or the latest feature movies on the 42-inch
flat panel, high- definition television offering 11 channels of high-definition
programming in addition to an already impressive channel selection.
The innovation extends beyond the guestroom and into the lobby with
the Gallery, a warm and open area that features a personal greeting from
the Gallery Host, as well as a self-registration kiosk, an intimate coffee
and wine cafe, free Wi-Fi, a TV den and e-room with free access to a public
computer and printer. Guests at Hyatt Place Campus Pointe will also enjoy
a free continental breakfast each morning or they may purchase a signature
hot breakfast along with Starbucks(R) specialty coffees. Hyatt Place Campus
Pointe also offers a variety of freshly prepared, café quality entrées,
including sandwiches, soups, salads and pizza which guests can order 24
hours a day, seven days a week via a touch screen menu or from the personable
"Before we began development on Hyatt Place, we took a look at the
way people are living their lives today and found that while lifestyles
were changing, the select service hotel experience had become stagnant,"
said Jim Abrahamson, senior vice president of development and acquisition
for Hyatt Corporation. "That feedback, along with feedback from the development
community, enabled us to design Hyatt Place in a way that mirrored people's
daily lives while making sure the cost-per-key was competitive in the market."
"Hyatt's prestige, the stylish design and success of the existing hotels
made the brand a natural fit for such city as dynamic as Fresno," said
David L Strong, Wolff Urban Development. "We're thrilled to be onboard
with a brand as forward thinking as Hyatt Place."
Hyatt Place Campus Pointe is located the north side of Shaw Avenue
between Chestnut and Highway 168 directly across from the Save Mart Center
on the Fresno State University campus.
More than 120 additional Hyatt Place hotels will open in 2007 in key
business and leisure markets, including Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix, Atlanta,
Nashville, Phoenix, Tampa, Miami, Orlando and Detroit, as well as throughout
the country. Hyatt Place Chicago/Lombard/Oak Brook, located just outside
Chicago, opened in August 2006.
About Hyatt Place
Hyatt Place combines The Hyatt Touch(R) with stylish design, purposeful
amenities and forward-thinking technology to set the new standard in the
upscale select service category. Catering to discerning business and leisure
travelers, 120 Hyatt Place hotels will be operational across the U.S. by
the end of 2007. Hyatt Place is a division of Global Hyatt Corporation's
Select Hotels Group L.L.C. For Hyatt Place information or to make a reservation,
call 1-888-HYATT-HP (888-492-8847) or visit http://www.hyattplace.com.
From the U.S. and Canada, reservations for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts worldwide
may be obtained by calling 1-800-233-1234 or logging onto http://www.hyatt.com.
About Lance-Kashian & Company
Lance-Kashian & Company, founded in 1964 and based in Fresno, California,
ranks today as one of Central California's leading real estate development
and management firms. Over its forty (40) year history, Lance-Kashian &
Company has conceived and produced projects ranging from a regional mall
in Los Angeles to power centers throughout California, to major office
complexes, and, most recently, the premiere entertainment center in the
Central Valley, River Park.
About Wolff urban Development
Wolff Urban Development, LLC and its predecessor company, Wolff Sesnon
Buttery, are privately held investment and real estate companies engaged
in the acquisition, development and management of select real estate projects
and selected business opportunities. Since 1968, Wolff Sesnon Buttery and
its principals have developed over 4,000,000 square feet of urban real
estate including office, hotel, retail, town-home and commercial parking
properties. In 1991, the principals of Wolff Urban Development established
Maritz, Wolff & Co. with its partner Philip Maritz. Wolff and its private
investor base have acquired over $1,800,000,000 in luxury hotel properties
since its inception. These hotel properties are operated under the Four
Seasons, Ritz- Carlton, Fairmont, and Rosewood brands. In addition to its
hotel ownership positions, the company also has held significant ownership
interests in the Fairmont and Rosewood hotel management companies.