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Hyatt and Sequoia Development Open Newly Designed Prototype
Hyatt Summerfield Suites in Sandy, Utah
A Fresh Take on Comforts of Home
CHICAGO - February 3, 2009 - Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and Sequoia Development today announce the opening of Hyatt Summerfield Suites Salt Lake City/Sandy, the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Utah. The hotel is also the first-ever Hyatt Summerfield Suites to offer newly designed guest suites and public space, which allows travelers a new way to experience the comforts of home, the convenience of a neighborhood and the feel of a community.
Hyatt Summerfield Suites Salt Lake City/Sandy is ideally situated for business and leisure travelers, thanks to its proximity to Salt Lake City and some of Utah’s most popular ski areas, Alta, Snowbird, Brighton and Solitude, as well as several prominent area businesses, including the BD Medical, Rio Tinto and Affiliated Computer Solutions. Owned by Sequoia Development and operated by LodgeWorks, the 137-suite hotel offers a variety of studio, one- and two-bedroom suites. The hotel is less than 30 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport and located just off I-15 at 9685 S. Monroe St., making it the perfect place to settle in for an extended stay, a business trip or a ski weekend.
PUBLIC SPACE ENCOURAGES FACE-TO-FACE INTERACTION TRAVELERS CRAVE
The Hyatt Summerfield Suites emphasis on creating a sense of community through design and staff interaction derives from research suggesting that overall, people seek out opportunities for face-to-face interaction because they have fewer personal relationships. For example, one recent study found that Americans report having one less friend today than they did 20 years ago*. A separate survey indicates that nearly 60 percent of respondents would be reluctant to go longer than 24 hours without in-person human contact**.
At Hyatt Summerfield Suites, the effort to make travelers feel at home includes both the guest suite and public spaces, which are designed to facilitate interaction between guests and staff as well as socialization among guests. The lobby functions as a neighborhood; guests enter the hotel on a metaphorical “main street” which includes a central core of business essentials for daily living, such as a Guest Market, open 24/7 and an internet café area. The path through the public space leads to an outdoor area which features gathering spaces where guests can relax and socialize. At Hyatt Summerfield Suites Salt Lake City/Sandy, the outdoor spaces include a pool area, patio and a fireplace.
“Our research led us to expand the concept of ‘home’ to include a person’s community. To achieve this, we created an experience that offers the comfort and sociability typically associated with both a home and a neighborhood,” said Alison Kal, vice president, marketing Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. “We invite guests to settle in and lead the full lives they live everyday, and believe this new design makes it even easier to really find a home away from home.”
NEW SUITE DESIGN REFLECTS LIFESTYLE EVOLUTION
At Hyatt Summerfield Suites Salt Lake City/Sandy and in future locations, guest suites have been redesigned to reflect how people live in their homes today. The new guest suites – like many modern condominiums and residences – are centered on the kitchen.
“The contemporary kitchen is the living room of 30 years ago. It has evolved into the heart of the house and gathering place – where work is done, guests are entertained and families spend time together,” said Kal. “The full size kitchens featured in our guest suites enable travelers to utilize the space just like they would in their own home.”
In addition to a design that emphasizes the kitchen, Hyatt Summerfield Suites guest suites also offer:
All Hyatt Summerfield Suites guest suites feature a contemporary design offering a full kitchen, living area and a separate bedroom. An oversized desk and ergonomic chair, vibrant artwork and warm lighting complete the comfortable, stylish atmosphere.
The public spaces provide the comfort and sociability of a neighborhood, including a lounge area with den-style seating for groups of all sizes. Here, guests will also find the enhanced complimentary full breakfast buffet, offered daily, as well as an Evening Social, which takes place nightly Monday through Thursday. The 24-hour Guest Market offers a variety of easy-to-prepare items or guests can take advantage of complimentary grocery shopping services.
Hyatt Summerfield Suites also takes everyday comforts to the next level by offering a Business Center with public computers and a printer, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an indoor or outdoor pool, complimentary grill for guest use and laundry services.
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*McPherson, M. American Sociological Review, June 2006. News release
from the American Sociological Association.
|Also See:||Sequoia Development Signs LodgeWorks to Manage the First New-build Hyatt Summerfield Suites Prototype in Sandy, Utah / November 2007|