$70 Million Grand Hyatt San Francisco Renovation Targets Corporate Travel With Extensive Meeting Facilities Upgrades to the Luxury Union Square Hotel

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The City’s Most Tech-Forward, Versatile Meeting Spaces Debut at the San Francisco Luxury Hotel

Grand Hyatt San Francisco Ballroom Foyer

When it comes to flexibility and amenities, there is no other hotel in downtown San Francisco that compares for hosting small and large groups.

Grand Hyatt San Francisco’s multi-phased $70 million renovation continues with the completion of extensive $14 million upgrades to its meetings facilities, putting the property forth as the city’s most flexible, tech-forward choice for group meetings, events and corporate travel, with more than 27,000 total square feet of renovated space. The re-envisioned meeting and conference facilities at the luxury San Francisco hotel include an expansive new Grand Foyer boasting 5,700 square-feet of flexible meeting space, as well as a refresh of the hotel’s Theatre Level meeting rooms and Conference Theater, all reflecting a sense of place through custom local artwork and other design flourishes.

“Groups represent 30 percent of our business, and these upgrades will help us increase the amount of events we host on an annual basis,” said David Nadelman, general manager, Grand Hyatt San Francisco. “When it comes to flexibility and amenities, there is no other hotel in downtown San Francisco that compares for hosting small and large groups.”

The Grand Foyer – 5,700 Square-Feet of Flexible Meeting Space in Grand Style
Completed in late August, Grand Hyatt San Francisco’s newly-minted meetings facilities give the property a renewed edge among the city’s hotels catering to corporate events. Among the notable highlights of the changes are flexible NanaWalls® for the Cypress and Sequoia meeting rooms. The NanaWalls®, designed to allow maximum versatility in accommodating small to large groups, are glass paneled folding doors that enable meeting spaces to be flexibly divided, allowing a more fluid layout as well as a design-centric feel. With the installation of the nana walls, the Grand Foyer will allow the hotel to “meet and feed” up to 350 guests with diverse layout configurations.

In addition to the Grand Foyer, the Grand Ballroom accommodates 600 to 1,000 for all manner of events from wedding receptions to galas or industry exhibitions. All lower level meeting spaces reflect regional roots, with rooms named after native Northern California trees – Cypress, Redwood and Sequoia. Design-wise, the spaces feature warm earth tones; rich, dark wood accents; and matte chrome light fixtures, all with fluorescent uplighting to ease eye strain and create a welcoming, subtly muted ambience. The Grand Foyer also features handsome new dark wood, chrome and tile break stations for coffee breaks, continental breakfasts and cocktail receptions. Other design features include interactive LED reader boards that direct guests to their designated meeting space and provide a digital map of their location in the hotel.

When Groups Mean Business – Hotel Offers the City’s Only Conference Theatre
Renovations to the property’s Theatre Level meeting spaces, named after storied San Francisco theaters (the Warfield, Fillmore, Curran and Orpheum), include the city’s only dedicated Conference Theatre, which seats 70 to 90 and features Herman Miller ergonomic chairs; spacious desktops; a built-in whiteboard; retractable ceiling-installed LCD televisions; state-of-the-art audiovisual technology including Bose® speakers and a drop-down projector screen. This space is ideal for interactive work sessions and accommodates both on-site and remote participants.

Thoughtful design touches threaded throughout the Theatre Level and lower level express the essence of San Francisco and include original photography from noted local photographer Robert Bengston, featuring detail shots of the Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco cable cars. Frameless art and backlit rice paper walls lend a free flowing feel to the adjoining common areas, with accents such as LED-lit frosted glass TOTO® sinks adding an ultramodern feel to the men’s and women’s restrooms.

For the Road Warrior – Rejuvenated Tech-Forward Guest Rooms
In addition to the major renovations to its meetings facilities, in 2011 the San Francisco luxury hotel also debuted a rejuvenated room product, with all 659 guestrooms offering tech-forward in-room amenities, including ergonomic workstations; iHome stereos with iPod docks; 37” LCD flat screen HDTVs; “jack pack” multimedia hubs; smart locks that sync the in-room safe and thermostat; and floor-to-ceiling electronic blackout shades. In 2012, Grand Hyatt San Francisco will complete its renovation, with an exciting redesign of the front drive and lobby to create a truly grand sense of arrival, the introduction of a new open kitchen concept restaurant and upscale bar, and the repositioning of Grandviews Restaurant and Lounge.

For more information about Grand Hyatt San Francisco, please visit the hotel online at http://www.grandsanfrancisco.hyatt.com or call (415) 398-1234.

About Grand Hyatt San Francisco – Sophistication on a Grand Level
With an unparalleled location in the heart of the vibrant metropolis of San Francisco, Grand Hyatt San Francisco offers luxurious accommodations, authentic hospitality and limitless access to the City by the Bay’s world-class shopping, historic landmarks, attractions, premier dining and entertainment. Ideal for business and leisure travelers alike, Grand Hyatt San Francisco features 659 guestrooms, including 29 suites, Respire hypo-allergenic rooms, a private Grand Club, expert Les Clef d’Or Concierge staff, a state-of-the-art Stay Fit health club, sophisticated dining with spectacular panoramic views, as well as award winning business facilities with 25,000 square-feet of flexible function space, plus San Francisco’s only conference theatre. For more information regarding Grand Hyatt San Francisco, please contact the hotel by phone at 415.398.1234 or visit the hotel website: http://www.grandsanfrancisco.hyatt.com
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