Photo Gallery: Hyatt Place hotel opens in the Vista
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Hyatt Place has made its home in the Vista, becoming the fourth hotel to open in the business and entertainment district.
“We are excited to introduce the upscale select service Hyatt Place brand to historic downtown Columbia and the Congaree Vista,” said General Manager Chad Howard. “Our spacious guestrooms and hotel amenities, along with our prominent location, make us an ideal fit for business, leisure, university, and state government travelers visiting our dynamic city.”
The six-story building features 130 guestrooms and more than 2,000 square feet of meeting space equipped with audio-visual equipment. The hotel offers guests free Wi-Fi and remote printing throughout the building.
Howard said Hyatt Place stands out among other hotels in the area as the facility provides amenities often found at higher-tier places.
“There’s no hotel that has the design, the contemporary feel that we do. It’s almost like a coffeehouse, wine bar kind of vibe when you walk in,” he said.
The hotel is outfitted with contemporary furniture and artwork sourced from local artists in an effort offer guests a warm and inviting space for their stay. Other amenities include an indoor pool and 24-hour gym.
Howard said the accommodations at Hyatt Place appeal to both business and leisure travelers.
“We try to pride ourselves on being what we call a lifestyle brand. We don’t want you to skip a beat when you’re traveling from the normalcy at home,” he said.
Hyatt Place in the Vista is the second Hyatt location in the Midlands, with the other in the Harbison area. The downtown location was completed as a joint venture with Atlanta-based Noble Investment Group, which seeks out educational and medical sectors for building projects.
The hotel also adds extra beds in a district that sees a lot of traffic from events at the nearby Columbia Convention Center, Colonial Life Arena and the University of South Carolina, Howard said.
“The Vista is growing like crazy, so it makes sense,” he said. “Competition is good, but there’s a big need for hotels in this market because of the convention center wants to attract bigger conventions, they would like to expand, but you have to have sleeping rooms to do that.”
Howard said the key to Hyatt Place’s success in the Vista is to continue to offer a quality experience to customers.
“Number one is making the guests happy — it’s customer service,” he said. “You can go to a hotel and it can be clean and nice, but it’s the interaction we have with the people,” he said.