Resolution Property completes refurb of 280-bedroom Hyatt-branded hotel in London

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Following a three-year comprehensive refurbishment, Resolution Property has completed the development of Hyatt Place London City East – a 280 bedroom hotel with rooftop bar at its Black Lion House site in Whitechapel, London.

The hotel will be operated one of the world’s leading hotel brands, Hyatt Hotels. The location marks the central London debut of its select service brand, Hyatt Place and only the brand’s third location in the UK.
 
Resolution has worked in partnership with Berkeley Capital Group (BCG), who have played a key role in bringing both Hyatt and Cycas Hospitality into the project and ensuring that all aspects of the hotel including sustainability credentials are delivered to the highest standard.
 
Hyatt Place London City East will be managed by Cycas Hospitality, marking Hyatt’s fourth collaboration with the award-winning hotel management company across Europe.
 
Delivered and re-planned by award-winning architects Dexter Moren Associates, the team that led the architectural and interior design of the Vintry & Mercer in the City of London and the executive architects on Shangri-la at The Shard, the re-envisioning of Black Lion House from an office to a world class hotel also features artworks and interiors by local and award-winning artists. A striking spray-painted mural by London-based mural artist Jay Kaes is featured in the hotel’s restaurant, whilst two abstract-style murals across the reception walls by Concord Art Prize finalist Olly Fathers welcome guests upon arrival.
 
Contemporary abstract artist Lothar Götz was commissioned to design a large piece of wall art for the hotel. The vibrant geometric design – which is 3 metres high and nearly 30 metres long - has been carefully composed to factor in the symmetry of the first-floor bedroom’s that overlook the artwork directly, giving each guest a unique perspective. Known for his abstract/geometric paintings and large-scale work, his most significant work is the exterior of the Towner Gallery.
 
Since acquiring Black Lion House, a 65,000 sq ft mixed-use, office building, in late 2015, extensive regeneration has been ongoing throughout Whitechapel. Emerging tech and creative businesses, shops, restaurants, bars and cafes are all drawn to the area with its proximity to the City and excellent transport links. Whitechapel’s connectivity will also improve further following the imminent arrival of Crossrail, enabling passengers to travel all the way through to locations including Paddington, Heathrow Airport and Reading.
 
Hyatt Place, which has rapidly established itself across the globe as the leading provider of casual hospitality and purposeful service in a smartly designed, high-tech and contemporary environment, will be ideally placed to benefit from the area’s continued growth. 
 
Hyatt Place London City East offers:
 
• 280 spacious guestrooms with separate spaces to sleep, work and play; many of the guestrooms feature their own private terrace and/or city skyline views
• Breakfast Bar with locally inspired breakfast options every morning in the form of a casual yet elevated buffet
• Pocketsquare Skyline Bar and Terrace serving a perfectly curated cocktail and beverage menu that can be enjoyed with uninterrupted views of London’s iconic skyline
• Zoom Restaurant providing a range of responsibly sourced global and local cuisine
• The Market serving freshly prepared meals anytime, day or night
• The Bar featuring specialty coffees and premium beers, as well as wines and cocktails
• Necessities program for forgotten items that guests can buy, borrow or enjoy for free
• Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel and guestrooms
• Two flexible event spaces each offering flexible, high-tech meeting/function space for up to 20 guests
• Fitness Center featuring cardio equipment with LCD touchscreens
 
Scott O’Donnell, COO at Resolution Property, says: “Situated on the edge of the city and the vibrant cultural hubs of Brick Lane and Spitalfields we were excited about the opportunity that Black Lion House presented. Working with one of the world’s leading hotel brands, Hyatt, supported by our partner, Berkeley Capital Group to deliver a world class hotel reinforces Resolution’s ability to secure and deliver exciting assets in emerging and exciting locations and continues Resolution’s long standing track record of reinvigorating unloved buildings and creating new and innovative products in upcoming locations".
          
Nuno Galvao-Pinto, Regional Vice President Acquisitions and Development Europe and North Africa for Hyatt, adds: “Being the first city centre Hyatt Place hotel in London, Hyatt Place London City East marks an important milestone for the brand in the UK. We are delighted to have this opportunity to collaborate with Cycas Hospitality, Resolution Property and Berkeley Capital Group to build on our commitment to expanding the Hyatt Place brand footprint. We are excited to continue our role in London’s continued expansion in the east and the on-going regeneration of Aldgate and Whitechapel. Hyatt Place London City East benefits both business and leisure travellers and is a significant contribution to Hyatt’s growing select service portfolio in Europe.”
 
Lissa Engle, Managing Director at Berkeley Capital Group (BCG), says: “It is inspiring to witness the transformation of Black Lion House into Hyatt Place London City East and engage with the local community. We created the hotel strategy for the site back in 2014 under previous ownership and are grateful to our partner Resolution for enabling us to execute our vision. This has been a great journey with a stellar team led by Development Director Mark Owen, and we look forward to continuing the journey as asset managers to ensure the hotel is a leader in the market with GM Michael Mason-Shaw at the helm.”