The District’s first Hyatt Place opens in NoMa

An exterior shot of the new Hyatt Place in Washington's NoMa neighborhood. Photo by Carlington Barnett; courtesy of Hyatt Place Washington D.C./U.S. Capitol. An exterior shot of the new Hyatt Place in Washington’s NoMa neighborhood. Photo by Carlington Barnett; courtesy of Hyatt Place Washington D.C./U.S. Capitol.

Within an hour of its 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting Thursday, the restaurant at the District’s first Hyatt Place hotel was already abuzz with locals. About two dozen people stopped by for lunch, including a group from National Public Radio’s nearby headquarters.

“The business community of NoMa has already shown us a lot of love,” said Stacy E. Smith, the hotel’s general manager. “We had a great lunch crowd.”

The Hyatt Place Washington D.C./U.S. Capitol, located at 33 New York Avenue NE, is the third hotel to open in the District’s up-and-coming NoMa neighborhood. (The other two are Courtyard by Marriott and Hilton Garden Inn.)

As of Thursday afternoon, 50 of the hotel’s 200 rooms had been booked for its first night.

“Hyatt Place is the right product for this neighborhood,” said Smith, 43. “It’s inspired by the multi-tasking traveler.”

To keep up with guests who may be  up early and out late, the hotel offers a 24-hour gym, free WiFi and an around-the-clock menu with flatbreads, salads and cheeseburgers. A “coffee to cocktails bar” serves Starbucks blends, as well as premium beers and wines.

An “odds and ends” program, meanwhile, provides guests with an arsenal of last-minute items, including nail polish, cotton balls and curling irons.

Hyatt Place, which was founded in 2006, has also earned a reputation for its team of multi-tasking employees.

“The same person who checks you in can make you a latte, pour you a glass of wine and also cook you breakfast,” said Smith, formerly general manager of the Sheraton Rockville Hotel. “It’s a more purposeful interaction.”

The hotel currently has 37 staffers, with plans to hire about 30 more.

“We are building opportunities for our community,” Smith said.

Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels and Resorts has more than 550 hotels throughout the world, including roughly 190 Hyatt Place properties. Nearby Hyatt Place locations include hotels in Chantilly, Sterling, Herndon and in Linthicum Heights, near Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Abha Bhattarai covers local retail, hospitality and banking for The Washington Post. She has previously written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters and the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times.
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