A new hotel recently opened in downtown Gainesville this month.
The Hyatt Place Downtown Gainesville broke ground at the beginning of 2020 and finished most of its construction at the end of August this year.
The Hyatt is a mixed-use building, with apartments on one side and, tail stores on the first floor, while the hotel occupies floors two through six.
The hotel has a grand staircase and elevators in the lower jump lobby that leads guests to the main entrance and front desk on the second floor. As they walk up the steps to the front desk, there’s local artwork on display for guests to admire.
The hotel features 145 rooms with either a single king bed or two queen beds.
Each room has a separate living area with a sofa bed, a television, a desk, and free Wi-Fi. The Hyatt also offers wheelchair-accessible rooms with roll-in showers in the bathroom.
“The hotel has been so well received in the community, and we are so thankful for it,” said Megan Gideon, the Hyatt general manager, in an interview. “We have gone out of our way to stay as local as possible, so all our artwork and food options are from local artists, restaurants, and vendors. People are excited about it. They watched it grow from the ground up.”
The Hyatt bar and restaurant are open all day, and a complimentary breakfast in the lobby is offered every morning for guests. It has a standard and elevated special menu that offers flatbreads, quesadillas, charcuterie boards, and many other options.
The hotel has three different event spaces to rent for groups, baby showers, family reunions, and corporate meetings.
“Downtown Gainesville is an excellent place for our new hotel,” said Gideon. “There are many options to stay near the interstate and the University, but not in the heart of Gainesville. The city, in general, could benefit from more rooms and places to house people.”
Future plans include expanding the food and beverage offerings while working with local partners. The goal is to set their place in the market and let people know the hotel is open and ready for guests.