Now open: D.C.’s first Hyatt Place hotel

The "gallery" area at the Hyatt Place Washington D.C./U.S. Capitol, which is where guests can have food cooked-to-order or pick up a grab-and-go item.

D.C.’s first Hyatt Place hotel is here as published by Rebecca Cooper in the washington business journal

The NoMa neighborhood got its third hotel when Hyatt Place opened Thursday at 33 New York Ave. NE, bringing an additional 200 hotel rooms to the area.

The Hyatt Place Washington D.C./U.S. Capitol, owned by The JBG Cos. and managed by Crescent Hotels and Resorts, will join two other select-service hotels in the area: the Courtyard by Marriott on Second Street NE and the Hilton Garden Inn on First Street NE.

The Hyatt Place’s rooms all include a pullout sofabed and the room rates include free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, breakfast including freshly made breakfast sandwiches and a 24-7 food menu available for pickup in the restaurant’s ground floor lounge.

Response to the hotel has been strong thus far, said General Manager Stacy Smith, who noted the hotel has 100 rooms full for the weekend, most of them leisure travelers. They’ve also seen people coming in for lunch from nearby office buildings, she added.

Though Smith is relieved the hotel is open, the 18-year veteran of the hospitality industry knows the work starts now. She’s set an aggressive goal for the D.C. Hyatt Place: To be the Hyatt Brand’s “opening hotel of the year” in the annual company honors.

“I know that takes that constant reinforcement and engagement and making sure we’re meeting and exceeding expectations for all guests,” Smith said.

Another Hyatt Place is also planned for the District, adjacent to the Washington Marriott on 22nd St. NW in D.C.’s West End neighborhood.

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