The first Hyatt-branded hotel built in Colombia will be the 373-key Grand Hyatt, located in Bogotá within the Ciudad – Empresarial Complex, located on Av. El Dorado, midway between the airport and the historic city center. The development was undertaken by the Sarmiento organization, led by Dr. Luis Carlos Sarmiento. The hotel is to be the central jewel within the complex to serve both commercial visitors and tourists in the largest city in Colombia, with over 8 million people.
From the very beginning of the planning effort, the mandate was to create the finest hotel in Bogotá with full amenities, including a 12,900-square-foot ballroom and associated smaller meeting spaces. Two restaurants are located within the hotel, including a luxury rooftop destination with amazing views of Bogotá and the mountains surrounding the city. A large fitness center, pool and spa comprise the fitness options. A helipad ensures that visiting dignitaries have a location in the city that can meet their transportation needs.
The hotel was designed to contrast with the rectilinear office buildings that adjoin it in the Empresarial Complex and was shaped as an ellipse with an open atrium in the center. Height was dictated by proximity to the airport and by the planning principles of the complex. The hotel entrance is located on a quieter street, away from but easily accessible to the busy Av. El Dorado. The hotel sits on a three-level below-grade parking garage and loading dock that provides easy access for large evening events and visiting guests. The building is clad in a high-efficiency glass and aluminum curtain wall, with solid stone panels at the base and the building ends.