Full-service Hyatt brands coming to Rio Las Vegas

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Hyatt announced today that they have entered into a partnership with a company that is going to renovate Rio Las Vegas into several full-service brand Hyatt hotels. The first project will be turning a 1,500-room tower into a Hyatt Regency with more to follow. This could be great news for Hyatt enthusiasts who like to visit Las Vegas given that it means full Globalist benefits.

For those unfamiliar with the Las Vegas strip, most of the hotels you would recognize are in the center and top left of this picture. Rio is the bright red and red & blue hotel in the top right – so it’s not far, but neither is it in the middle of the action.

The full press release hints at excitement while staying light on details. All we know for sure so far is that:

  • Rio Las Vegas will be renovated into more than one full-service Hyatt brand
  • Hyatt’s existing relationship with MGM will not be impacted
  • The first of multiple projects will be renovating one tower at Rio into a Hyatt Regency

Since Hyatt was explicit that this project will be bringing full-service Hyatt brands (<-plural) to Las Vegas, my guess is that we may see an Andaz, Hyatt Centric, or possibly even a Park Hyatt Las Vegas. The latter sounds nice, though I question whether they can command the room to maintain a Park Hyatt atmosphere that far off the strip. We’ll see.

Given that Rio is currently an all-suite property, I hope that bodes well for the rooms (the press release boats an average room size of 580 square feet). Although I typically stay at MGM properties in Las Vegas, I’d be inclined to check this out down the road. That is in no small part because we’d be talking about full Globalist benefits — like free breakfast, free club lounge access, free parking, and late checkout. Rio is a place I always thought I might stay “one of these days” (at least years ago) but it just never felt convenient enough. With the added benefits, that might change my mind — particularly if room rates are competitive with MGM and Caesars (which obviously remains to be seen).

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