Two New Hotels for London’s Olympia – Hyatt Regency and citizenM

Main Photo: The new Hyatt Regency – imagined

Date: December 2020

Location: Olympia, West London, England, UK

Name: Hyatt Regency London Olympia – opening 2024, and CitizenM – to open 2023

No. of Keys: Hyatt – 196, CitizenM – 145

Owner: The Olympia site was acquired by a JV of institutional investors led and advised by Deutsche Finance International and Yoo Capital, a UK focused institutional investor, developer and asset manager, from listed London property company Capital & Counties Properties PLC – Capco, for £296 million, in April 2017.

Managers/Brands: Hyatt has announced plans for its second Regency property in London, to be located on the redeveloped Olympia London exhibition centre site on Hammersmith Road.

The 196-room Hyatt Regency London Olympia will be directly connected to the convention centre and is scheduled to open in 2024. Facilities will include a restaurant and lobby lounge with bar and market area, as well as four meeting rooms.

Hyatt Regency London Olympia will be the fourth hotel under the brand in the UK, joining Hyatt Regency Birmingham, Hyatt Regency Manchester and Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill.

The Hyatt Regency and citizenM properties will be part of a wider redevelopment of Olympia, which will see the historic exhibition centre transformed into an integrated convention, entertainment, and cultural district, with upgrades to the Olympia tube and rail station, and additional bicycle routes and bus connectivity, allowing guests to access London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and City airports in under an hour by public transport.

The existing exhibition halls will undergo a renovation by Heatherwick Studio and SPPARC, and the design firms will create 2.5 acres of new public space. The redevelopment will also feature a four-screen arthouse cinema, over 7,400 sqm of performing arts space to be run by AEG, a 1,500-seat theatre, restaurants, shops, and more than 51,000 sqm of office and co-working space.

Commenting on the news Felicity Black-Roberts, vice president of development Europe, Hyatt, said: “We are delighted to join forces with Olympus Property Holding Limited to be part of the exciting redevelopment of the Olympia exhibition centre and bring the Hyatt Regency brand to life in this incredible new quarter of London.

“Expanding Hyatt’s brand footprint with these plans to add a second Hyatt Regency hotel in London contributes to our ambitious growth strategy for the UK and our embodies our focus on thoughtful growth in places that matter most to our guests, World of Hyatt members and customers.

“With its reputation as a place for people to connect, the Hyatt Regency brand will fit perfectly in this new development.” In December 2019 Hyatt opened The Great Scotland Yard Hotel in London’s Westminster under its Unbound Collection, and the group recently announced plans for a Park Hyatt property in the Nine Elms area on the south bank of the River Thames.

The citizenM London Olympia, will be their fifth London hotel, and is due to open in 2023.

The hotel will also be located in the £1.3bn mixed development at Olympia London exhibition centre on Hammersmith Road, between Hammersmith and Kensington.

citizen M London Olympia will include 145 rooms, three meeting rooms, and a living room open to the public in the listed historic Apex room. Interiors will be designed by Amsterdam-based partner Concrete and will feature furniture from Vitra, one of citizen M’s long-term collaborators.

Rooms come with XL king-sized beds, rain showers and flat screen TVs, and guests can check in online with an option to experience a contactless stay when on property through the citizenM app.

THPT Comment: Wow you wait for a new hotel to open in this desert of an area, and two come along at once! Olympia has not been well served by hotels in walking distance to date, with just a slightly tired Hilton and some dubious B&Bs and two-star hotels to date…with the two new hotels and no doubt a well-awaited refurb from Hilton, combined with the cute St Paul’s Hotel (in my old school) and the pub/hotel Brook Green…the area will look fab.

First Seen: Business Traveller

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