Airport Hotels Popular for Meetings

Grand Hyatt SFO
Airport hotels coming on strong and Grand Hyatt at SFO one of the newest.

Airport hotels have developed into an important niche in the meetings industry. For planners organizing conferences, customer events, board meetings, and gatherings that are highly confidential in nature, airport hotels fit the bill and there are more than ever to choose from.

San Francisco International Airport now has its first on-airport hotel, a Grand Hyatt with 351 rooms including 22 suites. The $237 million luxury hotel sits on 4.2 acres and is directly connected to all of the airport’s terminals via an AirTrain stop. Many of its rooms feature direct views of the airport runway.

“With the opening of Grand Hyatt at SFO, we offer travelers a new benchmark in airport hospitality,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. “The new hotel reflects our commitment to deliver a world-class experience for our guests, with seamless access via our AirTrain system, sustainable building design, thoughtful service and amenities, and inspiring works of public art.”

The Grand Hyatt at SFO includes 14,435 square feet of meeting and event space with designs inspired by the bay, with deep blues and sail-like floor patterns and ceiling forms adorning the meeting rooms and hallways. All 18 event spaces, including a 5,760 square-foot Grand Ballroom with a wide selection of layout options, are named for storied planes like the Stratocruiser and Looper.

Two restaurants consists of the Quail and Crane, offering Northern California delicacies made with Asian-inspired cooking techniques, and Two Crafts Market and Bar, featuring 24/7 on-the-go meals. An impressive art collection was curated exclusively for the hotel by the San Francisco Arts Commission.

The hotel owes its modern, clean design to San Francisco architect Hornberger + Worstell, and its interior design to the BraytonHughes Design Studios and RoseBernard Studio. Design elements include unique sculptures, local artwork, bold lighting fixtures, eucalyptus-wood tables and walls of windows looking out to SFO and the hills beyond. The hotel prides itself on its sustainability, as its roof of solar panels make it 26 percent more energy efficient than the average hotel.

The opening of this property marks a key milestone in Hyatt’s west coast expansion plan to add 40 new hotels in California, Oregon and Washington by the end of 2021.

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