GP Completes the Grand Hyatt Bogotá, Colombia


Goettsch Partners announces the completion of the Grand Hyatt Bogotá, a new, 372-room hotel complex with a 230-foot-tall elliptical tower marking the symbolic center of an 18-building commercial complex now under construction midway between Bogotá’s historic center and its airport. The new hotel, replete with helipad for visiting dignitaries, has debuted this fall as one of South America’s preferred destinations and accommodations. The Grand Hyatt Bogotá also signals another landmark addition to the extensive portfolio of hospitality architecture by Goettsch Partners – known globally as GP – spanning 30-plus major hotel projects and more than 50 million square feet of facilities on three continents.

The project is the second for Goettsch Partners (GP) in South America, following the successful Grand Hyatt São Paulo in Brazil, which opened more than 15 years ago. The new project, developed by the Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo Organization and positioned by operator Hyatt Hotels Corporation as the premier hotel in the city and the first Grand Hyatt in Colombia, has paired architect GP with Chilean interior design firm Studio Echeverría Edwards . The architect of record and general contractor is Construcciones Planificadas, and GP collaborated with an international team of engineers and consultants, including a bioclimatic expert.

“This new hotel complex represents an exceptional opportunity to create a singular and completely modern touchstone in South America to draw both international travelers and dignitaries as well as Colombian businesspeople and families looking for the finest experience — and the largest ballroom — available in Bogotá,” says Travis Soberg, AIA, LEED AP, principal and director of sustainable design for GP. Designed to anchor the business district called Ciudad Empresarial Sarmiento Angulo and to integrate with its glass-and-steel office blocks set against the scenic mountain Monserrate, the Grand Hyatt Bogotá stands out in Colombia for its modern expression and incorporates leading-edge technology and design ideas. Unique to the region, the hotel is wrapped in a precision-engineered, blue-glass curtain wall and detailed with wood millwork — both from Spain — as well as imported fabricated stone, among other high-end components.

Located near the U.S. Embassy and conveniently adjacent to a major highway and the city’s main airport, the Grand Hyatt Bogotá’s curving glass walls employ robust double glazing and a highly insulated envelope, ensuring quiet guestrooms and other interior areas, says Soberg. A three-story podium clad in warm stone, natural wood, bronze-toned metals and glass wraps the lobby, restaurants and other amenities, offering views into the hotel and through to the commercial area’s central paseo, or walkway, from the adjoining neighborhood. Outdoor dining and gathering areas connect the hotel to the paseo’s pedestrian life, creating an active urban space and inviting atmosphere.

“We have the best hotel in Colombia, an example of what can be achieved when things are thoughtfully considered,” the project’s leader and backer, businessman Dr. Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo, announced at the ribbon-cutting. “Today we deliver this Grand Hyatt as a world-class project."

Inside, the hotel complex opens to a dramatic atrium, leading to 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space, two signature restaurants, a bar and coffee shop, as well as a fitness center, pool and full-service spa. The ballroom is the largest regionally, according to the developers. “The taut, reflective glass façade heralds the arrival of the modern and progressive city of Bogotá,” says architect Michael F. Kaufman, AIA, LEED AP, partner-in-charge at GP. “Its design acknowledges the hotel’s role in this growing business district while gesturing to the city center and offering guestroom views to Bogotá’s downtown.”

Worldwide Hospitality Design by Goettsch Partners (GP)

The new hotel is another high-profile architectural commission in a long line of signature projects by GP, including works on three continents and in more than 20 cities. “Goettsch Partners hotel projects have ranged from boutique properties to large, urban luxury developments of more than 1,200 guestrooms,” says Matthew C. Larson, Assoc. AIA, the firm’s chief marketing officer. “The work spans 10 major operators and 20 brands, totaling more than 12,000 keys in total.”

The wide range of expressive, innovative hospitality solutions reflect GP’s approach of crafting spaces and buildings that respond to their destinations and embody the lifestyle experiences of the hotels and restaurants. Other hotel projects designed by the firm include the Viceroy Chicago in the U.S., the Grand Hyatt São Paulo in Brazil, the Four Seasons Mumbai in India, and the Park Hyatt Guangzhou and Hangzhou Marriott — both in China.

Completed this fall, Grand Hyatt Bogotá opened for business in late August and celebrated a ceremonial ribbon-cutting in early October.