The long-delayed Hyatt Regency London Blackfriars is finally open.
This was, if you remember, the former Crowne Plaza London The City hotel – a well regarded property that many considered the best IHG hotel in London. It benefits from being walkable to St Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe.
20 months ago, in October 2021, Hyatt announced it was poaching the hotel – one of a number of IHG defections which included the Holiday Inn/Staybridge Suites in Stratford and the Crowne Plaza London Embankment.
Hyatt Regency Blackfriars was announced first but has faced multiple delays. The original opening date was March 2022.
It isn’t fully open now. The website says:
Please be kindly informed that we are currently continuing the enhancement of the Hotel and our guest’s future experience. There may be limited visual and noise disturbance from June 2023 to August 2023. Work will take place from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM from Monday to Friday and in limited hours over weekends. We have one restaurant and one bar available whilst our second restaurant remains temporary closed. Please be assured that our team will do their utmost best to minimize the possible inconvenience caused to you.
I’m not sure which restaurant is currently open. The well regarded Chinese Cricket Club has returned, offering contemporary Chinese influenced food. There will also be NYnLON, a neighborhood-style bistro, and The Leaf and Cane, ‘a 1920s inspired hideaway offering a vibrant atmosphere and delightful street food paired with crafted cocktails and premium rums’. The mock-up photo I was sent looked impressive.
The hotel appears to have no Executive Lounge, even though there was one in the Crowne Plaza days.
Hyatt Regency London Blackfriars is a Category 5 hotel, with redemptions from 17,000 to 23,000 World of Hyatt points per night. Cash prices are in the £400 range over the summer so points is potentially the way to go.
All stays up to 31st August will earn 500 bonus World of Hyatt points, as part of Hyatt’s standard ‘new hotel bonus’ promotion. No registration is required. I think this applies to reward stays as well as cash stays.
You can book on the Hyatt website here. We will pop in at some point in the coming weeks.
World of Hyatt update – September 2023:
Get bonus points: Our article on Hyatt’s new ‘double base points’ promotion, valid at all hotels outside the Americas, is here. It runs to 15th September 2023. Registration is now closed.
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