Hyatt Regency's group business exceeds expectations

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LAS VEGAS -- Initial estimates that the 496-room Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas Resort would run about 60% group and 40% leisure have proven to be off by a bit.

The 495-room Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas Resorts opened in December and boasts 40,000 square feet of indoor function space. Since the hotel opened last December, about 75% of its business has been groups, said Robert Purdy, director of sales and marketing.

"That's a little more group [business] than we expected, but we'll probably level out with more leisure travel this summer," Purdy said.

The resort is located 17 miles from the Las Vegas Strip. With an occupancy rate of 80%, it seems to support the theory that there's a strong market for groups that want to be near the neon lights but do not want them in their backyard.

"We're finding also that we're an alternative to areas such as Scottsdale [Ariz.] and Palm Springs [Calif.]," Purdy said.

The resort has 40,000 square feet of indoor function space, including a 21,330-square-foot ballroom that can be divided into eight rooms.

It also has 70,000 square feet of outdoor space, which includes landscaped courtyards, terraces with wood-burning fireplaces, pool decks and an open-air pavilion with 15,000 square feet of adjoining lawn area.

Groups meeting here can gamble on site but on a smaller scale than most major hotels in Vegas -- the Hyatt's casino offers 10,000 square feet of gaming space with 191 slot machines and 11 table games.

Many of the hotel's rooms afford views of the 320-acre Lake Las Vegas, the mountains in the background or both.

The Moroccan-style resort also touts 21 acres of lakefront property, a spa and fitness center with nine treatment rooms, dining options at three on-site restaurants, a European-style casino with lake views and a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course set on the lake's shoreline.

The resort has some notable design elements for groups such as a kitchen that is centrally located between the ballroom and the breakout space.

"Food goes directly from the cook to the tables without having to reheat it. It's really restaurant-style service for banquets," Purdy said.

The property also features four two- and three-bedroom casitas with private entrances.

In-room amenities include desks, two-line telephones and data ports.

Rooms also have hand-painted armoires, personal vanities, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, safes, coffeemakers and refrigerators.

The resort is 14 miles from McCarran Airport.

Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas
Phone: (800) 55-HYATT

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