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.
Since the hotel opened last December, about 75% of its business has
been groups, said Robert Purdy, director of sales and
"That's a little more group [business] than we expected, but
we'll probably level out with more leisure travel this summer,"
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
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
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
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
"Food goes directly from the cook to the tables without having
to reheat it. It's really restaurant-style service for banquets,"
The property also features four two- and three-bedroom casitas
with private entrances.
In-room amenities include desks, two-line telephones and data
Rooms also have hand-painted armoires, personal vanities, hair
dryers, irons and ironing boards, safes, coffeemakers and
The resort is 14 miles from McCarran Airport.
Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas
Phone: (800) 55-HYATT