Hyatt Hotels' luxury Grand Hyatt brand is scheduled to open its second Brazil property next month, in Rio de Janeiro's Barra da Tijuca neighborhood.

The beachfront Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro is being touted as an "urban resort" that blends "sleek, modern design with the sophistication of coastal living and locally inspired elements," according to a statement from the hotelier. The 436-room property will feature a full-service spa, a 24-hour gym, a 366-square-foot pool and more than 21,000 square feet of meetings space.

For destination weddings, the hotel will offer three venues: two ballrooms with a maximum total capacity of 1,200 and an outdoor garden with seating for up to 150.

All 436 guestrooms at the Grand Hyatt Rio will feature balconies.
All 436 guestrooms at the Grand Hyatt Rio will feature balconies.

Three restaurants will be on site: Canto Gastro and Lounge, located near the pool area and serving international fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner; Tano Cucina Italiana, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and featuring pasta dishes and an extensive selection of wines; and the dinner-only Shiso restaurant and bar, which will serve sushi and other Japanese cuisine, offering sake and other Japanese beverages.

All rooms will feature balconies with views of the Atlantic or the Marapendi Lagoon and, like all Hyatts as of last year, will offer complimentary WiFi access.

Christophe Lorvo, general manager of the property, described the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood as an "urban-style community with a vibrant business environment, but it is most notably known for beautiful beaches, outdoor sports and boasts the most preserved green areas." In addition, it offers "upscale shopping venues [and] gastronomic options, cultural attractions and a vibrant nightlife," Lorvo said. Nearby points of interest include the Nelson Mandela Park & Ecological Reserve, Cidade das Artes Concert Hall, the Burle Marx House & Botanical Gardens and Prainha and Grumari beaches.

The hotel has begun taking reservations and is scheduled to open March 28, nearly five months ahead of the start of the Summer Olympics. According to Lorvo, "The hotel has accepted bookings during [the Olympics] timeframe, and we are fully sold out."

The latest step in Hyatt Hotels' Brazil expansion plans, the Grand Hyatt Rio joins the Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo, which opened in 2002. In addition, Hyatt's upscale Hyatt Place brand is set to open three properties in Brazil by 2017: the Hyatt Place Sorocaba (about 60 miles west of Sao Paulo), Hyatt Place Macae (about 110 miles northeast of Rio) and the Hyatt Place Sao Jose do Rio Preto (about 275 miles northwest of Sao Paulo).

Introductory rates on standard rooms at the Grand Hyatt Rio start at $219 per night. See http://riodejaneiro.grand.hyatt.com.

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