Hyatt Plots Thompson Hotels Growth

CHICAGO—Hyatt Hotels Corporation is continuing the growth of the Thompson Hotels brand throughout the Southern U.S. with deals for two new properties—Thompson Savannah and Thompson Buckhead—expected to open in Georgia in 2021.

Marking the brand’s entry into the state, these projects will join four other Thompson hotels already under development including Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin, TX. These six new properties are expected to join Thompson’s nine hotels across the U.S. and Mexico, many of which have resumed operations and are welcoming back guests.

“We are excited to announce the future openings of six new Thompson hotels in Georgia and Texas, which, together with Thompson Nashville, will bolster the brand’s presence in the Southern U.S.,” said Crystal Vinisse Thomas, director of global lifestyle brands, Hyatt. “In this new and uncharted era of travel, we recognize the importance of unique, lifestyle-driven hotels that inspire travelers seeking refined and evocative experiences. We look forward to inviting our guests to rediscover southern hospitality through the tailored lens of the Thompson Hotels brand—celebrating the rich culinary, music and artistic foundations of the South through exceptional service, crafted design and an elevated social scene.”

In addition to the previously announced 190-room Thompson Hollywood—set to debut in 2021 in the Vinyl District, the epicenter of the neighborhood—Thompson Hotels’ brand growth includes the following:

Thompson Savannah
Thompson Savannah, scheduled to open in summer 2021, will bring together the city’s colorful past and exciting present with design that combines historic architectural details and contemporary flair. Co-developed by Atlanta-based Regent Partners and Mariner Group as part of the mixed-use Eastern Wharf project—adjacent to the city’s historic center and on the banks of the Savannah River—the 193-room property is being designed by Smallwood, with interior design by Dallas-based firm Studio 11 and will include 21 suites with wraparound balconies. From the parquet tile flooring of the lobby to the use of rich jewel tones and botanical patterns throughout both the common areas and guestrooms, the hotel’s design will be inspired by the endemic flora of a city famous for its many green spaces, while staying true to the mid-century modern aesthetic that has become a signature of the Thompson Hotels brand.

The property will include a lobby bar and lounge, a three-meal restaurant and a rooftop bar with an outdoor area overlooking the city skyline. A grand staircase in the lobby will connect guests to a pool deck with a lap pool, fire features, and private daybeds and cabanas. In the guestrooms, focal oversized art pieces over the headboards will include local artists, as part of a program developed in conjunction with the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Spacious walk-in showers, residential-style vanities and chaise lounges will give the rooms a luxurious feel, according to the company. Meeting and events spaces will include two meeting rooms, a boardroom, a divisible ballroom and a poolside living room with an exterior patio.

Thompson Buckhead
Located in one of Atlanta’s most stylish neighborhoods, Thompson Buckhead is being co-developed by Regent Partners and The Loudermilk Companies, and is scheduled to open in late 2021. The hotel’s home, in the walkable Buckhead Village area, will offer a more residential setting. Designed by RJTR (Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio), with interior design by Studio 11, the property will have the atmosphere of a luxurious private home—with an intimate jewel-box bar, works by local artists on display and greenery throughout, the lobby will feel like a stylish and contemporary Southern great room, according to the company. Chevron-patterned wood floors with area rugs, marble mosaic-tiled bathrooms and large walk-in showers are among the elements that will embody the sleek style of the 201 guestrooms, inclusive of 32 suites. The penthouse-level Thompson Suite will include a kitchen, glass-enclosed dining room, and master suite featuring a spa-like wet-room with steam shower and soaking tub.

Beyond the lobby bar, the property will also have a signature three-meal restaurant, an indoor/outdoor rooftop bar and lounge with city views, and a variety of meeting spaces totaling more than 10,000 sq. ft., including an outdoor pre-function patio. The hotel’s rooftop pool will include a pool bar serving light fare and drinks, as well as private cabanas.

Thompson Dallas
Slated to open in fall 2020 and being developed by Todd Interests, the 219-room Thompson Dallas will be located downtown in a redevelopment of the 52-story First National Bank Tower—a recognizable fixture of the Dallas skyline. Billed as The National, the architectural design for the project is being led by Dallas firm Merriman Anderson Architects, which is restoring many of the 1961 building’s original elements, including historic marble from the Parthenon quarry. Contemporary furniture and works of art by local, national and international artists will complement the building’s historic touches.

Highlights of the hotel will include a signature restaurant on the 49th floor from a yet-to-be-announced two Michelin-starred chef, a 50th-floor observation deck, two rooftop restaurant and bar concepts and an urban oasis on the ninth floor with an infinity-edge pool, six-treatment-room spa, fitness center, and yoga and pet parks. The two penthouse-level Thompson Suites will measure more than 2,200 sq. ft. each and offer city views from the 49th floor. Thompson Dallas will also offer 22,000 sq. ft. of meeting and function space, including a 14,000-sq.-ft. ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, for hosting weddings, corporate events and concerts.

Thompson San Antonio
Scheduled to open in November 2020, Thompson San Antonio will be a 162-room hotel located in a luxury, mixed-use development on the banks of the San Antonio River and steps from the city’s River Walk. Complete with 28 suites and two penthouses—all with soaking tubs, full wet bars and views of Texas Hill Country—the property will also offer a full-service spa, a 20th-floor rooftop bar with views of downtown, and more than 5,000 sq. ft. of interior event space with natural light, including a 4,000-sq.-ft ballroom. Oversized guestrooms will provide stylish sanctuaries in the heart of San Antonio, while a restaurant from a celebrated local chef will also draw guests and locals alike, according to the company.

Situated in the Arts District neighborhood across the river from the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, the Thompson San Antonio and The Arts Residences development is being led by Houston-based DC Partners and San Antonio’s Universal Service Group. Powers Brown Architecture, a Houston-based firm, is the architect for the property, working in collaboration with Guadalajara-based interior design firm Amass & G, whose credits include Thompson Hotels’ The Cape resort in Cabo San Lucas.

Thompson Austin
Scheduled to open in spring 2021, Thompson Austin will be located downtown in the music and entertainment district in a new mixed-use development from Magellan Development Group, Geolo Capital and Wanxiang America Real Estate Group. The hotel’s look will be a celebration of brutalist modern design with statement concrete walls and custom, handcrafted fixtures and details that accentuate the materiality of elements like polished stone and blackened steel. This brutalist aesthetic will be contrasted by lush greenery, soft leathers and other tactile materials. The architect of the 212-room property is bKL Architecture, with interiors by Simeone Deary Design Group, both based in Chicago. The hotel will house on its ground level an Austin outpost of an acclaimed Savannah restaurant concept, with design by Parts and Labor Design out of New York City. Designed as a social anchor for hotel guests, residents and the local community, a fourth-floor amenity deck under the design helm of Los Angeles’ Studio Collective will include two bars, a pool and private event space, with more than 12,000 sq. ft. of interior space and more than 13,000 sq. ft. of exterior space. The hotel will also offer traditional meeting and function space on its second floor, including a 3,500-sq.-ft. grand ballroom, a junior ballroom and three meeting rooms.

Thompson Houston
Thompson Houston is scheduled to open in 2023. The 170-room hotel located close to downtown Houston is being developed by DC Partners and Tianqing Real Estate Development. The hotel will be part of The Allen, a mixed-use development facing Buffalo Bayou Park, which will include high-end shops, restaurants and other amenities.