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156-room waterfront hotel is first Hyatt property in Prince George’s County

SPARTANBURG, S.C., May 17, 2019—OTO Development, part of The Johnson Group, has broken ground on Hyatt Place National Harbor. Slated to open in late 2020, the seven-story waterfront hotel will be the first Hyatt-branded property in Prince George’s County, Maryland. It’s the latest hospitality addition toNational Harbor, a 350-acre destination on the banks of the Potomac River with a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities.

Based in Spartanburg, South Carolina, OTO previously developed a Hampton Inn & Suites in National Harbor and now manages that property for Blackstone.

“It’s always exciting to break ground on a new project,” said Corry Oakes, president/CEO of OTO Development, “and that’s especially true within dynamic markets where we already enjoy strong partnerships and successful past collaborations. Our new Hyatt Place will complement National Harbor’s current mix of hotels and resorts, offering a pet-friendly option with thoughtfully designed guest rooms and social spaces.”

Hyatt Place was rated #1 Upscale Brand in the2018 Business Travel News Hotel Brand Survey. Factors for its popularity include fresh design concept, larger guest rooms, healthy food and fitness options, 24/7 dining, and brand consistency.

OTO’s partners for the Hyatt Place project in National Harbor includeTurner Constructionof New York, general contractor; and//3877of Washington, D.C., architect and interior designer. The land deal closed on March 1 withPeterson Companies, developer of National Harbor.

“OTO’s history and in-depth knowledge of National Harbor, coupled with the opportunity to introduce the Hyatt brand into an already impressive collection of hotel and resort offerings, made them an ideal partner,” said Taylor Chess, president of development for Peterson Companies. “We’re excited to collaborate with OTO and welcome Hyatt Place to the Waterfront District at National Harbor.”

The LEED Certified Hyatt Place National Harbor will feature:

  • 156 rooms, with more than half overlooking the Potomac River
  • 1,700 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space
  • 24/7 fitness center
  • 24/7 business center
  • Original-concept restaurant/bar with indoor and outdoor seating
  • Walkable location with easy access to National Harbor’s restaurants, retail and recreation
  • Convenient access to Bolling Air Force Base, St. Elizabeth’s Department of Homeland Security, Old Town Alexandria, Reagan Airport and Andrews Air Force Base

Once open, Hyatt Place National Harbor will create 40 FTE jobs.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...