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Old 08-18-2009, 01:49 AM
 
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Posted up a pic of the Grand Hyatt as well as what I think about it here on Flickr. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wattsbw2004/3832330243/?edited=1 - broken link)
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Old 08-18-2009, 04:31 AM
 
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Had a friend that stayed there...while the view was fantastic and the room decorated very nicely with great amenities, I must say if there had been a fire he would have been royally screwed because the place was a MAZE getting to and from the elevator (and I would imagine stairs)...we took so many twists and turns I was going to leave breadcrumbs to find my way back out....

Accoustics in the lobby REALLY suck...that place is UBBER noisy with all the marble in there.
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Old 08-18-2009, 04:50 AM
 
Location: San Antonio North
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Had a friend that stayed there...while the view was fantastic and the room decorated very nicely with great amenities, I must say if there had been a fire he would have been royally screwed because the place was a MAZE getting to and from the elevator (and I would imagine stairs)...we took so many twists and turns I was going to leave breadcrumbs to find my way back out....

Accoustics in the lobby REALLY suck...that place is UBBER noisy with all the marble in there.
You are right about the maze when we stayed their we where at the end. It really does matter which room you get as to the view. We were fortunate to get a view facing torward the north.

The bar at the bottom is pretty nice!
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:06 PM
 
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Dopo.....knock knock...anyone home? This isn't just a Hyatt. It's a GRAND Hyatt. The top of the HYATT food chain. Check out the prices of the rooms....then find out how many rooms there are...then do a little math and that is a LOT of money annually that hotel will add to the economy. Add to that the bars, restaurants and conference center with catering and special events. BIG MONEY! INTO the local economy. Just ONE hotel not only brings in people who spend money here, but they do business with a LOT of companies that support the hotel business.

This isn't about housekeeping jobs.

Paint it purple with big green dots! I'm just seeing $$$ for the city.
There are more important things than money. This is the kind of thinking that led to the demolition of entire hills (along with 100s of oaks) along 281 on the northside.
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:27 PM
 
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There are more important things than money. This is the kind of thinking that led to the demolition of entire hills (along with 100s of oaks) along 281 on the northside.
I beg to differ. This was not a project that covered hundreds of thousands of acres that sat over the Edwards Aquifer and was planned without a lot of communities amenities and adequate road planning. ONE hotel does not even come close to the desecration of Bexar County's northern edge of the hill country. The overall footprint of this building is minuscule in comparison.
We'll have to agree to disagree on this one. I made one simple comment....it's progress and good for our economy. Everyone is talking about the appearance....which actually is my career/business. I see more than that. My opinion....that's all.
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Old 08-19-2009, 03:27 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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There are more important things than money. This is the kind of thinking that led to the demolition of entire hills (along with 100s of oaks) along 281 on the northside.
Get a GPS...this is downtown, across from the Alamodome.

If you have issues with the demolition of the 281 North area, you are on the wrong thread, beating the wrong drum.

This hotel, like the view it projects or not, brings tourist, conventions and jobs to the city while MANY other places wish they had some of the issues we do to contend with. Progress is the way you bring/keep jobs...ask places like Detroit, which are in decline and have become a ceaspool. You are either progressing as a city or declining...fact of life.
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:32 AM
 
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I for one, certainly like the building and think it's a good addition to downtown.
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Old 10-26-2009, 05:17 PM
 
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I am not a big fan myself.

Architecturally, it is not an impressive building. Too wall like, the exposed surfaces are too busy and straining to the eye, and an immediate feeling of "this is an unfinished building" come to mind when I look at it. Of course, hotels must be designed with functionality as the prime characteristic, but the whole building smacks of a mid-market Orlando hotel from 1988. The extremely rectangular ratio of the structure, along with the recessed side and odd "stovepipe" on top, make for a plainly ugly building. In a lot of cities, this hotel could merely be seen as "eccentric" and be minimzed among nicer buildings - in San Antonio, it now dominates the skyline like a discarded Picaso obelisk. Which brings me to my second observation.......

As far as how it blends in with the skyline, I once thought that any building over 30 stories would help improve the pathetic San Antonio skyline. I was wrong. The Grand Hyatt looks clumsily wedged in an odd place, making a merely unimpressive skyline now unimpessive and horribly asymetric. It does not compliment anything standing now, nor does it stick out on its own as "owning" its corner of the city. Being so rectangular basically ensures that it will look odd at any angle from long distances. Unless you get the previously posted twilight, 5/6 side-view shot, it is quite ugly from a distance.

This will almost certainly be the last "tall building" built in San Antonio for 20 years - and frankly, they blew it. Our skyline will not effect anyone's quality of life nor change daily reality, but looking up the road at the impressive and aesthetically pleasing projects that Austin is putting together, San Antonio seems well cemented as a location of mediocre urban architecture. The only truly interesting and elegant building remains the 80 year-old Tower Life building, which is a slice of 1920s Chicago dropped in San Antonio. The Grand Hyatt is an architectual regression, which I thought was impossible in this town.
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:17 AM
 
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I think the building is boring and missed an opportunity to move our skyline past the 1920s.
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Old 10-28-2009, 04:58 AM
 
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I think the building is boring and missed an opportunity to move our skyline past the 1920s.
I concur. Our skyline is serious lacking any thing modern ala Austin
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