Hyatt Place opens in downtown Evansville

Published: Jun. 23, 2021 at 5:46 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - You now have a new place to stay in downtown Evansville.

The Hyatt Place on 2nd Street opened its doors for the first time Wednesday.

City and project leaders hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its grand opening.

It is a project years in the making, with a few challenges along the way, including the coronavirus pandemic.

Crews first broke ground on the hotel back in 2018.

[Previous: Plans set to open Hyatt Place in June]

City leaders say the opening of the $18 million hotel is great for the community and the tourism industry.

“It was well worth the wait,” says Evansville Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer. “It is a beautiful property, and we are so happy they are able to open and start booking events.”

As new hotels open, more events can come to town to boost the local economy.

The hotel has 139 rooms with four suites, event spaces, as well as a bar and lounge.

Jim Dora Jr. is the president and CEO of the General Hotels Corporation.

“It has a little bit more space than your typical select-service hotel,” says Dora. “So we’ve got some additional meeting space in the hotel and some additional spaces in the lobby.”

It is also close to places like the Ford Center, Old National Events Plaza and other events scheduled for downtown this summer.

“We wanted to be in Evansville, downtown, and we couldn’t pick a better location than the location we have,” said hotel owner Hemang Shah. “In the vicinity of the medical school, the great convention hotel, we have casinos. We are the gateway of the arts and historic district.”

Project leaders say architects had the city of Evansville in mind when they designed the hotel.

“On some of the higher floors, you can see a little bit of the river,” says Dora. “You can see some of the historic neighborhood here. You can look over downtown.”

Hotel officials say in addition to the added economic impact on downtown, Hyatt Place will also be offering around 30 new jobs.

“The busier we are,” says Dora, “the more people we will need, so that’s always good.”

Hotel officials also unveiled a “E” statue during Wednesday’s ribbon cutting to signify, just like the city of Evansville, the new Hyatt Place is for everyone.

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