First Palm Springs Andaz coming late 2016

Hyatt announced Thursday it's bringing its Andaz luxury hotel brand to Palm Springs, Calif., as part of the new Rael Development due to begin construction in early summer. Development officials anticipate opening in the fall of 2016.

The 150-room, 17-suite Andaz Palm Springs will be built as a group of small buildings and bungalows surrounding two outdoor pools and gardens. The hotel will offer spa services, a restaurant and lounge, and include approximately 25,000 square feet of retail space and meeting facilities on its first level.

"The Andaz is very much a luxury, lifestyle hotel, said GraemeRael, president and principal of Rael Development Corp., the developer leading the hotel and mixed-use project on a four-acre swath of blank desert.

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The announcement comes after the Palm Springs City Council unanimously approved plans for the site, which has been the subject of development talks for at least a decade.