Hyatt Regency Bethesda completes $37M renovation

Following the completion of a revitalization last year, Hyatt Regency Bethesda in downtown Bethesda, Md., unveiled the final phase of its renovation with the addition of Brown Bag restaurant and an extension of Morton’s Steakhouse and Starbucks, which opened last summer. All three venues are located in the hotel’s recently updated lobby with a 12-story atrium and new, custom-made art piece.

Brown Bag, the hotel’s newest addition, opens this August and is located in a 3,000-square-foot open-layout featuring floor-to-ceiling windows. The restaurant has a lobby entrance, as well as access to the outdoor plaza area. The centerpiece of the restaurant is its show kitchen.

The hotel’s 2,600-square-foot Starbucks, which debuted last summer, has works of art featuring Costa Rican coffee plantations commissioned and curated by artist and Baltimore native, Michael Owen.

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After the demolition of its original glass wall entryway, the recently expanded Morton’s Steakhouse now integrates with the hotel lobby through French doors that open from the bar area. The restaurant has a dining room and bar, as well as three private dining rooms.

The new food and beverage offerings in the lobby are anchored by an art piece created by Soo Sunny Park, a Korean-American artist.

The lobby additions follow on the heels of an extensive, first-phase transformation of Hyatt Regency Bethesda last year. The renovation included a redesign of the hotel’s 390 guestrooms, facade, lobby, meeting and event spaces, along with the addition of The Rooftop Downtown Bethesda, a rooftop event space crowning the hotel.  

Hyatt Regency Bethesda is located on top of the Metro that provides access to downtown Washington, D.C. and is connected to all three major area airports.  The hotel is owned by The Meridian Group and managed by Highgate.

Photo credit: Hyatt Regency Bethesda

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