BY JOE MARVILLI
The first piece of One Fulton Square in Flushing is now open for business.
Hyatt Place Flushing LaGuardia Airport opened its doors on May 29, becoming the first Hyatt brand to make its home in Queens. The 168-room hotel is the first part of One Fulton Square, a mixed-use project. With a number of amenities, several designed exclusively for Flushing, the hotel has already proven itself a success.
Although Hyatt generally has a universal design and brand, the owners of F&T Group, which owns One Fulton Square, were able to get some modifications to fit the hotel’s clientele, which they think will mostly be Asian. Some of the artwork in the lobby traded out an oak tree for cherry blossoms and added Asian vases rather than American styles. As part of its A.M. Kitchen Skillet complimentary breakfast, the hotel will serve miso soup, ginger, seaweed and other Asian offerings. The hotel also has a 24/7 menu and complimentary coffee and tea in each room.
The 168 rooms at the Hyatt break up into 82 king-bedded rooms, 83 double-queen-bedded rooms and three nearly-700-square-foot suites. The rooms have pullout sofas, mini-fridges, desks, wardrobes with a safe and complimentary Wi-Fi. The 42-inch flat screen HDTVs in each room also come with five Chinese cable channels.
“The rooms are bigger than most you see in New York City,” general manager Tony Schatz said.
Once a guest leaves his or her room, they can head to one of three fitness centers throughout the hotel. There is an indoor, heated pool on the rooftop level. Towards the end of the year, a restaurant lounge on the other side of the roof will open, complete with an outdoor area. There are also meeting rooms for business on the third floor.
For those worried about noise from incoming airplanes heading to LaGuardia Airport, the hotel’s windows are triple-pane glass, which will keep noise from leaking through.
Besides everything available inside its walls, Hyatt Place Flushing is close to plenty of fun activities as well. The hotel is less than a mile from Citi Field, just over a mile away from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and about two miles from the Hall of Science. For transportation, the 7 train is a block away. There is also a complimentary, 24-hour shuttle to-and-from LGA.
Developers hope the retail area of One Fulton Square will start to fill up with restaurants and stores, giving hotel guests another close option for their eating and shopping needs. The retail section had to wait for the Hyatt to get its occupancy certificate. Now that the hotel is set, the retail can start moving forward.
“Once this is up and running, we believe it’ll be much more of an amenity to our hotel guests,” Schatz said.
The Hyatt has about 50 employees on staff, some of whom speak Mandarin. Schatz said the Asian market is growing very quickly and the Hyatt is looking to appeal to that market.
“They like the cultural component here. When you come from China, you stay for a week-and-a-half or two weeks,” he said. “A lot of our signage is bi-lingual. We want to be welcoming to the Asian customer base in China. We’ve seen a lot of positive response.”
Schatz added that the Hyatt’s customers will benefit more and more as parts of One Fulton Square and Two Fulton Square open.
“Being part of this multi-faceted mixed-use complex is going to be great for the hotel and customers. I think they’ll really appreciate the other components once they open up,” he said. “I think it’ll be great for the community too to have all these amenities here. Flushing will appreciate it.”
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