Hyatt House's soft opening brings two bars to burgeoning downtown nightlife

Friday, April 5, 2019
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After two years of construction, the Hyatt House hotel had its soft opening on Friday ahead of the Masters. (Source: WRDW)

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Hyatt House on Broad Street had its soft opening Friday just in time for the Masters.

The hotel features upscale rooms along with a rooftop bar and a beautiful view of the city.

But the hotel’s opening is just another example of Broad Street being on the up and up.

“You’ve got the riverwalk, every Saturday you’ve got the farmer’s market, and that’s really cool to go to,” Augusta resident Blaze Vanzant said.

Vanzant is shocked every year at just how much Augusta transforms in time for the Masters.

“Just more stuff to do,” Vanzant said. “It brings more people downtown so you can socialize and meet new people.”

Vanzant wishes it was more than one week a year, and he’s not the only one.

“Augusta is building quickly downtown, and we are so excited about the revamp of our downtown market,” Jamie Corley, director of sales and marketing for the Hyatt House, said.

The Hyatt House was a two-and-a-half year project that now towers over Broad Street.

“It’s open to the public every day starting at 5 p.m. until midnight,” Corley said. “Our upstairs bar space as well as our first floor bar space.”

Rooftop bars are no stranger to Augusta. But the bar downstairs is unique.

“The unique part about downstairs I it actually has a Broad Street sitting side to it where you can be served through our glass window,” Corley said.

Inside the hotel, it’s set up with cyber growth in mind.

"We wanted to stand out and welcome our cyber community to the area, and we are kind of patented towards that. Seventy-five percent of our guest rooms have full kitchens in them,” Corley said.

The hotel is the first of many changes that’ll transform Augusta year-round.

The grand opening of the Hyatt Hotel is May 24, but everything is open right now -- the downstairs bar, the rooftop bar, and 50 percent of the rooms.