Hyatt House Planned For Boca Raton Could Be First Hotel Outside Of Downtown In More Than 15 Years
Boca's first hotel outside of the downtown area in more than 15 years could be welcoming travelers as soon as 2017.
Developers are planning to build a six-story Hyatt House hotel on the corner of Yamato Road and Interstate 95, within Boca Village, a mixed-use complex west of the highway, where the Boca Raton TriRail stop now stands.
Butters Construction & Development, which owns the Boca Village property, and Morlin Hospitality Group, a hotel operator and developer, are behind the project.
"The hotel market in Boca is growing," developer Malcolm Butters said, citing 78 percent room occupancy rates in Boca and 10 percent revenue growth each year.
When Butters' firm first acquired 50 acres of land off I-95 close to 13 years ago, he envisioned creating a mixed-use development for retail and office space. It now includes an LA Fitness, Starbucks, and other retail offerings.
"Now this is the last piece," he said.
Hyatt House is an extended stay hotel brand designed to offer upscale comfort with a homey feel; however, the Boca Raton hotel would also accommodate shorter-term leisure travelers.
With Florida Atlantic University across the way, Butters expects relatives visiting FAU students or athletic teams in town for FAU games to stay at the hotel. It could also support people in moving transitions whose new homes aren't ready, he said.
According to Butters, the Hyatt House plan still requires approval from the city of Boca Raton as well as final approval from the Hyatt brand itself, but he doesn't expect any stumbling blocks.
The developers are aiming for site plan approval by February 2016, with a goal of beginning construction in summer 2016 and opening up in summer 2017.
The hotel would have a full-service bar, a pool with an upscale water feature where children can play, and meeting rooms to accommodate smaller functions than those held at the nearby Embassy Suites, according to Morlin Group's Seth Fellman.
Like all Hyatt House-branded hotels, the Boca location would serve breakfast and offer an omelet bar. However, the idea is to take the Hyatt House hotel "above and beyond," Fellman said.
That means adding Jacuzzi suites in several rooms for high-end guests and offering access to the LA Fitness at Boca Village in addition to the on-site fitness center, he added.