Hyatt again delays opening

Cambridge facility to open doors June 1, instead of March 1

Two weddings affected

January 19, 2002|By June Arney | June Arney,SUN STAFF

The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort will open June 1, three months later than planned, due to snags in delivery and completion schedules and some operational issues.

The later opening has forced 10 groups booked at the hotel, including two weddings, to revise their plans, said Michael T. Walsh, the general manager of the 400-room hotel on the edge of the Choptank River in Cambridge.

The groups have either rebooked for a later date, moved to another Hyatt or made different arrangements, he said. The hotel had not yet opened bookings to individual guests.

"Knowing that there are going to be some delays, you can't open a hotel that won't be ready for a typical Hyatt customer," Walsh said Thursday. "If you bring someone in, and you're not ready, they go away with a bad taste in their mouth. They may not come back. We don't want to make that mistake."

Walsh declined to provide details of the delays.

"I'd rather be ready and open it on the day we had originally picked," Walsh said. "But things happen. You just have to move forward."

This marks the second delay for the Hyatt resort. The project initially was scheduled to open Dec. 1, but the date was pushed to March 1 so the hotel could be unveiled at the same time as its marina, restaurants and other amenities.

The overall project will cost $150 million and eventually is to include single-family and multiple-family dwellings.

Hyatt officials hope that the resort will attract the kind of people who stay at the Greenbrier in West Virginia and the Homestead in Virginia.

The 350-acre resort will include an 18,000-square-foot European health spa and a wildlife refuge. Room rates will range from $250 to $2,000 a night.

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