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By Bryan C. Sualog

HAGATNA, Guam (Marianas Business Journal, Feb. 4, 2008) – Hyatt Regency Guam is on its way to a US$12 million renovation project to transform guest rooms and public areas — and bring in new amenities.

Anthony R. Gain, general manager of the Hyatt Regency Guam, told the Journal the resort would sport a gym and bridal salon, when its renovation project wraps up in June.

Other areas to be updated are the Cigar Corner, lobby lounge, reception desk and lobby, La Mirenda, tour desks and the banquet rooms.

"The current Cigar Corner, lobby lounge and La Mirenda will all be incorporated into an exciting new integrated concept, giving the illusion of the continuous space, while being in your own individual area. We are even moving the bar and kitchens into the middle of the restaurant offering a concept like nowhere else in Micronesia," he said.

Renovations to guest rooms and the Regency Club Lounge, which began in January, aim for a "lighter, more modern resort feel," he said.

"It is very exciting and I believe both our local and international visitors will be quite impressed at the extent of the renovation when complete. It will be a complete transformation of the hotel," he said.

The lobby and La Mirenda will close on April 1 for renovations. During that time, Gain said the three remaining restaurants would be operating over extended meal periods to accommodate the guests, the lobby would be moved to the tour desk area, and the main entrance would be moved to the second door in the driveway to shield the guests from construction. All of the renovations are schedule for completion by June 30.

Although not a part of the renovations, he said Al Dente restaurant was refurbished in December, "to ensure the look and feel is updated to reflect the changes that will occur in the other areas."

In spite of the work underway, Gain said, "If you have not been to the Hyatt Regency Guam before, you will not realize we are under renovations as you will still arrive in the driveway, be welcomed by the bell desk operation, and as you enter the hotel you will be presented with a fully operational reception area and easy access to the elevators and pool."

Renovations are not expected to have a big impact on business, he said. "Our goal has been to minimize any impact on our guests by using the latest equipment and carefully planning construction schedules and patterns and we have been successful thus far."Hyatt International design teams and the local contractors, Future World Construction and Sumitomo Construction Co. Ltd., will complete the renovations.

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