The Hyatt Place Dewey Beach | 1301 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach, 864-9100, www.deweybeach.place.hyatt.com
Before the Hyatt opened, discerning travelers seeking a top-shelf hotel at the beach were limited to downtown Rehoboth, home to the Hotel Rehoboth and the Bellmoor Inn & Spa, arguably the coastal area’s most fashionable large properties. No longer.
In September 2013, Dewey Beach Enterprises opened the 108-room Hyatt Place, part of ongoing improvements to the Lighthouse Cove project. Thom Harvey of Harvey, Hanna & Associates in Wilmington is president of Dewey Beach Enterprises.
“The southern Delaware resort market provides the perfect location for the state’s first Hyatt property,” says Chris Strouss, general manager. (The Dewey property is operated by Meyer Jabara Hotels.) Hyatt Place, the brand’s upscale offering, caters to leisure and business travelers alike.
From the facade to the rooms, the hotel has a modern vibe that’s more urban than coastal. Consider the sleek corner entrance, which has glass walls and a towering ceiling. The lobby is equally open. Yet there’s a comfortable ambiance. The employee who checks you in is just as likely to move around the corner and make you a martini at the bar.
Guestrooms have media and work centers, as well as separate seating and sleeping areas. They also have mini-fridges so you can stash those leftovers from Rehoboth’s famous restaurants. Light-blocking shades eclipse even the neon Rudder sign at night.
The hotel offers a complimentary breakfast and coffee bar with an impressive array of hot and cold items that goes beyond the usual Danish and bagel offerings. Those in a hurry to stake out space on the beach can snag a breakfast sandwich.
You won’t need to walk far. The hotel is one block from the ocean and half a block from the bay, whose beach has been widened. On rainy days, take advantage of the indoor pool or fitness center.
As for meals, the Rudder, Que Pasa?!, Crabbers Cove, Scoops (an ice cream shop) and the Lighthouse share the same bay-front area. Twin Seas is across the street, and Jolly Trolley stops in front of the hotel for those who want to head into Rehoboth.
It’s not likely the college kids will diminish, but with the Hyatt in place, the frat boys and sorority girls will need to make space for families and mature adults in area establishments.