by Michael J. Shapiro | January 22, 2016

A 350-room Grand Hyatt hotel is being built at San Francisco International Airport and will open in mid-2019, according to airport and Hyatt executives. The parties signed a contract on Thursday. Grand Hyatt was awarded the management and branding deal in September 2015, and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved the deal in December. This week the management contract was signed and a design-build team was selected.

"Realizing a brand-new hotel at our world-class San Francisco International Airport has long been part of SFO's Capital Plan, and I am pleased with this new relationship with Hyatt," said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. "The construction and operation of Grand Hyatt San Francisco International Airport is a major economic win for the entire San Francisco Bay Area region, creating jobs, revenue and an even better world-class experience for travelers at SFO."

Grand Hyatt San Francisco International Airport will be built on a 4.7-acre site close to the terminals and parking garages, and will have direct access to the terminals via an AirTrain station. The property will offer 17,500 square feet of meeting space, a business center, a health club and a spa, and an indoor pool with a whirlpool and sauna. Both full-service and casual restaurants will be on-site, as well as a wine and sushi bar and a rooftop cocktail lounge. The hotel is being designed to achieve a four-star designation and LEED Gold certification. Construction is expected to begin this fall.