by Michael J. Shapiro | March 29, 2016

The long-awaited Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro has opened in the Brazilian coastal city, offering a luxury beachfront destination in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood. The 436-room hotel, first announced in 2011, pays tribute to Brazilian landscape architect Burle Marx in the form of 17 large vertical gardens throughout the property and in the mosaic floors in the lobby. 

"We created a hotel that honors our cultural surroundings and local 'Carioca' lifestyle, infused with innovative design," said Christophe Lorvo, the property's general manager and Hyatt's area vice president. "Our team has been preparing to open our doors, and their dedication is heartwarming."

Among the guest rooms are 40 suites, two presidential suites, and a 2,100-square-foot penthouse with its own 1,248-square-foot terrace that includes a lounge and a plunge pool. Grand Club floor guests have access to the Grand Lounge, which has ocean and lagoon views and offers a private reception space. Three restaurants are on-site, including a modern Italian trattoria; a Japanese restaurant; and the Cantô Gastrô & Lounge, a casual outlet serving local cuisine.

The hotel has more than 21,530 square feet of event facilities, all with a view of adjacent lagoon. Two multipurpose ballrooms, nine meeting rooms and two loft kitchen areas comprise the meeting space. Other amenities include a 24-hour fitness center; the Atiaia Spa, which has six single and three couples' treatment suites, and an outdoor pool with a wet deck. The Gil Hanse-designed Olympic Golf Course is a 10-minute ferry ride away, across the lagoon.