With two Hiltons already in town, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl joked at the ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for the new Hyatt House Hotel, “I don’t know why it took you so long.”
Originally resisted by the Southeast Evanston Association as a potential stopping-off place for “transient academics,” the new 114-room extended stay facility, at 1515 Chicago Ave., brought rave reviews from many of the approximately 200 invited guests who attended the grand-opening party.
Mayor Tisdahl thanked the city’s economic development team and other staff members “that made this happen.”
General Manager Sarah Kvamme said that “through innovation and value, we will fill this hotel.”
Executives of the franchise owners, Janko Hospitality, were available to conduct informal tours of the facility, including guest rooms, a fitness center, business center, and an outdoor BBQ pit and patio.
They regard the existence of a major Big Ten university just blocks away as a significant factor in making Evanston an ideal town for a facility that bears the Hyatt name.
“This is not a discount-price hotel,” said one Janko representative.
Many of the larger units have kitchen facilities that enable guests to bed down for the long haul, but traditional guest rooms are available for those who do not require a full kitchen during their stay.