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Hyatt Dorado Beach Introduces Su Casa Cottages In Time For Winter
Two-Story Buildings On Historic Rockefeller Point Overlook Atlantic
By EVELYN GUADALUPE-FAJARDO
December 19, 2002
For tourists seeking simplicity, privacy, and a laid-back atmosphere this winter, the Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort & Country Club offers a new product, Su Casa Cottages.
The three new low-rise buildings with 36 guestrooms are situated on Rockefeller Point, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. None of the two-story buildings are taller than the nearest palm trees.
The oversized beachfront guestrooms were completed in June. They are furnished with a combination of king and double beds on both the upper and lower floors.
"We wanted to create a different experience for our guests with these new cottages while expanding our resort," said Fred Findlen, Hyatt Dorado Beach general manager.
Average room rates at Su Casa vary according to the season, from $285 per night in summer to $365 during the shoulder season and $630 in high season, which runs from Dec. 15 to April 15. These room rates are slightly lower than those at Hyatt Dorado's 18 one-story Las Casitas, which enjoy beachfront views.
"This is the first year the Su Casa product has been available for the high tourism season, and we think it's something special, but we want the consumers to determine that," Findlen said.
The new product was developed after Hurricane Georges destroyed the three-story Su Casa building at Hyatt Dorado Beach in 1998.
"The building didn't fit in with Hyatt Dorado's image; it was a nondescript unit at which no one wanted to stay," Findlen said. "Now, we have buildings that are spread out and away from the main lobby."
Designed to evoke an hacienda, the cottages are named after the resort's signature restaurant, Su Casa, which was also the name of Clara Livingston's home from 1928 to 1955. Livingston was the original owner of Hacienda Sardinera, where the resort is situated.
The 36 rooms are decorated in traditional Spanish style, with dark woods, terracotta tiled floors, a pedestal bed, and Spanish upholstery and accents.
The rooms contain a sleeping area and separate living space with a sofa bed and lounge chairs. Bathrooms have dual sinks and showers with Spanish tiles; there are skylights in second-floor guestrooms.
Every guestroom has a balcony or patio with table and chairs, plus a lounge chair.
A unique feature of Su Casa is the gazebo on Rockefeller Point, which was supposedly the favorite spot of Laurance Rockefeller (who bought the property in 1955).
"The gazebo is a great spot to drink wine and view the sunset or to hold a wedding," Findlen said.
This Caribbean Business article appears courtesy of Casiano Communications.