Hyatt Regency Valencia celebrates official grand re-opening

Hyatt Regency Valencia General Manager Mark Kirsch, center, is joined by Paul Willamson, left, and Gigi Siemsen, right, of Dimension Development Company as Kirsch cuts the ribbon at the Hyatt Regency Valencia Grand Reopening in Valencia on Thursday. Dan Watson/The Signal

Visitors of the Hyatt Regency Valencia may recall seeing caution tape and construction activity inside the hotel only a few months ago, but on Thursday the locale was a bustling scene with hotel officials and local dignitaries for the official grand re-opening.

“This has been a long time coming for our renovation,” said General Manager Mark Kirsch to attendees of a ribbon cutting at the entrance of the hotel.

Hotel officials were recognized for the milestone by the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, Councilman Bill Miranda on behalf of the city and representatives from elected officials including, Rep. Katie Hill, D-Agua Dulce, Assemblywoman Christy Smith, D-Santa Clarita, and Los Angeles County 5th District Supervisor Kathryn Barger.

The Hyatt Regency Valencia underwent a large-scale rebranding operation to celebrate its 20th year as “Santa Clarita’s most prominent hotel.” The goal, Kirsch said, is to accommodate a broader target market that includes not only the customers that have attended for years but also millennials.

Hyatt Regency Valencia Event Sales Manager Tina Moran, right, hands out wrist bands to the dozens of attendees in the lobby at the ribbon cutting event at the Hyatt Regency Valencia Grand Reopening in Valencia on Thursday. Dan Watson/The Signal

The work the hotel has completed includes changes to 244 guestrooms and 16 suites and, most recently, the opening of the high-end sushi restaurant and bar, Greater Pacific.

The dining locale was once known as Vines, which served as a staple of the hotel’s services since opening in 1998. Today, the restaurant has transformed into a sleek and modern hub to lounge and enjoy hand-selected ingredients in Greater Pacific’s menu of fine meals and cocktails.

Kirsch said he plans to bring more entertainment for visitors of the hotel. Already, the Hyatt Regency Hotel is a regular to multiple local organizations and businesses for community-wide events, with up to 2,500 visitors per week.

On May 1, the hotel will be used to host the 11th annual State of the County luncheon, with Barger as the featured speaker.

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