Hyatt announces the opening of the 168-room Kissel Uptown Oakland

Hyatt announces the opening of the 168-room Kissel Uptown Oakland

The 168-key property pays homage to Oakland’s automotive history and introduces distinct new dining and rooftop bar experiences

CHICAGO, IL, 2022-Mar-04 — /Travel PR News/ — Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced the debut of Kissel Uptown Oakland in the center of the city’s vibrant and eclectic arts and entertainment district, joining The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand. The 168-room, seven-story hotel seamlessly blends historical references and art deco elements with contemporary design and introduces three new food and beverage experiences for guests and locals to enjoy. The dynamic property, which also includes 74 residences, is owned by Signature Development Group and Jordan Real Estate Investments and managed by Evolution Hospitality.

Sharing its namesake with the original showroom, Pacific Kissel Kar-Dean Lippi Showroom, that once called 2401-11 Broadway home, Kissel is a tribute to the car manufacturing industry and the blue-collar spirit that helped make Oakland a thriving metropolitan hub. Today, that spirit lives on with Kissel standing as a modern showcase for everything that makes Oakland so unique.

“Kissel Uptown Oakland captures the spirit and history of the city’s past while celebrating the thriving Oakland of today,” says John “JR” Reynolds, general manager of Kissel Uptown Oakland. “We are excited to bring a story-worthy hotel to the market where our guests can explore and enjoy all that our local community has to offer, and, at the same time, provide a new enticing destination for locals.”


BAR Architects’ design of this unique property seamlessly integrates the historic 1910s Beaux Arts façade originally created by celebrated Bay Area architect Frederick H. Meyer. Conceived to embrace the neighborhood’s history and spirit, the architecture features a contemporary marquee, locally commissioned artwork, elevated decor and soaring windows that offer plentiful natural light. The entry lobby interior emphasizes vertical space, incorporating elements of the art deco architecture characteristic of the neighborhood, while the exterior features architectural glass fins with digitally printed artwork commissioned from local artist Kelly Ording that stretch 70’ above the entrance. An expansive lobby bar and cafe activates the space throughout the day and evening.

The interiors, overseen by Parisa O’Connell Interior Design, also take inspiration from Oakland’s past, incorporating art deco elements and blending them with the industrial character of the former auto row. A compelling color palette composed of aubergine, natural greens, and blush tones, paired with natural materials used throughout, creates a warm, textured and inviting atmosphere. The hotel’s wallpapers, fabrics and decorative accents feature nostalgic prints that create a vintage feel with a modern edge.

Inviting guestrooms and suites feature glass globe chandelier lighting, hardwood-style floors softened with custom, patterned area rugs, and animated wallpapers juxtaposed with colorful industrial tiles.


The hotel introduces three distinct dining destinations, each delivering an array of options paired with unscripted and pleasantly unexpected service that is synonymous with The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand.

High 5ive rooftop bar & lounge is named for the exuberant act of giving someone a “high five,” a celebration inspired by Oakland A’s baseball player Glenn Burke. This lively rooftop bar boasts an outdoor terrace with panoramic views, lounge seating with fire pits and its own street entrance independent from the hotel. A wide selection of classic beverage options are available, including local craft beer, wine and signature cocktails paired with approachable American food. Guests can choose from a variety of unique cocktail variations such as Bulleit rye whiskey, cherry, vermouth, orange, and smoke and another, with Rhum JM white rum, carpano bianco, vermouth, peach, and hibiscus. Savory small plates that are easy to share and enjoy in a convivial lounge setting include flatbreads, salads, carnitas street tacos and peri peri chicken skewers.

Otto’s, whose name is a play on the word “auto,” is a large, all-day cafe and bar located in the hotel’s lobby. The cafe features a modern American menu with strong California influences including signature house-made donuts. Morning offerings range from croissant French toast sticks to a breakfast grain bowl, while afternoon and evening offerings include tuna poke, gourmet hot dogs and mushroom eggplant Bolognese.

Occitania, a French-inspired restaurant from highly-acclaimed local chef Paul Canales and director of operations Rafe Gabel, is set to open later in the spring for lunch and dinner. The restaurant will draw influence from the Occitan linguistic region of Southern France, spanning from Italy’s Piemonte region all the way to Spanish Catalonia. The menu will blend traditional technique with a modern approach, adapting ancient recipes to showcase sustainable ingredients from local farmers, ranchers, and fisherman, incorporating between iconic dishes and bursts of improvisation.


Kissel Uptown Oakland boasts over 10,000 square feet of dynamic meeting and event space including a mezzanine overlooking the hotel’s lobby and panoramic rooftop bar and lounge. Venues include the Gold Bug, a large ballroom featuring 10-footceilings named after the most famous Kissel car, The Showroom, which offers beautiful historic arched floor-to-ceiling windows, and High 5ive, the rooftop bar and lounge with a terrace overlooking the heart of Uptown Oakland. Kissel Uptown Oakland’s meeting spaces offer the utmost flexibility, many of which can be configured into smaller rooms for more intimate gatherings.

The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand includes 26 unique hotels around the world with the addition of Kissel Uptown Oakland. Whether it’s a captivating past, an exclusive location, famous architecture and design, or an award-winning dining experience, each property within The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand maintains a distinct character and the freedom to be unique, while providing guests with the World of Hyatt loyalty program and a trusted brand name and reputation.

For more information or to reserve a stay at Kissel Uptown Oakland, please visit or call (510) 216-1500.

World of Hyatt Gives Members 500 Reasons to Stay Somewhere New

To provide World of Hyatt members even more ways to be rewarded, World of Hyatt is offering members the opportunity to earn 500 Bonus Points for qualifying nights at Kissel Uptown Oakland, from February 24, 2022 through May 31, 2022, part of World of Hyatt’s new hotel member offer. Additional participating hotels and their offer stay periods can be found at No registration is required and members can earn on top of other offers.

Terms & Conditions

Offer valid for 500 Bonus Points for each qualifying night stayed by World of Hyatt members in good standing during a hotel’s offer period at participating hotels and resorts.  Offer valid at participating hotels and resorts for stays with a checkout date during each hotel’s offer period.  For each hotel’s offer period, visit  To be eligible for this offer you must be a World of Hyatt member in good standing at time of reservation and stay, stay at a participating hotel with a checkout date during that hotel’s offer period, provide your World of Hyatt membership number at time of check-in, and either pay an Eligible Rate or redeem a free night award.  An “Eligible Rate” and “Ineligible Rate” are defined in the World of Hyatt Terms and Conditions (located at  Only one point bonus may be earned per member, per stay, regardless of the number of rooms booked.  Only the room occupied by the member will count toward this offer.  Two or more consecutive nights at the same hotel will be deemed one stay.  All points awarded under this offer are Bonus Points.  This offer is subject to the complete terms and conditions of the World of Hyatt program.  Please allow 3-4 weeks after travel is completed for World of Hyatt Bonus Points to be credited to your Account.  To join World of Hyatt, visit  Qualifying nights will automatically be tracked when you provide your World of Hyatt membership number at check-in.  A limited number of rooms are allocated to this offer; reservations subject to availability. Offer not valid with groups, conventions, other promotional offers, tour packages or special rate programs. Promotional blackout periods may apply due to seasonal periods or special events, and normal arrival/departure restrictions apply. Hyatt reserves the right to alter or withdraw this offer at any time without notice.  The trademarks Hyatt®, World of Hyatt® and related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Corporation or its affiliates. © 2019 Hyatt Corporation. All rights reserved.

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About Evolution Hospitality

Evolution Hospitality’s expertise and emphasis is on lifestyle operations encompassing distinct independent boutique and soft brand hotels, restaurants and experiences. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aimbridge Hospitality, the global leader in hotel management, Evolution leverages its entrepreneurial mindset, highly recognized digital marketing, and a performance driven culture with Aimbridge’s world-class management platform to contribute to best-in-class management practices and value enhancement to owners. Evolution’s premium portfolio includes more than 75 properties with approximately 15,000 guestrooms. For more information, please visit

The Unbound Collection by Hyatt

More than a compilation of independent, one-of-a-kind hotels, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand is a thoughtful curation of stories worth collecting. Whether it’s a modern marvel, a historic gem, or a revitalizing retreat, each property provides thought-provoking environments and experiences that inspire unforgettable moments for guests seeking a sophisticated yet unscripted service when they travel. For a full list of hotels in the collection, visit Follow @UnboundxHyatt on Facebook and Instagram.

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company guided by its purpose – to care for people so they can be their best. As of December 31, 2021, the Company’s portfolio included more than 1,150 hotel and all-inclusive properties in 70 countries across six continents. The Company’s offering includes the Park Hyatt®, Miraval®, Grand Hyatt®, Alila®, Andaz®, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Destination by Hyatt™, Hyat Regency®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Ziva™, Hyatt Zilara™, Thompson Hotels®, Hyatt Centric®, Caption by Hyatt, JdV by Hyatt™, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Place®, UrCove, and Hyatt Residence Club® brands, as well as resort and hotel brands under the AMR™ Collection, including Secrets® Resorts & Spas, Dreams® Resorts & Spas, Breathless Resorts & Spas®, Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa Resorts, Alua Hotels & Resorts®, and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas. Subsidiaries of the Company operate the World of Hyatt® loyalty program, ALG Vacations®, Unlimited Vacation Club®, Amstar DMC destination management services, and Trisept Solutions® technology services. For more information, please visit


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