Last night the community gathered to celebrate the opening of the Hyatt Place hotel on the UC Davis campus, next to the Mondavi Center. The Hyatt is a gorgeous, modernly appointed hotel with many amenities including Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, complimentary parking and newspapers, a swimming pool, and 42” flat-panel HDTV’s in the guestrooms.
Jon and I attend many of these type of events. Usually there’s a cutting of a ribbon, lots of speeches and maybe a glass of wine. Not at the Hyatt Place. It was a party! The Aggie Band-Uh was there, a Caribbean-style band, tons of great food & drinks from local restaurants, wineries and breweries, and the mood was festive.
Providing the great food and drink for the night were many local restaurants and caterers including Osteria Fasulo serving their polenta lasagna and meatballs (lamb I think), Seasons serving potato leek soup, Dos Coyotes serving chicken fajitas, Fuzio serving their pork sliders, Gourmet Solutionz serving a curry noodle dish topped with chicken and Sodexo with all types of cheeses, salads and desserts.
On the drink side, Howell Mountain’s Bravante Vineyards and the local Putah Creek Winery were there as were other wineries, and Ryan Fry from Sudwerk couldn’t have been nicer and was serving many flavors of beer including the 20th Anniversary Series. We tried the 2nd in the ‘S’ Serious, the Imperial Pilsner as well as the Mai Bock. Both were wonderful and perfectly cold. It was one of those “10-minute” vacation moments when we were drinking the cold beer while listing to the Carribean music and eating a pork slider. Once people we knew joined us, it reminded us that we were still in Davis.
Our Coldwell Banker colleague Anita Dhesi was there. She’s friends with the owners of this new hotel and made the introductions for us. The owners were so friendly and own many hotels locally including the Aggie Inn, the University Park Inn and Suites and the Palm Court, as well as hotels in other parts of California, Texas and in the near future, Hawaii. They treated me like family instantly, took me in their arms, showed me around, asked me to photograph the children and asked both Jon and I to stay after the party for dancing.
The children were wonderful, and seemed quite at ease at “another hotel opening.” I joined them out front where they pretended to give an “inheritance speech,” something they say they do after each grand opening. They talked about their hotels and motels and how many each of them owned “well, we don’t own them yet, our parents do, but we will some day.” They said they live in Davis but are excited about the new hotel in Hawaii. And yes Krishan, I honored the pinky swear by putting you in the magazine!
What was supposed to be a 30 minute drop-by ended up being a three-hour long party spent with friends both old and new. To see beautiful photos of the interior of the hotel, plus room rates, business meeting info and more, visit http://ucdavis.place.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/place/index.jsp.