Downtown Oakland gets a big new hotel that will add 168 rooms
OAKLAND — A grand hotel with a rooftop lounge has opened in bustling Oakland in downtown Oakland, an accommodation complex that offers a welcome counterpoint to the grim economic woes of the coronavirus.
Part of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection, Kissel Uptown Oakland offers 168 rooms on a site at 2455 Broadway in downtown Oakland. The hotel also contains 74 apartment residences.
The newly opened hotel is owned and developed through an alliance between Signature Development Group and Jordan Real Estate Investment.
“Things are going well so far,” said Michael Ghielmetti, Founder and President of Signature Development. “There are few hotels of this type in Oakland.”
One of the six-story hotel’s eye-catching amenities: a rooftop bar and lounge called HIGH 5IVE.
“It’s the only such roof rack we know of in Oakland,” Ghielmetti said.
Kissel Uptown Oakland appears to be poised for success in downtown Oakland, said Alan Reay, president of Irvine-based Atlas Hospitality Group, which tracks the California lodging market.
The hotel has meeting and conference spaces, indoor and outdoor bars and a new local French restaurant called Occitania.
“He’s a great addition to Oakland,” Reay said. “It’s a luxury hotel.”
The hotel is located in the Uptown district, a hip and trendy area of Oakland that is full of restaurants, entertainment, theaters, nightclubs, and cocktail bars.
Hotel manager and operator Kissel Uptown Oakland is betting a rebound has begun to emerge in the wake of the coronavirus.
“A lot of people are starting to return to the office in greater numbers this spring,” Ghielmetti said. “We are seeing an upturn. People are more comfortable traveling, getting around, going to bars and restaurants.
The coronavirus has gutted business travel in particular.
“People are pretty excited about the hotel so far,” Ghielmetti said.
Beyond the rooftop bar and lounge, the hotel expects to host an upscale restaurant concept designed by a celebrity chef.
Paul Canales, an internationally acclaimed chef who operates the popular Spanish-themed Duende Restaurant in downtown Oakland, is planning a French restaurant called Occitania at the Kissel Uptown Hotel.
“Occitanie will continue to animate this district,” said Ghielmetti.
Otto’s Cafe is already open in the hotel for meals and drinks. You can also grab food from the rooftop lounge.
Kissel Uptown Oakland sprouted on the site of a former auto sales lot, and part of the ground floor recalls the dealership’s century-old architecture.
“A historic facade of a 1910s Beaux-Arts structure, originally created by renowned Bay Area architect Frederick H. Meyer, has been recreated,” Signature Development says in an article on its website. .
Kissel Uptown might be one of those hotels that manages to attract a strong mix of business and leisure travelers.
“As the market rebounds from the COVID downturn, I expect this hotel to do very well as it also offers a rooftop bar,” Reay said. Reay added that the rooftop bar’s “buzz factor” will “generate a lot of business in the local market”.
Kissel Uptown Oakland could become one of the key barometers for measuring the health — or fragility — of the Bay Area’s woozy hotel sector, which has been weakened by the coronavirus.
“Other hotel developers will follow closely as they consider similar hotel projects for the City of Oakland,” Reay said.