First Hospitality, a national hotel operating and development company assumed management and operations of the Hyatt Place Champaign/Urbana in Champaign, IL. First Hospitality will also manage Punch!, a bar and lounge located at the Hyatt Place Champaign/Urbana.
“Expanding our Hyatt brand footprint with the addition of the Hyatt Place Champaign/Urbana is a meaningful step in our growth strategy to further diversify our branded portfolio,” said David Duncan, president, and CEO. “We also look forward to bringing fresh energy to Punch! through new offerings and programming that will provide added value to this beloved local hot spot.”
Featuring 145 guest rooms, the Hyatt Place Champaign/Urbana is located in downtown Champaign just minutes from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Within a two-block radius, guests will find a dining scene with more than 36 restaurants offering twists on worldly cuisine. The pet-friendly hotel features complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi, an indoor pool (opening March 31), a fitness center, meeting and event space, dining, a lobby bar, and a 24/7 espresso bar.
Located at the Hyatt Place Champaign/Urbana, Punch! is a cocktail bar serving classic and craft cocktails best known for its Old Fashioned, made with a proprietary blend of six different types of whiskey. The popular lounge has a menu of light, shareable dishes including a Charcuterie Board and Jerk Chicken Skewers, served with house-made dirty rice and cilantro-lime sauce. A new seasonal menu featuring ten innovative and Instagram-able cocktails will debut on March 20.