Hyatt Regency Irvine is dropping its affiliation with Hyatt on November 30th, 2013, to become Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center, a non-brand affiliated hotel.
Hyatt Regency Irvine was known as Irvine Hilton until 1990, when it became affiliated with Hyatt. Here’s more from OC Register about the change (access the piece here):
Irvine Co. Resort Properties plans to assume management of the company’s Hyatt Regency Irvine and change the name to Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center. The 28-year-old, 536-room hotel was branded and operated as the Irvine Hilton until 1990, when Hyatt Hotels Corp. took over. The Irvine Co. anticipates most of the hotel’s 300 employees will join it as the management transition begins next week.
Ralph Grippo, president of Irvine Co. Resort Properties, said the change reflects the growth in his division. The Resort Properties division also owns and manages The Resort at Pelican Hill, the Pelican Hill Golf Club and Island Hotel, all in Newport Beach; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine; and four marinas in Newport Beach and one in Redwood City in the Bay Area.
The Irvine Co that owns the property believes that they can successfully manage the hotel without any brand affiliation.
This property was loved by many SoCal Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond members for mainly having a closed Regency Club lounge during the weekends that resulted some extra bonus points.
I have stayed at this property 20 to 30 times over the years and it was never very good for Diamond members. I did like the low weekend rates and extra points for the lounge being closed, however.