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Hyatt Regency Orlando this month announced plans to open a new social and entertainment lounge called Descend 21 and renovate its existing Rocks Bar.
Work started last week on Descend 21, with an expected opening during Q1 2023. Renovations at Rocks will begin in October, with the bar scheduled to re-open in late December 2022.
The hotel is collaborating with Atlanta interior design firm Blur Workshop and Chicago-based GREC Architects on the $8 million project, according to a press release. The refresh follows an $8 million multi-outlet renovation of Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse, the hotel’s 24-hour Market and Atrium Bar completed in 2019.
“Descend 21 brings an exciting new dimension to our food and beverage offerings,” Area Vice President and General Manager Brian Comes said in the release. “Designed to be fun and interactive, the space will offer an elevated lounge setting ideal for connecting with friends and hosting lively gatherings.”
Descend 21 is undergoing a complete transformation from previous restaurant Urban Tide. Named for the number of steps in its curved staircase entrance, the space will have a centrally-located bar with communal tables, lounge seating and an updated terrace with fire pits. Locals and hotel guests can enjoy billiards or virtual golf while tuning into Descend 21’s multiple TVs for the latest action. Descend 21’s menu will be curated by Executive Sous Chef Romel Begonia. The venue is designed to host private events.
“With this new layout and an expanded terrace incorporating the landscape of our beautiful Grotto Pool, Descend 21 will deliver a seamless indoor-outdoor experience for our guests,” Comes said.
The hotel has commissioned Central Florida mural artist, Maureen Hudas, to create a feature wall. In addition to commercial and residential projects, Hudas is known for her community work exploring themes of social justice. She is the lead artist on a seven-story Church Street mural celebrating local black leaders and the history of Orlando’s Parramore neighborhood.
Located on the hotel’s lobby level, Rocks is getting an entirely new look. As part of an updated, modern color palette, the space will have new banquettes and lounge chair seating. Refreshed finishes and additional communal tables allow for a variety of increased seating and flexible space for multiple private parties. Rocks offers handcrafted cocktails, light bites, craft beers on draft and an extensive wine list.