Steven J. Smith joins Grand Hyatt Washington as GM


Nisha Patel

Marketing Communications Manager
Grand Hyatt Washington








WASHINGTON (JULY 23, 2014) – Grand Hyatt Washington has named Steven J. Smith, General Manager. Smith comes to Grand Hyatt Washington from nearby Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, where he served as General Manager for six years.


Smith brings 29 years of experience with Hyatt to his new role at Grand Hyatt Washington, having started his career in 1985 at Hyatt Regency Crystal City. Among his moves across the country, Smith held various management positions in the Rooms Division at Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, Hyatt Cherry Hill, Hyatt Regency Baltimore, Hyatt Regency Reston, and Hyatt Regency Miami. Smith served as the opening Senior Executive Assistant Manager of Rooms at the former Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas resort before joining Hyatt Regency Bellevue as General Manager in 2002. From 2005 to 2008, Smith served as the General Manager at Hyatt Regency Long Beach before returning to the East Coast for his most recent position as General Manager for Hyatt Regency Washington.

Smith was nominated for Hyatt Corporation’s General Manager of the Year in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013, as well as Host Hotels & Resorts General Manager of the Year – Large Hotels in 2009. His involvement in the Washington, DC hospitality industry has included serving on the Board of Directors of the Hotel Association of Washington, DC, as well as on the Board of Directors of Destination DC.

“Steve has exemplified strong leadership and commitment to the core values of the Hyatt and Hyatt Regency brands in his previous roles,” says Jerry Lewin, Sr. VP Operations, Hyatt.  “I look forward to seeing that continue in his new adventure with the Grand Hyatt brand and know he will be successful at Grand Hyatt Washington.”

A native of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Smith currently resides in Northern Virginia with his wife Pattie and their three children, Lauren, Alex and Lindsay.

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About Grand Hyatt Washington

Grand Hyatt Washington is centrally located in the trendy Penn Quarter of Washington, DC, and features a soaring twelve-story atrium lobby with 897 newly renovated guestrooms, including 28 suites and 42,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel offers a multitude of dining options including The Grand Café and Zephyr Deli offering breakfast and lunch; Grand Slam Sports Bar; an on-site Starbucks; and the renowned Cure Bar & Bistro, which specializes in the age-old tradition of curing and smoking foods, and offers a locally sourced and organic menu. For reservations or information, call 202-582-1234 or visit

About Grand Hyatt

Grand Hyatt features large-scale, distinctive hotels in major gateway cities and resort destinations. With presence around the world and critical mass in Asia, Grand Hyatt hotels provide sophisticated global business and leisure travelers with upscale accommodations, extraordinary restaurants, bars, spas and fitness centers, as well as comprehensive business and meeting facilities. Signature elements of Grand Hyatt include dramatic architecture, state of the art technology, and facilities for an array of business or social gatherings of all sizes.


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