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6th Anniversary Staycation – Park Hyatt New York

This past weekend was our 6th wedding anniversary and we celebrated with a night at the brand-new Park Hyatt New York and dinner at Thomas Keller’s Per Se . I had the beautiful new Park Hyatt New York on West 57th street on my bucket list as an “award night” redemption with my Hyatt points (and with a retail price between 700 to 900 USD a night, it would be a good choice to redeem those points). Unfortunately award night availability was pretty much non existent, so it was to my surprise and delight when I called on a whim last week and got a Cash + Points rate with Hyatt. I couldn’t believe that I was able to get a room on a partial award stay over a prime weekend (it was Halloween and the NYC Marathon) on such short notice…I was ecstatic!

Hyatt has different categories for it’s hotels and resorts around the world. You can view that list here. The Park Hyatt New York is part of a select few other Park Hyatts which are in the highest Category 7, making it 30,000 Hyatt points per night on an award stay, or just 15,000 points per night + 300 USD for a Cash + Points rate. That’s a great deal if you have the points already and don’t want to blow them all at once. 300 per night is a great rate for ANY New York City hotel. (As a comparison, I priced out other hotels in the city for the same date, and a night at the 2.5 star Comfort Inn on West 57th street was $325 a night, and the Mandarin Oriental was $930 a night. =o)

As Hyatt Platinum members, we get early check-in and late check-out, a preferred room (but not an upgraded one), a couple of other extras like free internet etc., but Platinum status is mostly useful for the early check-in and late check-out, which lets us take full advantage of our room and the facilities; throw in Daylight Savings Time and we got yet another hour to play! Woot! Here are some details and pictures of the Park Hyatt New York.

Since we had early check-in we got to the hotel at around noon (regular check-in is a standard 3pm). We braved a wet and rainy day in New York and decided in lieu of trying to find parking with a lot of street closures due to the marathon, that we’d take the train from NJ in. It was windy and blustery but we made it to the Park Hyatt intact! At the entrance, a “host” escorts you upstairs to the main reception area and checks you in on the way up to your room so you don’t really have to stop at the font desk at all. We were given a “deluxe” Park King room which is just a nicer version of their standard rooms in a corner configuration on a higher floor.

Here is the reception sitting/lounge area.

We helped ourselves to some lemon thyme infused water in the lounge. The flavors of the water changed from morning to evening. We had a cucumber one later one and then a strawberry one the next day.

Hallway on the 20th floor

When we walked into the room, the first thing you see is the entrance to the huge bathroom. and the 2 large closets in the “foyer” of sorts. Then the room curves around the corner where the bed and desk is, with a nice minibar in the middle of the foyer and room.

Large bathroom – loved the radiant heated floors.

Spacious double sinks, and in-mirror TV.

Amenities in the bathroom, similar to hotels in Asia, but not quite as extensive.

Rain shower and hand-held showerhead

In-shower mirror (fogless) and products from Le Labo in a signature scent.

Close up of the products – shampoo, conditioner and shower gel

Separate toilet room. We didn’t have a suite but those come with the automatic Toto toilets with bidets (popular in Asia). I think they should have just put them in all the toilets!

The main focal point of the bathroom has to be this beautiful free-standing tub. Hand held scrub brush and robes were also available.

Turning our attention to the rest of the room, there was great closet space and plenty of hangers:

2 built-in closets were side by side, the first one had a 2nd robe, soft terry slippers (his and hers), ironing board and iron.

2nd closet had a few drawers, more hangers, a safe, a garment bag which you could use, and one of the drawers had shoe and laundry bags. 

 On the other side of the closets and foyer was the entrance to the “bedroom” part of the room, anchored by a minibar in between.

Entering the “room” part – to the right of this picture you can see the edge of the shiny cabinet that is our minibar.

The fully stocked mini bar. Note only the nespresso and the water bottles were complimentary, everything else you had to pay for.

 

The first thing you see when you walk into the sleeping area of the room are the floor to ceiling windows overlooking Manhattan. Definitely no park views from here, but we were only on the 20th floor. We faced 57th street and Carnegie Hall.

You can see Carnegie Hall when you look down.

The drapes are all controlled by switches next to the bed. This was also the case when we stayed at the Andaz on Maui last year and the controls were very similar, a button for the sheer roman style shades, as well as the blackout drapes (which are great!!). As for street noise, we heard very a little from the 20th floor. But city noise does not bother as we’ve lived on the 7th floor of an apartment forhealthylives.com/product/clomid/ facing busy Broadway for over 10 years, so we’re probably immune to some street music 🙂

The bed was a typical modern low-profile bed. It was surprisingly firm. After endless stays on fluffy “pillow-top” beds, it was an interesting change to sleep on a firm mattress. It wasn’t really a bad thing as I find that I toss and turn more on beds that are too soft, but this may have just been a bit on the firm side. The room seemed to emulate an Asian-style and is slightly more luxe than minimalist. Decor was modern and neutral with an understated elegance.

The anti-pillow top bed which faced the floor-to-ceiling windows, and TV set up. The TV swung out on an arm so you can see it from different angles.

Opposite the bed was a desk. There were plenty of outlets for charging stuff including some USB outlets too.

Desk setup.

Overall I thought the room was very comfortable despite the firm-ish bed. There was a lounge chair but no sofa set up which I think are available in the suite rooms. Maybe because our layout afforded us slightly better views and an L-shaped foyer, it was hard to fit any other furniture in the room. The room is large for NYC standards, and it’s bathroom would put most to shame. We really appreciated the extra waters they gave during turn down service too. They even kept the nespresso machine constantly filled.

The brightest star of the Park Hyatt is the fabulous pool and spa area. Located on the 25th floor, the gym and pool are in one area and share a locker room. Across the hall is the spa. We didn’t get to use the spa on this trip (too much $$$), but we used the gym and pool area a lot!!

The gym had cardio and weight machines using the latest technology. I’ve never worked on a machine that used bands instead of traditional pulleys. It was cool.

Chilled towels and water, Fruit too.

Free weight area

Stretching area with a view of Central Park

The locker rooms were great! They were large, with 2 showers, and a beautiful area for getting ready – it had the same lovely views of the park.

Locker room sinks

One of the 2 shower rooms had amazing body spray jets. 9 jets gently massaging you with water along with the rain shower head. It was amazing!

Getting ready area, with hair dryers, and hair products by Oribe. They even had hair ties which I always appreciate because I’m always losing mine! Check out the pretty park views. I’d like to dry my hair with this view every day!

And finally, the pool area, with soaring ceilings and sculptural light fixtures. It was gorgeous. The pool was wonderful to do laps in and I felt like I was almost gliding in the water while doing minimal swimming…is that possible? 🙂

Amazing lap pool

They had a good sound system that played pieces from Carnegie Hall in the pool area. I heard about some sort of underwater speakers but they did not seem to be working. I tested this and even held my breath underwater, and there was definitely no music coming from the in the pool, only from the speakers on wall. I know how underwater speakers sound because the Art of Animation resort at Disney World has a great underwater sound system and the music is bright and clear, as if you were hearing them from a pair of earphones. So no, the underwater speakers were not working at the Park Hyatt while we were there (or maybe they do not exist?)

I loved this pool despite not hearing the underwater speakers.

There was also a large jacuzzi with built in lounge bed, and a steam room at the pool area which we took advantage of extensively too. Service at the pool was great too. The lifeguard doubles as an attendant who gave us waters, and set up the towels on our lounge chairs. BTW, Wifi seems to be everywhere at the hotel, and it is included in your rate. It was fast and we had no issue connecting.

Lounging

The pool and gym area was my favorite part of the hotel. It’s rare to find pools in New York City and one that is as nice as the Park Hyatt’s even harder to find.

After our first swim, we returned to our room to find a nice little surprise, some Asian pears. They made a nice snack!

Post-swim pears

We had a lovely time at the Park Hyatt New York. Steve really enjoyed the pool and gym area and thought it was a great weekend. It will definitely be our go-to choice of luxury hotel in the city especially because of the wonderful amenities. We love the location because it’s close to where we used to live (on the lower 70’s and Broadway) and we’re used to that area. It doesn’t hurt that I can also book a Cash + Points rate here and our Hyatt status gets us some perks like early check-in and late check-out. Is it worth 900 dollars a night? Maybe, and relatively speaking hotels in NYC are not cheap in any case. Would I pay 900 a night to stay here? No, but I normally wouldn’t pay that much for a hotel, but at a much more affordable 300 a night plus 15,000 Hyatt Points, it is a great deal for a luxury getaway.

BTW, you can get 2 free nights at ANY Hyatt in the world when you sign up for the Chase Hyatt Credit Card and complete minimum spend. You also get Hyatt Platinum benefits as a card holder.

Or, you can transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards to your Hyatt Gold Passport account at a 1:1 ratio, which is what I did  🙂

Next up, our dinner at Per Se!



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