by Louise, Director of Operations
One of the best parts of my job is going and touring the hotels of NYC, which I would most likely never get to see otherwise. As an avid traveler, I can’t help but think about what choices I would make if I were a visitor to the city I call home. It’s always a treat to let tempting new hotels like the Hyatt Times Square (scheduled to open December 3rd) capture my imagination.
We toured the almost-completed hotel yesterday and I must say I’m extremely excited to start sending people there!
First of all, let’s talk about the location. This is where so many visitors – especially first time visitors! – want to be: in the heart of Times Square. On 45th between 6th and Broadway, you are about as “in the heart” as you can get. So much so that when we made our first stop on the tour – the soon-to-be rooftop lounge on the 53rd floor – the view in every direction was striking. The first thing that caught my attention was the view of the New Years Eve ball – one of the best such views I’ve ever seen in person. While the lounge won’t be open in time for the 2014 ball drop, you can bet this will be THE place to ring in 2015. And thanks to the southern view of the Freedom Tower and the eastern view of the Chrysler Building, as well as the surrounding view of Times Square, I’m willing to bet that it will be popular year round starting from its tentative opening date February of 2014. Our tour guide specified that it will be a lounge atmosphere rather than a club atmosphere, which was welcome news for someone like myself who prefers quiet ambience over noisy parties.
Once we were done taking in the views we headed down to take a look at some of the rooms. The Hyatt will be a large hotel with nearly 500 rooms available, but it’s also a tall and narrow hotel, meaning that you won’t be navigating cavernous hallways for several minutes to find your room. In fact, each floor has only 11 rooms located down a single hallway. So even though the hotel is huge, you can still enjoy something of a boutique experience.
The rooms themselves are fantastic – averaging 364 square feet (well above average for NYC hotels), with a plethora of options to combine rooms for larger families. It’s always a challenge to visit New York City with a family with more than two children, and this will be a perfect spot to do so! The rooms are stylishly designed, with some fun touches like these little balloon animal statues that I really enjoyed, along with practical touches like a bar in the shower to place your feet on while you shave your legs, and several different lighting settings easily controlled by buttons next to the bed.
In addition to a future rooftop hotspot and excellent rooms, the Hyatt Times Square will also include one of the only full service spas in Times Square – a 4000 square foot facility with individual and couple treatment rooms, a blowout bar, and manicure/pedicure stations. It is open to the public, so even if you can’t stay at the hotel you can still partake in the excellent location whether prepping for night out in NYC or recovering from one.
The hotel will also feature a large, state-of-the-art gym with an impressive array of equipment, and an on-site diner-style restaurant in the lobby with a bar attached.
By now I hope you are as excited as I am! If you are planning to book a trip to NYC in the coming months, be sure to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on the Hyatt Times Square and other fantastic NYC options. I’m looking forward to living vicariously through you when you visit our city!