Bullets Over Broadway is my Number One (with a bullet, of course)

bullets1by Louise, Director of Operations

I’m the first to admit that I’m a sucker for an old-fashioned, silly, over-the-top Broadway production. Cole Porter has always been one of my favorites. As lovely as the smaller-scale shows can be, and as innovative as the updated, modern takes on Broadway can be, there is still something about that traditional Broadway feel that always makes me smile. And I definitely left the St. James smiling on Monday after seeing Bullets Over Broadway.

bullets2For those not familiar with the film (as I was not): the story centers around a young playwright named David Shayne, whose first two produced plays were flops. He finally gets the chance to bring his new work to Broadway, but unfortunately for him, the “money” behind the production is gangster Nick Valenti, who wants his aspiring actress girlfriend Olive Neal to have a part.

To say that Olive does not have the acting chops to conquer her role in David’s play would be an understatement, but that’s only the first of the many problems that arise. Infidelity, food addiction, gang hits and plagiarism plague the production from the first rehearsal until opening night, and it is sinfully entertaining.

Bullets Over Broadway uses songs from the time period (the 1920’s) with some new lyrics penned by Glen Kelly. It is one of the best uses of existing music in a new musical that I have ever seen. The new lyrics help the songs move the story along (a frequent issue with jukeboxbullets5 musicals) and there are some unforgettable numbers. My favorites were The Hot Dog Song, where Olive gives David a demonstration of her previous acting experience with a none-too-subtle double entendre, and ‘Taint Nobody’s Bizness, for which I have just three words: tap dancing gangsters. Okay, three more words: Yay Susan Stroman! The finale, which is billed simply as “Finale” in the program and which I will not spoil as it is well worth being surprised (and possibly perplexed) by the song choice, is an oddly perfect ending and will have you chuckling all the way through the curtain call.

Stand-outs for me in the cast were Helene Yorke as Olive Neal – her grating accent and terrible “acting” were consistently hilarious – and Nick Cordero as gangster Cheech, Olive’s reluctant bodyguard who becomes increasingly invested in David’s play. Cordero nails his gangster persona, but still manages to astound with his singing and dancing when the time comes. I’m also a major fan of Betsy Wolfe in any role, and while her part as David’s neglected girlfriend Ellen is not one of the largest, she nails her two big numbers and is, as always, a delight to watbullets4ch. Zach Braff is solid (and adorable) in his Broadway debut, and if he’s the reason you choose this show in particular you will not be disappointed. There is also an AMAZING dog in this show, and if Best Performance by an Animal were a Tony Award category, Trixie as Mr. Woofles would be a shoe-in.

If you want a traditional Broadway experience with a real old-fashioned musical comedy feel, Bullets Over Broadway is a perfect choice! If you have questions about the show, or want to book a package including Bullets Over Broadway tickets, feel free to e-mail me at lgeller@newyorkguest.com.


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Eye of the Tiger: Rocky arrives on Broadway

by Tara, New York Guest Concierge

rockyLast night I had the opportunity to see Rocky the Musical, no, not THAT Rocky (though if you’ve never been, the entire midnight movie experience is incredible!), but Rocky the boxer. The famous Sly Stallone, “Yo Adrian!” running up the stairs of the Philadelphia museum, Eye of the Tiger, gold standard of the movie montage…that Rocky, and it was glorious. As every one of those things I mentioned from the film was transposed for the stage and more.

rocky6I have actually never seen the Rocky film, (though after last night every boxing parody I have ever seen makes complete sense now) so I had the advantage of being completely open to the show having little to compare it to and not knowing ahead of time if Rocky wins or loses (which just in case, I won’t give away here!) The show opens with very high energy and engages the audience right away while showing off the jewel of their multimillion dollar set: the boxing ring which moves around the stage and rotates. The boxing actors also engage in full contact choreography, which looks just as real as anything I have seen in pro wrestling. After the opening, the show settles in into the story of Rocky and how at heart he is lonely, shy, and though he makes ends meet with his job as a “collector”, still considers himself to be a good person. One would think that with Rocky, these characters, especially the Italian Stallion, would seem weird suddenly bursting into songs but it’s done seamlessly; easing into the song with recitative and then going into the full voice. There are points where certain scenes seem somewhat silly, but part of theatre is suspending your disbelief. Thankfully this cast, particularly Rocky (currently played by Andy Karl), who is the heart and soul of the show, makes it an easy task.

rocky2Most of the story is played out in the first act. Rocky pursues Adrian and gets the girl after one ten minute ice skating date ,complete with sweet but surprisingly not theatrical love song. Of all the things in this show that are grandiose and flashy, the love story of Rocky and Adrian is kept modest and genuine, though quickly paced. Also playing out in act 1 is the spectacle all on his own (and entourage) that is Apollo Creed and his desire to fight an underdog with a catchy name to inspire patriotism (and sales) in the city of brotherly love. The first act ends with the rising up of Rocky as a local celebrity and the curtain falls with the 39 day countdown to the big fight. (During intermission the curtain itself actually counts down to 34 days, so if you step away for a drink you might miss it!)

rocky3The top of act 2 begins with one of the coolest things I have ever seen done on a live stage- a classic movie montage. With the use of a screen we get to see shots of Rocky training along with Rocky himself (and other Rockys as well) jumping rope and running up, down, and across the stage. However, his training doesn’t begin to come together until he teams up with manager Mickey (another great, emotional-without-being-over-the-top sequence). Then, after almost two hours of waiting… “BAM!—BAM! BAM! BAM!” the opening chords of “Eye of the Tiger” (the audience erupts into cheers!) and a second live action movie montage, which ends with the Rocky theme and his triumphant run to the top of the steps of the Philadelphia Museum.

rocky5Christmas Day comes with another just right Rocky and Adrian duet, plus a very powerful ballad by Adrian, when she confronts her drunken brother, shows that she really has blossomed and doesn’t let her family or her past hold her back anymore, which after an act and a half of testosterone, was the well-deserved “You go girl!” moment of the evening.

For the show’s finale, the Winter Garden Theatre transforms into a boxing arena, complete with commentators and a jumbo screen broadcasting the fight via closed circuit cameras. Those that were sitting in the center orchestra were brought up on stage and the ring came out and extended over the now empty seats. Those in the side seats got to stand, and those of us in the mezzanine had perfect seats for the fight.

rocky4There are very few shows that have made me forget that I was in a Broadway theater. American Idiot and Motown transported myself and the audience into a concert that brought down the house. Rocky, from the amazing entrances (Apollo’s pro wrestling worthy entrance included a great song and dance with girls in red, white, and blue sequined lady liberty costumes that stripped him from his own red, white, and blue suit and top hat to his trunks), to the announcers, and the jumbotron that lowered from the ceiling and showed the fight in a faux ESPN telecast, I felt as if I were watching a match in Madison Square Garden. The audience cheered and booed throughout the fight, even though most of them already knew the ending. As in the beginning of the show full contact choreography is used, and it looks very convincing and exhausting. These two actors/fighters really give it their all and do a fantastic job. I don’t want to give away the ending to those that don’t know, so if you’re as curious as I was about the outcome, or the show itself, you’ll just have to see it for yourself, but needless to say by the end I was totally blown away!

I know this has not been a typical Broadway review, but Rocky is not your typical Broadway show. If you’re into spectacles and new types of Broadway experiences, GO. If you’re a fan of the movie, definitely GO.  Make sure to bring a friend, as you will want someone there to verify that you just saw what you think you saw, and if you can get the golden circle seating do so because those lucky people get escorted to the stage to watch the climactic fight!

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Experience the Beauty of The Bridges of Madison County

by Kelly, Manager of Group & Partner Services

bridgesI’ll admit to being incredibly leery when I heard the news that The Bridges of Madison County was coming to Broadway (now playing at the Schoenfeld Theatre.)  Its source material once again bears the trend of Broadway’s liberal borrowing from the movies (the 1995 movie starred Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood,) which can be disastrous to say the least.  Then I heard that attached to this project was the greatest name I could have hoped to hear: Jason Robert Brown.

In the current Broadway landscape, you can’t throw a stick around Times Square without hitting a starry-eyed theatre lover who will tell you that Jason Robert Brown is one of the greatest composers on the scene.  A Tony winner for the score of his 1998 musical Parade, Brown may not known for his commercial success (case in point – Parade closed after only 39 previews and 85 performances.)  However, any singer worth their salt will beg to sing from his catalogue – Songs for a New World and The Last 5 Years have become wildly popular after their initial Off-Broadway runs (The Last 5 Years has especially blown up as of late – a revival of the work directed by Brown himself ran Off-Broadway in 2013 and a widely buzzed-about movie version starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan is currently in production.)  On Bridges, Brown partnered with book writer Marsha Norman (Pulitzer prize-winning playwright of ‘night, Mother, which will be revived in the 2015-16 Broadway season with Audra McDonald and Oprah,) hoping to bring some substance and beauty to the stage after a season littered with more light-hearted fare.

Bridges 4Bridges is based on the novel by Robert James Waller, which is one of the bestselling novels of the 20th century.  Francesca, an Italian war bride who moved to Iowa with an American GI, leads an unremarkable life, raising two children in a sleepy farm community.  While her family is away at the state fair, a free-spirited photographer named Robert Kinkaid (who is passing through shooting photos of the area’s covered bridges for National Geographic) stops for directions.  Over the next four days, Robert and Francesca share an intense and passionate affair, leaving Francesca questioning whether to embrace her newly awakened spirit and leave her family to run off with Robert, or stay as she was.

Bridges 3The vital and seemingly impossible-to-cast lead role of Francesca?  Cue another name that filled my heart with joy – Kelli O’Hara.  Known for her stunningly beautiful soprano and deep well of emotional theatre work, Tony nominee O’Hara is widely respected in the Broadway community.  Moving onto the scene in 2000 as a replacement lead in the original run of Jekyll & Hyde, O’Hara really garnered attention as she broke hearts as Clara in the Broadway run of A Light in the Piazza in 2005 (side note – seeing Piazza still remains to this day one of the most remarkable theatrical experiences of my life.)  Leading roles followed in The Pajama Game (with costar Harry Connick, Jr.), South Pacific, and Nice Work if You Can Get it.  O’Hara led the cast of Playwright Horizon’s Far From Heaven recently, then took some time off (missing Bridges’ out-of-town tryout) due to her pregnancy, re-joining the cast for their Broadway run.

O’Hara’s costar in Bridges is no stranger to chemistry with the leading lady.  Steven Pasquale shared the stage with O’Hara in Far From Heaven, as well created the role of Fabrizio in early stages of The Light in the Piazza.  The handsome leading man is often more recognizable from his TV work than his stage work – Pasquale could not move to Broadway with Piazza due to his role in FX’s hit series “Rescue Me,” and starred in the ill-fated NBC drama “Do No Harm.”  Bridges marks Pasquale’s Broadway musical debut.

Bridges 1With the immense pool of talent on and off stage, Bridges has a lot to live up to.  And live up it does.  O’Hara and Pasquale are greatly matched vocally – both technically as well as in sheer emotion.  Their second act duet “Before and After You/One Second & a Million Miles” is the defining moment of the show, an emotionally rousing and soaring piece that stopped the performance right in its tracks.  The chemistry between the two leads combined with their vocal ability raise the genius of Brown’s score to another level entirely.  And what a score it is.  Brown blends the traditional and lightly operatic with folksy tunes and charging contemporary melodies to create a night of breathtaking power mixed with vulnerability – an astonishing mix to behold.  Another song of note is “Another Life,” sung by Robert’s ex-wife Marian, an echo of the trials their marriage endured, counterbalanced by the audience glimpsing the spark of a new relationship beginning between Robert and Francesca.  Beyond the aforementioned duet, I was truly moved by Robert’s final song “It All Fades Away.”  A song of true longing, I was actually unable to sit still in my seat as Pasquale sang Robert’s final offering of devotion and love.

Bridges 2Obviously, the true gem of this production is the score and its cast.  If any small criticism is offered, it would be that the production could have been done in a simpler manner – the meat of the story is between our two lovers, and this production chose to flesh out the world around them with time spent on Francesca’s family – husband Bud (a perfectly cast Hunter Foster in his first role after the gone-too-soon Hands on a Hardbody) and children Michael (Derek Klena – a favorite of mine since his turn as Eddie Birdlace in the brilliant Dogfight at Second Stage) and Carolyn (Caitlin Kinnunen), as well as their comic relief neighbors Marge (Cass Morgan), and Charlie (Michael X. Martin.)  Though wanting to spend time with the secondary characters to expand the world of Winterset, Iowa makes perfect sense, some may argue that it wasn’t necessary.  I, personally, did not mind the short forays into the world outside Francesca’s farmhouse, viewing the scenes and songs as a bit of a palate cleanser to prepare us for the next course our couple had to offer.

The bottom line is that in reality, no one should be rooting for this couple to succeed – after all, Francesca is a married woman with a stable, kind husband and two growing children…and she’s known Robert for the blink of an eye.  But the sizzle of chemistry between Pasquale and O’Hara combined with the beauty and humanity of Brown’s score leaves you sympathizing with the pair – after all, who hasn’t been lonely or felt out of sorts until they connected with someone else on an instant and deeper level?  At the end of the evening, I found myself mentally packing Francesca’s bags – after all, how could you resist the pull of love and the feeling of completeness when you’ve found someone who truly awakens your spirit?  But I am not Francesca, and I cannot reveal which road she chooses to follow – you will have to find that out for yourself when you see this magnificent show.  Bring tissues – you’re going to need them.

Interested in experiencing the passion and beauty of The Bridges of Madison County for yourself?  Email me at kshoemaker@newyorkguest.com or contact the New York Guest office at 212-302-4019212-302-4019 for tickets.

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The Bronx Bombers Take Manhattan

by Richard, CEO

bronxbombersIt was only a matter of time before the team that most people associate primarily with New York made their landing on Broadway. And so it’s no surprise that the new play Bronx Bombers (a new play by Eric Simonson, who also brought us Lombardi) is making its Broadway debut this month in the Circle on the Square theater. This is a play for just about every generation.  In subtle, nudging ways it speaks to the disputes and rivalries that divide us, transposed against the things that bind us as families and social groups.  In the story, it’s the Bronx Bombers of old but in reality, it’s any of us with multi-generational family experiences

The story is set, for the most part, in an NYC hotel room, where a cast of characters bearing names like Ruth and DiMaggiobronxbombers3, Berra and Jeter and other Bronx greats come to rehash their days as New York Yankees. Looking backwards, the show tracks the ball playing experiences of several prominent Yankees. We see players from the 1930’s all the way up to the current team.

The glue that holds the story together is the great Yankee catcher, Yogi Berra, played wonderfully by Peter Scolari. With just enough age and stoop of shoulder, Scolari does a very good portrayal of the Yankee great. It is Berra who acts the patriarchal figure to the sort of childish, petulant, and often egotistical other members of the elite Yankee teams. It is Berra who encourages their attendance and it is Berra who guides their awareness of the greater good.

bronxbombers1The central story focuses on the infamous egotistical tug-of-war that existed between the manager Billy Martin and the larger than life, cocky Reggie Jackson.  In one never to be forgotten game, Martin and Jackson got into a very public shouting match during a game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston.  Shouting and kept apart only through the efforts of Yogi Berra, their famous spat almost tore the Yankees apart.  Many Yankee players resented Reggie for his showboating tactics but valued his athletic contributions. One of those in that hate/love/hate relationship was the late Thurmond Munson, another great Yankee catcher.

In the play, the acting is very strong and the dialog spot on. You believe its Mickey Mantle and Billy Martin. Munson is on point, Berra is Berra as a man; not just a character. Reggie is good as is this DiMaggio. Gehrig is as we remember him. Excellent portrayals all around.

bronxbombers2In this play, Yogi is the presence that wraps all of the players in the blanket called the New York Yankees. It is Yogi who explains in soft and hard ways the importance of remembering who they were: Yankees. Reggie is but one of the egos in the room.  DiMaggio had no peer for his aloofness while Mantle had no peer for his fun-filled, drinking antics. The line of famous catchers (Berra, Elston, Howard, and Munson) appear as the players who are always focused on the bigger picture. Reggie and Joe D focused on themselves, Gehrig was self effacing but still resented the way the press lauded over Ruth. Billy Martin was fighting alcoholic demons virtually all his Yankee life. Only Derek Jeter seems to be lacking an interfering ego.

If you see these Yankee superstars of old as stand-ins for your past and present family of uncles and aunts, brothers and sisters, in law and outlaws, you will understand the power a story can have on the audience.  The things that bind us can be better and stronger then the things that separate us.  The pride of Yankee family was bigger, more important, and always everlasting than the errors of these flawed human beings.

Looking to plan a trip including tickets to see Bronx Bombers? Email us at info@newyorkguest.com and we’ll be happy to assist!

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Where to Find a Fireplace in NYC

by Louise, Director of Operations

So far, it’s been a pretty cold winter in NYC (and everywhere else!) We’ve seen temperatures in the teens enough times that there’s nothing more we’d all like to do than huddle around a nice fireplace – unfortunately, working fireplaces are not so common in New York hotels and apartments. But if you know which bars or restaurants to visit, you can still hear the satisfying crackle and feel the decadent warmth. Here are some of our top picks:

179 Smith Street, Brooklyn.
You’ll have to venture into Brooklyn for this one, but you should visit Brooklyn on your trip no matter what! Camp is located on Smith Street in Cobble Hill, one of the best neighborhoods in Brooklyn for dining and bars. The cozy layout with a generously sized fireplace, faux animal heads on the wall, board games and make-your-own s’mores could not be more inviting, especially when the mercury drops!

fp_ninthwardNinth Ward
180 2nd Avenue, Manhattan
In addition to the quintessential fireplace, Ninth Ward offers rustic décor, mood lighting, inviting booths, and some of the best poutine in the city – it comes with andouille gravy and gouda! Also try their signature cocktail, the Laura Palmer: Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka with fresh lemon juice. You might forget that it’s winter entirely.

fp_lanternskeepLantern’s Keep
49 W 44th Street, Manhattan
If you want this cocktail snob’s opinion, midtown is rather bereft of really special cocktail bars. Lantern’s Keep, in the Iriquois Hotel, is a notable exception. The intimate atmosphere feels like a step back in time, and the traditional speakeasy-style cocktails are all expertly crafted. If you’re trying to avoid a crowded bar scene, this spot is for you – make reservations at least 24 hours in advance (more is recommended) and a table will be waiting for you.

fp_blindtigerBlind Tiger
281 Bleecker Street, Manhattan
On the other hand, if you’re into the “scene,” there aren’t many more active spots than the Blind Tiger, in the heart of Greenwich Village. They have one of the best and most extensive beer collections in the city, a delectable small-plates menu that is above and beyond your traditional bar food, and a very devoted clientele. If you want to avoid the crowds, pay them a visit for lunch.

These are just my favorites – if you have your own top spots for blaze-gazing in the city, leave them in the comments!


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A Guide to The Gentleman’s Guide

by Kelly, Manager of Group & Partner Services

A bloody good time is brewing on Broadway, where the musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is now slaying audiences at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

gentlemans1As Monty Navarro mourns his mother’s death, he learns the secret of his lineage – his mother is a disinherited member of the aristocratic D’Ysquith (pronounced “dies-kwith”) family, which leaves him now eighth in a line of succession to be the Earl of Highhurst.  Sadly, the family wants nothing to do with him (after all, his father was Castillian – and worse – a musician.)  Add to Monty’s family woes his difficulty with lady friend Sibella, who declares that she is leaving Monty behind to marry well and climb the social ladder.  Monty’s newfound status does nothing to deter her – after all, she notes “as if you could ever be an Earl.  8 people would have to die for that to happen – how likely is that?”

And so the seed is planted.

In a clever storytelling device, Monty narrates the events that occur to the audience througgentlemans3h his confessional entries in his diary whilst waiting for a verdict in his murder trial.  As we go along, we meet each of the D’Ysquith clan that has succumbed to Monty’s ambition through comic vignettes – Asquith D’Ysquith, Jr. (a cad with a fondness for showgirls,) Lord Adalbert D’Ysquith (whose pompous ode to the 1% “I Don’t Understand the Poor” has several laugh-out-loud moments,) Reverend Lord Ezekial D’Ysquith (a drunken cleric who meets his fate by tumbling from a tower,) Henry D’Ysquith (a nance-like beekeeper whose ode to masculine company “Better With a Man” is a tongue-in-cheek delight,) Lady Hyacinth D’Ysquith (whose attempts to out-do the do-gooders leads to her eventual demise,) Lady Salome D’Ysquith Pumphrey (a terrible stage actress,) Major Lord Bartholomew D’Ysquith (who meets an untimely end by literally losing his head,) and finally – Lord Asquith D’Ysquith, Sr., who takes Monty under his wing and is the only D’Ysquith NOT to die by Monty’s hand.

gentlemans5As Monty works his way through his distant relatives, he is also struggling with matters of the heart.  While working his way past Henry D’Ysquith, Monty becomes attracted to Henry’s lovely sister Phoebe (a naively kind and proper beauty who thankfully is after Monty in the line of succession and therefore out of harm’s way.)  At the same time, Sibella re-enters Monty’s life, bored with her socially acceptable but bland husband.  One of the best numbers of the show is the farcical “I’ve Decided to Marry You” in the second act, where Phoebe makes her intentions for Monty known as he attempts to keep Sibella hidden from her in the bedroom…and likewise keep her hidden from Sibella in the parlor.

As the last D’Ysquith meets their maker, Monty’s ascent into Earldom is impeded by one final problem – he is arrested for the one murder he didn’t commit!  With some help from his ladies, Monty is eventually let off the hook to reap his reward, and also learns the identity of the other murderer.

Set in Edwardian London, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is based on the 1907 novel by Roy Horniman, which also inspired gentlemans2the 1949 movie “Kind Hearts and Coronets,” starring Alec Guinness.  Gentleman’s Guide features book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman , who brings the story to life within a music hall-style set (just one of the similarities to the recent revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood abound in several aspects of this show.)  Music and lyrics are by Steven Lutvak, whose delightful operetta-style score is reminiscent of the witty humor of Gilbert and Sullivan, and my main reason for loving the show as much as I did.

Leading the action is Bryce Pinkham, whose earnest and charming portrayal of Monty shows a completely different side from his last Broadway turn as villain Carl in Ghost.  Monty’s vastly different ladies are played by Lauren Worsham (Phoebe) and Lisa O’Hare (Sibella.)  Both ladies’ beautifully sung soprano make the music even more delightful (and what a joy to see some truly well-done legit singing in a world of pop-rock and big belters!) and their grasp of the show’s style and comedy made for two very engaging performances.

gentlemans4Stealing the show as all 8 departed D’Ysquiths is Jefferson Mays, known in the Broadway community for his excellent work in the solo show I Am My Own Wife (again, playing multiple characters.)  Usually, it’s a disappointment when a character dies onstage, but in this case it’s an excitement knowing that Mays will reappear shortly as a new (and most likely even more outlandish) character.

For me, Gentleman’s Guide was a delightful surprise – a witty, clever and incredibly entertaining evening of theatre.  It’s this type of show that I hope to see more of on Broadway, and have recommended to many friends and guests.  If you’d like to experience this delightful musical comedy for yourself, email me at kshoemaker@newyorkguest.com, or contact us at 212-302-4019 for tickets.


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Sneak Peek: The Hyatt Times Square

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!

hyattts3First 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.hyattts1 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.

hyattts5The rooms themselves are fantastic – averaging 364 square feet (hyattts6well 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 hyattts4these 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 lgeller@newyorkguest.com 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!

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