Hotels in New York were pretty heavily booked, there weren’t any standard rooms for points even at the Andaz 5th Avenue where I love to stay. I wasn’t going to spend over $600 for a room there. I couldn’t get a standard room at the Andaz Wall Street, either. But I could burn points at the new Hyatt Union Square.
It’s Hyatt Gold Passport category 5, or 18,000 points per night. With room rates a bit over $400 (an tax applying to paid rates but not awards) that seemed a reasonable redemption. And I’d get to try a new hotel in the city.
The day before my arrival I received an email from the hotel asking my anticipated arrival time. It was going to be a bit after 3pm. I suspect they were pretty chock full, and perhaps they were emailing Diamond members who they were pre-blocking into rooms. I’m not sure the reason — I asked in my reply, but never heard back.
Check-in was smooth, and the hotel’s lobby small but inviting.
I got the room I was entitled too which was also the smallest room I’ve had in Manhattan since I stayed at the Hudson back in December.
The bed though was super comfortable, I prefer this bed over the one at either Andaz in New York.
The bathroom was small, though with decent counterspace.
The shower was small but stylish and functional and with good water pressure. Bath amenities were C.O. Bigelow (as at the Andaz 5th Avenue, but in bottles like I got at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas).
- Wishing snacks from the minibar were included here like at an Andaz..
- Looking out over Manhattan from the room
Turn down service featured a different treat each evening — such as biscotti, chocolate, and fortune cookies (with customized fortunes like ‘New York is the city that never sleeps, but you should’).
Off the lobby is a bar to one side, restaurant to the other.
Diamond breakfast is taken in the restaurant. At the front desk they explained the benefit as $25 per registered guest. Now, if it’s $25 plus tax and tip that would cover an entrée and coffee or juice (but not both, and no side item). That’s fine, but not super generous
Here’s details on the restaurant, with the menu:
The menu is fairly small, but the food is high quality. Here’s ‘The New Yorker’ … an everything (!) bagel, lox, smoked whitefish, and a very modest amount of tomato. I tried their bacon, heard it was very good, and it’s fantastic bacon. Their barista is also pretty knowledgeable, though it’s not a choice on the menu he made me a flat white. (Trying it the next morning, I can also vouch that the orange juice is pretty good.)
One morning my breakfast bill came with a pre-printed note that an 18% gratuity was already added to the bill. This wasn’t for a “party of six or more” it was for a party of one.. me. Oddly the next morning that note wasn’t included, and the 18% tip wasn’t pre-added to the bill.
You can work off the breakfast in a surprisingly large fitness center in the basement.
I had no problem getting 4pm late checkout even though the hotel was heavily booked. The only glitch was when I asked if my room could be serviced while I was down at breakfast (I didn’t expect them to be done by the time I finished eating, but it would have helped to have housekeeping in the room during the morning time). I went back upstairs after eating but no one had touched the room yet. Talking to the front desk again got this sorted.
Ultimately the hotel was fine, though I found myself frequently in the lobby waiting quite some time for one of the two elevators servicing guest floors.
The property was probably pretty good by New York standards, and I’d stay again if rates are too high at the Andaz 5th Avenue and reasonable here. I like it better than the Hyatt 48 Lex, the Parker Meridien and the Grand Hyatt New York. But it’s not joining the ranks of my favorites.
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You got a problem wid an everything bagel, Mr. Out-of-Towner? 😉
Assuming it doesn’t cost more to register another guest, can you not just register another person, and get a proper breakfast?
I’ve run into “per registered guest” before at Hilton, which may otherwise only give a single breakfast-to-go chit. That’s a little bit different since it’s a little ticket to be used at starbucks.
interesting decor in the lobby seating area! maybe i’ll stop by to take a look one day.
so many bloggers are passing through NY every day there should be a meet up scheduled.
@LarryInNYC – sorry, my problem is that I am *not* an out of towner. I grew up in New York. And back in the day, in places that knew bagels, bagels were plain, egg, or salt. Period.
“I got the room I was entitled too” s/b “I got the room I was entitled to”.
I stayed there earlier this year. I booked with points, and got an e-Standby upgrade ($100/night) to the “Empyreal” suite. It was pretty nice. For New York, the room was huge.
The sad thing is, this is actually one of the nicer newer hotels in NYC. In terms of all the Hyatts, this location can not be beat since it is central to union square. The Hyatt 48 Lex and Financial District have no character on the weekends. Its a 2 block walk to the subway from Union square’s Hyatt. If you’re in your room in NYC, you’re missing out. Either stay in your office to work of explore the city. The room is only for debauchery, sleep and poop….Nothing else.
$14 for two fried eggs and toast; is everything that expensive in NYC? I could buy a hen for that much!
Next time in New York, you might try the lovely Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson. A very reasonable PATH train ride into the city, and GREAT views of Manhattan day or night. Also, they often have lower room prices and more availability than the Manhattan properties.
I found that the people who worked at Union Square were super nice. here’s a review I wrote a few months ago of the fitness center: http://first2board.com/willrunformiles/2013/09/01/hyatt-union-square-nyc-hotel-fitness-review/
@Jennifer C, never stayed at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City, but the Westin JC is pretty nice. Great fitness center and lap pool, and decent bar area. About a block from the Newport PATH.
Also, love CO Bigelow amenities. They’re a staple at the Kimpton and Andaz properties in NYC, and among my favorites.
Nice review and good feedback
Good review but mandatory (albeit inconsistently applied) 18% service tax/tip plus other taxes certainly don’t leave you much for your $25! Maybe half an egg? 😉 By comparison the Hyatt Lake Tahoe said ‘just order whatever you want’ for breakfast and this includes the tip, as did usage of the $100 Amex FHR credit. Most impressive.
Their price for a continental breakfast is disgraceful. If no one bought it, they’d have to reduce the prices. I call for a boycott! We’re going to Budapest next year staying at the Intercontinental. Their breakfast is $35. We will not be eating there, EVER. We’ll buy pastries from somewhere else on the way in or I’ll bring some breakfast bars.
And, that room size looks fine and well designed. Maybe you’re a little too spoiled.