Arrival/Check-In: I entered Hyatt Times Square New York on a Friday afternoon to a busy reception desk; around 3 p.m., everyone was checking in at the same time. While I did wait in line for a bit, the overall check-in process was efficient, despite the chaotic appearance of the lobby upon arrival. The staff’s friendly demeanor and obvious willingness to assist also aided the process.
Guest Quarters: With almost 500 guestrooms across 54 stories, the hotel boasts enviable Manhattan views highlighted by floor-to-ceiling windows in the rooms. Each floor is intimate, with only 11 rooms. My 350-square-foot guestroom boasted two queen-sized beds, each flanked by nightstands with built-in lighting. Across from the beds was a long hybrid dresser/TV stand/desk with a large flat-screen situated above, housing ample outlets, a refrigerator (no minibar) and coffeemaker. An ergonomic desk chair offered comfortable seating for getting work done. By the windows sat another small table and Pop Art-inspired chair.
The guestroom’s city-themed art is eye-catching; I found myself repeatedly drawn to the large canvas piece over the desk, full of quotes from New Yorkers discussing what they love about their various boroughs and neighborhoods.
The black-marble bathroom’s spacious rainfall shower was an indulgent treat. Overall, the bathroom was generously sized, offering ample space for getting ready. A closet to the right of the entrance door was appreciated for its added space.
Services/Amenities: A nice feature of the hotel is the Hyatt Has It program, offering a selection of complimentary amenities available for guests to use and borrow for the duration of their stay. I also appreciated the complimentary in-room water and WiFi.
The 24-hour gym and 4,200-square-foot spa bring a balanced wellness vibe to the hotel, essential in the middle of hectic Times Square. Almost 3,000 square feet of meeting space includes a large terrace for outdoor functions.
Unfortunately, Bar54 Rooftop Lounge was closed the night of my stay for a private function. I was hoping to stop by, as a rooftop space 54 levels up is a commodity in the area; however, judging by the party-goers on the elevators, it looked like guests were having a good time. Lobby-level T45 serves classic American comfort food with a twist and offers a to-go menu.
The Experience: Among other commitments while in the city, I had theater tickets and dinner reservations, making the Hyatt Times Square New York an ideal location for my onenight stay — convenient to Times Square’s myriad restaurants and theaters but also a bit away from the immediate hustle and bustle. It also provided easy access to Penn Station for my departure the next day. Add in the many amenities; interesting design elements; and warm, welcoming staff, and it’s a great option for a Manhattan visit.
Hyatt Times Square New York
135 W. 45th St.
New York, NY 10036
tel 646 364 1234
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