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Outside of the Hyatt Residence Club properties, the Park Hyatt New York is one of only two top tier Category 7 Hyatt properties in the entire United States. Heck, there are only seven Category 7 non-Residence Club Hyatt properties open in the entire world, all of which are under the Park Hyatt brand. These are the top of the top, most expensive, and most luxurious Hyatts out there. Most of them would never be realistically attainable with cash for me as rates are often in the $500 – $1,000 range for these properties, but on points or award nights I’ve been lucky enough to stay at five of the seven Category 7 Park Hyatts, and more than once at the two US based properties in New York City and Beaver Creek, Colorado.
On a recent brief trip to New York City we decided to spend our first night at the Park Hyatt New York. My oldest daughter and I had stayed there shortly after the property first opened in 2014 in a standard room, but I hadn’t yet returned since shortly after their opening. My husband hadn’t stayed there yet at all, so I thought this was the perfect time for a visit since Hyatt was running a summer promo for 10% of redeemed points back for Hyatt cardholders, dropping the true award cost for us from 30,000 to 27,000 points for the night. That is a ton of Hyatt points, but we planned to get a lot of value from our one night stay, and I think we were successful in that regard.
A standard award room at the Park Hyatt New York is the Park King room that ranges from 484-623 square feet. Even at the lower end of that size range, that is a very large standard room for New York City. In contrast, the Hyatt Herald Square is just 5,000 points fewer per night than the Park Hyatt, but offers standard rooms with just 195 square feet of space. So yes, 30,000 Hyatt points per night is pricey, but you are getting more for your points than at some just slightly less pricey NYC alternatives.
Because we were two adults and one child on this trip, we decided to get a room with a little extra space by using a Globalist confirmed suite upgrade to move from a standard room to a slightly larger Park Studio King Suite that has a small living room area that the standard room does not, so it may or may not be worth using an upgrade at this property.
This didn’t really help out with the sleeping arrangements as we still needed a rollaway bed, but it was great for when we hosted cousins for some hang out time and when we ate takeout in the room at night. I was grateful for the extra space, but just be aware the Globalist suite upgrade here unfortunately does not get you a full traditional suite with separate living and sleeping areas.
I will also add that the rules technically state that they charge $75 per night for a rollaway bed on rooms below a true suite (including this one), though that charge does not seem to have made it to our final bill. This potential $75 nightly charge was one of the reasons we decided to only stay here for one night on this visit.
I also have to add that just like on my first stay almost three years ago, I found the bed to be very, very firm. If you like firm beds you will be in heaven, but if you are used to sleeping on something not quite as firm then you may notice the lack of give in this mattress. The only other hotel mattress this firm that I can recall is at the Park Hyatt Tokyo. This was not a deal breaker for me, but it does impact my sleep in what is otherwise an outstanding room.
The bathroom at the Park Hyatt New York in both the standard room and in the junior suite that we had is outstanding. There is a separate shower, big tub, very fancy toilet, fluffy towels, delicious soaps, and more.
I don’t normally care much about a toilet as long as it is clean and works properly, but this fancy heated toiled raised and shut its lid as it noticed you coming and going, flushed on its own, and was darn right awesome.
What made me feel totally okay splurging some points for this stay is really the pool. A pool is a very rare amenity in NYC, but it was the perfect August activity for my seven year old and her cousins.
The pool at the Park Hyatt New York is no ordinary hotel pool.
This is a gorgeous 65 foot long pool located 25 stories up with a piped in soundtrack from nearby Carnegie Hall. The chairs around the pool are comfortable, the jacuzzi is the perfect temperature, and swimming there really almost feels other-worldly. I mean, it certainly isn’t a part of my everyday world, that’s for sure.
Add to the over-the-top pool the geographical reality that Central Park is just two blocks away, and this was absolutely the perfect hotel for our late summer trip to the city.
Since I have Hyatt Globalist status we had included breakfast that we could enjoy in the hotel restaurant or via room service up to the $41 value of the 57th Street breakfast per person if we wanted to order something other than that.
We enjoyed the heck out of our room service breakfast that included a smoothie, orange juice, coffee, a bagel with lox, pancakes with fruit, and a 57th Street breakfast with eggs, sausage, and potatoes.
On our first visit to the Park Hyatt three years ago I enjoyed the hotel, but felt the overall demeanor of the property to be a little stiff and stuffy. It wasn’t mean or bad customer service, it just wasn’t warm or inviting either. I am pleased to say that this time around I did not have that same feeling. The staff we interacted with were all warm, friendly, and accommodating to our family.
If you have the points, award nights, or cash at your disposal to stay at the Park Hyatt New York I doubt you will be disappointed. The rooms are large, bright, and modern. There is a gorgeous gym, amazing pool, and other upscale amenities such as a house car to take you up to 10 blocks from the property for free, bikes you can borrow to explore Central Park, and more. All of this makes the property worth the 5,000 additional points per night over several of the other New York City Hyatt properties, assuming you are okay in a room with a king bed. If you need a standard room with two beds, unfortunately this will not necessarily be the best location for you. The hotel does have rooms with two beds, but they are not found at the standard award level.
I very much hope we are able to stay at the Park Hyatt New York again in the future as it really is a beautiful hotel in a great location for exploring Central Park, seeing a Broadway show, or hopping on the subway to explore to your heart’s content.
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