I visited the Park Hyatt hotel in New York City on a Saturday night in November. The Park Hyatt is located in Midtown Manhattan, near West 57th and 7th streets. The Park Hyatt is directly across from Carnegie Hall and two blocks away from Central Park.
The hotel includes 210 rooms with 92 suites. Notable amenities include the following:
- The Living Room restaurant and bar (a new signature restaurant is being renovated with an opening date of December 2016).
- Indoor pool
- Fitness center
- Spa Nalai
- Complimentary WiFi
I arrived at the hotel from a Penn Station taxi. Driving in New York City is never advised unless you have no other option. The easiest way into New York City is by rail into Penn Station.
- Address: 153 W 57th Street, New York, New York, 10019.
- Reserved Room: Park King ($1,125 per night).
- Diamond Upgrade: West Side Suite ($2,325 per night).
- How I paid: 30,000 Hyatt points for a free night at a category 7 hotel.
With the recent changes to the Hyatt gold passport program, I don’t plan on re-qualifying as a Diamond / Globalist. Instead, I’m pursuing the Marriott Platinum Challenge and will convert that into Starwood top tier status. I’ve accumulated a fairly high amount of Hyatt points this year and I want to spend them while I still have Diamond status (which lasts until the end of the year).
The New York Park Hyatt offers one of the best high value points redemption opportunities. The Park Hyatt New York is a category 7 hotel. Category 7 hotels require 30,000 Hyatt points for a free night. On the Saturday night I stayed, the Park Hyatt was charging $1,125 per night.
As a diamond member, the hotel upgraded me into a West Side Suite room. The Park Hyatt was charging $2,325 per night for a West Side Suite. So instead of earning 3.75 cents of value for each point, I was able to redeem those points for 7.75 cents of value with the West Side Suite upgrade.
West Side Suite
The West Side Suite was impressive. Park King rooms range from 500 sq ft to 600 sq ft. The West Side suite offered nearly double the space at 1,030 sq ft. The suite included sweeping views of 57th street from the floor to ceiling windows. Notable features in the suite included:
- Two TV’s and two bathrooms.
- All lighting and window curtains were remotely controlled from control panels in different rooms in the suite.
- Room service was entirely automated through a tablet inside the suite.
The View from the West Side Suite was incredible. You could see the outline of Central Park and an impressive array of nearby buildings.
The Park Hyatt New York West Side suite ranks as my favorite Hyatt suite so far. Suites at the Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, Grand Hyatt Singapore, and Hyatt Regency Dusseldorf don’t rank far below though.
The Living Room breakfast buffet costs $41 per person. Since the Park Hyatt New York does not have an executive lounge, the breakfast buffet in the Living Room was free for Diamond members. Breakfast hours at the Living Room were from 6:30am to 11:30am. Until the new restaurant opens in December, dinner hours in the Living Room bar are from 5pm to 10pm.
The breakfast buffet included a range of hot and cold options. The food options weren’t as varied as what I’ve seen at Hyatt’s in Europe and the Middle East. However, the food and service were very good.
Pool and Fitness Center
The hotel pool, spa, and fitness center were all located on the 25th floor. Pool hours are Monday to Sunday from 6am to 9pm. A life guard was stationed at the pool when I visited.
The indoor pool offers a really impressive view of 57th street. The pool area includes two rows of lounge chairs on either side of the pool, a hot tub, and a steam room. Underwater speakers in the pool play music from Carnegie Hall.
The fitness center overlooks the pool. It is open 24 hours a day. The facility included a range of free weights and machines and was larger than most standard hotel fitness centers.
- Really top notch hotel experience in terms of service and quality.
- Treated diamond members very well. I’m going to miss Diamond status next year.
- Very quiet rooms. With the blinds closed, I couldn’t hear any street noise at all.
- No ATM machine inside the hotel. I’m not sure why, but I’ve noticed most Hyatt’s don’t have ATM’s inside their hotels.
I had a really excellent experience at the New York Park Hyatt. The service was excellent and the West Side Suite was incredible. For 30,000 Hyatt points, it was really nice way to spend a weekend in New York City. Of the Park Hyatt’s I’ve visited, the New York City Park Hyatt is my favorite.