Which is the best Hyatt in New York? Park Hyatt vs. Grand Hyatt vs. Andaz Wall Street vs. Andaz Fifth Avenue vs. Hyatt Centric? If you are traveling as a couple, a family, or on business, which is the best choice?
Hyatt is one of the world’s best hotel brands with a global portfolio of more than 500 hotels and resorts across 12 distinctive brands. We have outlined the best Park Hyatt hotels, the best Andaz hotels, the best Grand Hyatt hotels, the best Hyatt Regency hotels and the best Hyatt Centric hotels. Hyatt hotel brands also include Hyatt Place, Hyatt House, Hyatt Zilara & Ziva, Hyatt Residence Club, Hyatt Centric, and the Unbound Collection by Hyatt. Now we look at the best Hyatt, specifically in New York City.
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1. Andaz Wall Street
The newly redesigned Andaz Wall Street is our top pick as it has undergone a fabulous refurbishment and offers excellent value for a luxury stay in New York.
The boutique ambiance of this hotel also makes it a real winner in the big apple. So many of the hotels in New York are large and lack the personal touch. It is refreshing to be treated to the boutique feel and experience.
Ideally located for the Financial District in New York City, at the corner of Wall Street and Water Street and about a 10-minute walk to the 9/11 Memorial, the Andaz Wall Street has lovely large rooms (starting at around 345 square feet) and is a great Hyatt branded hotel choice in New York. It is also well located for tourist sites, including South Street Seaport, and access to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
The rooms here have huge windows and spacious shower suites. The windows make up one entire wall of the room and are huge. They let in loads of light. A narrow seat runs in front of them for sitting and enjoying the view. The windows also have automated blackout shades and sheer curtains to provide privacy from the building across the street.
The mini bar is free, and you also get complimentary tea and coffee throughout the day, along with muffins in the morning and chocolate-chip cookies later in the day in the lobby. There is also complimentary wine during a happy hour, all somewhat negating the need for a club lounge. If you are looking for a club lounge in New York, we have outlined the best New York Club Lounges.
The hotel’s restaurant is the Andaz Kitchen & Bar, which can be found up a short flight of stairs from the main lobby. This restaurant is open from 6:30 am – 2:00 pm and 4:00 – 11:00 pm and is closed for dinner on Sundays.
There is also a fitness center on the concourse level with well-maintained equipment and weights.
The Andaz Wall Street costs around $275 USD per night. If you book an award redemption, the cost will be 20,000 World Of Hyatt points per night throughout the year. This makes this property the cheapest of the two Andaz hotels in New York and makes it worth putting as a top choice for your next trip to the Big Apple.
2. Andaz Fifth Avenue
One of the best Hyatt hotels in NYC is the other Andaz, the Andaz 5th Avenue, which is really superb with large rooms, friendly staff, and a great location. The fact that both Andaz hotels feel so much more boutique than other hotels in Manhatten means that a stay here feels more homely and friendly than some of the larger hotels in the city.
With 184-rooms, this hotel is a boutique when compared to the Grand Hyatt in New York, which is enormous. I prefer the boutique feel of the Andaz. The hotel is located in a 1916 building that used to be the worldwide headquarters for fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger before becoming an Andaz hotel in 2010.
The hotel is located on 5th Avenue, though the main entrance is on East 41st Street, just across the street from the New York Public Library and Bryant Park. Other attractions that are walkable from this lovely hotel include the Empire State Building, Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, and Rockefeller Center. It takes around an hour to taxi from New York-JFK airport to the hotel and around half an hour from LaGuardia Airport (LGA). You have easy access to more than a dozen subway lines, too, ideal for exploring the rest of Manhattan and beyond.
The Andaz experience begins the moment you arrive through the bronze-colored doors of our midtown Manhattan hotel and greeted by an Andaz Host. Have a drink in the bar downstairs while checking in via iPads. The whole experience feels very boutique, plus the welcome drink is a blessing and helps to pass the time while the process takes place. A really nice touch. Rooms are large loft-style rooms, spacious by Manhattan standards and minimalist in design with a great bed. Rooms are between 322 and 404 square feet, but the high ceilings make them feel larger. Ask for a room as high up as possible as there is some minor street noise in the lower-level rooms. The higher rooms have a superb view and a window seat so that you feel like you are sitting in your very own loft apartment. There are also 47 spacious suites that offer private balconies or landscaped terraces.
As usual with Andaz hotels, nonalcoholic minibar items were complimentary. You get a few cans of soda and plenty of water bottles. Snacks are a bag of crisps and a chocolate bar with nuts. In the bathroom, there are two sinks and a great shower (again, usual for Andaz hotels, you usually need to book a suite to get a bathtub). Toiletries are from Brooklyn-based Apotheke.
There is a restaurant in the basement, “The Bar Downstairs and Kitchen”, which serves breakfast (free to Globalists or if you book via our concierge), lunch, and light bites plus drinks in the evening. Breakfast is great with dishes including warm “Lemon Souffle Pancakes” with orange poppy seed syrup, “Huevos Ranncheros”, which are sunny side up eggs with black beans, avocado, salsa Roja, cotija, cilantro, corn tortilla. Two eggs any style with your choice of meat, hash browns, roasted tomato, griddled bread, Lobster and scrambled eggs, Avocado Toast, Egg White Omelette as well as sliced fruit, greek yogurt, maple porridge, and bread and pastries including croissants, pan au Chocolat, Zucker’s bagel with cream cheese, blueberry muffins and white or multigrain toast.
Rather than having a club lounge, this Andaz offers complimentary coffee and tea service in the lobby lounge and a complimentary happy hour with wine each evening. There is also a decent 24-hour gym in the basement.
The daily rate tends to start at around $425 USD at the Andaz 5th Avenue. The point award redemption cost is 25,000 World Of Hyatt points per night. Overall, whether you are a Hyatt fan or not, this is a great hotel option for New York City with a boutique and trendy feel. I love the loft-style suites with terraces. They are the highlight of this hotel.
The Andaz Fifth Avenue costs around $600 USD per night. If you book an award redemption, the cost will be 25,000 World Of Hyatt points per night throughout the year. IMHO this hotel is a great deal on points.
3. Park Hyatt New York
The Park Hyatt New York is probably the most luxurious Hyatt hotel in New York, with a price tag to match. We think you get better value from your stay at the Andaz hotels in New York, but this remains an iconic and excellent hotel to book if you are looking for a Hyatt hotel in New York.
Park Hyatt New York is the global flagship of the Park Hyatt brand, featuring 210 luxurious guest rooms, including 92 premier suites nestled within the first 25 floors of the 90-story One57 skyscraper designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc. The hotel’s palatial guest rooms offer among the largest entry-room size of any luxury hotel in New York City at 475 square feet, with a majority of deluxe rooms spanning 530 square feet; rooms start at $795 USD per night.
World-renowned interior design firm, Yabu Pushelberg, created the vision for the hotel’s interior design, inspired by New York’s most illustrious Upper East Side homes. In keeping with the residential feel of the hotel, each guest room is experienced as a series of chambers, with dedicated spaces for sleeping, dressing, resting, and working, defined by unique architectural screens and custom walnut millwork. Partnering with New York City icons such as Carnegie Hall and Central Park Conservancy, Park Hyatt New York offers guests a culturally authentic experience. The hotel has also partnered with luxury brand Le Labo to offer guests one-of-a-kind custom bath amenities: Tubereuse 40.
On the 25th floor, the hotel features a sun-drenched three-story aerie wrapped in blue and gold Alexis Azure stone and a pool with underwater speakers piping in a custom soundtrack from Carnegie Hall. The hotel’s signature spa, Spa Nalai, features six treatment suites, most of which include outdoor private balconies.
Guests can also enjoy world-class dining and craft cocktails in The Living Room, the hotel’s contemporary American restaurant that overlooks the historic Carnegie Hall.
4. Grand Hyatt New York
Grand Hyatt New York is located just steps from New York’s famous Grand Central Station. This modern hotel enjoys a convenient midtown location and a lively atmosphere. Connected to the iconic Grand Central Terminal, you’ll be staying within walking distance of Times Square, Broadway, Central Park, and the world-class shopping of Fifth Avenue.
Do not expect a boutique experience at this hotel. It is massive with 1,300+ rooms, but it is indeed “grand” and centrally located on 42nd between Lexington and Park, which means it is easy to get anywhere in the city from this hotel.
The hotel combines the highest Grand Hyatt standards with stylish décor and fully-equipped guest rooms. A sophisticated look runs throughout, from the minimalist lobby to the chic Grand Club patio, which we consider to be one of the best club lounges in new York.
Refurbished in 2013, accommodation is well-appointed, with every room featuring the Hyatt Grand Bed™. The rooms are large and offer a good level of luxury, although the bathrooms are quite small.
If you book a Club King or Club Double room or are a World of Hyatt Explorist (and use your voucher) or Globalist member, you can experience exclusive club lounge access, where you can enjoy breakfast and evening canapés.
The Grand Club reception area is located right behind the front desk, so you can avoid the queues and check-in separately. The lounge itself is located on the 16th floor and is open 7:00 am – 10:00 pm Monday to Friday and 8:00 am – 10:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.
This lounge offers true luxury and was recently renovated. From our experience, it is rarely crowded, and there are loads of sofas and indoor seating areas as well as an outdoor patio with sofas offering the ideal place to enjoy the New York sunshine. The outdoor area is decked and surrounded by greenery. It is a large and fabulous space and makes this hotel worth booking.
Breakfast is mostly continental but pretty good, with loads of fresh fruit (lots of melon!), croissants, muffins, smoked salmon, cheese, cold meats and hams, bagels, toast, cereal, yogurts, fruit juices, etc.
During the day, there are snacks, which include cookies, nuts, and small bits with loads of drinks in the fridges.
In the early evening, there are paid alcoholic drinks from an honor bar. There are also snacks, including a fridge full of mini club sandwich-type offerings, bread, cheese, vegetables, and one hot choice. The food is easily enough to fill you up, but having to pay for alcoholic drinks is not ideal and lets this excellent lounge down. In Europe, Hyatts usually include free alcoholic drinks in the evening, particularly bottled beers and wine, so it is a shame that this is not offered as complimentary at the Grand Hyatt.
The dining and entertainment options at the Grand Hyatt New York beyond the club lounge contribute to its bustling atmosphere. Enjoy a unique culinary experience at the New York Central Bar and Kitchen or experience the vibrancy of The Lounge at New York Central.
5. Hyatt Centric Times Square New York
Hyatt Centric Times Square is a vibrant, contemporary Manhattan hotel located right in the heart of New York City in Times Square. It’s the perfect launchpad from which to discover everything the big apple has to offer. From here, you can explore the theatre district, midnight billboard activations, enjoy strolls in Central Park, visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art or take in a show at Radio City Music Hall.
Hyatt Centric Times Square features 487 well-appointed apartment-style city view rooms and suites, 2,000 sqft. cutting-edge fitness center, restaurant, concierge, 24-hour business center, room service, and complimentary internet access.
In terms of dining, guests can try the T45 Kitchen + Bar, which serves globally inspired American cuisine incorporating local ingredients served in a cozy chic setting inside or out.
King City View Rooms have unique views of the Times Square area. These rooms also feature floor-to-ceiling windows, Hyatt Grand Bed™ with plush pillow-top mattress, 40 inch or larger LED TV, individually controlled heat and air-conditioning, refrigerator, Keurig coffeemaker with Starbucks® Coffee, free bottled water, safe, JBL Horizon Bluetooth Clock Radio and an ensuite bathroom with rain shower, Marilyn Monroe Spa bath amenities and Drybar Buttercup blow-dryers. Everything you need for a perfect vacation or staycation in New York.
Other Hyatt hotels in New York include Hotel 50 Bowery, Hyatt Herald Square New York, Parker New York, Hyatt Union Square New York, Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson, Hyatt Regency Morristown, Hyatt Regency Greenwich, and Hyatt Regency New Brunswick, but these aren’t our top picks.
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