Park Hyatt New York
The Park Hyatt New York is one of the most desirable properties in the world, especially when you consider that you can redeem points to stay there. Whether it be the prestigious 57th Street address, Central Park views, luxurious accommodations, or just the fact that an average night can cost over $1000, staying at the Park Hyatt NYC would be considered a treat for most.
The building itself is a gorgeous, modern skyscraper overlooking Midtown Manhattan. The top floors belong to record-breaking condo sales and the bottom belong to the most expensive per-square-foot hotel ever built.
This was our fourth time at the property, yet the first time we are writing a review. The first time we visited, we were so giddy that we decided to skip the photos and just enjoy ourselves. The following two visits were only at the spa and pool area during layovers. And finally, we were back in August to cash in Caline’s 2 free nights from her Chase Hyatt signup bonus.
Reserving a room is pretty straightforward on Hyatt.com. When redeeming points or free nights, you are assigned the Park King room, which is a gorgeous – and relatively large room for New York City. The only quirk with redeeming Chase free nights is that you have to make separate reservations if you want to stay more than one night. Keep that in mind because if you search for a two-night stay, it may show award nights as unavailable.
We arrived at the hotel around noon on a Saturday. The building is hard to miss when you turn on to W 57th street, yet the dark entrance can be easily missed if you aren’t paying attention.
We were greeted by a bellman and a guest service agent in the lower lobby. They took our name and radioed up to the front desk to let them know that we had arrived.
By the time we got up to the main lobby/front desk/bar/restaurant area the agent had our information ready and let us know that we were upgraded do a Studio Suite. While we do have Discoverist status with Hyatt, that upgrade came from Krystal in Guest Services who we became friends with during our earlier stays.
Krystal also helped my dad and Rebecca with their Hyatt stays on their round-the-world honeymoon, so we are big fans of hers!
What we love most about Park Hyatt properties is the modern, understated luxury – and that was not missing in our suite. Room 1007 is facing W 57th Street with views facing downtown, even with the window open, noise was never an issue.
The suite feels very large thanks to a long entranceway, large closets, a leather chest, top-shelf minibar, and the enormous bathroom before even seeing the living area.
The room features a firm, king-sized bed in front of a large TV and then a small divider with a sitting area. The sitting area was great to stare out the window on the small couch with ottoman, there was also an armchair and a work desk with two chairs and all the technology you needed – including an iPad, 40” TV, chargers, and connections for all of your devices.
The bathroom was just as luxurious with stone tiling throughout, a large soaking tub (great for giving kids a bath!), a separate rainfall shower, and a closed off toilet. Also, there was a TV in the mirror – which Emily loved (ok, me too).
All of the bath products are Le Labo Tubereuse, which is one of our favorite brands.
Park Hyatt has a great program for kids. On our first stay at the PHNY, Emily was originally supposed to join us but she got an air infection so we left her with her grandparents. We forgot to tell the hotel that she wasn’t coming and they had a very cute bath set waiting for her – that she still uses today!
On this stay, she got the royal treatment…When we checked into the room, there was a personalized, embroidered robe waiting for Emily! They may have noted that Emily also got a robe to use at the Conrad in London, however, it was not hers to keep – and she didn’t forget about it!
Obviously, I understand they probably don’t do this for every kid staying with them, but I think it does highlight how well they take care of their returning guests. Emily now uses the robe every day, so in terms of kids amenities, this may go down as best money spent by a hotel!
One night during our stay, Caline and I took advantage of our babysitters and Emily stayed in my Dad and Rebecca’s room. We didn’t bother telling housekeeping, but when they realized at turndown they rushed back with cookies and milk for Emily. A very nice, and delicious, touch!
Pool & Spa
Arguably my favorite part of the Park Hyatt New York is their pool and spa area. There are not many hotels in the city with an indoor pool, and even less with one as nice as this.
Located on the 26th floor are the spa, pool, gym, and locker rooms. You can relax in the many poolside lounge chairs and enjoy the great views of the city with some cucumber water and classical music. The lap pool is warm enough for kids to enjoy, but significantly cooler than the large hot tub just a few feet away. It also features underwater speakers, which is pretty cool.
If you like steam saunas, they have one of the best I have ever used. All black tile, perfectly calibrated steam temperature and location, and a great rainfall shower. A great way to start or end your day in the Big Apple.
Attached to the pool area are the gym and locker rooms. Since the gym is located on the upper level of the top floor of the hotel (the higher floors are residences), this is where you can find some of the best views of Central Park. The gym itself is a pretty good size and had a little bit of everything – shocking as it is, we did not use it.
We did, however, use the locker room. Why would we use the locker room when we have a suite in the Park Hyatt? Because that is where the best shower in NYC/USA/World is.
While I obviously can’t say it is the best shower in the world, it is hands down the best shower I have ever taken.
In both the men’s and women’s locker rooms there are two showers to choose from. One of them is larger and has eleven (11) shower heads. Yes, ELEVEN. Three on each wall, one rainfall showerhead, and one handheld. If you enjoy a good shower, add this one to your list.
TIP: If you ever have a long layover in New York, grab an Uber, book a quick massage at the spa, hang by the pool, have an amazing shower, and then catch your flight.
Overall, the Park Hyatt New York continues to be one of our favorite hotels in the world. When it comes to city hotels, it is hard to beat.
While it is certainly hard to justify spending $1000+ per night, if you can use points (30,000 per night) to stay there it can be an excellent value.
The staff, location, quality of products, and attention to detail are all 5-star and we can’t wait to go back.
Have you stayed here before? What did you think? Let us know in the comments
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