On our recent trip to New York my wife and I took in a couple of shows and crossed off a few things from our bucket list. We took Amtrak from DC to Penn Station Friday morning and despite a short delay we still arrived roughly on schedule. The ride wasn’t bad (it certainly beats driving), although the train was crowded and the free Wi-Fi onboard is rubbish. If you’re traveling the northeast corridor by train and want to get anything done online I recommend bringing your own hot spot or wireless enabled device.
Once we arrived in the city we cabbed over to our hotel (rather than trying to navigate the subway with luggage) close to Times Square. We
View from our room
stayed at the relatively new (about 1 year old) Hyatt Times Square on West 45th between 7th and 8th. The location is great if you’re going to take in any shows since it is smack in the middle of the theater district and is also a short walk from Bryant park, the public library and many other midtown attractions. We were able to book our stay with the free reward night certificates we got for signing up for the co-branded Chase Visa card. Which also comes with complementary platinum status as long as you keep the card. Although I really wanted to stay at the new Park Hyatt on 57th street, it didn’t have any availability so this was the second best option and we were quite happy with the hotel. The Hyatt Times Square has a very small footprint, but is quite tall at 54 stories. The lobby has a very clean and modern design with a few whimsical touches here and there.
Our room was on the 45th floor which provided some excellent views of the city through its floor to ceiling windows, and at 325 square feet it was also relatively large for a New York hotel room. The room keys were proximity cards so in addition to being kind of cool, there was no need to worry about the cards getting demagnetized! The room itself was also very smart with lights that were all connected so you could turn them all on or off from bed or on your way out the door. The desk also had built in USB charging stations AV jacks, ample outlets, and cordless phones. The Bathroom also had a couple of my favorite features, a rainfall shower head, and heated bathroom floors! The heated bathroom floors made me happier than they should have, and I’ve been going through withdrawal ever since we left. Of course there were also the standard features like a mini fridge (sans mini-bar) that we stocked with sodas from a nearby bodega, a coffee maker with Starbucks coffee, complementary bottled water refreshed daily, and an in-room safe.
If you take the elevator up to the 54th floor there is a very trendy, albeit smallish Bar 54 (I feel like they were phoning it in a little on the name) If you can get in there is a vertigo inducing outdoor bar that has truly impressive views of Manhattan and was the perfect place to
view from Bar 54
have a couple of late afternoon cocktails on a warm spring day. The prices were a little steep, but still roughly what I would expect for a hotel bar like this in the center of New York. There was also a nice gym which we did not avail ourselves of, and a Marilyn Monroe themed spa that has very good yelp reviews!
Overall I give the Hyatt Times Square high marks and would definitely stay here again! I’ll follow-up later with additional posts on the restaurants, shows, and other places we visited.