If 2015 has taught us anything it is that travel is trending more than ever and has become a staple of pop culture. New York City, the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps – it is alive and bustling with activity throughout the year. As the holidays approach, though, it seems to take on a special charm all its own. Residents and visitors eagerly anticipate the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the arrival of the Christmas tree and ice skating at Rockefeller Center, the incredible shopping opportunities on 5th Avenue, and the high-kicking steps of the world-famous Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. Tourists swarm to the city to take in Broadway shows, shop until they drop, and dine on everything that is fine. One place they can stay that will make their journey even more incredible is the Grand Hyatt New York. Easily accessible for travelers because it is connected to the legendary Grand Central Station, the Grand Hyatt New York is a gem in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Located on 42nd Street right between Park and Lexington Avenues, guests are mere minutes away from everything that has drawn them to the city in the first place.
Building from its illustrious history as The Commodore Hotel, the Grand Hyatt New York is now celebrating its 35th anniversary of complementing, accentuating, and supporting the ultimate New York City experience. The hotel recently completed a $130 million renovation and it shows in every inch of comfort and design. Whether arriving by train at Grand Central, taxi from nearby JFK or LaGuardia airports, or using the convenient valet parking, the first thing guests notice is the stunning beauty of the grand lobby. There they are greeted by two Jaume Plensa sculptures, “Awilda” and “Chloe.” The artist designed the sculptures to encourage visitors to take a moment from their harried day, slow down, and enjoy the happiness of the moment. Artwork by other world-famous artists, which depicts the vibrancy of the New York experience, is spread throughout other areas of the hotel and in the guest rooms themselves. The next thing which lets travelers know that this is going to be a special stay indeed is the attentive care lavished upon them by the staff. They know what they are doing, love this city and want to make sure guests come to love it just as much as they do. They add the personalized service of a boutique hotel property to the outstanding amenities of the Grand Hyatt New York to deliver a visit that is the best it can be.
Also included in the renovation was an updating and rethinking of the over 1300 guest rooms, including 43 suites. With sizes ranging from a comfortable 600 square feet to a luxurious 3500 square feet, the designers wanted to create the feeling of a modern Manhattan residence that could also serve as a calming sanctuary after a hectic day of sightseeing. Guests with allergen sensitivities will appreciate the availability of the PURE – Hypo-Allergenic Rooms. Suites evoke the distinctive stylings of trendy New York districts such as SoHo, Uptown, Downtown and Midtown. The 16th Floor is the home of the Grand Club, a sanctuary of sorts for Grand Club guest rooms, which almost resembles a rooftop garden. Here visitors have access to technology, a complimentary breakfast, afternoon snacks, and evening hors d’oeuvres.
In room luxury spa services include the Body Unwind, Muscle Melt, and Mental Retreat as well as the traditional massage, nail, and facial treatments. A 24 hour state-of-the-art StayFit™ Fitness Center is equipped with free weights and Precor fitness cardio equipment. Grand Hyatt is one of only three hotels in New York to be certified as “Green” by the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation. It is also a Champion of the New York State Department of Transportation’s Clean Air NY initiative
Not just for the individual traveler, the Grand Hyatt is also perfect for a group meeting or business conference. Multi-purpose spaces easily accommodate groups from 10 to 1500 people, with abundant meeting rooms, sophisticated board rooms, and two expansive ballrooms. The Gallery on Lex is a social event area that has a club-like feel for many of the networking events and brainstorming get-togethers that are so crucial to the success of a business gathering. Once firmly ensconced in the Grand Hyatt experience it may be difficult to leave the hotel, but near-by attractions from Broadway, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, and shopping galore beckon. What is a traveler to do but succumb to the allure of New York?
To Wine and Dine at the Grand Hyatt New York is Fine
When a hotel is located in a city that is known for its culinary delights, its internal offerings have to be able to live up to the challenge, and the wine and dine options at the Grand Hyatt New York are more than capable of satisfying even the most taste-savvy of travelers. The tourist with an adventure-packed day can stop in to the convenient “Market,” a 24-hour outlet located right in the main lobby. It offers a wide variety of tasty New York treats to get the day started on just the right note. The expansive 6000 square foot restaurant, New York Central Bar and Kitchen, is sleek and sophisticated, with WineStation technology that allows guests to taste a variety of bacchanalian pleasures. The Wine Gallery is also a perfect location for hosting branded tasting events that provide a fun experience for visitors, or group events for corporate gatherings. Chef Matthew Garelick brings a fresh approach to preparing and presenting the restaurant’s locally-sourced and seasonally-inspired dishes.
Perhaps one of the most tempting attractions are the monthly Wine Dinners, where Chef Daron Lee of the French Culinary Institute, his staff, and the hotel’s wine experts collaborate to present a high-quality, intimate feast for no more than eight guests. Reservations are required and will book up quickly with such offerings as a Salmon Tartare Amuse, Summer Heirloom Tomatoes for a first, Seared Diver Scallop as a second, Miso Marinated Cod for a third, Long Island Duck Breast for a fourth and a Rhubarb Crumble for dessert. Each course is paired with the perfect champagne or wine to bring out its most subtle flavorings and textures.
What could be better on a cold winter’s night in New York than to be surrounded by warm food and fine wine? Participate in the wonder of a New York holiday with special menus and festive celebrations for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Even better, guests who book a stay of at least three nights between November 19-30 or December 13-28 will receive a free night in New York, to enjoy the holiday experience even longer. The Lounge at New York Central offers the perfect relaxation option with creative cocktails served up by its innovative mixologists to complement the dining options. The Chef’s Table offers an elevated view into the restaurant’s open kitchen.
Grand Hyatt hotels are known for their ability to unlock the extraordinary and create unique experiences that reflect their location. This New York masterpiece is no exception. With its fine accommodations, superior service, and culinary offerings, guests enjoy the amenities of a large hotel with the type of attention that meets the needs of any traveler from any corner of the globe.
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