I love New York City and I love Hyatts, so I have naturally been watching pretty closely for news about the several Hyatts that are currently under construction in Manhattan. One of those is the Hyatt Union Square that is currently taking reservations for stays beginning March 1, 2013. It is located in Union Square at 4th Avenue and East 13th Street. It is going to have 178 rooms/suites, so that puts it just a few rooms smaller than the Andaz Fifth Avenue.
A brief check of rates showed the daily rate starting between $300 – $400 for most days I checked, but of course the information most points junkies are really interested in is how many points it will cost per night. In this case the answer is it will be a Category 5 hotel that will cost 18,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night. That is 4,000 fewer points per night than three Manhattan Hyatts (Grand Hyatt, Andaz Fifth Avenue, and Andaz Wall Street), and 3,000 more points per night than Hyatt 48 Lex.
I think that 18,000 Gold Passport points per night is very fair amount for a full service Hyatt in Manhattan, but I really wish it would have opened as a Category 4 like the Hyatt 48 Lex did. A Category 4 would have not only cost fewer points, but it would have allowed Hyatt credit card holders to use their annual free night at this hotel. By the way, if you have the ability to use points/annual free night at 48 Lex I would do it as it officially seems like a “too good to last” deal! Along those lines, the Hyatt Place Midtown that opens in early 2013 will be a Category 4 (according to an award search on their site), so at least that is good news for Hyatt cardholders looking for a spot to use their annual free night (more on that family friendly hotel to come in another post).
NYC is one of the best US cities to use points as rates can often be so high, so more Hyatt hotels that come in at a reasonable number of points is exciting. Can’t wait to try out these new properties in 2013.
Thanks to AJLondon for the head’s up on Flyertalk.