Stay in the Shadow of Manhattan at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City

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As I’m sure you know, New York City is an expensive place to visit…or live for that matter. It is also one of the most exciting and vibrant places in the United States, so it is no surprise that it is where lots of folks want to visit, self included. There are over 100,000 hotel rooms in New York City, but those rooms can be pretty pricey with the average daily rate at $268+ a night and likely rising. This means that hotel points can be a very solid plan in Manhattan so you can save your money to experience some of the amazing shows, food, and attractions the city has to offer.

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There are now nine Hyatt properties in Manhattan and they are all on the upper end of the award chart ranging from a Category 5 to a top tier Category 7, aka 20,000 – 30,000 Hyatt points per night. I’ve personally stayed at the Andaz Fifth AvenueGrand Hyatt New YorkHyatt Times Square, and the Park Hyatt New York and found them all to be solid options that have their pluses and minuses (with Andaz Fifth Avenue being my favorite of the bunch from a points perspective).

Stay in the Shadow of Manhattan at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City

However, on this most recent trip to the NYC area I found myself at an event at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson, which was pretty great since I’ve never stayed there before and this Hyatt is just a very short $2.75 PATH train ride away from Manhattan, without actually being in Manhattan with full-blown Manhattan prices. This hotel is a Category 5 Hyatt that costs 20,000 points per night on points awards, and while there are two Hyatt properties in Manhattan that are also Category 5’s, they are the Hyatt House and Hyatt Place limited service properties. There is nothing wrong with that, but sometimes you may prefer a full service Hyatt, and the Hyatt Regency Jersey City gives you that in Manhattan’s shadow for fewer points than you would pay at the full service Hyatt properties in Manhattan.

View of Manhattan from the Hyatt Regency Jersey City

View of Manhattan from the Hyatt Regency Jersey City

This hotel is pretty large at 351 rooms and suites with the PATH train station literally right next door. The PATH train runs about every 5-10 minutes during the daytime hours directly to the World Trade Center area in Manhattan. In the middle of the night the frequency drops to about every 30 – 40 minutes, but it never totally stops. If you are trying to get here from Newark Airport, the car ride is about 15 minutes or so outside of higher traffic times and an UberX ride currently costs around $20 each way.

The Hyatt Regency Jersey City is the building on the right

The Hyatt Regency Jersey City is the building on the right

On points you can reserve either a room with one king bed or two double beds. This is important as it is relatively rare in the NYC area to be able to reserve a room with two beds at the standard points level. As you can see, the property also sometimes has Points + Cash awards for 10,000 points + $125 per night. Paid rates can vary from in the $200’s to $500 per night with most nights I checked falling in the $300’s per night.

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You enter the hotel by going up an escalator from the ground level to the lobby level. I was there during a big event full of travelers, and while check-in was very efficient, there were no upgrades as a Globalist member on this trip. They did confirm that Globalist breakfast is served in the hotel restaurant as there is no lounge at this property.

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I had a king room on the second floor of the hotel – I think the lobby level is actually level 3, which was a smidge confusing at first since I initially went up to get to the second floor when I needed to go down, but you get the hang of it. The hotel has the look and feel of an airport Hyatt Regency to me, which isn’t necessarily a negative, but rather it means it just fits into that mold rather than feeling super distinctive in its own right.

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My room did have a long couch near the window which could have been handy if there was more than just me on this overnight stay.

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I will say that I found the bed very, very comfortable and I wish I had a few more hours to keep snoozing in it! This is in contrast to the Park Hyatt New York bed that was too firm for my personal tastes.

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The room was large compared to standard rooms in Manhattan, and I found it to be well laid out with a logical place for your bag, a traditional bathroom with a tub/shower combo, and then of course the area with the bed and couch. There weren’t any challenging lighting systems or fancy modern bathrooms with no privacy. It was your traditional hotel room with the traditional amenities…and that can be a very good thing for many families who want function over form.

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The Hyatt Regency Jersey City features a restaurant on the lobby level with a very nice view of Manhattan (though it was pretty foggy on this particular morning), and this is where you can enjoy your Hyatt Globalist breakfast if you are so lucky as to have that status or otherwise have breakfast included with your rate. If you are paying for breakfast at the property it isn’t cheap, but probably less expensive than the Manhattan properties. There is a buffet or you can order off the menu as shown below. I went for via this bagel and lox off the menu and wasn’t disappointed.

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In addition to the solid bagel and lox, I had an antioxidant smoothie with berries, pomegranate, yogurt, and honey that was quite tasty. While I found the food here totally adequate, the service on our visit was a bit spotty and certainly in no rush. I had breakfast with a friend who also had Globalist status, so we just put our two meals on his room, and my understanding is that they weren’t automatically taken off at check-out, so be sure to double check since there seem to be a few service gaps here and there.

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The Hyatt Regency Jersey City features an indoor pool adjacent to the workout facilities that may be of interest if you are traveling with kiddos who want to splash around after a day traveling around the city.

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Overall Impressions of Hyatt Regency Jersey City

Overall I would say that the Hyatt Regency Jersey City is a very solid contender for families looking for a traditional hotel room for four just a very short train ride away from Manhattan. It will cost you fewer points per night than most of the NYC Hyatt properties and give you more space (and a pool!) at the same time. If location is king for your trip then it may not be the winner as you will have to take the train to the World Trade Center area and then catch a subway from there to get to other areas in the city, but as long as you are okay with that then you can include this on your list of potential Hyatt properties in the NYC area.

I would stay here again with my family if the price was right compared to the other properties, though with young kids I do love being in close proximity to my main agenda items in NYC so that would have to be factored into the equation. That said, I know my kids would love taking a ferry across the Hudson to Manhattan to start or end the day!

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Is the Hyatt Regency Jersey City on your list of possible properties for a New York City trip? If you have stayed here in the past I would also love to hear your impressions of the property!

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Comments

  1. I’ve also found this property to be a solid alternative to actually staying in Manhattan. No WoH Globalist Suite upgrade?

  2. I have stayed at this hotel, but much prefer the Doubletree up the street. The walk to the path station is longer, but the service at the doubletree was remarkable. When we arrived, we asked for a recommendation for a pizza place and the one of the doormen actually took us around the block to where the pizza place was. When we were lost in the subway system (our first time in New York) and time was running out for us to get back to the hotel and out to Newark for our flight, the front desk got us on the right train and the right connection to get us back out to Jersey City and had a van waiting to take us out to the airport. Cookies every time we came back to the hotel and two tins for us to take with us!

    • I think you have to be paid for something to be an ad, and I most certainly was not. Also paid a hefty amount for my stay…at least by my regular cheapo standards. 😉 The post also points out that it feels like an airport hotel and had some service issues, so if it were an ad it wouldn’t be a great one, but you are correct that I do in general like Hyatt and would stay here again.

  3. Jersey City is a lot nicer than it used to be! The PATH train is easy to use and much nicer than NYC subways, too. If you are staying in Jersey City, you are also close to Hoboken which has some great restaurants and bars. (Side note: I used to live in Hoboken and remember when the PATH was only $1!)

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