Best New York City Hyatt for a Family of Four on Points

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New York City is an expensive, but fantastic, city to visit. This makes it a top destination where families like to use their hotel points to get a great experience without racking up a great big credit card bill. My family has used virtually every type of hotel point there is to stay in New York City ranging from Choice Privileges, to Wyndham Rewards, to Starwood Preferred Guest, to IHG, and more just depending on what I have available, and how the award charts and sweet spots change over time. While I have used tons of different programs in New York City, the hotel program I have used the most in New York (and just in general), is Hyatt.

 

Big city fun, without the big city price tag

Like many of you, I earn Hyatt points pretty easily both within the Hyatt program and via Chase Ultimate Rewards and their transferrable points program that allows me to move points into Hyatt at a 1:1 rate. I also have status with Hyatt that opens up lounges, suites, and other perks, and Hyatt has a number of really good and varied hotel options in New York City.

I haven’t stayed at all of the NYC Hyatt properties since they just keep opening new ones faster than I can get there to try them out, but I have stayed at a variety of their properties ranging from the crown jewel Park Hyatt New York to the just slightly outside of NYC Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson. I’ve also stayed at the Andaz 5th Avenue several times, Hyatt Centric Times SquareGrand Hyatt New York, Hyatt Place Midtown, and Josh has become a quasi-regular at the Hyatt House Chelsea.

Park Hyatt New York

They all have their pluses and minuses, but for families, the feature that comes first and foremost for me is the availability of a standard room that sleeps at least four people in two real beds. Several of the standard rooms offered at these NYC Hyatt properties immediately don’t make the cut as they offer just one king bed. Only a subset of all of the Manhattan Hyatt properties offer rooms with two beds as a standard room choice where you could use your Hyatt points and award nights.

Here are the New York City Hyatt properties that offer standard rooms with two beds for a family of four.

  • Hyatt House Chelsea: Two queen beds, no sofa bed for 20,000 points
  • Grand Hyatt New York: Two double beds for 25,000 points
  • Hyatt Centric Times Square: Two queen beds for 25,000 points, can also request high floor queens for standard award rate
  • Park Hyatt New York: Two double beds for 30,000 points, ADA rooms only – 813 square feet, which is significantly larger than the non-ADA standard rooms

While not in NYC, it is just a very short and easy train ride under the Hudson away, so I’ll also add in…

  • Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson: Two double beds 20,000 points

There aren’t any NYC Hyatt properties with standard rooms that are technically for families larger than four people. However, I will mention the Hyatt Place Midtown as a reasonable option for families of four or five people as long as you don’t have to stay on points as the room with two queens + a sofa is not technically a standard room but can sleep 4-5 people. Paid rates here can be really reasonable for the area, there is free breakfast, and the location on West 36th is great for a variety of NYC activities, so still keep it in mind. We actually just stayed there ourselves, so I will be doing a full review very soon.

Hyatt Place Midtown

Of those four true NYC Hyatts with standard rooms that you can book on points for four people, the two that bubble to the top for me are the Grand Hyatt and the Park Hyatt. The Hyatt Centric Times Square is fine, but I don’t love the area, and the rooms are quite small. The Hyatt House Chelsea is also fine, and it rings in at fewer points than the others, but it isn’t a property to necessarily get overly excited about.

Hyatt Centric Times Square

The Grand Hyatt has the edge for me if you want to be right next to Grand Central Station and can somehow arrange for club lounge access, as it is one of the best Hyatt lounges in the country. Assuming you don’t have Globalist status that automatically gets you club access, you can get access for your family by paying 33,000 points per night for a club level award, using an annual Explorist club award if you have that status level, or use 3,000 Hyatt points per night on an eligible paid rate.

Your family can then save significantly on Manhattan food costs each day by eating breakfast and potentially even a light evening meal that consists of appetizers and desserts in the lounge each day. There are also waters, sodas, etc. available for the taking in this lounge.

Until I researched it for this post, I honestly did not know that the Park Hyatt New York had a standard room for four people even available. When searching on points with single, double, or even triple occupancy, the only room that shows as an available option is the Park King. It is only when you change the search settings to two adults and two children that the room with two double beds appears for 30,000 points.

For good reason, there is a lot of controversy in the travel world about booking an ADA compliant room if you don’t truly need the ADA features. However, in this case, the only standard rooms this hotel has for four people are the ADA rooms, so I think that clouds that debate significantly. I can’t tell you what the right thing to do is in that case, but I can tell you that if you book one of these rooms for four people, at over 800 square feet in size you are easily dwarfing the other options in terms of available space and comfort. This standard room is larger than the junior suite I used a suite upgrade for on our last stay to the property. I really wish properties would not put customers in this ethical dilemma and simply make both ADA compliant and non-ADA rooms that can sleep four people available on points.

Junior Suite at the Park Hyatt New York

If you do stay at the Park Hyatt New York with your family, you will be able to swim in the gorgeous indoor pool and take advantage of the location just two blocks south of Central Park. The huge room, pool, and location takes this hotel into the ‘phenomenal for families’ category, assuming you have 30,000 Hyatt points per night to spend.

Park Hyatt New York Pool

As you now know, there are only a handful of Hyatt properties in New York City that have standard rooms available on points for families of four. If you have elite status that can help you secure a suite, then that can shift the equation of availability and open up new possibilities –  we love the splash suite at the Andaz 5th for NYC family trips. You can always try contacting a property directly to see if they can make any exceptions to allow your family of four to stay on points in an otherwise non-standard room, but generally speaking, your options with Hyatt are limited in Manhattan.

Splash Suite at Andaz Fifth Avenue

That’s really okay though because the options you do have are quite solid and range from a room with two queen beds for 20,000 points on 28th Street to a 800+ square foot room with two double beds for 30,000 points on 57th Street, with a few options in between.

I’d love to hear which New York City Hyatt your family chooses for your Manhattan points-fueled adventures!

Editorial Note: The opinions expressed here are mine and not provided, reviewed, by any bank, card issuer, or other company unless otherwise stated.

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  1. Hi there! What kind of red ice cream is your daughter holding in the picture? Where did you get it? Looks unique and delish! Thx!!

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