Peek at Park Hyatt New York + Another New NYC Hyatt Coming

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If you love New York City and Hyatt Hotels just a fraction as much as I do, then these should be some interesting potential updates.

Peek at the Park Hyatt New York:

The Park Hyatt New York has suffered some construction set-backs over the last couple years, but I believe it is on track to open later this year (perhaps summer?).  It will open as a top tier Category 7 Hyatt, but that doesn’t deter me from really wanting to try it out.  On Flyertalk, a link was posted to some potential photos of the hotel.  The photos are on a photographer’s site (Donna Dotan), so who knows what the room types shown really are, but they appear quite spacious compared to other NYC properties…and gorgeous.

I personally can’t wait to try this property out once it opens!

Hyatt Herald Square Possible Later This Year:

Also posted on Flyertalk today was a link to a story about a Hyatt Herald Square opening in the third quarter of this year.  It will be taking the place of the Holiday Inn New York City Midtown at 30-32 West 31st Street after a six million dollar renovation that is reportedly scheduled for August – September.

The linked article also states that the plans are to renovate the 122 rooms with “custom furniture pieces, new softgoods and seating and extrinsic art influences from the local region. The first floor will be transformed into an intimate upscale lobby and food and beverage experience with gathering spaces geared toward the discerning business and leisure traveler.  The new product will meld perfectly with the roof-top bar experience we created in 2013 which has unparalleled views of the Empire State Building and the surrounding midtown skyline.”

For what it’s worth, you can still book rooms through the end of the schedule via the IHG Rewards site for the hotel in its current state of a Holiday Inn at 35,000 points per night.  Not sure how that will translate once it is a Hyatt, but I thought it was interesting since I am sure it will eventually be a Category 6 Hyatt requiring 25,000 Hyatt points per night like most of the rest in NYC (though maybe it will have its first year a category lower as many NYC Hyatts have done).

It has been a good couple of years for Hyatt expansion in New York City!

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  1. What are your thoughts on making speculative bookings on points at the PH NYC, just for sole purpose of hoping the opening gets delayed, and receiving some compensation from the PH (similar to the Andaz Maui situation last year)? Just curious to see your thoughts on this.

  2. I attended a reception tonight and talked with the General Manager of the new Hyatt Times Square and we discussed the Park Hyatt. The opening date is still a moving target, but the staff is onsite and working towards a final set date.

    He indicated the rates are going to bin line with those of the nearby Ritz-Carlton Central Park, Mandarin Oriental, St. Regis, Four Seasons, etc.

    Once the Park Hyatt opens, Hyatt will have the tallest rooms in all of New York City and at the Hyatt Times Square, the tallest bar lounge (Bar 54) as well (54th floor) which opens on 2/14. I can personally attest that the views are spectacular.

  3. Angelina, same here!
    Jacob, personally I would just make a booking if I wanted to go. That said, they seem to be very careful with announcing an opening date here so hopefully they will get it right. 😉
    ATLTraveler, awesome – good info. Those rates will sting, but still looking forward to checking it out (at least once).
    Gabe, no clue!

  4. $6 million doesn’t seem like enough money to transform a Holiday Inn into a Hyatt, especially with New York construction costs.

  5. The Holiday Inn Midtown has been one of the my favorite NYC weekend hotel bargains so this is very much bad news. Their weekend rates are often below $100. The real bonanza can be the purchased points packages and these are last minute hit-and-miss so difficult to plan in advance for. For example, this weekend they have a 25K extra points package rate on Saturday Feb 8 for $209 while the AAA rate on Sunday Feb 9 is $82 – not bad for Manhattan. The extra 25K points is stackable with other IHG promotions and after my first points bonanza posted I briefly felt deep remorse over taking undue advantage of the Intercontinental Hotel Group. Some of the rooms on higher floors facing north have really great views of the Empire State Building (which is almost too close) and there are some pretty decent Korean and Italian restaurants near by as well as a summer rooftop bar. There are also similar mispriced weekend points package situations with a handful of other IHG properties, mostly Crowne Plazas. I’m not sure if they are really mistakes so much as lucrative low-occupancy promotions for properties that are new or on the cusp of terminating their franchise agreements.

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