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Union Square sleep with a hip scene, colorful modern interiors, and new American fare
Leave all preconceptions about chain hotel brands at the door: Hyatt Union Square’s opaque glass cube of an entryway leads to a stylish two-story lobby with exposed white brick walls, slate-gray tile floors and splashes of chartreuse, violet and cherry-red. Interior designers Paul Vega and Vennie Lau made the hotel’s former lives as a post office, bowling alley and dance studio a distant memory by creating a space that marries a hip, downtown vibe with the local flavor of Union Square. Think modern versions of Shaker benches, black leather safari chairs and trippy geometric etched coffee tables, an edgy mishmash of styles that feels uniquely New York.
Bed & Bath
The 178 guestrooms are kitted out with oversize desks, flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations, and large exterior windows afford views of East 13th Street or Fourth Avenue. White lacquer, mirrors and metallics lend a city shine tempered by oak floors and cork walls. Colorful patterned cushions hang over black headboards and kingsize beds with down comforters. The 250-square-foot Urbane Terrace Rooms on the second floor feature private furnished outdoor lounge areas separated by ivy-clad partitions — one of the hotel’s biggest assets. And the bathrooms treat guests to spacious, half-frosted rainfall showers and C.O. Bigelow toiletries.
Around the corner from the lobby’s curved wooden half-wall is Singl, where bartenders pour single malt scotch and various wines and whiskeys at the six-seat bar. Grab an aperitif before heading across the vestibule to The Fourth, for brasserie eats with an American twist such as hearth-roasted pork belly with market onions, rhubarb and escarole. Brinton Jaecks’s epic Hypnagogia installation of chain-link bed frames is the centerpiece of the 100-seat eatery; it hangs from 30-foot ceilings on reclaimed wooden rafters. Downstairs is Botequim, a dinner-only restaurant that will whip up South American fusion fare. And those looking to keep up their training regimen can pump some iron in the basement’s 24-hour fitness center. Guests can also tool around the city on wheels by renting one of the hotel's free bikes.
In the Area
For grub outside Hyatt Union Square, visit the Num Pang Cambodian sandwich shop for creative concoctions such as pulled duroc pork with spiced honey, or Momofuku Ssam Bar, David Chang's innovative, Korean-inflected restaurant. And for some suds, sidle up to the bar at Headless Horseman, where exposed brick and low lighting make for a speakeasy environment. Rather kick things up a notch? Get tickets for a rock show at nearby Webster Hall. In the wintertime, stroll through the Union Square holiday market, open until December 24.