HGU New York
What We Love
- Sleeping in a historic building imbued with 21st-century New York glamour
- Exploring the surrounding NoMad district, a hub of chic restaurants and shops
- Admiring the hotel’s contemporary art collection, presented in collaboration with a local gallery
- Live jazz, wine tastings, and movie nights offered regularly at the lounge
What To Know
- The hotel provides "cheat sheets" for what to do in NYC's top neighborhoods
- Eco-conscious property with efficient LED lighting, water conservation systems and recycling policies
- Standard Queen rooms are on the small size; opt for a Queen Deluxe or King room for extra space
- Free WiFi, in-room iPads, USB ports, and wireless charging stations for tech-savvy travelers
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Thanks to a multimillion-dollar renovation, the landmarked HGU maintains its 1905 Beaux-Arts grandeur while featuring modern interiors inspired by New York City’s eclecticism. Designers Peter Guzy of Asfour Guzy Architects and DD Allen of Pierce Allen Design were tapped to create pared-down contemporary interiors with just a touch of old-school glamour. In the 90 rooms, clean-lined wooden cabinets and light grey fabrics create a serene atmosphere, while custom patchwork Turkish rugs, beds layered with Frette linens and soft blankets, and padded headboards add a sense of luxury that extends to the all-white bathrooms stocked with luxe C.O. Bigelow products. Communal spaces include a restaurant serving locally sourced American classics, a lobby bar doling out craft cocktails and coffee, and 1905 Lounge, arguably the hotel’s heart and soul. This space, decorated with a marble fireplace, warm leather chairs, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, and tweed couches feels like the private salon of a gregarious local—anchored by a rotating series of jazz jams and movie nights.
In the Area
Nomad, a formerly overlooked area bordering Midtown Manhattan, is now the purlieu of young entrepreneurs and fashionistas thanks to a host of high-end shops, design hotels, and superb restaurants—most of them housed in refurbished century-old buildings. Browse the vast collection of gorgeous books at the recently unveiled flagship store of Italian publisher Rizzoli. Then pamper yourself with a lusciously scented body lotion at Le Labo, the luxury perfumery that’s taken the industry by storm. Don’t miss the lamb burger at The Breslin, a fashionable gastropub helmed by celebrity chef April Bloomfield, or the Roman-style pizzas at Marta, run by acclaimed restaurateur Danny Meyer. Madison Square Park, a lovely tree-shaded square that hosts public art exhibits and is home to the original Shake Shack is also worth a visit.
How to Get There
If you are of a certain age or read about such things you may have heard the term SRO. This stood for single room occupancy, hotels that for next to nothing you could get a cheap room and a nights sleep.
This place tries to be something else but from the dark, meandering halls to the minuscule rooms, you just can’t make a silk purse from a sows ear.
Now if moderately priced and clean are the goal, go for it. A couple tips. I checked in at night and had no idea that the lights operated by putting your room key into a contraption on the wall. The elevator is frightening. The staff does their best. All and all you can do better
HGU New York is a very cost place to stay in NYC. Small and luxury - this is 100% trueth. Excellent location (10 mins to Penn Station, 20 mins then Central Park, 5th Ave is in the next quartal), friendly staff (thank you Danielle for answering a ton of my questions), lovely rooftop (it is really an awesome place! not crowded, you can relax there), nice smell of alive flowers in the hotel :) - we have got a beautiful experience here! Thank you!!!
Hyatt should drop them. First breakfast truly disgusting, better the other days but no biggie. Service quite limited. Not a lot of staff and certainly not a lot of staff who want to work. Exception at front desk on the whole. Asked for an hour extra.for late check-out, which they did give. Well located. Very small rooms, had no real window. Everything's a bit small. Upon leaving they couldnt give me bill including everything. Couldn't include incidentals which is ridiculous.
I will definitely not return.
Front rooms are extremely noisy. When this was brought up with staff, they tried to make excuses like it wasn’t happening and I imagined it, however produced earplugs and admitted it was an known issue. Disappointing that they have made no effort to improve this situation. Other than that, beautiful room- has everything except missing coffee/ tea & very tiny room for price. Great location.
We had a family wedding celebration in New York with lots of free time do the location was perfect for sightseeing. The hotel is nicely appointed , service and staff terrific and I would highly recommend it for anyone going to New York City.