Hyatt Union Square New York
What We Love
- Convenient location for downtown's shopping and nightlife
- Friendly and accommodating staff
- Large, furnished terraces with ivy-clad partitions in some rooms
- Ma's Italian Biscotti and chocolates at turn-down service
- Free bike rentals
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Rooftop yoga on weekends
- READ MORE: Where to eat, play and shop in NY
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
How to Get There
We enjoyed our stay here. Lea, the receptionist, was delightful. Our room was comfortable and clean. It was conveniently located to NYU. Decor modern with clean lines. Bed comfortable. Nice linens. Enjoyed the Manhattans in the library type bar - a good warm up in the middle of a cold front. Tompkins Bagels a few blocks over was a great breakfast choice. Wonderful bagels. Crumb cake good too.
Great experience - room was clean, comfortable and in excellent condition with great technology and amenities. Ate dinner in hotel restaurant which was tasty and high quality food. Attended hotel bar late night and it has a great cocktail menu. Crowded and upbeat with both locals and guests.
Nice, new hotel with a good location. Visiting family in NYC and picked this one. Have never spent time in that part of town but it was convenient for what I needed. Unwary very close and walk to midtown was fine. Pricing was ok, rooms compact but well appointed. More modern style, small lobby. Just 2 elevators but they moved reasonably quickly. Didn’t eat in attached restaurant. Bar had a nice feel and was busy around midnight. Would stay there again.