Hyatt 48 Lex, New York City – Hotel Review

By Eva Leonard on 20 March 2012
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The Hyatt 48 Lex, a newly-built boutique property, with 116 suites and studios, opened in August 2011 in Midtown East, just a few blocks from Grand Central Terminal.

As I checked in, the front desk agent warmly greeted me and described some of the hotel’s amenities, inviting me to visit the second-floor Lexicon Lounge, where guests are served wine and cheese every evening.


I took the elevator to my 17th-floor Corner Suite, and found that it made excellent use of the limited space often found in Manhattan hotels. A kitchenette neatly tucked into the foyer was complete with sink, mini-dishwasher, a bar, tableware, a small mini-bar fridge, and several bottles of wine.

I quickly settled into the suite, with its floor-to-ceiling glass walls, soothing, natural hues, and views of Lexington Avenue. The streamlined, modern décor included original artwork, a comfortable sofa and lounge chair, a wooden table crafted by a Brooklyn artisan, two 37-inch flat-screen TVs, and an iHome stereo with iPod docking station.

The corner bedroom’s queen-size Hyatt Grand Bed was so comfortable that I had to pry myself out of it when I woke in the morning. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls wrapped around half of the room, making it feel spacious, and giving impressive views. The bed was flanked by nightstands, and a sleek wardrobe and a flat-screen TV stood near its foot.

The curtains did a fine job of blocking Midtown’s bright lights at night. (The hotel faces office buildings and hotels that are quite close, so keeping the curtains closed is a good idea if you’re running around in a state of undress with the lights on.)

Speaking of privacy, the only downside to the room was that the bathroom just off the living room did not provide very much of it, as the frosted glass pane of its door was somewhat see-through.

Room key cards were needed to access the various levels of the hotel. Hotel staff was consistently warm, helpful, and friendly. When a friend arrived to meet me for dinner, a member of the front desk staff called me, and escorted her up to my floor.

However, the elevators were often slow and had trouble reading some key cards. I noticed that they missed requested stops several times, so it’s probably a good idea to build in a few minutes’ buffer if you’re headed from the hotel for a meeting or the airport.

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