Hyatt Union Square, New York – Hotel Review

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ROAD WARRIOR SUPPORT

The desk was large enough for a cordless speaker phone, my laptop, and space for my paperwork desk2for an upcoming speech. A host of electrical outlets and connectors for hooking up smart phone devices or laptops to the flat-screen TV were also accessible at the desk’s edge.

The desk chair was comfortable, but the cushioned armchair by the window was tempting in that it afforded the opportunity to take in the views. However, the 90 degree temperatures during my stay prevented my spending time using the wireless Internet on my private terrace. Fortunately, free wireless Internet is also available in the air conditioned lobby.

There are no dedicated meeting rooms available, but the lounge behind reception may be reserved for private functions or receptions.

DINING

The Fourth is the signature American brasserie-style restaurant located just off the lobby. It consists of two levels of dining space, with the top floor opening to the street. A massive mobile was suspended from the ceiling depicting numerous beds floating mid-air. It certainly was a conversation starter.

I had reservations for breakfast at what seemed to be the “in” spot for locals as well. People popped in from off the street to sip cappuccinos or dine on omelets or stacks of fresh pancakes. restaurantMy egg white omelet was delicious and came with a side of veggies and cheese. Fiji bottled water and piping hot coffee proved to be the perfect start to begin my day, which would later have me giving a presentation to a tourism group in Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall.

Lunch and dinner are served here, and given breakfast’s popularity, I can only imagine how busy it might be with the lunch and dinner crowds. As an alternative, Café Quatrieme nearby has every gadget and gizmo that a coffee connoisseur might recognize accompanied by trays of fresh pastries.

Singl Lounge, where I had visited earlier, was decorated with a beautifully modern wooden chandelier that continued the natural theme. The main draw is its extensive single malt whiskey menu that should relax the nerves after a busy day on Wall Street. Too bad I did not have time to test it out.

WELLNESS

The basement fitness center was well-equipped, barbut a jog around the neighborhood may be far more entertaining. Staffers will gladly explain the best routes to take.

BOTTOM LINE

This is a welcome new addition to Hyatt’s portfolio of New York properties, bringing with it a character that is distinctive and modern. Guest rooms were comfortable and bright, and the staff seemed to have worked through all of the grand opening kinks, ensuring a smooth and pleasant experience for guests both for work and play.

THE DETAILS

Hyatt Union Square
134 Fourth Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10003
Tel. +1 212-253-1234
www.unionsquare.hyatt.com

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

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