One of the best things about points and miles and free nights from credit card sign ups is they allow us to stay at hotels that we could never actually afford. The Park Hyatt New York is a new hotel, and one of only two category seven hotels in the US, the top tier on Hyatt’s award chart (the other is the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek).
We were in a Park Deluxe King (a standard room). Average nightly rates for this room type during our Saturday night stay were over $800, but our stay was completely free thanks to one of the free night awards we received for signing up for the Hyatt Visa credit card from Chase. If you’re interested in getting the card yourself, now is a great time. If you can spend a minimum of $3,000, then you’ll receive two free nights at any Hyatt in the world, 5,000 Hyatt points and a $50 statement credit. Application link for the offer can be found here.
- Diamond Amenity—Choice of savory or sweet. We asked if we could choose alcohol instead and she said she’d take care of it, but none ever arrived. The savory amenity included a few pieces of soggy bread and a couple of tiny hunks of cheese. Not impressed, but I can’t complain because 1,000 points posted despite selecting the amenity over points.
- Free Breakfast—The 57th Street breakfast was included, a $38 value, or you could order any items off the menu up to that price point. The service was fantastic, the food was delicious and our $96 meal only cost us $2 out of pocket.
- Room Size—We were not offered an upgrade, but likely because we booked the room under his account (Platinum) and switched it to my account (Diamond), upon check-in. Even for a standard room, we thought the room was huge by New York standards (496 to 680 square feet). There are 92 suites in this hotel, but we did not luck into one.
- Bathroom–I loved that the bathroom was so large, and included a soaking tub, separate toilet, a walk-in shower and a double sink.
- Car Service–The hotel offers a complimentary car service for guests within a 10 block radius. It was raining pretty hard for most of our stay and we tried to use it a few times but it was never available when we needed it.
- Coffee Machine–We never did get it to work.
Might have beenDefinitely was operator error, but the Nespresso machine fell in the “way too fancy for us” category.
- Pool/Gym–We agreed that this is what made the hotel so unique. The lap pool, giant hot tub with sloped seating and steam room were top notch.
- iPad–Available in every room. You can access select pages on Internet, order room service, set alarm, etc.
Looking back this was a really nice hotel, but for some reason I remember at the time thinking “I have no strong desire to stay here again.” Of course part of that is we would never, ever consider paying $800 for one night in a hotel, but if you have a free night to burn, this is a good choice. I would not personally burn 30,000 Hyatt points though for one-night in this hotel.
In general it was just more than we need in a hotel room, especially in a place like NYC where we have so much to do we just need a place to sleep at the end of the day. I almost felt guilty not spending more time in the room. The room was a bit too high-tech for our skills, and though the staff was friendly, we’ve certainly stayed at properties where they go much more above and beyond to make your stay great.