While We Wait on Hyatt Union Square, Hyatt Place in Midtown Has an Opening Date
We're still not sure when The Hyatt Union Square in Manhattan will open (it certainly doesn't look like in July) but up in Midtown, there's another Hyatt hotel with a clear opening date--The Hyatt Place Midtown on 36th and 6th near Penn Station.
The hotel is now taking reservations for November 26 and on. If you've never stayed at a Hyatt Place before, here's what you can expect: spacious guest rooms with divided living and sleeping areas, a king Hyatt Grand Bed (or two double beds), 42" flat-panel HDTVs, plenty of places to plug in your gadgets (including hookups for the TV), a Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper (yes, in all rooms), complimentary continental breakfast buffet and best of all, free WiFi.
Downstairs, there will be one of those new-fangled Grab n' Go restaurant, a bakery cafe, a "den" to hang out in and an "E Room", a business center in case you somehow forgot your laptop.
We found rates for $322 on opening night, which is a little higher than most Hyatt Places we've seen. Rates do drop slightly on the weekends and we imagine that they could go even lower as the winter progresses. Just to compare, we found rates at the Element Times Square, a similar hotel concept to Hyatt Place from Starwood, a few blocks further west for $305 with an advance purchase or $499 for a regular rate.
Still, you have to factor in the extras that Hyatt Place offers into the price--more space, a sleeper sofa, free breakfast and free WiFi. Most boutique hotels in NYC charge that much just for the shoebox room. As always, we'll keep our fingers crossed that rates come down a little more before opening.