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Inside and All Around The Just-Opened Hyatt Times Square

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December 3, 2013 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (2)

Today is opening day for the Hyatt Times Square and we are fresh from a opening-eve visit to bring you a first look.

The 54-floor, 487-room property is Hyatt's largest new build in the city in more than 30 years and sports a striking, shimmering glass exterior by SLCE Architects and a bright LED sign that changes colors. Stepping into the almost entirely white George Wong-designed lobby, you will first come across a line-up of iPad check-in stations, with a human check-in counter to the right and the (also Wong-designed) T45 Diner to the left. The diner is not quite ready to go yet -- they are hoping to open in a couple of weeks -- but it will feature a menu of classic diner dishes given a modern twist, retro decor, a milkshake bar, back wall of moving lights and a photo booth off to the side.

The 42,000-square-foot spa is also still in the works and, for the time being, the Hyatt people are sitting on details of the spa's big-name operators: a "fabulous company," we're promised.

Up on the 54th floor rooftop, we got the chance to take in the view from what will soon be Bar 54. Designed by Span Architecture and with a cocktail menu by star NYC mixologist Julie Reiner, it will be the tallest rooftop bar in the city -- when it opens sometime in January.

As we already told you after our last visit back in September, guest rooms feature unique pop art splashes, such as a balloon dog sitting on a shelf in each room (no, you can't take them; they're all bolted down), armchairs covered in funky fabric, and a different piece of New York City-themed art behind each flatscreen television.

All bedding in the hotel is 100 percent cotton and there is a mere 10 - 11 rooms per floor, keeping things relatively quiet even in the midst of the Times Square madness. The hotel also has a fitness center with large windows in front of the treadmills and a decent amount of space in-between -- no more elbow-to-elbow awkward morning workouts. If you're in town for business, you can make use of 8,000-square-feet of meeting space with a large outdoor terrace -- this is where breakfast will be served until T45 opens up.

Rates for opening night (tonight) start at a whopping $629 but, mercifully, that drops to $439 tomorrow.

[All photos: Karen Gardiner for HotelChatter]

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Great new hotel just off Times Square

Really enjoyed my stay at Hyatt Times Square which opened Dec. 3rd. I was in town for the ICSC convention so I stayed Monday night. Hotel is conveniently located a half block from Times Square. Diner on site due to open Dec. 22nd according to Richard the GM. He and I bonded as we are both Phila Eagles fans! Also the rooftop bar will be open at end of Jan. Rooms were quite comfortable and appointed. The staff is very friendly and Richard even gave me a free Hyatt umbrella on Tuesday morning as a wet snow was falling in NYC then. I only had two basic complaints: when did hotels of this caliber stop putting coffee makers in room? Second, I wish there was some seating in the lobby/concierge areas as I was waiting for a call and after being on my feet all day at the convention, I was exhausted. I realize space is limited in lobby here but maybe seat benches back in concierge area? Otherwise a fine establishment. Spa is opening on 3rd floor soon too. Look forward to a return and see the joyful Richard again! Happy holidays to the Hyatt Times Square, Doug Easterly

Great new hotel just off Times Square

Really enjoyed my stay at Hyatt Times Square which opened Dec. 3rd. I was in town for the ICSC convention so I stayed Monday night. Hotel is conveniently located a half block from Times Square. Diner on site due to open Dec. 22nd according to Richard the GM. He and I bonded as we are both Phila Eagles fans! Also the rooftop bar will be open at end of Jan. Rooms were quite comfortable and appointed. The staff is very friendly and Richard even gave me a free Hyatt umbrella on Tuesday morning as a wet snow was falling in NYC then. I only had two basic complaints: when did hotels of this caliber stop putting coffee makers in room? Second, I wish there was some seating in the lobby/concierge areas as I was waiting for a call and after being on my feet all day at the convention, I was exhausted. I realize space is limited in lobby here but maybe seat benches back in concierge area? Otherwise a fine establishment. Spa is opening on 3rd floor soon too. Look forward to a return and see the joyful Richard again! Happy holidays to the Hyatt Times Square, Doug Easterly

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