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]