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First Look Inside NYC's Hyatt Midtown Place

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March 26, 2013 at 2:34 PM | by | ()

It almost snuck past us with its March 14th opening, but we managed to get in the highly anticipated Hyatt Place Midtown. Originally scheduled to accept reservations last November (which then got bumped to March 15th), it got the typical pushback until it was juuuust right for a crowd who took advantage of a new hotel debuting in time for St. Patrick's Day weekend. Ballsy!

From our one-night midweek stay observations, the 185-room hotel is already hopping (probably from that in-house Starbucks coffee they serve) and operating at full capacity.

The reason appears fairly simple--it's a good deal for the location as we've mentioned in our pre-opening stories. Other biggies are the large rooms with doubles or kings, many with pull-out sofas (great for families) free WiFi, desk, and complimentary hot breakfast spread. That's why at 9 a.m. on a Friday morning, the dining room was absolutely packed with patrons. Once we saw the plates, we said, screw the cereal and yogurt and grabbed a cheesy frittata with pesto sauce that was ridiculously delish. At first the breakfast scene appeared overwhelming and a little mobbish, but the Hyatt staff kept the food coming and plates cleared quickly, so it wasn't quite as chaotic as it looked, and by 10 a.m., all was quiet again.

We also learned Hyatt Place offers a few other services we think are just dandy and may give comparable hotels something to think about.

This hotel offers 24-hr dining, but they don't really offer room service. How's that work? Simple. Say you're feeling a bit peckish and want a burger at 1 a.m. The hotel has a full-kitchen to prepare it for you, you'll just need to come downstairs and get it (although, we were told that if it wasn't busy, one of the "Gallery Hosts" (that's the name given to the employees/reception desk personnel/do-all-folks) may bring it up to you. But don't count on that. Still, it beats having to run outside. There's also the Grab n' Go kiosk for salads and sandwiches (and gigantic cinnamon rolls!) that will satiate at any hour.

Then there's the bar area where you can get a little tipple if you're so inclined without leaving the premises. And the prices are much better than going to an outside bar. They're serving everything from Pinot to cocktails, and bar snacks, so really, it's one-stop shopping.

Another nice little surprise is the remote-printing option. If you're in your room on your laptop and need to print out a document or boarding pass, you can do so from there! No need to log-on to the computers in the lobby. We thought that was pretty nifty.

An empty fridge to put in leftovers or whatever you stock up on is most welcome. There was a strange absence of lotion in the bathroom, but free Aquafresh toothpaste was present. This isn't the first time we've come across this phenomenon, so we plan on addressing it soon.

Opening rates have come in at $299 per night.

Disclosure we paid a media rate during our stay as a Hyatt guest. All opinions are our own.

[Photos: Hyatt Hotels/Chanize for HotelChatter]

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