Introduction: A Hop to the Maldives
Review: Park Hyatt New York
Review: Emirates Lounge JFK
Review: Emirates First Class A380 JFK-DXB
Review: Park Hyatt Dubai
Review: Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Review: Emirates First Class 777 DXB-MLE
Getting to the Park Hyatt Hadahaa
Review: Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
Review: Etihad Business A330 MLE-AUH
Review: Etihad First Class Lounge
Review: Etihad First Class A380 AUH-JFK
Review: American Business A321T JFK-LAX
The first stop in our across-the-globe-journey was the Park Hyatt New York, a brilliant property on 57th street between 6th and 7th avenues. Our booking was entirely free with points, and cost 30,000 for the night, as this is a Category 7 property; not cheap, to be sure, but this is one of Hyatt’s nicest properties on the planet, and well worth the splurge for one night. Alternatively, we could have booked a Cash + Points reservation for 15,000 points and $300.
We overnighted in New York in order to position at JFK prior to our Emirates flight to Dubai the next day, and took advantage of the excuse to get 24 hours in Manhattan. Because of the hotel’s proximity to 5th Avenue (and, therefore, Trump Tower), our taxi to the Park Hyatt crawled at a snail’s pace. On our ride to JFK the following day, it took us almost as long to get from the hotel to 2nd Avenue as it took to get from 2nd Avenue to the airport. If you’re heading to this part of Manhattan, give yourself extra time, and take this into consideration when you’re deciding where to stay in New York for the next four years.
The Park Hyatt is in a fantastic location, close to Central Park, Carnegie Hall, 5th Avenue, Times Square and more. We pulled up at the entrance, which is sophisticated but discrete, and were immediately met by a host who welcomed us by name, took care of our bags, and walked us inside to a standing desk inside the mini non-lobby on the ground floor to check us in.
After taking my credentials, our host informed us that they had upgraded us to a Park Suite King (sweet!) and walked us to the elevator to take us to the actual lobby on the third floor, which contains the restaurant and bar, as well as a small lounge area, traditional reception desk and concierge. We took a second elevator up to our suite on the 8th floor.
Our room was absolutely gorgeous, and contained a living room with both a sitting area and a desk area semi-separated from the bedroom, as well as a large bathroom, second half bath and three large individual closets. It was large by any standard, but by New York standards the suite was massive.
Upon entering the room, we faced a long hallway, with one closet and the half bath on the left, the bathroom and other closets on the right, and the living room and bedroom straight ahead.
The living room featured two sitting chairs, a (fairly uncomfortable) couch and a coffee table. On the other side of the room was a large desk and chair, along with a multitude of electric plugs and hotel informational booklets.
The bedroom was straightforward, with a king bed and a large flat screen tv. Water bottles and slippers were set on either side of the bed. Nice touch! The bed was firm and extremely comfortable.
The bathroom was large and gorgeous, with two sinks, a large tub, and the most awesome walk in shower ever with a huge rainfall shower head. The shower alone was reason to stay at the Park Hyatt New York.
As a Gold Passport Diamond, we were entitled to free breakfast the following morning in the restaurant in the 3rd floor lobby. We were informed that breakfast was free and all-inclusive, up to $90, which seemed odd at first, but made sense when we saw the bill and learned that the buffet costs $45 per person.
The buffet is delicious and extensive (standard, as we would come to learn, for a Park Hyatt) with meats, cheeses, yogurts, breads and the like. They even had a spread of seeds (chia, flax, etc.) for parfaits. I strongly recommend trying the Pastrami Lox; it was highlight of the buffet. Also included in breakfast, the kitchen would freshly prepare any dish you desired. I ordered an omelette with mushrooms. Seeing as breakfast was free, I’d say it was a fantastic value. If it weren’t included in my stay, I would probably eat elsewhere for half the price.
Later in the morning, before heading to the airport, we took a moment to look around the hotel a little more and check out the pool. Located on the 25th floor, the Park Hyatt’s pool is both striking and beautiful, with amazing views of the city.
I didn’t actually go for a dip, but I have it on good authority that they even pump music under water for max-relaxation in the sky.
The Park Hyatt New York is a beautiful property, with staff that go out of their way to take care of your every need. It’s fancy, but not gaudy. I’d come to learn that this minimalist-modern-chic is that standard approach across the Park Hyatt brand.
Redemptions at this property aren’t cheap, but if you have the points, it’s well worth it for your stay in Manhattan. On my next stay in the City, I will be hard pressed in deciding between returning to the Park Hyatt and checking out another fantastic-looking hotel, the Andaz 5th Avenue. But this property definitely receives an A+ in my book!