What better way to recover from a grueling 1 week road trip across the USA followed by 1 week shlepping it across Venezuela and the Great Guyanas, with a free night at the Park Hyatt, New York?

If you spend $1000 or more within 3 months of signing up for the Hyatt Credit Card, you get 2 free nights to use at any Hyatt property in the world. Given that our free nights were about to expire in a few days and I had no more time to take another trip, we decided to make it worth as much as it could by using one of the free nights at the newly opened Park Hyatt in New York City.

Park Hyatt NYC is the first 5 star hotel to open in NYC in more than a decade since the Mandarin Oriental, has been designated one of the 8 hotels in the world (2 in the USA) to receive Category 7 status, and has taken the crown to be Hyatt’s current flagship property.

When you walk in, you are led directly to your room by staff members armed with iPads who have been eagerly awaiting your arrival since 3pm. This bypasses the traditional concierge/front desk process.


Hotel Lobby on the 3rd Floor


Because there was a minor delay in getting our room ready, the staff apologized by getting us the junior suite instead. I didn’t complain.


Almost everything in your room is personalized, with your room’s iPad and its 2 flatscreen TVs welcoming me by name.



On the iPad that’s provided to you in your room during your stay, you can make requests for anything, from room service to toiletries/towel replacements.

The mini-bar prices are pretty inflated ($8 for a bag of potato chips, $21 for a jar of candy…I did expect it to be more though), but the tea and Nescafe coffee are complementary.



The view itself allows only for the taller buildings across the street; the hotel goes up to 25 floors, so don’t expect a skyline outside your room, however high you are.



The bathroom is almost as large as your bedroom itself, with a giant waterfall-like shower, unlimited complementary toiletries from Tubéreuse, a TV embedded in the mirror, and heated bathroom tiles.



Your desk is served with complementary tangerines from Spain and has its own TV that can connect to any laptop or tablet for presentations.



Upstairs on the 25th floor is a decently sized swimming pool with underwater speakers playing classical music curated from Carnegie Hall across the street, a separate hot tub, a sauna with a shower inside, and outdoor views of NYC.



A floor above includes a barely used gym, with TVs and views of NYC.



Of course, we had to take advantage of room service with breakfast being served as early as 5am:



And we went to use swimming pool during daytime:



On the other side of the 25th floor is their public Spa Nalai, which boasts the hotel’s best views of the NYC skyline.



Before check-out, we had a decent lunch at the hotel’s 3rd floor restaurant, The Back Room at One57.



Yes, we’re still your hostel-loving, couch-surfing backpackers, but we also know when to enjoy life a little.



- At time of posting in New York, NY, it was 20 °C - Humidity: 14% | Wind Speed: 8km/hr | Cloud Cover: partly cloudy


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