Across the street, the Chrysler Building is a monument to American capitalism in its purest form. Attached to the side, Grand Central Station moves hundreds of thousands of executives daily. The 1,306-room Grand Hyatt New York feels like its located at the center of the universe. Guests feel connected, energized and ready for business.
Following a $130 million renovation last year, the property is beaming vibrantly starting in one of America’s biggest hotel lobbies, centered by a pool and two Easter Island-like sculptures by Barcelona artist Jaume Plensa.
When you walk in the humming lobby, you’re greeted by a host who escorts you to the individual check-in desks. Upstairs, the rooms are extra large with a king deluxe starting at 450 sf. The crisp New York loft design and decor is fun with large artwork, wood paneling in parts and retro Scandinavian light fixtures/furnishings. That’s a welcome trend among big hotels these days that delivers a sense of artsy, residential ambiance. Great bathrooms too with imported stone flooring, large marble shower stalls and June Jacobs bath products.
The “Gallery on Lex” meeting rooms off the lobby are revolutionary with the same residential grooviness. Designed by Bentel & Bentel, the 4,400-sf chocolate and cream space features loads of natural light, a food prep area and communal high-top table for casual networking, serious meetings and cool cocktail receptions. The sofas were also designed by Bentel, complemented with a few Viccarbe lounge chairs.
On the 16th floor, the Grand Club exec lounge was created by George Wong Design, using a combination of organic natural materials and industrial-chic motifs. That’s attached to a great little outdoor terrace for intimate business pow wows.
In total, there’s 55,000 sf of meeting space, including the 19,000-sf Empire Ballroom on the 4th floor with fluted columns originally built in 1918. There’s also the modern and all-new, 5,000-sf Manhattan Ballroom at the opposite end of the lobby from reception. Planners can block off part of the lobby for a cool prefunction space that feels like you’re confabbing at a fancy gala in the throbbing heart of New York City.