Hyatt Herald Square NYC Hotel, a Hotel Review

Hyatt offers a wide range of options for hotels in the NYC area, with options ranging from the over the top Park Hyatt to the family friendly Hyatt House with full kitchens.

The Hyatt Herald Square offers a centralized location with an epic rooftop bar (and free views of the Empire State Building). While the rooms are a little bit on the small side, they offer the perfect mix of amenities in a great part of town.

The Hotel 

The hotel, like so many hotels in New York City, is tall and skinny. It is, at most, three or four rooms wide. I think per floor you’ve got a maximum of 10 rooms. It’s New York City, after all!

Upon entering the reception is on your left and the elevators straight ahead.

PRO TIP: The elevators don’t have key-card access, so you can go straight to the rooftop and get amazing views of the Empire State Building any time of the year.


Just behind the bank of elevators is the lobby bar, offering limited options, but enough to get you drunk if you need it.

The lobby is decorated in sublet beige tones, with world clocks adorning the walls. Because, I don’t know about you, but I always need to know what time it is in Rio and Buenos Aires

If you’re in need of a quick bite there’s a well stocked refreshment center with 50 shades of carbohydrates.

There’s also a small seating area with plenty of books. Don’t you dare put them our of order, the OCD people designed this perfectly!

The Rooms

The hallways aren’t very much to look at, as you can see, there’s the door and to the right, that’s it! A couple more doors, and you’ve got the entirety of the hallways.

This is probably going to be one of the quickest hotel reviews we’ve ever posted, because it’s one of the smallest hotel rooms we’ve stayed in.

The bathroom is just off to the left when you enter the room.

It’s actually not bad as far as bathroom goes. The shower is spacious and the water pressure was fantastic. 

This room came with two beds, so I used the second one as a storage catch-all since it was just me in the room.

In the space between the beds lied… you guessed it… the refrigerator!

There was a small water kettle/coffee machine as well

One part of the room that lacks severely is charging. I looked, and looked, and looked, and I saw… one charger. Yup, one charger for my USB products. There was a regular charger under the bed if I wanted to unplug a lamp, but otherwise, this was it.

It’s one benefit was a bluetooth connection. You could stream your device, music, etc, to the television and speakers. Kudos for this.

The Location

Being so close to the Empire State Building has its perks. If you’re looking for a pretty cool rooftop bar, this place has it. In the winter when I was there, of course, no open bar. However, in the summer, this is where you want to be!

You’ve got views all the way to One WTC to the south and a killer view of the Empire State Building up close.

Overall Impressions

Honestly, if the pricing is right, the hotel is perfectly fine for a centrally located stay close to Times Square but off the main strip. It was quiet *(crucial for NYC)* and clean.

In the summer, the rooftop bar is a great place to cool down after a long day and even in the winter, there is no keycard access required for the rooftop so anyone can head to the roof for a view of the city.

Author: Jon Nickel-D'Andrea

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