Hyatt Union Square New York is opening one of the first hotels the neighborhood has seen in the past ten years, right in the heart of the city’s Digital District, near a number of technology firms and venture capital companies. It will also be a neighbor to Union Square’s famous Greenmarket. Although the hotel has yet to open, guests can now make reservations for stays starting in April of this year.
Situated nearby one of the city's major metro hubs, Hyatt Union Square is walking distance from transportation to all the Big Apples’ popular sight-seeing destinations, making it a pretty convenient location to get around the city. Founded in 1976, the next door Greenmarket is also a destination of its own, drawing about 60,000 New Yorkers per day. The market is one of the most diverse farmer’s markets in the U.S., attracting over 140 regional farmers, fishermen and bakers. Beyond the seasonal fruits and veggies that are the staples of most farmer's markets, at Greenmarket visitors will also find cooking demos with great New York chefs, lessons on preparation methods, fun foods to taste, artisan cheeses, wines, jams and more.
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But enough about what is just outside the door. Let's move on to what we are hearing about the interior of the hotel. Once guests pass through the hotel’s historic façade, the entryway opens up to a 23-foot ceiling set above a lobby, designed by interior decorator, Paul Vega. Utilizing an urban theme, Vega outfitted the lobby space with custom-made, contemporary furnishings and sleek lines. All guestrooms, which range from loft-style studios to presidential suites, are designed as an extension of the hotel's modern design. Aimed at business travelers in particular, the Hyatt included oversized work desks, Wifi (free in the hotel's public spaces, but for a charge in your room), dual phone lines and KoolConnect online concierge (a fancy name for what is essentially the entertainment pack on the 37-inch TV provided). If visitors want to spend a little extra, the hotel is offering The Business Plan Suite, which will include a daily breakfast (for one) and the option of having a single clothing item pressed per day.
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The hotel will also feature dining and nightlife venues created by a locally famed hospitality group, One Five. In-line with the hotel's desire to create an environment for both locals and guests, the onsite restaurants are the newest ventures of local husband-and-wife team, Jo-Ann Makovitzky and Marco A. Moreira—the well-respected couple behind One Five. The Fourth will serve as the hotel’s signature eatery, focusing on American and French cuisine. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, guests can also mingle over signature coffee and pastries at the European espresso bar.
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In the evening guests can explore the wines of the world with a vast selection provided by Master Sommelier, Roger Dagorn. The Singl Lounge menu will be serving a wide variety of spirits, cocktails, wines and beers from 4 pm until last call. With its neighborly atmosphere and socially-aimed venues, the Hyatt hopes to attract both visiting professionals as well as native New Yorkers, creating a shiny new space for relaxation or networking.