Don’t you just love the hustle and bustle of New York City? The city always makes me feel alive. I went to NYC again this past Labor Day weekend in 2018 and fell in love with the feel of the city all over again! I ended up choosing a hotel in Times Square since I was visiting with my relatives who hadn’t been to the city before. We had wanted a central location as well as close to the subway station if needed.
After a detailed online search, I settled on the Hyatt Park Centric hotel. It was backed by a reputable hotel name (Hyatt) and was centrally located.
I got off the train at Penn Station, and the hotel was an easy 10 block walk from the station. It saved me cab fare and I enjoyed the early fall weather on my walk. Needless to say, Times Square is very crowded, but the hotel is located on 46th and 6th streets, so it’s a nice segway from the “too much” of Broadway and 7th streets. There is a parking garage right across the street as well as a much-needed Starbucks.
As I entered the lobby, I was pleased with the prompt service and kindness of the reception staff. There is a separate concierge as well as a security personnel by the elevators. The security guard checks that each guest getting on to the elevators has a current key and actually resides at the hotel. I did appreciate this safety measure since the hotel is right off the main drag in Times Square.
There are two sets of elevators. One set is for the lower half of the hotel and the other elevator services the upper half. This ensures that the elevators are prompt and minimal waiting is needed. There is a gorgeous gym with treadmills, ellipticals, stair masters as well as free weights. The gym is open 24 hours/daily but is locked, and each guest has to use their hotel key to open it. This is another added safety measure.
The other elevator also goes up to the top of the hotel. There is a reputable bar at the top of the hotel with absolutely stunning roof top views of the city. I highly recommend taking the elevator to take in the views, but be forewarned, that the bar only allows guests 21 years and older inside. In other words, kids are not allowed in the bar nor on the balcony to look at the views.
The room had very comfortable beds (we had two queens), and the bathroom had a large shower with two shower heads. One shower head was manual and the other was fixed. There was plenty of hot water, and the shower tile blended in with the bathroom floor to avoid toe stubs and other potential injuries. The bathroom also had heated floors (an added plus if you visit in the winter season) as well as a working telephone.
There is large television and dresser. Part of the dresser is utilized as a desk with a chair which is convenient to use as a pseudo table to nosh on some take out pizza! There was minimal noise from the city as I slept which was considerable since we were so close to the heart of Times Square.
All in all, I highly recommend the Hyatt Park Centric hotel for families and couples. It is safe, spacious, and well located.