New York City is not only one of the most-visited cities in the world, but it's also an exciting place for Hyatt as we continue to grow to nearly double our hotel presence by 2014. During a recent trip to the Big Apple, we thought it'd be the perfect time to show you just how things are stacking up for us. But of course, it's not all Hyatt, all the time. We had time to hit up some favorite NYC tourist spots, too.
We'll show you around the city over the next three days!
Hyatt 48 Lex
We started off the grand tour in Midtown at Hyatt 48 Lex, the pied-a-terre style hotel that opened in October 2011.
We checked into a room that welcomed us by name on the TV.
Then, we grabbed a complimentary latte on the second-floor modern guest lounge and chatted with the host who gave us a map, circling the spots we hoped to see.
Grand Hyatt New York
This is one of two sculptures, named Chloe and Awilda, inspired by the thousands of people who pass through Grand Central Station and Grand Hyatt New York every day.
Did you know that for every guest who stays in the hotel's world-traveler-themed suite, the hotel puts a pin in the wall map?
The suite map represents where each guest hails from.
An ideal spot for travelers wanting to soak up the nice weather is the hotel's Grand Club, which has a terrace that looks out to the city.
Apart from the fabulously redone guestrooms and meeting spaces, the hotel is in a prime location right next to Grand Central Terminal and nearby the Chrysler building.
In fact, there's an entrance to the hotel right from the bustling station.
We popped in for a look at the beautiful architecture and our favorite thing - lights!
Andaz 5th Avenue
After no more than a 10-minute "we're-slow-tourists" walk along 42nd, we finished up the Midtown day at the neighborhood-inspired Andaz 5th Avenue.
Watching the Executive Chef Vincent Muraco and team prep in the hotel's completely open kitchen among the studio meeting space made us hungry, so stopped for an iced tea and pastry at the adorable retail section of the shop, the hotel's restaurant.
Rejuvenated, we checked out the bar downstairs that makes for a popular after-work gathering spot.
An ideal spot to catch up with friends or colleagues.
Despite the fact that it was off hours, we gave a pat to the friendly rat that greets guests on the way in.
Of course it's not real!
Before heading out, we stood awe-struck at John Hung Ha's work on the hotel's street-front bar door. As part of the Andaz 5th Avenue's rotating art series, several artists have painted their "View of New York - Today" on these doors while residing at the hotel.
Hung Ha is best known for his signature Koi paintings, which explore various themes from pop culture to customary Asian symbology.
But we couldn't end there! We had to be real tourists, so we made an obligatory stop at Times Square. It really is something else.
Come back tomorrow and Friday as the tour continues with more open hotels and exciting construction progress!