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Review: Hyatt Centric Times Square
We stayed two nights at the Hyatt Centric Times Square during our trip to New York. Very good location if you want to be in the heart of the action. Just down the street you will find yourself in the middle of Times Square.
Upon entering we were greeted by a busy reception area. Lots of people checking in and out. After a short wait we were checked in and “upgraded” to a Time Square view room. We walked over to the elevators and there was an employee asking to see guests room keys to make sure they were guests.
City View King Room
We were assigned a room on the 30th floor. There was often times quite the wait for the elevators! The building is very tall with many floors and only three elevators can be a bit insufficient during the busy times.
We booked a King City View room and once in the room I did think the view was interesting. We were assigned room 3003 for reference.
The room was about standard size for New York. It was actually fine for short amount of time we spent in the room. Most of the time we were sleeping or stopped back for my kid to take a nap so otherwise we didn’t spend hardly any time in the actual room. Overall though the room was clean with everything we needed for our stay.
Food and Beverage
While my wife and son took a quick afternoon nap I decided to get out of the room and visit the rooftop bar at the Hyatt Centric Times Square- Bar 54. Once the elevator door opens someone will be greeting you to ask if your a guest or visitor. It seems there are some restrictions for anyone under 21 even accompanied by 21 year old adult, kids are not allowed. I thought it was quite off putting when I later wanted to bring my son up to see the views from the top and they immediately shot us down.
The atmosphere is nice and i can see this being a popular spot for evening cocktails. I initially was offered a seat outside on the patio which I thought i would enjoy except it was right on the ledge and only a piece of clear plastic between me and the edge of the roof and so I decided to go inside and sit at the bar instead.
There is plenty of seating inside and outside. Do keep in mind the weather in the summer can get quite hot in the afternoon and there is limited shade when outside.
I did find the craft cocktails very well made and tasted great! Well done to the bartender. They also provide a fairly substantial bowl of bar snacks which is nice. Overall if you are staying in this hotel its “must do” to come up to the rooftop and check out the bar and the views.
We had breakfast at T45 on our last morning (Sunday). The staff is friendly and the restaurant manager is a star. He remembered seeing my son when we stopped in on a different occasion and made sure to give him a toy statue of liberty which my son liked!
Overall we enjoyed our breakfast and it was super convenient that it was just down off the lobby. Prices are slightly high but in line for Manhattan.
Please note that staying at Hyatt Centric also provides some “perks” which were listed on our key card holder. Things like discounts to the spa, premium high speed internet for all devices, Macys VIP passport and so forth.
Points Pinnacle Breakdown
For this stay I decided not to redeem Hyatt points. Most hotels in New York City require 20,000-25,000 points per night. Frankly our rate was $235.24 per night so it would be a really poor use of our Hyatt points. Due note that this hotel charges a “Destination Fee” which was about $25 per night which i find to be less than necessary. Just put that inside the room rate and stop playing games. In the end they Hyatt Centric Times Square was a nice hotel if you want to be near Times Square as the location in that case is great. The bar is also quite nice! We would have no problems returning here if we wanted to be near Times Square and the rate was $250ish or lower per night.