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Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel in New York City: Every Room Is Club Level

This entire hotel is VIP club level; now that's a nice guest perk

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Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel in New York City: Every Room Is Club Level

Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel terrace feels like an urban Grand Canyon.

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Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel in New York City: Every Room Is Club Level

A bed with a view at Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel.

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Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel in New York City: Every Room Is Club Level

Lexicon Lounge at Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel is like a cushy executive club room, but it's open to all guests.

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What to Expect at Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel in New York City:

Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel opened in August 2011 in the Grand Central area of midtown Manhattan in New York City. The hotel is privately owned, but a member of the Hyatt brand.

Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel in New York City is an airy, eye-catching, modern building designed by noted architect Nobutaka Ashihara. With 116 rooms, Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel qualifies as a boutique hotel. It calls its rooms "studios," like one-room New York apartments. Each floor in this compact New York high-rise has only four rooms. The top floor -- 23rd -- has two penthouses.

Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel anticipates every need of the serious business or luxury traveler. Guest greetings are personal and check-in is swift, discreet, and conveniently on the ground floor.

Comfortable, high-style rooms have modern décor, Hyatt Grand beds, intelligently designed furniture, iPod docks, and amenity-filled bathrooms. The fitness area and business center are 24/7. The hotel's guest lounge, Lexicon Lounge, serves complimentary light breakfast, ongoing snacks, and wine tastings.

Checkout time is 11 a.m. but can be extended. Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel guests are charged for wi-fi in rooms, but access is free in the Lexicon Lounge. The entire property is non-smoking. Pets are not permitted at Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel.

Location of Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel in New York City:

Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel is located on the corner of Lexington Avenue and 48th St. in the Midtown East business district. Set near the Midtown Tunnel and Queensborough Bridge, Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel is relatively convenient to LaGuardia and JFK Airports.

For leisure travelers, Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel is within easy walking distance of:

  • Times Square
  • Theater District
  • Central Park
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale's, Macy's
  • United Nations
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Empire State Building
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Radio City Music Hall
  • New York Public Library
  • Morgan Library
  • Bryant Park
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • Chrysler Building
  • Diamond District

A bit further afield, but within a half-hour walk or short cab ride, are Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, Time Warner Center, the Museum of Natural History, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Downtown neighborhoods like Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Soho, Tribeca, and Chinatown are reachable by taxi, subway, bus, and long, engrossing sightseeing walks.

Rooms at Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel in New York City:

Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel offers nine types of rooms, all with a jazzy Manhattan palette of charcoal, blue, and black. Penthouse Suites are around 750 square feet, with a kitchen and a lovely plant-filled terrace that presents stirring Manhattan views.

Corner suites are similar, but 435 square feet, with a separate bedroom and sitting room. Corner suites have a plush teal velvet sofa and two 37" plasma screen TVs with multimedia jacks. Three pieces of original art by New York artists make a design statement befitting a hotel within walking distance of the Museum of Modern Art.

Other room configurations feature a king bed, queen bed, or two double beds. All are Hyatt Grand Beds: gloriously plush and clad in crisp cotton sheets with a high thread count.

Room amenities throughout Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel include floor-to-ceiling windows that open, DSL and wi-fi, phones, iPod dock, mini-fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, iron, and large safe with laptop charger. Lighting is ample, well-designed furniture (from a Brooklyn woodworker) keeps all your stuff out of sight, and work desks are large and solid. As is common in new hotels, it takes a bit of poking to figure out the lighting switches.

Bathrooms are stocked with bathrobes, ample towels, and chic gray-packaged toiletries from Warren-Tricomi, a stylish Manhattan salon. The minibar ("Butler's Pantry") is chockablock with designer snacks such as North Fork Sweet Potato Chips from nearby Long Island, plus candy confections by Jacques Torres, the celebrated French-born, New York-based chocolatier.

Dining at Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel in New York City:

Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel's trendy restaurant Lexington Brass Bar & Grill, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus a late-night menu till 1 a.m.

Lexington Brass tempts lunch and dinner diners with a gorgeous oyster bar and hard-to-resist comfort classics like buttermilk fried chicken. For breakfast, the restaurant serves up American specialties like jam-filled pancakes and beer-batter waffles.

Lexington Brass handles Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel room service, available from 6:30 a.m. until midnight.

Outstanding Midtown East restaurants that cover the world within a few blocks' walk of Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel include Avra Estiatorio, Café Centro, Four Seasons, Fresco by Scotto, Gilt, Hatsuhana, The National, The Palm, Peacock Alley, Smith & Wollensky, Sparks, Tsushima, and Tulsi.

Lounging at Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel in New York City:

Lexicon Lounge on Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel's second floor stands in for a conventional lobby. It has an abundance of designer sofas, leather armchairs, and a fireplace. Assouline art books make luscious reading, and iPads may be borrowed.

House-made snacks are served around the clock at Lexicon Lounge, and a newfangled espresso machine churns out tasty chocolate cappuccino with a nice head of foam. Cocktail hour brings wine tastings with snack pairings.

Lexington Lounge lays out a mini-continental breakfast at 6:30 a.m. It features tiny, buttery chocolate and plain croissants, three types of fresh-squeezed juices, and plums so brightly polished you'd swear they were apples. (There are apples, too: green and equally shiny.)

Fitness at Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel in New York City:

The hotel's SC Level houses the Sports Club, comprising two mall but agreeable rooms marked Sweat and Strength. Workout animals will find the works: state-of-the-art equipment such as LifeFitness machines, stability balls, yoga mats, and more. TV-watching exercisers may deem the channel selection on the machines a bit confusing.

As at the vast majority of New York City hotels, Hyatt 48 Lex lacks a pool. However, the Vanderbilt YMCA, and its gleaming 75-foot lap pool, are a block and a half away.

A range of spa services is performed in-room by Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel's so-called Suite Spa.

Service at Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel in New York City:

Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel staff is professional and solicitous. While breakfasting in the Lexicon Lounge, I asked the attendant for a New York Times instead of the hotel's standard complimentary Wall Street Journal. She called the front desk repeatedly until my Times was delivered.

Concierge services are offered before and during your stay at Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel. Every staffer I encountered had the cheerful, friendly demeanor you expect, but do not always receive, at a fine hotel. You get that five-star service here.

Is Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel in New York City Right for You?:

The answer is probably yes if:

  • You have business in the Midtown East area, or you enjoy staying in the center of Manhattan
  • You like staying in new hotels with contemporary design, high-tech features
  • You seek a New York City hotel with quintessential New York City views (as seen from your bed through floor-to-ceiling windows)
  • You like hanging out in your hotel's lounge, drinking cappuccino, sipping wine, and checking the day's news on an iPad lent by the hotel
  • You rely on a 24-hour gym and/or business center

The answer is probably no if:

  • You prefer staying in New York City's Theater District, or downtown, or across the street from Central Park
  • You prefer historic grand hotels to modern boutique hotels
  • You prefer traditional to contemporary design and décor
  • You like your hotel to buzz with social life into the wee hours
  • You absolutely need a pool at your hotel
  • You are traveling with a pet
  • You're a smoker

For More Info about Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel in New York City:

  • Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel's website
  • Hyatt 48 Lex Hotel on Facebook
  • Hyatt 48 Lex
    517 Lexington Ave. at 48th St.
    New York, NY 10017
    212.838.1234
  • Read Luxury Travel's Guide to NYC
  • Official New York City tourism site
 

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