The Park Hyatt New York opens inside the One57 skyscraper on Manhattan’s “Billionaires’ Row.”
Why Go: If you have ever heard the term “Billionaires’ Row” in reference to Manhattan real estate, you should know that the new Park Hyatt New York’s highly anticipated address is what started it all. One57, the building whose bottom 25 floors the Park Hyatt occupies, is the first of four new residential skyscrapers that include homes priced above $100 million. At 90 stories, One57 is the second tallest of the four, offering exceptional Central Park views from units in the top half of the building. Although the $400 million Park Hyatt’s hotel rooms are not counted among those with park views, the hotel’s art gallery–like interiors by Canada’s Yabu Pushelberg are a sight in and of themselves.
What to Expect: Walk into the Park Hyatt and you may think you are in the wrong place until a staff member in a Narciso Rodriguez–designed uniform helps you check in to your room from an iPad. The hotel’s foyer, which leads to a striking spiral staircase, is adorned with Daniel Libeskind’s Spirit House Chair from the Royal Ontario Museum and several other modern furnishings. The great room at the top of the stairs looks more like a hotel, with a welcome desk, upholstered seating in the lounge, a bar, and the Back Room at One57 restaurant off to the side. The hotel’s 210 rooms (from $795) are among Manhattan’s largest, and an impressive 92 of those are suites. An exclusive soundtrack of classical music from Carnegie Hall across the street is pumped into the hotel’s indoor pool through underwater speakers.
How to Get There: The hotel concierge can arrange a house Mercedes S-Class sedan for a flat rate. Allow an hour to drive in from JFK International Airport. Flying into LaGuardia Airport will save about 15 minutes of drive time. (646.774.1234, www.parkhyattnewyork.com)