Grand Hyatt New York Hotel's $130 Million Renovation
By Emma Healey
Originally opened as The Commodore Hotel in 1919 and reflagged as The Grand Hyatt New York in 1980, the hotel has played host to many dignitaries, celebrities and guests for many years. The hotels $130 million renovation represents a rebirth and resurgence of this historic hotel and is an important part of the overall renaissance of the Grand Central neighbourhood.
Located in Midtown Manhattan, the legendary Grand Hyatt New York has just completed its $130 million renovation. Found at the crossroads of Manhattan adjacent to Grand Central Station, the hotel has had a top-to-bottom renovation that includes 1,306 meticulously redesigned guestrooms and suites featuring world-class artwork, the acclaimed New York Central restaurant, a transformed lobby and mezzanine, multiple event and meeting spaces, revitalised ballrooms and the innovative grab-and-go food outlet, Market.
Transformation of the Grand Hyatt New York features talents by internationally-renowned artists Jaume Plensa and Per Fronth, and design by Bentel & Bentel, George Wong Design and Looney & Associates. The Midtown Manhattan luxury hotel commissioned artists and designers to re-animate and re-energise the hotels public places. Works by sculptor Jaume Plensa, known for his monumental public projects in Madison Square Park in New York, Millennium Park in Chicago and Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the UK, will serve as the hotel lobby's centrepiece; murals representing snapshots of New York by Norwegian artist per Fronth are showcased in the guestrooms and in the New York Central's Wine Gallery; and vibrant, colourful panels from the German artist Burghard Muller-Dannhausen can be seen in the New Gallery on Lex event space.
The Grand Hyatt New York
The Lobby - Hints of Easter Island Brought to Life
Guests arriving in the grand lobby on their direct holidays to New York will marvel at the two larger-than-life sculptures by Jaume Plensa, named Awilda and Chloe, which are reminiscent of the Moai sculptures on Easter Island. Created from the same white macael marble used in ancient Roman columns, one stands in a 'water wall' adjacent to the entrance, while the second sits on a white onyx stone plinth by the arrivals and departures area. Plensa created the sculptures to appear to be in a dreamlike state, hoping to encourage the rushed world to stop and take time out to join the dream of people just trying to be happy where they are, when they are at the Grand Hyatt.
Guestrooms and Suites - Evoking the Mood of a Manhattan Residence
The 1,306 guestrooms, including 51 suites, combine refined colours, lush textures and luxuriant artwork evoking the design of a sleek, modern Manhattan residence. Designed by Looney & Associates of Dallas and George Wong Design of New York, the rooms offer a calm sanctuary, far from the hustle and bustle of the city centre below. The majority of the guestrooms were designed by Looney & Associates with rich woods, deeply toned pinstripe carpeting, dramatic lighting, all inspired by the concept of a 'sexy Manhattan apartment'. The 20 VIP Suites were also designed by Looney & Associates and offer two distinct concepts; the idea of a 'loft' and the idea of a modern 'residence'. The Loft Suites are perfect for business travellers with a feeling of masculinity and design elements including espresso-tinted walnut furnishings and opulent lounge areas, while the Residence Suites offer a softer tone and a more neutral feel.
The four Premier Suites, designed by George Won Design, are based on the concept of the 'pied-a-terre' and feature two main schemes; uptown and downtown. The Uptown Suites capture the tones of a classic Manhattan townhouse while the Downtown Suites are inspired by the light and airy open lofts of TriBeCa.
The Grand Club and Social Event Space
The Grand Club, designed to resemble a rooftop garden, is a residential-style gathering place for guests, with access to technology, work areas and food and beverages. Designed by George Wong, this modern space is filled with warm wood surfaces, sage coloured walls and retro-industrial metalwork which reflect various elements of nature. Surrounded by a private terrace with picnic tables and oversized lounge chairs, the club comprises of an entry foyer resembling a gazebo, a living room with multiple seating areas, a breakfast room with natural wood and stone surfaces and an airy conservatory.
The hotel has a total of 55,000 sq ft of event space ranging from intimate boardrooms to expansive ballrooms. Gallery On Lex is a 4,400 sq ft event area with a club-like feel featuring colourful panels from German artist Burghard Muller-Dannhausen.
Food and Beverage Options
Designed by Bentel & Bentel, the 6,000 sq ft New York Central restaurant includes a lounge, restaurant and wine gallery featuring WineStation technology, an innovative wine dispensing system allowing guests to taste a variety of different wines. Chef Christian Ragano offers a diverse menu inspired by the flavours of Western Europe while head pastry chef Katzie Guy-Hamilton has an inventive style, blending classic French baking techniques with eclectic New York City taste.
Market is a 24-hour 'grab-and-go' outlet located in the main hotel lobby, offering tasty New York treats to hotel guests and the Grand Central neighbourhood.
Take advantage of the many late deals available to New York and experience this amazing hotel first hand.
Emma Healey is the co-founder and owner of holidayholiday.co.uk, specialists in holiday packages and last minute holidays to worldwide destination. Thanks for taking the time to read my article and be sure to watch out for more of my articles as I'm writing many travel blogs and have some great topics coming soon.