Meet the Grayson Hotel, Hyatt’s new sweet spot in New York City

From Hyatt Place to flashy Hyatt Park, there are about 20 different Hyatt properties to choose from when planning a trip to New York City, and of course, that’s not to mention hundreds of hotels of other brands. If money (or points) is no object, there are a number of Hyatt properties that stand out clearly in New York. (Hello, heated bathroom floors and beautiful indoor pool in Hyatt New York Hotel!)

But for most of us, on most trips, there are some budgets to work out and trade-offs with each choice we make.

If you find yourself trying to find that selection of Goldilocks hotel in the big city when sifting through some extreme options, there’s a new kid in town that might be a good fit.

Enter: the Grayson Hotel.


What is Grayson?

The Grayson Hotel is Hyatt’s new 296-room Hyatt Unbound Collection hotel located at 39th Street between 5th and 6th avenues. It is an official Hyatt property for monetization and redemption. Hyatt Points World and enjoy elite privileges.

In both its design and decoration, Grayson has managed to blend the raw and authentic character of the city with its artistic and modern side. You might even pick up some hints of mid-century modern influences. Maybe because it’s new, having just opened in late 2022, and because its name isn’t immediately recognizable, such as (yet) another Grand Hyatt or Westin, Grayson has flown under some radar.


Small but luxurious room

Most of Grayson’s rooms are small, measuring just 250 square feet for most standard rooms. This is true whether you want a room with one king bed or two double beds, both of which are available at standard rates for bonus purposes.

While the rooms are on the tighter side, they still work perfectly with a real desk, a (small) bedside table, a wall-mounted TV, and a compact wardrobe.


With space constraints, you might not want to invite your besties over to hang out in your room (do it at the rooftop cocktail bar), but it’s perfectly suitable for sleeping, working, and relaxing. work and rest. There’s a luxury, branded robe and an umbrella to borrow in the room, both nice touches that make a stay feel fully catered for.

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Grayson’s bathrooms continue the trend of style, compactness and efficiency. However, there is one somewhat odd caveat about the bathroom that I need to mention.

For reasons that I will never be able to fully understand or explain, there is a large glass window between the sleeping space and the bathroom. Luckily, there are curtains that you can close between the two spaces if you want to keep the two spaces separate and more private.


I slept like a tired baby in my room, and some friends who are sensitive to road noise and have stayed here say they hear less road noise than at other New York hotels.


Great food and drinks (mostly)

I was only there for one night but made every effort to try as many of the hotel’s food and beverage outlets as possible in that short time.


Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Harta (located on the ground floor as you enter the hotel) is the main dining option at the Grayson Hotel. On the dinner menu you’ll find Mediterranean highlights like homemade focaccia ($3), hummus ($14), burrata ($20) and falafel ($17), all of which we tried following the waiter’s suggestion and I can recommend it with confidence.

This is the kind of dinner place where you meet up with friends for a few bites before heading out or, in our case, before going up the 28th floor to Bar Cima, the rooftop mezcal and tequila lounge.

But before you get on the elevator and go for some cocktails, know that there is a small bar in Harta. Additionally, the breakfast menu at Harta is less Mediterranean and more American classics like pancakes ($16), avocado toast ($17), breakfast sandwiches ($17) and steak and eggs ($32).

I had an omelet ($19), shown below, and although it was fine (and thankfully included in my dish) Hyatt’s Global Status), I like the dinner snacks here more than breakfast.

Bar Cima

This rooftop tequila and mezcal lounge is a glitzy vibe not to be missed. The view of the Empire State Building combined with walnut, brass and gem accents sets the stage for a veritable escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and a venue for gatherings. relax and celebrate meeting.

The cocktails on the menu mostly fall between $16 and $18 and rely on authentic Mexican ingredients, homemade bitters, fresh juices, and creative combinations of flavors.

We enjoyed Tamarindo Daisy with Derrumbes San Luis Potosi pickled tamarind, apricots and toasted serrano and habanero peppers.

Also on the menu, you will find various versions of Old-Fashioned; interesting drink called Rice and Dreams with rice milk, lemon, La Higuera Sotol and pepper; along with a few dozen other eye-catching concoctions. There is no full food menu here, although you can buy fries and avocado sauce to go with your drink.

Rumor has it there’s also a margarita bar tucked away in the alley behind Grayson, but there are only so many hours and cocktails to enjoy in a one night stay, so I’ll have to visit the courtyard next time.

price is right

Don’t abuse the Goldilocks comparison, but it’s really accurate because this hotel is in a convenient location. For some trips, Hyatt New York Hotel or Thompson Central Park might be too lavish, while you might be looking for a more full-service stay than you’ll find at budget brands with limited service. As a Category 5 Hyatt, Grayson’s award rates range from 17,000-23,000 points per night. Cash rates start under $200, which means Grayson’s rates are generally in line with what you’ll get downtown.

You can win a free night there with Hyatt World Credit Card by earning up to 30,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months and adding up to 30,000 bonus points by earning a total of 2 bonus points for every $1 spent in the first six months , for up to $15,000 in spend.


The reason it might not be for you

Of course, no hotel is perfect for everyone or every type of stay, so here are some times when Grayson might not be the best choice.

  • The rooms are small, so families, couples or other groups that will spend a lot of time in their rooms and want more space need to take that into account unless booking one of the three larger junior suites. a little bit.
  • Grayson has an industrial chic influence, so if you don’t feel comfortable in a room with unfinished ceilings, consider that in your decision.
  • While it has everything you need for most stays at Grayson (including a gym in the basement), this is not where you’ll find a spa, indoor pool or any other high-end amenities. level, so plan accordingly.


I’ve been in dozens Hotels in New York over the yearsand Hyatt’s Grayson currently tops my list of stays when I want to stay somewhere nice enough to enjoy a meal or a cocktail without leaving the hotel but not so pretty (or expensive) that I will feel guilty every second I’m not in a hotel making the most of my stay.

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