This is a sponsored post on behalf of Grand Hyatt NYC, all opinions are our own.
Are you following me on Snapchat? If so, you know that I spent a fabulous week in New York City for The Makeup Show NYC. I spent the week with Jamie, from Makeup Life Love, and we thought it would be fun to share a little overview of our week in the form of a travel guide. We chose to stay at the Grand Hyatt NYC in Midtown, be sure to stick around to hear about their awesome amenities.
WHAT TO DO
If you’ve never been, or even if you have, Times Square is a must see. Whether you want to people watch, grab a Broadway show, go shopping or get a bite to eat Times Square has it all. Times Square has experienced flourishes of creative vibrancy and periods of great depravity, and yet it remains “the crossroads of the world.”
Want a surefire way to see all the city sites? Jump on one of the big NYC Double Decker tour buses. We originally did this because we just didn’t feel like walking anymore but it was our best idea yet. The way this works is you can just find these guys on the corner in Times Square and there’s room to haggle with the prices, just act like you’re about to walk away and they will give you a better deal. We ended up getting three full days of tours + World Trade Center walking tour + the night tour and more for the price of just one day. So grab one of their brochures and if you plan to do it anyway, you’re better off hopping on and hopping off the bus for all your travel needs.
Shop from 30 vendors, enjoy live music and activities, explore neighborhood cafes and amenities. Union Square Farmers Market has been a neighborhood institution for over 10 years. Every Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM, mid-May through November. Even if you’re just out for a walk, it’s super fun to just wonder around the market or kick back in one of the seating areas and people watch.
Grand Central Terminal has intricate designs both on its inside and outside. In addition, it contains a vast interior main concourse. The terminal is one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions, with 21.9 million visitors in 2013. You can catch the subway here, get some shopping done and grab a bite to eat. It’s a must just to walk through and see the gorgeous architecture.
WHERE TO EAT
New York Central Bar and Kitchen is a modern eatery that adds a new level of fine dining in Manhattan and creativity to the culinary landscape of the Grand Central neighborhood. Grab a table around the open kitchen surrounded by a wall of windows overlooking New York City. It’s located within the Grand Hyatt NYC and the food was phenomenal.
So, step into our most action packed location… RARE Chelsea. We are located in the heart of the best dressed part of NYC, the Fashion District, just steps from Madison Square Garden. Our sporty, energetic bar & lounge area features a gorgeous 20-foot bar surrounded by 10 HD flat screens. Known as one of the neighborhood’s “go to” bars & prime game day destinations, the atmosphere exudes a casual and upbeat vibe.
Brookfield Place, originally known as the World Financial Center, is a complex of office buildings located across West Street from the World Trade Center site in the Battery Park City neighborhood of Manhattan. It’s full of shops and a very large food court with restaurants from Hudson Eats to NYC’s very first Umami Burger. Out back offers a grand view of the river and is a must see.
WHERE TO STAY
Step into the grand lobby of Grand Hyatt New York with a fabulous Midtown Manhattan setting, beautiful guestrooms and a professional, friendly staff. Just steps away from Grand Central Terminal, Grand Hyatt New York boasts an ideal Manhattan location, and from your hotel room it’s a pleasant stroll to Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Central Park, Times Square, Rockefeller Center,Broadway theaters, restaurants and world-famous shopping areas.
From the moment I entered the Grand Hyatt New York it felt like home. I had never been before so I was definitely excited. The large lobby made hanging out people watching a breeze, you can enjoy “instant-gratification food and beverage venue delighting the most serious NYC foodies. Grab and go with our new Manhattan café – Market.” right from the lobby or head up to New York Central or into the Lounge. The Grand Hyatt New York also offers an extensive room service menu.
Our room was a Grand Club Two Double, with access to the Grand Club on the 16th floor of the hotel. Daily breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres are served along with access to soda, tea and water throughout the day. We felt like real VIPs and I can tell you that I’ll be staying in a Grand Club room again on my next visit, it was awesome.
The Grand Club also offers rooftop garden access with ample seating. It was awesome to just hang outside and relax for a bit every day. We would take our coffee or snacks out here and just decompress from the day.
For me, one of the coolest parts of our entire stay with the Grand Hyatt NYC was the #ViewFromTheRoof tour. You can see the city from end to end and it truly is one of the most spectacular views in the city. The Grand Hyatt sits right by the Chrysler building and the view from the roof is stunning. For this reason alone, I’d come back to the Grand Hyatt NYC.
Are you on your way to NYC? Let me know below what you plan on doing while you’re there or if you’ve been what is your favorite part of the city?