Hyatt 48 Lex (New York)

Room 2201: Bed by the WindowRoom 306: Facing 48th StreetRoom 306: View of the Bed from the Window AreaRoom 306: King-size BedRoom 306: Room 306: Work Area
Room 306: Porcelain Throne CornerRoom 306: VanityRoom 306: Shower StallRoom 306: View from the EntranceRoom 306: KitchenetteRoom 2201: Squeezed-in Crumpled Tissue
Room 2201: Desk Area and WindowRoom 2201: Wardrobe Armoire and Desk AreaRoom 2201: View from the Entrance

Hyatt 48 Lex, a set on Flickr.

A new baby Hyatt is recently born in New York’s Midtown East. Barely three months old in mid-December 2011 when I visited it, Hyatt 48 Lex is meant to be a boutique hotel in the vein of W, except with much less luxury. The tower has a very tight footprint, having been built on a little plot where a convenience store used to be. With 24 floors, 116 rooms and suites, each floor has 6 rooms that face either the Lexington Avenue or the 48th Street, but corner rooms are lucky to see the intersection of those two streets. The rooms begin on the 3rd floor.

Room 01 and 06 are isolated from the other rooms in the floor, while rooms 02, 03, 04 and 05 are clustered together. The fa├žade of the lobby and ground floor restaurant, as well as the 3rd and 4th floors jut out from the rest of the tower. From floor 5 until floor 24, the Continue reading

The Park Hyatt Saigon

Park Hyatt Saigon by bloompy
Park Hyatt Saigon, a photo by bloompy on Flickr.

The Park Hyatt Saigon opened just this past July 2005. I checked in four months later, staying in 3 different rooms (2 standard and 1 suite). The prime location in District 1 (considered most desirable in Ho Chi Minh City [or HCMC], the city formerly known as Saigon) makes most of the landmarks available within walking distance. The hotel is next to the Opera House, close to the “Hotel de Ville” (French for “City Hall”), and not too terribly far away from the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Independence Palace. In addition, the Continue reading