Review: Hyatt 48 Lex, New York

Peta Hunt heads to New York for a cool (and romantic!) city escape

A room with a city view at the Hyatt 48 Lex

First impressions
It’s new, it’s friendly and it’s Mid Town… just three of the big attractions of this contemporary five-star. With its amazing location on Lexington Avenue and 48th Street (the clue’s in the name!), this is where modern touches (locally sourced food, WiFi, slick, state-of-the-art reception) meet old school service. Check-in is friendly – and comes with drinks, you stand at the bar while they do the paperwork –  before you’re swept away to one of the 116 elegant, pied-à-terre style suites.


Room for Romance
Room or suite, they all have floor to ceiling windows with fantastic views over a city known for it’s amazing skyscape. And while the ambience is modern and trendy, the rooms still feel cosy enough for that perfect romantic weekend. The walk-in shower is big enough for two and in the kitchenette, a neatly hidden cupboard reveals a huge mini bar (is it still a mini bar when it is this big and bulging with goodies?).

Above and beyond: hanging out on one of the Hyatt’s penthouse terraces

Wine and Dine
Lexington Brass Bar & Grill is an American brasserie-style restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner  – the last two should always be accompanied by Lexington Brass’s signature cocktails or at least a refreshing glass of ginger and lemonade after a hot busy day pounding the sidewalks. And as for dinner – hurrah! – a modern hotel serving traditional comfort food. Ten out of ten for the beetroot and goats cheese salad or ask for the daily special. It’s worth it.  If you’re a room service fan – and who couldn’t fail to want to watch the latest episode of Dexter plus eat? – they have a great menu that includes a cheeseburger with truffle fries. How posh is that?

We love
Free coffee, tea, juice and pastries for breakfast on the 2nd floor in the Lexington Lounge, and a glass or two of wine in the evening with cheese. There are free iPad loans here too! The enthusiastic staff. They love New York and if you want to eat in your room, they can source you a list of take-out menus. We had sushi within 30 minutes of asking!

It’s also within walking distance of Grand Central Station, the Chrysler Building, Radio City Music Hall, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, and Fifth Avenue, home to the finest window shopping in the world.

We didn’t love
Bumpy roads. Never get in a taxi when you are feeling hung-over. Try the subway. It’s easy to use and fast to get downtown to SoHo, a must for all hipsters… where Marc Jacobs is king (163 Mercer St,
New York) between W Houston St and Prince St.


Get there
Studio Queen Room from £187 per night plus taxes (48lex.hyatt.com). BA £494 return from Heathrow via British Airways (britishairways.com). Travel to/from central New York, from JFK, try a 45-minute journey on the AirTrain and Long Island Rail Road into Downtown Manhattan. Arriving at Newark Airport, take the AirTrain again, into New York’s Penn Station. Fancy the coach? It takes you to New York’s Grand Central Station in an hour. A cab from either airport is easiest, although can be slow during rush hour, and will set you back approx. $70.