a traveler from Travelocity.com
on June 10, 2011
I have stayed here numerous times, even though I live only about 45 minutes away in NJ. It has quickly become my favorite hotel in NYC. Apart from the obvious - modern-style hotel, surprisingly big rooms, high standard of cleanliness and one of the better Hyatt hotel restaurants - there is a lot here that should be of interest to any tourist or business traveler. The hotel is walking distance to a lot of things that NYC residents take for granted, but make for fun tourism. Wall Street, South Street Seaport, Battery Park, the Bull Statue, Trinity Church - any of these is an easy walk, and it is also a comfortable walk to Ground Zero/City Hall. Tourists who don't mind a longer walk can also reach Canal Street and Chinatown very easily, in about 30 or so minutes of walking. In the mean time, taxis are abundant in the area and it is only a few blocks to a subway, so you have plenty of options to get yourself to other parts of the city. And when all that's said and done, at night you have the benefit of a 3-minute walk to see the Brooklyn Bridge, or a 10-minute walk (max) to Battery Park to see the Statue of Liberty lit up and walk along the Hudson River. It is a relaxing way to have a quieter Manhattan experience at night, while still having great access to the whole city during the day. (You are also very close to Brooklyn, which can be fun for urban explorers). Exceptional restaurants and some nice bars can be found in easy walking distance (Stone Street, St Johns, etc.) as well. Add to that the free soft drinks/water and snacks in your room, and a remarkable staff that seems to actually care about you, and in my opinion you have one of the best hotels in the city.
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