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Visiting New York City is always something to look forward to. Unfortunately, staying at a hotel in the city can be expensive and leave a significant dent in your budget. In fact, New York City takes the top prize as the U.S. city with the most costly average daily hotel rates, according to Statista, a global data-gathering firm.
Before my recent visit to New York City, I considered various Hyatt hotels to make the most of my top-tier World of Hyatt Globalist status. Among them, The Time New York, which is a part of JdV by Hyatt, caught my attention due to its reasonable rates compared to other Hyatt properties.
The Time New York joined the World of Hyatt program in April 2023 and is a member of the Dream Hotel Group, which was just integrated into World of Hyatt.
Given that I hadn’t heard much about The Time New York and the rates were too good to pass up, I decided to check out the hotel during my 2-night work trip to the city.
Whether you’re visiting New York City for business or pleasure, here’s what you can expect from a stay at The Time New York.
The Time New York is adjacent to the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, the venue for the well-known Broadway production, “The Book of Mormon,” and just in front of the theater where “CHICAGO The Musical” is performed. The location of The Time New York is unmatched if you’re a theatergoer and have plans to catch a musical (or 2) on Broadway while visiting New York City.
If you’re not in town to see a show and simply want to explore the sights of the Big Apple, The Time New York is just a few steps from Times Square and less than a 15-minute walk by foot to both Central Park and Rockefeller Center.
The hotel is located 9 miles from LaGuardia Airport (LGA), and my Uber ride there cost me $57 and took 45 minutes due to traffic. Guests arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) or Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) should expect slightly longer travel times.Hot Tip:
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Over this past summer, Hyatt successfully acquired Dream Hotel Group, resulting in The Time New York becoming an official property under the World of Hyatt program. This change allows guests to earn and redeem World of Hyatt points at The Time New York.
Since I was traveling solo to New York City for the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, my main goal was to minimize my hotel expenses.
During my search on the Hyatt app, I discovered that The Time New York offered the most affordable rates for a decent Hyatt hotel in Manhattan, based on my fixed travel dates. I was quoted an average daily rate of $162 for my 2-night stay.
Instead of redeeming 21,000 points per night, which we estimate to be worth $315 (given our valuation of World of Hyatt points), I decided to save my points and pay for my stay using The World of Hyatt Credit Card. Given the reasonable price tag and the fact that this hotel is a Category 6 property in the World of Hyatt program, I figured it was worthwhile to check it out.Hot Tip:
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Upon checking in, I couldn’t help but think what a great location I’d found for any future theater trips I might take. This hotel was truly right in the midst of everything.
In addition, “CHICAGO The Musical” — the longest-running musical in Broadway history — is performed at the Ambassador Theatre, only a few feet from the hotel’s entrance.
After taking a moment to appreciate the location, I entered the building’s ground floor.
There, I noticed a sign directing guests to the elevator, which would take guests up to the second floor, where the reception area and check-in desk were located.
The check-in desk is immediately in front of you when the elevator doors open on the second floor.
The concierge desk was just beside the check-in area.
The hotel is boutique in nature and offers 193 rooms and suites spread across 16 floors. My reservation was for a Double Bed Petite room measuring 180 square feet. However, because of my World of Hyatt Globalist status, I was preassigned a King Bed Deluxe room before arrival, measuring 275 square feet, the hotel’s most spacious non-suite option.
Since I was traveling alone, I only needed a little room, but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to ask if any suites were available at check-in. The front desk gentleman said that all of the suites were accounted for, but if there had been any, he would have been happy to assign it to me.
I thanked him for checking, and in return, he acknowledged my loyalty to World of Hyatt. He then handed me breakfast vouchers for my 2-night stay and my keys and instructions for the Wi-Fi.
After I checked in, I explored the second-floor lobby a bit more and loved the blood-orange wicker chairs and flower-pedal side table, amongst other stylish furniture adorning this space.
Plenty of seating was available near the reception desk; however, I never saw anyone sitting in these areas. If you need to get some work done and prefer to work outside of your room, the lobby area is arguably the most attractive workspace at the hotel.
The hotel’s efficient and welcoming check-in process allowed me to reach my room on the 11th floor within minutes of arrival.Hot Tip:
Keep in mind, the hotel does charge a facility fee of $30 per night + tax (not charged on award stays or for World of Hyatt Globalists), which includes daily continental breakfast for 2 at the on-site ground-floor Serafina Restaurant, access to a 24-hour on-property gym, 20% off food and beverage purchases on the property, and wireless internet.
There aren’t many amenities at The Time New York because it’s a city hotel in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, but a few are noteworthy.
The hotel has a 24-hour fitness center on the fourth floor, equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.
Due to its modest footprint, the fitness center has limited equipment. During my visit, I counted 1 elliptical trainer, 1 treadmill, 2 benches, and an abundance of free weights.
The space is suitable for a handful of people to work out simultaneously, but it may feel cramped with more people.
The space is adequate for a hotel of this size, but you shouldn’t expect additional workout amenities, such as Peloton bikes or water bottles, that you would find at many upscale hotels.
During this work trip, I needed a reliable and fast internet connection, as I had plans to work for extended periods each day. The hotel offers high-speed Wi-Fi to all guests. This service is included in the facility fee of $30 per night. Although I did not conduct a speed test during my stay, the Wi-Fi was strong in the room and within the hotel, and I achieved productivity without interruptions.
Most visitors to New York City prefer not to rent a car due to the availability of public transportation and ridesharing options, as well as the challenging nature of driving in NYC. However, it is worth noting that The Time New York does provide information about a parking garage located across the street.
Although I personally didn’t see the parking garage, it is worth mentioning that there are nearby parking options available if you are visiting the town and plan to drive.
I took the elevator up to the 11th floor. As I stepped into the dimly lit corridor, I noticed the illuminated lights and numbers beside each door.
My room was situated just across from the elevators.
At first glance, the room featured hardwood floors and soft, dusky fabrics with brushed metals to create a live, urban vibe that also felt cozy and welcoming.
A glass closet with a Maison Margiela bathrobe, ironing board, hangers, and an umbrella for those wet NYC days stood next to the front door.
I did not need to use the umbrella because the weather in NYC was perfect during my visit. Although I am fond of hotel robes, I hardly had any time to enjoy wearing them. Nevertheless, I always appreciate having these 2 amenities in my hotel room.
I was happy to have been upgraded from a double bed to a king-sized bed because having more room to spread out is always appreciated.
The “Deluxe” rooms are the largest category of non-suite rooms, and I certainly felt like the room was spacious, particularly for NYC standards.
This room provides ample space for 2 guests to unpack and relax without feeling cramped.
The buildings on the west side of Manhattan could be seen from my room. For light sleepers like myself, the blackout drapes afforded excellent darkness in the room when closed.
A single Moroso-branded wooden chair with pink and tan-colored upholstery stood in the corner of the room near the windows.
The bed was flanked by 2 nightstands (1 with a clock radio with Bluetooth connectivity and the other with a telephone) and lamps on each side.
The electrical light switches above the nightstand tables could control the room lights.
While there were wall units where you could plug in your charger and charge your devices, the nightstands had USB charging ports, which I found strange and inconvenient.
Another peculiar aspect of the room that I didn’t particularly like was the presence of a TV concealed behind a sizable round mirror. I found it challenging to watch TV during the day due to the glare from the mirrors and the lack of clarity on the picture screen, especially from the bed.
In a darkened room at night, the TV picture became more enjoyable to watch when the lights were turned off.
I would have no problem with a TV behind the bathroom mirror layout. Actually, I appreciate that feature in modern hotel bathrooms. However, this was a serious flaw in the hotel’s room design for the main bedroom TVs.
Beneath the TV/mirror combo was a desk made of light-colored wood, accompanied by a chair, providing a suitable space for completing tasks or work.
Electrical outlets were attached to the wall above the desk to quickly charge your laptop while working.
There was a small minifridge underneath the desk to store beverages.
Although the room had limited storage space, I placed my luggage on a small table and stored some of my clothing in the drawers.
While I didn’t care for the TV/mirror room feature, I did think it was innovative that the hotel uses illuminated panels instead of a “do not disturb” hanging tag on the doors to let housekeeping know whether guests want privacy or turndown service.
The bathroom design exuded a sleek and masculine aesthetic, featuring slate gray tiles and a small sink adorned with black matte hardware. Completing the stylish ensemble was a lighted mirror positioned above the sink.
I was shocked by the insufficient amount of counter space available.
Due to the limited counter space, I stored most of my bathroom items in my toiletry bag.
The walk-in rainfall shower had intense water pressure, which is a feature that I genuinely appreciate, and the water turned hot fast.
Like many U.S. Hyatt hotels, Pharmacopia supplied the bathroom toiletries at this particular hotel. Pharmacopia is renowned for its argan oil-infused fragrant bath products.
Food and Beverage
While the renowned culinary haven neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen is just a few blocks away from the hotel, if you want to stay on property, The Time New York does have 2 food and beverage establishments for the convenience of its guests.
LeGrande Lounge on the hotel’s second floor is reminiscent of 1960s gentlemen’s clubs. The lounge emanates an air of sophistication with its light oak wood floors and velvet upholstery with mint green and violet accents.
The lounge operates exclusively in the evening and undergoes a transformation into a lively cocktail bar. It offered a comfortable setting with numerous couches and chairs, ideal for socializing with friends or enjoying a quick drink before attending a Broadway performance.
Bar snacks like chicken skewers and deviled eggs were among the delectable light bites on the LeGrande menu. The lounge also offered a variety of beverages, including seasonal and specialty cocktails, wine and Champagne by the glass or bottle, and craft beers.
The operating hours of LeGrande Lounge were from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Serafina at The Time New York
Serafina at The Time New York, the hotel’s on-site restaurant, has 9 locations scattered throughout New York City.
The restaurant offers homestyle Italian cuisine in a relaxed yet stylish atmosphere. Diners can look forward to enjoying a variety of delicious options for lunch and dinner, including wood-fired pizzas, handmade pasta, and a carefully curated selection of wines.
However, during the morning hours, Serafina becomes a breakfast area for hotel guests.
All guests are entitled to a complimentary continental breakfast, including baked goods like muffins and bagels and coffee, tea, or juice.
World of Hyatt Globalist members can exchange their breakfast voucher for a more filling breakfast. Globalists can select 1 breakfast entrée from a variety of choices, such as lemon ricotta pancakes or an omelet with customizable toppings, from an à la carte menu. Additionally, they can enjoy a beverage of their choice, such as a cappuccino or fresh juice.
For breakfast, I selected a delicious omelet filled with ham, cheese, peppers, mushrooms, and spinach. It was accompanied by a side of breakfast potatoes and a fresh salad.
I was craving caffeine, so I paired my meal with a latte.
The server kindly advised me to sign the receipt and assured me that, as is customary for my Hyatt stays, the breakfast charge would be removed upon checkout. True to their word, the charge was indeed removed.
Serafina was open for breakfast every day from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. The restaurant was also open for lunch and dinner service Tuesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. until 10 p.m. and on Monday from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m.Hot Tip:
Considering I spent most of the day outside the hotel, I only had sporadic interactions with the staff, but the gentleman who checked me in on the first day welcomed me each day after and always asked how my stay was going. The breakfast wait staff was courteous and attentive. I found the service satisfactory during my visit and did not encounter any issues or complaints.
The Time New York is a boutique hotel in the bustling heart of Midtown Manhattan’s Theatre District, yet located on a quiet street and only steps away from Times Square. The hotel has a sleek, contemporary design that caters more to business travelers and couples rather than families.
While I chose The Time New York because of its affordable cash rates for my travel dates, if I needed to stay in Midtown Manhattan and wanted to use my points, I would probably look into other World of Hyatt Category 6 hotels instead, such as the Hyatt Centric Times Square New York or the Thompson Central Park New York.
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Frequently Asked Questions
When did The Time New York join the World of Hyatt program?
In April 2023, Hyatt completed the integration of the Dream Hotel Group, resulting in The Time New York joining World of Hyatt.
What does JdV stand for by Hyatt?
JdV, short for Joie de Vivre, is a group of Hyatt-owned boutique hotels.
Does The Time New York have a pool?
No, there isn’t a pool at The Time New York.
Can I book The Time New York with points?
The Time New York is a Hyatt hotel, so you can use your World of Hyatt points to book a stay there. The cost of a night at this Category 6 hotel is between 21,000 and 29,000 points.
How many rooms does The Time New York have?
The Time New York has a total of 193 rooms and suites spread across 16 floors.
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