Fee for Wi-Fi in guestrooms (free in public areas)
Pricey valet parking
Opened in 2013, the upscale Hyatt Union Square New York offers stylish accommodations and solid amenities a block from Union Square (and its seven subway lines). Rooms are bright and charming, with fun details and textiles; several feature terraces. The three on-site restaurants -- with a fourth on the rooftop terrace coming soon -- serve three solid meals a day in comfortable but stylish settings. Overall, it is one of the best bets in the area.
Among the hip, NYU student-scene in the East Village, just over one long block from the arts, skateboarding, protests, and farmers' market in Union Square
The Hyatt Union Square New York is situated on Fourth Avenue and East 13th Street, a busy, commercial area of Manhattan. The diverse Union Square area to the north -- after which the hotel takes its name -- unites social activists, skaters, shoppers, and street vendors. It may not be quiet, but 14th Street is dotted with bars, restaurants, and shops in both directions, and from the subway station at Union Square, you have access to anywhere in Manhattan. Plus, being on the L subway line (just outside the hotel's doors) means easy access to the clubs in the Meatpacking District (to the west) and the fashionable arts, music, restaurant, and bar scene in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (to the east).
The East Village was for decades a sketchy neighborhood that tended to attract struggling artists, writers, and musicians -- a long-term artistic influx that fed the 1960s hippie culture and fostered the birth of punk rock in the 1970s. More recently, like much of Manhattan, the area has undergone a fair amount of gentrification, but still retains many elements of its gritty character and countercultural spirit, partly due to the constant influx of students from nearby New York University. Tompkins Square Park is at the neighborhood's center, a gathering place for green-market shoppers, street performers, and people just hanging out. Surrounding the park are restaurants, vintage shops, cool bars, trendy nightclubs, and "alternative" businesses offering everything from vegan food to drug paraphernalia.
Steps from the L train; one block from the 4, 5, and 6 subway lines; two blocks from the N, Q, R, and W lines; five blocks from the F, L, and V lines -- easy access to just about anywhere in the city
20-minute subway ride to Central Park
15-minute subway ride to Times Square
15-minute subway ride to the Empire State Building and to Rockefeller Center
20-minute subway ride to the ferry terminal to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
25-minute subway ride to the American Museum of Natural History
25-minute subway ride to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the "Met") and a 20-minute subway ride to the Museum of Modern Art (the "MoMA")
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