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Grand Hyatt NYC - Help!!!

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Grand Hyatt NYC - Help!!!

Our family may be booking Aug 8-12 @ this hotel. It's our first visit to NYC and we're looking for some guidance :):):)We got a really good deal on the room, but wanted advice from locals OR someone who has stayed there. Is this a good hotel? Good location? Convenient to stuff? (Supposedly, the subways are next door @ Grand Central Station)

For a 5 day stay, what does everyone suggest as far as tourist spots, restaurants, shopping, etc.........?? We won't be doing much shopping, we're more interested in hitting the top tourist spots and taking in at least: 1)a Broadway play & 2)a Yankees Game. Any help, suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks in advance.................

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1. Re: Grand Hyatt NYC - Help!!!

Forgot to ask..............

We're driving into the city.........

Where are some alternatives to hotel parking? I haven't checked w/them yet, but I'm thinking they'll be super expensive........

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2. Re: Grand Hyatt NYC - Help!!!

The Grand Hyatt is a great location, right near the beautiful Grand Central Station and the subway lines. You are a few blocks from Times Square, very walkable and very safe.

Bryant Park is close by, as is The Chrylser Bldg (right across the street). Walkable to Central Park via 5th Avenue to see all of the popular shops, including FAO Schwarz, Tiffany, Trump Tower, Rockefeller Center, St. Patricks and many more.

Definately take in Yankee game, the #4 train goes directly there from Grand Central, very easy from the hotel.

As far as show, check www.broadwaybox.com for discounts and availability, same with www.theatermania.com and www.playbill.com. All are free to join. Will be happy to make recommendations...what interests you? Also, what ages in your family? That will determine what is recommended.

I would definately recommend visiting Greenwich Village or the Upper West side, just to see some real NYC neighborhoods. A walk over the Brooklyn Bridge is a must, same with visiting the Empire State Building. I would also recommend SOL/Ellis Island.

There are lots of threads about restaurants, plus the sticky at the top of this forum. All depends on taste, $, & location.

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That hotel is a winner. Close to everything, and very safe. Plus, its probably better for a visitor NOT to stay right IN times square. Times sq is SO touristy now... Plus, if you want to go, its a short walk.

Hit up some local neighborhood spots, the whole island of manhattan is interesting, try venture out away from the usual spots. The hudson river walk is kinda cool, you see all the locals out there with their dogs, bikes, skates...just hanging out. Its a great way to take in NYC without being touristy. The whole thing is pretty nice, but I like it roght down by charlton st, and the West Side Highway. Its very nice in the evening before it gets dark.

Want a cheap meal while in the area? Walk over to 2nd and 35th st and go to gemini diner. A GREAT diner with very reasonable prices and huge portions.

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Turns out the hotel only offers valet parking, $48 a day!!!

Any suggestions on where to stash our car?

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5. Re: Grand Hyatt NYC - Help!!!

Check www.iconparking.com

Lots of places all over the city, should be a lot less than $48.00 per day. That is outrageous!

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There are lots of places to park your car around there. About $25 a day is a good price and the bell hop can point you in the right direction. It's not the kind of thing you need to make a reservation for or have planned out in advance.

Since your right above Grand Central you really have to put the kids to bed early one night and run down to the Campbell Apartment (in Grand Central) for a cocktail or two. They do have a dress code: no tennis whites (that translates to no sneakers or shorts).

www.newyorkmetro.com/pages/details/9747.htm

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We found icon parking very easy to use. Found a convenient location on their online site, printed out a reservation for 72 hours for $81 including tax, and showed up. The only problem we had was that they wanted to argue with us and said that they had had a price increase. But when I presented the reservation voucher that had been printed only a few days prior to our trip, they honored it. They then admitted that they charge higher prices when booked through the surrounding hotels. It pays to do things on your own!

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10. Re: Grand Hyatt NYC - Help!!!

Very interesting info alarrick. Good for you to stand your ground and have the printout confirmation.

Tarheellum your question about "...what does everyone suggest as far as tourist spots, restaurants, shopping, etc.........??" is a bit broad reaching and we know nothing about you or your tastes. I think there's plenty of info already here on all those subjects if you do a text search on the forum not to mention all the info on tripadvisor.

Here's a link to even more info

http://nymetro.com/visitorsguide/index.htm