Update – award bookings filling up especially for 2017 weekends. If you can stay mid-week or in 2018, you have a better chance of finding availability.
There’s a new Hyatt Place opening soon in Long Island City, Queens – literally one subway stop to Manhattan – and it’s presently a category 2!
The Hyatt website is accepting reservations from October 27, 2017 and beyond. According to this YIMBY Article, construction is moving along well – the 9th floor and roof were completed in January.
You can presently make reservations for the hotel – including award nights for 8,000 points – this is wide open including the weekends of the New York City Marathon, Thanksgiving and Christmas!!
When I last checked – an award 8,000 point stay is for a King One bedroom suite not a standard room! (The one bedroom suite is always priced $100 more than a standard room!).
I Predict Hyatt Will Change the Hotel Category!!
I think that Hyatt will change the hotel category for the Hyatt Place Long Island City at any time like it did with the Hyatt House Chelsea (see. Hyatt Now Says New York/Chelsea Hyatt House is Category 5 Hotel) (jumped from category 2 to 5), and the Hyatt House Jersey City, which is still under construction (jumped from category 1 to 5 before reservations were opened for booking).
Here, although the hotel is legitimately listed as category 2 on the Hyatt website – if history is correct – then I predict it will be changed to a category 4 or 5 at any time!