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Some months ago I heard that there would be a new Hyatt opening in the vicinity of LaGuardia Airport. The word staycation popped into my head. When Hyatt began accepting reservations a few months ago, I noticed that the state government rate (which I am eligible to use) was crazy good, and I made a slew of reservations. The hotel opened for business this month, and, on Saturday afternoon, Won’t Run and I met up in his borough – Queens – for a change. I’d heard that Flushing was largely Chinese, but the extent of it hit me when I got off the 7 train at Main Street! I really felt like I was somewhere in Asia! I even felt a little joy when I saw a Citibank thinking I wouldn’t have to pay foreign transaction fees!
As I walked, I was surprised how many hotels there were interspersed in this neighborhood- which doesn’t exactly feel like a hub for airport hotels, even though it is– Sheraton, Best Western, Red Roof Inn, Comfort Inn and others.
We arrived at the hotel and checked in. The entrance and lobby were much larger and grander than a typical Hyatt Place.
Some of the photos on the wall were of the 1964 World’s Fair, which was only a stone’s throw away from the hotel.
The staff was welcoming, and assigned us our room. Room 806 was very nice (even though it did not have a view of the Manhattan skyline, as we’d been promised). There were 2 queen beds and a sofa area, sufficient closet and drawer space, a 42 inch tv, refrigerator and a coffee maker.
The bathroom had a sliding glass door, but the glass was frosted. The shower was excellent.
In addition to being located in a culturally diverse neighborhood, the guests at the hotel were likewise diverse. At the breakfast buffet on Sunday morning, I noticed many languages being spoken and I felt like I too was traveling.
I really liked the fact that, in addition to offering traditional American breakfast items (scrambled eggs, sausage and French toast), Asian breakfast items were also offered (miso soup, congee, tofu, scallions and – my favorite- seaweed). Won’t Run was sad because neither bacon nor potatoes were offered. Just like the other Hyatt Place hotels I’ve been to, the coffee, a Starbucks brew, was delicious!
The hotel also had a bar and a 24/7 Gallery Menu.
Continuing the theme of embracing the Asian heritage, both of Flushing, New York, and of many of the hotel guests, the drink and food menu included an assortment of sakes and Asian-themed food items.
There is a really nice indoor pool with a fabulous view of Citifield and the Manhattan skyline on the 9th floor of the hotel. That together with the fitness center, are reviewed HERE.
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