Thompson Central Park New York (Hyatt): Bottom Line Review

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A few days ago, I spent a night at the Thompson Central Park New York, which is a Hyatt property in midtown Manhattan. Located within easy reach of Carnegie Hall, Central Park or Manhattan’s theater district, this property is a convenient upscale option, particularly for those using World of Hyatt points. The hotel reopened after renovation on November 1, 2021 and it still very much has a new hotel feel. I’d definitely stay here again.

Thompson Central Park New York Bottom Line Review

Bottom line: The Thompson Central Park New York is a great option on Hyatt points (I paid 25,000 points for 1 night). If I were ambivalent on location between the Andaz 5th Ave, Hyatt Centric Times Square, and this property (all the same category level), I would choose the Thompson Central Park again. In this case, we chose the Thompson specifically because it was a couple of blocks from a restaurant where we were attending an event. The Park Hyatt is right around the corner from the Thompson Central Park and I considered spending 40,000 points to stay there again; however, despite how much I loved my one previous stay at the Park Hyatt, I’m glad I saved 15,000 points as I was very happy with the Thompson.

As a Globalist, I received a proactive upgrade to a studio suite, free parking (a Globalist benefit on award stays), and a tasty free breakfast in the restaurant (which could have alternatively been taken as room service). Note that breakfast prices were high if you’re not getting it for free. Our bill for two people — with one coffee, one juice, one entrée, and one side each came to $156.78. It’s worth noting that we were told the Globalist benefit is one coffee, one juice, and one entrée per person. We ordered the side dishes because we wanted them and expected to pay for those, but we were not charged for them (YMMV of course). One really nice touch is that the juice was fresh squeezed! They had fresh squeezed orange juice, grapefruit, and something else.

It’s worth noting that my room showed the upgrade in the Hyatt app the day before check-in. When we arrived around 3:30pm, the room they had for us wasn’t yet available. We had the choice to wait for the room they had blocked or to take a different room (in the same studio suite category). Since we had a 6pm dinner reservation and needed to get ready, we opted for the room that was available right away. I wonder if perhaps the room originally booked may have had a Central Park view. If you ever get room 2104, you’ll have to let me know if it had a good view!

  • Points PriceCategory 6, 21,000-29,000 points per night for a standard room.
  • Cash Price: Consistently north of $500. I spot checked a couple dozen dates and the cheapest rate I saw for a standard room was $414 on a winter weekday, but the vast majority of days were in the mid $500’s and some dates had standard rooms going for nearly $800.
  • Points Value: It’s often a very good value for a points redemption, typically yielding more than 2c per point, which is comfortably above our reasonable redemption value for Hyatt points of 1.6 CPP.
  • Resort Fee: $34.86 plus tax “Destination Fee” on paid stays. It says to click here for inclusions, but all I see on that page are standard amenities that one would expect at a $400+ per night property. Note that you do not pay this fee on an award stay.
  • Parking: Valet parking starts at $65 per night plus tax (there is an additional fee for oversized vehicles). Valet parking is complimentary for Globalists on an award stay (or for Guest of Honor reservations).
  • Turndown service: None.
  • Housekeeping: I believe a note in the bathroom said that housekeeping would refresh the room once every 3 days (but I expect you could request more often). I only stayed for one night.
  • Internet: Very good.
  • Dining:
    • Parker (on the lobby level) is open for breakfast daily from 6:30am-11am and then all-day dining and drinks until midnight Monday through Thursday, 1am Friday and Saturday, and 11:30pm on Sunday.
    • “Burger Joint” is open from 11am to 11pm daily for lunch and dinner. It felt like everyone I met who worked at Thompson Central Park told me about how good the burgers are, but I was in town for a dinner reservation and thus didn’t get to try one.
    • The website also notes a restaurant called Indian Accent being open for dinner Thursday through Sunday, but I didn’t notice the restaurant nor do I recall being told about it (but I definitely recall being told about the burgers).
  • Spa: None.
  • Fitness Room: There is a fitness room, but I forgot to check it out.
  • Hyatt Globalist Elite Benefits: 
    • Suite Upgrade: I booked a standard room and was proactively upgraded to a studio suite. I noticed the higher-category room in the Hyatt app the day before arrival and then on arrival day the app displayed a “you have been upgraded” message.
    • Club Lounge: None.
    • Free Breakfast: We were told that breakfast included one entrée, one coffee, and one juice per person. Both my wife and I also ordered a side dish (expecting that we may be charged for them) and we were pleasantly surprised that those were also taken off of the bill. A 20% gratuity was automatically included in the breakfast bill, which otherwise came to more than $150 for the two of us.
    • 4PM Late Checkout: Offered proactively at check-in, but we didn’t need it on this stay.
    • Free Parking: Yes, free valet parking on award stays, which is a great value in Manhattan for those who drive to the city.
  • Would I stay again?  Yes, definitely. The property was immaculately clean, service was incredibly welcoming, and the location could be very convenient. The studio suite was very spacious, though I always prefer a bedroom with a door when traveling with my whole family (it was just my wife and I on this trip, so the studio suite was great).
  • Thompson Central Park pros:
    • Great location — just down the street from Carnegie Hall, two blocks from Central Park, and an easy walk to the theater district.
    • Spotlessly clean. From the lobby to the mirrors in the hallways to the rooms themselves, this place looked new.
    • Service was excellent. From the door man to the bellman to the check-in agent, everyone had a smile and a genuinely friendly demeanor. You don’t always get that at hotels in New York, so that was very nice.
    • There was a power outlet intelligently located next to the chaise end of the sofa in the lamp post that rises above it. That was perfect for working while lounging.
    • Globalist free breakfast can be taken in the restaurant or via room service and it was pretty tasty (a la carte service, no buffet).
    • Valet parking is available and is complimentary for Globalists on award stays
  • Thompson Central Park cons:
    • No power outlet near the “desk’ area. There was a chair set up in front of the TV as though the TV stand should double as a desk (and it definitely could, particularly if you swiveled the TV halfway). However, not only were there no power outlets immediately at the desk, there were no power outlets even within reach of the desk area so that I could plug in my laptop. This is certainly a picky criticism, but it’s a pet peeve of mine as someone who travels and works while traveling.
    • I don’t think this property has true 1 bedroom suites and I haven’t seen the studio suites available for award redemption, so I do not believe it is possible to confirm a suite in advance at this property.

That’s really it for the cons — I was very happy with my stay. Pictures follow:

The studio suite here was quite spacious. This “breakfast bar” sort of table in the foreground was sort of a high-top table with chairs that were more of a “chair” style in an “almost a stool” height. Everything was very clean and the sofa was very comfortable.
The sheets on the bed were wonderful. The TV / mirror swivels so you could watch TV from the sofa or from bed. Personally, I found the mattress a little too firm for my liking, but my wife thought it was very comfortable.

I loved that the lamp post over the chaise end of the sofa included a power outlet.
The bathroom had a single vanity. The shower had no door, which I generally hate, but the water pressure and temperature were good enough to make that seem not so bad.
Breakfast menu at the Thompson Central Park New York
Breakfast specials at Parker’s, the restaurant at the Thompson Central Park
The cappuccino came out artfully at breakfast.
I really enjoyed the atmosphere at Parker’s, which serves breakfast and offers all-day dining as well as a bar.
The décor was pretty cool and there was a piano off to the back right (just behind the guy standing on the far right).
My wife enjoyed the eggs benedict, though she said she would have preferred them over ham rather than the included chicken sausage (I believe all of the sausage items on the menu were turkey sausage or chicken sausage).
The Bircher muesli was actually really good. It had some honey and the granola was very fresh.

Overall, I had a great stay and would happily stay again.

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Robert

We were in NYC in May, stayed 3 nights at the Andaz 5th Ave and one night at the Park Hyatt. Really enjoyed the Andaz, breakfast was great in room, room was good (no upgraded available), bathroom was where the room fell short. Our preferred subway lines were several blocks away from the hotel.

The Park Hyatt was not a good experience. We encountered surly staff in all but one doorman. In restaurant breakfast was from a limited menu, the other menu available was for room service only and had a 2 hour wait. The room was great but a low floor meant street noise. The windows were filthy. I’d not stay there again and would recommend the Andaz over the Park. Nearly tried the Thompson but didn’t want 3 hotels in 4 nights.

In all my NYC travel this was my first stay in the city…having grandparents on Long Island meant staying with them every trip and taking the train into the city to visit aunts and uncles at work. This was fun, midtown is incredibly vibrant when you’re away from Times Square. Passing Hugh Jackman (pouring rainstorm, he had no umbrella and was running from the subway station) near his theater and Fran Drescher walking her dog (~11pm) just off Columbus Circle didn’t hurt

Jim

I stayed here a few weeks ago. We were very pleased with the redemption value and the quality of the hotel. Would recommend it too.

Dee

I’m excited to read your review. We have a couple of nights booked in early November for a conference at Lincoln Center.

Saundra Fried

I had a suite upgrade certificate to burn for an upcoming NYC stay. Nick is correct: per a discussion with my Hyatt concierge, it’s not possible to use it at the Thompson, but it is at the Andaz 5th Avenue (which is where I’m using my certificate). So, if location is not an issue and you want to use a suite upgrade certificate, the Thompson will have to wait for another NYC visit.

Brian G

I stayed here in March and found it to be outstanding and recommended it to a friend who stayed there in May who also loved it. We both had the same room as Nick. I am a Globalist so the upgrade was free but my friend actually paid for an upgraded room as a non-Globalist. The location, near Central Park, is outstanding as are the people who work at the hotel. This is the BEST hotel to stay at if going to Midtown area. It’s new, has AC in each room (they may have mentioned how they didn’t pre renovation), and is welcoming. Don’t forget to put Burger Joint as the address for your Uber/Lyft though to get to the correct hotel.

Reno Joe

Regarding the no power plug issue, some properties will accommodate by providing an extension cord / power strip. For those that don’t, carrying a lightweight extension cord is the ticket.

The eggs Benedict look great. Between them and the hash browns, you could make it a Mickey breakfast.

Austin

This is my normal hotel when traveling to NYC for work. Few things on stuff you weren’t able to comment on:
– gym: open 6am-10pm but need to go outside through the DryBar next door. Handful of treadmills, I think 4 Peloton, two sets up dumbbells up to 50lbs and some weight machines. Water bottles available.
– housekeeping: I think it’s every 3 days like you mentioned but as Globalist you can get daily. I’m sure you could reach out and get it though too.
– desk: I think only the king deluxe rooms have a desk area. Standard King don’t. The chair at the tv is a relatively new addition (wasn’t there in Feb/Mar when I was last upgraded there but was last week).
– lots of street noise over 56th

Pat

“up fairly late” or “fairly high”? lol

Jed

Was there last weekend in std king and you are correct there is no desk/chair, just the couch. Overall was very happy with our stay, place was very clean and staff were all friendly. I do wish there was some sort of coffee maker in room, if I had paid the $500+ cash rate for the room and still had find somewhere to get a coffee in the morning I’d have been pretty annoyed