In the fall of 2021, I knew that I had 3 Hyatt free night certificates that were expiring at the end of the year. Since, at the time, COVID was relatively contained, I didn’t think that Hyatt would extend the certificates any further (and I was right in that they didn’t.)
I mentioned to Sharon and that I was looking for places to go within road-trip distance on our drive home from New Orleans. Since we were in the waning days of the Delta wave, Sharon asked where else we could go for a long weekend if we flew. I mentioned we might be able to swing a trip to New York if there was availability. Cases there were low, Broadway was reopening and inside activities had a vaccine requirement.
When I got home, I searched the only Hyatt category 4 hotel in Manhattan and found award availability for three nights. With the help of the Hyatt Concierge on Twitter, I used my three certificates to book a stay.
Gild Hall, A Thompson Hotel
15 Gold Street
New York, NY 10038
In 2018, Hyatt purchased Two Roads Hospitality, including the Alila, Destination Hotels, tommie, Thompson, and Joie de Vivre brands. Hyatt took time to integrate the brands into the World of Hyatt portfolio but now you can book almost all hotels with your Hyatt points online.
In fact, Gild Hall, A Thompson Hotel, is the only category 4 Hyatt hotel in Manhattan. It’s located in the Financial District near the South Street Seaport. We’ve stayed in the area before, when we found a great rate at the nearby AC Hotel.
I couldn’t pass up staying for 3 nights in Manhattan with free night certificates, even it meant staying Downtown, when we’d be spending much of our time seeing Broadway shows.
Upon entering Gild Hall, I was amazed this was a category 4 hotel bookable with a free night from the World of Hyatt credit card.
We were checked in promptly and given keys to our room on the 10th floor.
We received the room right across from the elevator. Normally I’d complain but there were only 8 rooms on each floor and I wasn’t worried about being woken up by elevator traffic as we’d be returning late every night.
We dropped off our bags and headed back to the subway to catch our first show, which was only in 90 minutes. Humblebrag that we saw Freestyle Love Supreme and were 2 rows away from Lin Manuel Miranda.
When we got back to the hotel that night, we took pictures of the room before crashing into bed. Such are the sacrifices we make to write posts for the blog. Might I mention what a comfortable mega-king bed we had?
For a New York hotel, we’d never seen a bed this big before. In fact, the room was a reasonable size for what we thought was a boutique hotel. We’d expect more design and less space but that wasn’t the case.
There was a decent desk, even if we decided we were taking the weekend off from working on the website
Plenty of plugs to charge devices.
We even had a closet to hang our jackets and clothes, and a mini-bar.
IN case you forgot minibar prices, here’s a reminder.
The bathroom wasn’t large but was sufficient for our needs.
On our first day, we headed out to find bagels. Nearby Leo’s Bagels fit our needs, even if we had to wait for 40 minutes in line to order.
The next morning, we decided to eat breakfast at the hotel restaurant. While Hyatt Globalists may get to eat here for free, we had to pay full price.
I ordered the plain American Breakfast
Surprisingly, Sharon ordered the Avacado Toast, which looked amazing.
I’m not often amazed by hotel breakfasts but these were fantastic. Great presentation and fresh ingredients are not what I’m expecting from breakfast.
Unfortunately, the service level didn’t match the food quality which I’ll chalk up to the service industry shortages due to COVID. I charged the breakfast to the room and paid for it with my World of Hyatt card.
The most unusual thing about the stay was that the hotel offered a bath bomb and “Adult Toys” on the room service tray. The only other place we’ve seen this is at the W Hollywood.
Would I stay at Gild Hall again? Definitely!!!!
As a category 4 World of Hyatt property bookable for 12,000 to 15,000 points for the first half of 2022, this is a total steal for a Manhattan hotel. Being in the Financial District may seem far from the tourist attractions, you’re only a 20-minute subway ride from Times Square.
It may not be the perfect place for first-timers, but if you’re familiar with getting around the city, Gild Hall is a great option. The ability to use a free night certificate from the World of Hyatt credit card makes this hotel an unusual jewel on the southern tip of Manhattan.
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