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The new Hyatt Union Square New York opened in April 2013 and is the first new hotel to open in Union Square in over a decade. The hotel boasts a contemporary and sleek design, fitting perfectly into the area. The décor, creative work from decorator Paul Vega and his partner Vennie Lau of VLDG INC, incorporates natural elements that bring the outdoors in. Singl, which opens to the street in seasonal weather and doubles as a bar in the evening, features a cast table that is held up by a tree trunk that was recovered from Hurricane Sandy. The overall design is an interpretation of Union Square and its East Village surroundings, which creates an allegory in which the design elements have two meanings, a literal and symbolic one.

The juxtaposition of natural versus industrial is introduced before entering the hotel. The building’s restored, two-story antique limestone façade surrounds the luminescent Entry Cube, a sheer wood veneer and glass lantern that marks the arrival. Beyond this lantern, the main lobby boasts elegantly curved charcoal gray hand-rubbed plaster walls juxtaposed against the stark white-washed brick wall and a white ceiling, which features small lights to create the illusion of a starry night. The irregular pattern of the hand-brushed walnut floor captures the eye and leads up to bespoke carved wood benches, defining an intimate gathering space for business or pleasure. Large windows behind the seating area provide a glimpse into the hotel’s signature restaurant, The Fourth.

The clean, contemporary styling of the 178 guest rooms evokes Union Square’s urban, haute bohemian life. A wide-planked, black-cerused oak floor grounds the space, while the depth and dimension of the wood’s grain creates a textural backdrop for the white lacquered TV stand and white-cerused, black wood armoire, side table and bed. This sleek, continental flair extends to the open bathroom, which features bespoke wood and stone vanities, steel-framed mirrors and a two-person shower sheathed in classic marble mosaics.

Hyatt Union Square New York boasts two distinct presidential suites. Located on the second floor, the Sanctuary suite comprises a bedroom, dining and living room, all of which is decorated in deep, earthy materials with pops of bold, jewel-hued accents. Guests can take in the picturesque neighborhood from the 954-square-foot landscaped terrace. Poised on the 11th floor, the penthouse Empyreal suite offers sweeping city views through the floor-to-ceiling windows in its living room and bedroom. The natural light that cascades into the suite is balanced by furniture turned out in rich, dark oiled wood, creating a haven for rest.

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