Experiencing a bit of "real" New York (and getting away from Midtown) got easier when this Hyatt opened just south of Union Square in a newly built tower with three restaurants, an on-site gym, and bikes and scooters to borrow. The location is prime, bustling NYC, near New York University and at the hub of major subway lines, which means that guests span the business, tourist, and visiting-family demographics, along with some staycationing locals. Check in via iPad, then head up to one of the studios, deluxe studios, or suite rooms. All are smoke-free and pet-friendly, and have signature Hyatt Grand beds, flat-screen TVs that link to an online concierge, work desks, and the required tech amenities; higher categories enjoy upgraded views and separate living areas. The muted design includes wide-plank oak floors, wood-and-stone baths, and an open bathroom with double-wide shower; best of all, the windows actually open. The three dining options include the fully stocked Singl bar; the Latin-accented Botequim, with an open kitchen and illuminated wine displays; and the Fourth, an American bistro with café, communal and fine dining areas, and French doors opening out to the city.