Hot Openings: Homey comfort in heart of NYC

Hyatt 48 Lex, a 116-key boutique new-build hotel from Hersha Hospitality, has opened on Lexington Avenue in New York City. 

Hyatt 48 Lex — designed architect Nobutaka Ashihara with interior design by Paul Vega and Vennie Lau of VLDG — aims to emphasize warmth and a focus on the local neighborhood and extraordinary service standards. Guests are greeted curbside and escorted directly to their rooms, which offer a soothing gray color palette with woven carpets, tables made by a Brooklyn woodworker, custom duvets, flat panel TVs, Assouline books, iPod docks and the Hyatt Grand Bed.

Midtown Manhattan is visible through floor-to-ceiling walls of glass, while original artwork includes pieces by New York-based photographer Kelly Neal and vintage sheet music and magazines layered with acrylic on canvas by New York City artist Susan Reedy. Each studio and suite also features a butler’s pantry with locally sourced snacks such as Brooklyn Beer and Zico Water, Jacques Torres Chocolate Covered Marshmallows, Dean and Deluca Hickory Smoked Almonds and North Fork Potato Chips.

Lexicon Lounge on the second floor offers complimentary beverages and snacks to all guests. Hosted wine-and-cheese tastings are available each evening along with a collection of coffee table books from Assouline and iPads. Lexicon Lounge overlooks one of the hotel’s green roofs arrayed with Japanese maples and boxwood bushes.