Venue Spotlight:
The Grand Hyatt New York

NY, NJ and CT
grand-hyatt-renovations.jpg Photos: Courtesy of the Grand Hyatt New York

The Grand Hyatt New York—one of the city's largest and most storied hotels—is stepping up their game with a $130 million renovation set to be completed in September. The once staid property will now embrace a more contemporary, urban feel with a modernized lobby and redesigned guest rooms (bottom photo) featuring stylish, minimalist decor.

The renovation of the Empire Ballroom kicked off the hotel's transformation in early 2010. The ballroom (top photo) includes nods to the property's history, like metal grillwork resembling the windows in Grand Central Terminal and original tin tiling, as well as more contemporary touches, like hand-blown glass chandeliers.

The latest additions include the New York Central restaurant, which has a wine lounge (middle photo) and private dining rooms, and the Gallery On Lex, a meeting and event area featuring leather furniture, colorful modern art, and sleek lighting fixtures. The main space, centered around a communal kitchen and flanked by two lounges, is designed to encourage guests to socialize—perfect for a cocktail-style reception.

And for a couple with a lot of out-of-town guests, I can't think of a more convenient place to host a wedding—the hotel is attached to Grand Central Terminal, so guests can easily explore the city's tourist attractions, and won't have to figure out how to make it to and from your wedding. To see more New York City venues, click here. —Lauren Matthews

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