Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson is my recent discovery. As a frequent visitor to NYC, I stayed at many different locations inside and outside of the city but Jersey City Hyatt beats them all. It is an ultimate base to explore The Big Apple. Find out why.
Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson was not my first pick for an overnight trip to New York City. My goal was to stay in the city, but I wanted to use my Hyatt credit card anniversary night so my choice was limited to a category 4 hotels. Jersey City was the closest location available.
I took the trip with my friend, Barb, who loves the city and is always ready to join me even at the last minute. She also agrees that staying at the Jersey City Hyatt is a great choice.
Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson – What Works
Jersey City Hyatt delivers the best city views I have ever seen. The World Trade Center dominates the skyline but also Empire State Building and Chrysler Building mark their presence. From some areas of the hotel you can enjoy a distant view of Statue of Liberty.
Avoiding New York City traffic
I drove in New York City many times but it was never a pleasant experience. At rush hours you are better off walking than driving.
No bridges or tunnels to cross
Driving into New York is an experience of its own. Even with Easy Pass you can get stuck in traffic for hours.
Fast and easy transportation to NYC
From Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson there are two easy ways to enter the city:
- NY Waterway Ferry
Ferry is located a short walk from the hotel
Monday – Friday
$6.00 per ride to World Financial Center
$7.00 per ride to Pier 11
$8.00 per ride to 39th Street
Saturday – Sunday
$4.00 per ride to World Financial Center
We took the ferry to Pier 11 on our way to Ellis Island. The ride was about 5 minutes.
Make sure to check the schedule for your returning trip to the hotel. During the time of our visit, late November, the last boat left Pier 11 on 8:00 PM. Also remember that you return stop is called Exchange Place. Giving just the name of the hotel as your destination does not work.
2. PATH Rail System
Directly adjacent to the Hyatt, the PATH will bring you right into Manhattan. We did not use this option but took a peek at the station. It looks new and modern. Trains run 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
One-Way fares: Adults – $2.75, children under 5 – free
This location offers an easy access to Century 21 store and Canal Street – perfect for Christmas Shopping Trips
The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway
Before this visit, I would never think of Jersey City as a destination on its own but I had no idea how the area transformed in recent years. Newly built office buildings are no lesser looking than their rivals across the river.
This new section is separated from the river by a spectacular pathway which gives the area a feel of a park. It is perfect for jogging, walking, and even fishing. On the day of our check out we did not go to NYC, instead we spent a few hours just walking the path and enjoying the views.
Big saving on accommodation
At Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson you will pay at least $100 less per night than in NYC, plus you will get a bigger room.
Dining is available
Hotel offers a restaurant with gorgeous views and a good menu.
At $38 it is costly but below average for NYC and it covers more than 24 hours. You are allowed to park from the time of check in to 5 PM next day. That is a good value.
Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson – What Does Not Work
Service needs improvement
I emailed the concierge before my arrival and never received any response. While in the hotel, I called the front desk to ask questions. I received a very short answer and before I was able to ask another question the lady hanged up on me.
Overall service at this hotel is not even close to Hyatt Cambridge Overlooking Boston which I recently visited, also category 4.
Many areas of the hotel were too hot, including our room
With the big window exposed to the sun, our room was very hot. AC did not work. Regardless of a time of year, AC should be available for guests’ individual comfort.
Restaurant with the view had its windows covered with blinds
We came for breakfast hoping to enjoy the views one more time but the windows were covered.
Very small pool
It is good for children to splash around but too small for swimming.
Not enough rooms with balconies
With such a great location and views in every direction, it would make sense to have more rooms that offer some outdoor space. There are only few available.
Hidden and unappealing entrance
My GPS was telling me that we arrived at the hotel but I could not see the entrance. It looked like an alley between the buildings. It had an appeal of a shopping mall parking garage.
Couch in our room needs to be replaced
There were no stains, just a worn-down look. It took away from otherwise up to standard room.