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Previewing The Hush-Hush, Under-Construction Park Hyatt

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For about as long as we've been tracking the rise of nearly complete superscraper One57, we've known about the hotel at its base. With the tower near completion, the Park Hyatt's construction crew is racing to the finish on the bottom 25 floors, aiming to start accepting reservations for mid-summer. Curbed took a hard-hat tour of the in-progress site earlier this month, checking out the partially complete lobby, ballroom, restaurant, model room, and pool. Photography was, sadly, verboten, but please check out some renderings of the rooms and pool as we describe the tour. Hotel devotees, get excited for this new addition to 57th Street, which isn't lacking newcomers but is about to welcome another.

The Park Hyatt's interiors are designed by Yabu Pushelberg, and a specially designed sweeping, curving staircase greets guests when they enter from the street level. We next moved upstairs to check out the ballroom, with floor-to-ceiling windows that face 58th Street. The walls were lined with giant white onyx slabs (backlit by LEDs, no less, with three different settings for the time of day) with delicate linear metallic frames; the statement light fixtures were unapologetically geometric and vaguely Art Deco. It'll seat 475 people for a cocktail reception, or 220 seated.

Over at the restaurant, a 96-seater that will be run in-house and helmed by Sam Hazen of Veritas, workers were putting bits of the floor, made of deeply grained oak, in place.

The lobby is on the third floor of the building, facing 57th Street, with a living room-style lounge and sunken bar area along the windows.

Scattered liberally throughout the hotel's decor are custom Pushelberg-designed screens, which are also geometric. Using official lingo, they're "champagne metal" and have a "signature hexagonal" pattern. They appear in the lobby (and were darn hard to hoist through the window) as well as in the guest rooms; with a pattern that extend into the elegant elevators and beyond.

The 98 suites and 118 guest rooms, said to draw inspiration from an Upper East Side apartment, have contemporary yet classic details, like a leathery steamer trunk that serves as storage and obscures the safe, a carved wooden tray across the tub, and varied textured lacquers for the cabinet hiding the minibar. They are being touted as the largest entry-level rooms in the city, clocking in at 475 square feet, with the majority totaling 530. (Which, it should be noted, is significantly larger than many New York City apartments.)

The carpet was custom-designed by Yabu Pushelberg with a brushstroke pattern. Le Labo products make up the toiletry kit, and the whole place is lightly doused in a scent concocted especially for the hotel. A stay in one won't come cheap; room rates start at $795/night.

Up on the 25th floor are the pool, spa, and fitness center. The pool will also be shared by One57's residents, like that Chinese toddler, or billionaire hedge funder Bill Ackman. There were heaps of tile lying by the pool while we were there, waiting to be installed.

There will be a curated soundtrack piped in so guests can listen while underwater—the hotel is within sight of Carnegie Hall, after all—and the marble on the walls is Italian and heavily veined. The dangling lights above the pool are also custom-designed, meant to evoke floating votive candles, and the room it's in is three stories high. And how many locker rooms can say they have a partial view of Central Park?
· Park Hyatt New York [official]
· All Park Hyatt coverage [Curbed]

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