Interview: What makes Park Hyatt New York attractive to GCC guests?
Hotelier Middle East's Claudia De Brito checks in with Park Hyatt New York's area VP/GM, Peter Roth, on how the hotel appeals to GCC tourists
A brief summary of your professional experience and history
Originally from Berlin, Germany, Peter Roth grew up in Quito, Ecuador. Peter embarked on his career with Hyatt in 2007 at Grand Hyatt Moscow, and since then he has held GM positions at Grand Hyatt Santiago and Park Hyatt Chicago. Prior to assuming the role of GM at Park Hyatt New York, he held the position of VP of Operations for the Americas supporting the Park Hyatt, Andaz, Hyatt Centric and Unbound Collection brands. Prior to his time with Hyatt, he has held various leadership roles for Four Seasons Hotel & Resorts in Germany, Uruguay, Mexico and Chicago. As area vice president and GM for Park Hyatt New York, Peter oversees all aspects of the hotel‘s operations, as well as facilitating luxury brand and cultural partnerships. It is those partnerships which excite and delight our guests and set Park Hyatt New York apart from the competition.
An overview of Park Hyatt New York (Room, F&B, USPs etc)
Park Hyatt New York is a luxury five-star hotel in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, located directly across from Carnegie Hall and one block away from Central Park. Spacious guest rooms and suites offer floor-to-ceiling views of the city and spa-like amenities. Find serenity at Spa Nalai, an urban oasis on the 25th floor offering stunning city views and an indoor saltwater pool featuring underwater speakers with a curated playlist by Carnegie Hall, explore our curated art collection of over 350 pieces featuring artists such as Robert Longo and James Nares, or host an event in one of our unforgettable venues. Enjoy all day dining and handcrafted cocktails in The Living Room, a unique Midtown lounge designed to emulate the residential feel of a New York City apartment and discover the brand’s Masters of Food & Wine programming, a special culinary and beverage series brought to you by Park Hyatt chefs, sommeliers, and specialists around the world. No two Masters of Food & Wine events are alike.
Which features make the hotel attractive to GCC travellers?
Park Hyatt New York located in the cultural heart of Midtown Manhattan on the cross streets of 57th St and 7th Ave. The area is also known as Billionaire’s Row. We are across the street from Carnegie Hall, one block from Central Park and a short walking distance to MoMA, Lincoln Center and shopping at the new flagship Nordstrom NYC store, 5th Ave, Columbus Circle, and Broadway.
Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond Award-winning accommodations
211 guestrooms including 93 suites designed for worldly travelers that desire an elegant ‘home away from home’ experience
Have any new initiatives been introduced to attract GCC guests?
Our collection of specialty suites are thoughtfully designed to combine sophisticated luxury with residential intimacy and exclusivity which embody the ideal setting for GCC guests. Our newest specialty suite, the Manhattan Sky Suite is a 4,200-square-foot featuring three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms with unobstructed views of Central Park and sweeping, 360˚ views of the Manhattan Skyline. Drawing inspiration from Park Hyatt’s appreciation for stunning architecture, meaningful interiors by world renowned designers, and expertly curated art collections, along with a passion for culinary experiences, the suite is a refined home-away-from-home in the heart of Manhattan.
The world’s ultimate specialty suite experience includes exclusive, high-end amenities like complimentary airport transfers via helicopter, a personal chef, butler service, daily breakfast, and spa treatments for up to six guests at our award-winning, Spa Nalai.
Do you see the GCC as an important source market? Have you seen numbers grow in recent years?
Yes, we continue to see GCC as a key source market for New York and growth has been steady. There is a higher demand for multiple-bedroom suites and the Manhattan Sky Suite provides the ideal setting for those discerning global travelers seeking larger suites for longer term stays.