Gild Hall a Thompson Hotel New York Value Luxury Boutique

April 12, 2019 in Hyatt, Travel, Travel For Free - 21 Comments

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In a city where hotel rooms are several hundreds of dollars a night, Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel stands out. The hotel offers a value luxury boutique experience in New York near attractions and the subway.

Now part of the Hyatt portfolio of hotels Gild Hall is a bargain at only 15,000 points a night. Because The Beekman, another Thompson hotel a few blocks away costs 25,000 points a night.

I’ve stayed at many of the 14+ Hyatt hotels in New York and Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel costs the least amount of points. Assuming you stay in New York, New York versus staying in New Jersey.

Gild Hall is in the Financial District (FiDi) so it is away from the big crowds and noise. But a short walk to the subway and you can be uptown in minutes.

Pro-tip: For the lowest cash rates book on non-holiday weekends. Because there are certain times when you should use points and when to pay cash for hotels.

A stay at Gild Hall hotel is a great way to use your Category 1 to 4 free night from your Hyatt card. Because you can see and stay in New York for free.

Plus you’ll earn 2,000 bonus points on your first qualified stay. This is combinable with Hyatt’s current up to 1,500 points per night promo. My two night stay earned 4,000 bonus points. 🙂

Gild Hall a Thompson Hotel New York Value Luxury Boutique

King Suite bedroom 

Because I was arriving in New York two days before another trip to Vietnam, I wanted to stay at a hotel with easy access to the subway, a comfortable, relaxing room, reliable Wi-Fi, where I hadn’t previously stayed and was reasonably priced. I found all that at Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel.

Pro-tip: There’s a Vietnam Consulate in New York if you didn’t have time to get a Vietnam Visa online.

I arrived at 6:17 PM after a long day flying from San Diego through Dallas and arriving into New York.

The hotel can be tricky to find if you’re using Uber. Tell your driver that Gild Hall is across the street from Stout NYC.

Pro-tip: You can take a taxi from JFK to Manhattan for a flat rate of $52.

This would have been cheaper than my Uber. But I was experimenting to see if it was cheaper to get an Uber from Jamaica Station than the airport. It wasn’t and cost more than a taxi. 🙁

If you’re looking for the cheapest option and don’t mind schlepping your luggage up and down flights of stairs the subway wins hands down. 

But the trains were running late. Taking an Uber meant I’d arrive at my hotel faster and avoid navigating the stairs with my carryon.

As you enter the hotel the front desk is to your right. The front desk resembles an old school hotel reception – set to the side, boxed on all sides. Imagine any black and white movie with a hotel front desk and that is Gild Hall. 

They welcomed me but there wasn’t any acknowledgment of being a Globalist. As Gild Hall hotel is a new Hyatt member I didn’t expect it.

Nor is there a World of Hyatt sign or dedicated check-in area. Given the size of the lobby, it’s not practical or safe to have a World of Hyatt sign. There’s not enough room and it would be a safety hazard.

I had confirmed in advance with my Hyatt Concierge that Gild Hall offers the same benefits to Globalists that all Hyatt hotels offer:

  • Free breakfast
  • Early check-in
  • Late checkout
  • Free suite upgrade where available

All guests receive a welcome drink upon check-in: a glass of Prosecco or a bottle of beer.  

I’m not one to turn down free Prosecco

The front desk clerk said they upgraded me to a King Deluxe room. Points bookings and Category 1 to 4 free night certificates book into the lowest room category, a King Superior room.

A quick check on the Hyatt app showed all three types of suites available: King Suite, Thompson Suite, and Penthouse. So, I asked about a suite upgrade and they reassigned me to a King Suite. This was the first time all year I’ve had to ask to be upgraded and I’ve already stayed 30 nights at Hyatt hotels. 

Pro-tip: Here are some tips on how to get a hotel upgrade.

Lobby

Readers will love the lobby full of books

The lobby has three seating areas: one directly behind the entrance and in front of the staircase, the second to the left of the elevators next to the staircase and the third to the right of the front desk.

When I arrived the lobby and bar were happening because of their weekday Happy Hour.

Sorry for the lack of photos. I took several on the morning I checked out but didn’t realize I forgot to put my memory card back in my camera. 

King Suite

King Suite living room

Gild Hall has an identity problem. Is it a luxury ski chalet set in New York’s financial district (FiDi)? Or is it a modern hotel?

Rooms combine several styles from mid-century to ski lodge. The leather headboard with buckles in the bedroom suggests cowboy chic or ski lodge with mid-century touches. But the bathroom screams Park Avenue with its chrome, glass shelves and shower, and open vanity.

The suite, room 100, was a bit small even for a New York hotel. But as an older hotel Gild Hall rooms are smaller compared to more recently built hotels like the Park Hyatt New York.

The living room had a TV, leather couch, two crushed velvet chairs, and a work desk. 

Another view of the living room

The left desk drawer hid a charging station with two outlets, a USB port, and an ethernet port. Always a plus because you can never have enough outlets. 

work desk in suite at Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel
Need power? Check out the left drawer.

Suites include a kitchenette with a sink, microwave, Keurig machine, assorted types of alcohol, and a small bar/counter where you can eat.

New York-sized kitchen?

If you feel inspired you could mix up some drinks using the shakers and a cocktail set.

Cocktail kits

Interesting assortment of snacks and other items in the minibar including a scented candle, and adult toys.

A little box of adult toys to keep you entertained. The kit includes a blindfold, vibrating ring, personal vibrator (including battery), lubricant, and restraints. 

If you want to spice up your night.

Gild Hall’s restaurant, Felice, has their own branded wines. A few are left in your room on the bar/counter and are available for purchase

House (hotel) branded wines for sale

A laptop sized safe, iron, ironing board, and robe were in the closet but no slippers. Housekeeping delivered a pair of black velvet thong slippers.

Cozy robe for lounging

With a second TV in the bedroom, you won’t have to fight over the remote. The bed was comfortable and the 400 thread count sheets luxurious. I almost considered staying in bed and ordering room service.

Pro-tip: You have a better chance of getting an upgrade to a suite if you’re only staying one night.

Bathroom

Lots of counter room

The dual sinks set in a marble countertop let two people brush their teeth and get ready at the same time. Toiletries were D.S. and Durga brand.

Forgot your razor? You can buy a fancy shaving kit.

Given the nightly room rate and the luxe furnishings, I had expected soft, fluffy towels. But the towels were pretty average.

The glass shower was big enough to two people. The water pressure was intense. Given a choice between a strong shower and a weak shower, I’ll take one with good water pressure any day.

King Deluxe

king deluxe

I asked if they could show me my originally assigned room, a King Deluxe room on the 17th floor.

The room, including the furnishings, looked exactly like the King Suite. The only difference, it didn’t have a kitchenette or living room.

In Superior and Deluxe rooms the minibar is in the closet.

A bowl of fruit and a box of cookies were waiting for me so I brought these to my suite. 🙂

As I was checking out the fitness center, I ran into one of the employees who was on his way to my room to deliver two Frozen Twix.

Frozen Twix my favorite!

One of the notations in my Hyatt profile that I like frozen Twix.

Pro-tip: Employees will read what’s in your Hyatt profile to enhance your experience.

What I really like about Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel is that it’s tucked away on Gold Street. So there isn’t as much through traffic as compared to staying in Times Square.

When you stay in a big metropolitan city, traffic noise is a given but you won’t hear too much of that at this hotel.

Fitness Center/Gym

Enough equipment to keep up your workout routine

There are three fitness centers located on floors 6, 7, and 18. Each held the same exercise equipment: a treadmill, elliptical, yoga ball and mat, and a stand of hand weights.

The weights ranged from 2.5 pounds to 25 pounds.

Assorted handweights

Pro-tip: The gym on the 18th floor appeared to be the least used.

Food

Felices is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

I was given vouchers for free breakfast at Felice’s. The choice was Continental Breakfast with juice or the American Breakfast with American coffee.

Breakfast vouchers

I chose the American Breakfast with bacon and sunflower seed toast and a smoothie based on the recommendation of the night manager.

American Breakfast with bacon and sunflower toast

Service was quick and efficient. My water glass was constantly refilled. Aside from a generous helping of bacon (5 pieces) the portions were small. I ordered my eggs over easy but they came over hard.

The sunflower seed toast was thick cut but one slice of bread cut in half and toasted in a panini maker. The bread would make a good peanut butter sandwich.

Despite the voucher only being valid for coffee and having signed a check for the smoothie, at checkout I wasn’t charged for my smoothie.

Because I had an early flight I didn’t get a chance to eat breakfast my last morning. Looking forward to trying the French toast on my next visit.

How to Earn Hyatt Points

Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel is a Category 4 hotel and costs 15,000 points a night. I used two Category 1 to 4 free night certificates: the first the annual free night from my Hyatt card and the second from the Brand Explorer Award.

I chose to use my free night certificates instead of points because they were going to expire in a few months. This also freed up my points to be used for more expensive stays or higher category hotels.

You can also transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt. Points transfer on a one to one ratio. Transfers are instant.

The table below lists all the cards that earn Ultimate Rewards points.

 Signup Bonus & Minimum Spending RequirementsAnnual FeeValue of Points Toward TravelWhy I Like This Card
Chase Freedom$150 after spending $500 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account. $01 centThe revolving quarterly bonus categories let you earn lots of cash back on regular spending.
Chase Freedom Unlimited$150 after spending $500 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account. $01 centA no annual fee cash back card gives you freedom to redeem points as needed.
Chase Sapphire Preferred60,000 points after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account. $951.25 centsThis is a great first card if you're getting started in travel rewards.
Chase Sapphire Reserve50,000 points after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account$5501.5 centsThe $300 yearly travel credit, 3X points on travel and dining, plus the free airport lounge access is worth the high annual fee.
Chase Ink Cash$500 after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account$01 centA no fee cash back cards lets you put more money into your business.
Chase Ink Business Unlimited$500 after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account$01 centWhen using this card to book rental cars, you get primary insurance coverage
Chase Ink Business Preferred100,000 points after spending $15,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account$951.25 centsGreat for businesses with travel expenses because you earn 3X points on travel

Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel
15 Gold Street
New York, New York 10038
212-232-7700

Check rates and read reviews: Expedia | TripAdvisor

Conclusion

If you want to stay in New York without spending a fortune consider staying at Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel.

As a Category 4 hotel, it’s a great use of your annual Category 1 to 4 free night certificate from the Hyatt card. If you don’t have the Hyatt card, you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points from cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve and the Ink Business Preferred.

You can also buy Hyatt points. There are a few times when you should buy hotel points.

Gild Hall hotel is a great base to explore New York. The subway is a 4-minute walk away. It’s an easy walk to Midtown, SoHo and other parts of the city. Because Gild Hall is downtown, there are plenty of Ubers readily available.

I used Uber twice during my stay and both times I waited less than 2 minutes for a ride.

Gild Hall is away from the hustle and bustle of Midtown and the Times Square area. If you’re looking for a quiet place, it’s a nice refuge from the noise.

Where have you used your Category 1 to 4 free night certificate?

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  • Carol Colborn April 13, 2019 at 10:49 am

    I am not a Hyatt Card holder so a lot of the comparisons didn’t make sense. Perhaps you can compare the $ price of a room in Gild Hall vs. a comparable one nearby. This will show how much more value it is for non-Hyatt cardholders like me.

  • noel April 13, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    These look like wonderful accommodations for the city, I love staying in boutique hotels so this would be right up my alley. Will have to check it out if I plan on visiting NYC some day in the future.

    • Debra Schroeder April 28, 2019 at 1:09 pm

      Hi Noel,

      Hope you get a chance too. Boutique hotels make staying in a large city like NYC seem more personal.

  • Punita April 14, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Great round-up of a nice hotel. interiors are classy yet cozy. I especially like the summary of how one can sums up how one can use the Reward Points.

  • Indrani April 14, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Hyatt is always a great experience. I like how they read your Hyatt profile to enhance the experience. The point system is good.

  • Jean April 15, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Not a badly priced hotel! Love all the little extras, even the adult toys, that are available in the room. Out of curiosity did the room come with a kettle?

    • Debra Schroeder April 28, 2019 at 1:10 pm

      Hi Jean,

      No kettle for tea, just the Keurig for coffee.

  • Mansoureh April 16, 2019 at 5:57 am

    It looks like a nice hotel to have a comfy stay. I usually like when the hotels have free breakfast. You had early check-in too, wow. this is a bonus

    • Debra Schroeder April 28, 2019 at 1:10 pm

      Hi Mansoureh,

      For sure, being able to check-in early means you can get started on your vacation sooner. 🙂

  • Debbzie Leksono April 16, 2019 at 10:25 am

    It’s always nice to get upgraded to a suite. I especially love that the suites include a kitchenette with a sink, microwave, Keurig machine. And that kinky adult toy! Why I have never seen one in my hotel stay, lol. Thanks for a througly hotel review. I might want to stay at Gild Hall hotel when I visit New York next time ?

    • Debra Schroeder April 28, 2019 at 1:13 pm

      Hi Debbzie,

      LOL, glad you enjoyed the post. The Andaz hotels have “adult supplies” too.

  • Francesca April 16, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Wow – I really need to start taking advantage of hotel points programs! I’ve never participated in one but the perks look amazing. Especially if I could stay at a hotel like this in NYC!

    • Debra Schroeder April 28, 2019 at 1:14 pm

      Hi Francesca,

      The loyalty perks are totally worth it! Let me know if you need any help in figuring out the best hotel program for your travels.

  • Dylan Myers April 20, 2019 at 6:23 am

    Looks like a great hotel. So cool seeing the breakdown of rewards and points. I needed to see that to better understand my cards points. Last time I stayed in New York we had a tiny tiny room. This one looks much more comfortable.

    • Debra Schroeder April 21, 2019 at 7:10 pm

      Hi Dylan,

      It was definitely comfortable for sure.

    • Debra Schroeder April 28, 2019 at 1:16 pm

      Hi Dylan,

      It was, hope you can check it out on your next visit.

  • Katrina April 27, 2019 at 12:50 am

    I would definitely stay here in our trip to NY next year! Gild Hall is a taste of luxury for best value hotels, especially in NYC. The bed seems very comfortable and it looks spacious and modern. Thanks for recommending buying Hyatt Points, I’d see it next.

    • Debra Schroeder April 28, 2019 at 1:26 pm

      Hi Katrina,

      Hope you get a chance to stay there next year.

  • emma May 22, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Hi! How did you add frozen twix to your Hyatt profile? I went through my profile and don’t see anywhere to add notes. Did you mean that you added it in the comments of your reservation? Thanks!

    • Debra Schroeder June 1, 2019 at 5:50 am

      Hi Emma,

      The Frozen Twix notation was added to my profile a few years ago when staying at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. I had a great conversation with the desk agent checking me in and without me knowing it she added it to my internal Hyatt profile.

      After that stay, Hyatt hotels who read those notes see the frozen Twix notation and have left me frozen Twix. 🙂

      If you’re a Globalist you can have your My Concierge add it to your profile. If you’re not a Globalist, the next time you check in, you can ask them to add a note to your profile such as “doesn’t drink alcohol” or “prefers sparkling water” that sort of thing.

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