Hyatt Regency Jersey City
If you are looking for professional, attentive service, excellent food and the best Manhattan view that you can get, you can't go wrong with choosing the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City. We knew about the stunning features of the Hyatt, as my husband organized a large corporate conference at this venue a few years ago and was still raving about the views. We also often go there for lunch or dinner as the restaurant is excellent. So, it didn't take us long to decide that we wanted to have our wedding reception held at this hotel. It was also very conveniently located for our guests from New York City and those coming from the New Jersey suburbs.
Sandra Draper, our wedding planner did a fantastic job! Although we had a fairly small event, she always took time to listen to my ideas and made all my wishes come true. Our decoration looked like right out of magazine. The organization was very professional and she and her assistant Jeleinnie took the time to walk me throught he process and answered all of my questions. The catering staff at the event was very courtous and attentive. And all of our guests loved the food and the views. On the day of the event, there were signs everywhere guiding the guests to the room. It was also very easy and hassle-free for our musicians and photographer, so everything went smoothly and stress-free vor us. The cake was provided by the "Cake Boss" and was as beautiful as delicious alike.
If you are looking for a very special venue providing an unforgettable event for you and your guests, then the Hyatt is your place...
A pricey venue but let me tell you it is so worth it! We had our ceremony and reception here. The view is priceless and the food was so delicious that almost everything was eaten at cocktail hour! Everyone had such a great time that they didn't want to leave- so we all had an "after party" at the hotel's bar on the main floor, which was a lot of fun! Lori, the wedding coordinator, is SO nice and Daniel (your day-of-butler) was amazing! I didn't think I would need a butler the day of my wedding, but now I know I don't know what I would have done without him! The Hyatt gives you a free bridal suite the night of your wedding and free nights at any hyatt (which we used towards our hawaiian honeymoon!) It was great not having to worry about bringing things back to our room at the end of the night because the Hyatt took care of it ALL for us (everything from our aisle runner to the top tier of our wedding cake). It was an extra nice touch coming back to our room with chocolate covered strawberries and champagne waiting for us. If you want more of a contemporary wedding, with an amazing view of the NYC skyline and impeccable service- then this venue is for you!
I had a gorgeous fun-filled reception at the Hyatt Jersey city for a party of 170. I worked with Kristine as the Director of Catering and she was a complete gem! She'll work with you to discuss your vision and is so incredibly patient as you change your mind 50x before deciding on the menu, floorplan, etc. Kristine's been there for years and has a wealth of experience. She's seen it all and is prepared for anything. If there is some ludicrous idea you are entertaining, she will never say no, she'll just work with you until you come to your own realization that what you are thinking is just plain too expensive/too much trouble/too stressful and then eventually you'll let it go :) She was also open to letting me add a few personal touches to the event, which really impressed me. On the day of the event, you'll also get a wedding butler. I got Daniel who is a pro and keeps the night moving like clockwork and he makes sure you eat and drink.
I arrived the night before and was lucky enough to book the bridal suite that night. The suite is HUGE, sports two very fancy bathrooms, and is equipped with a welcome bridal basket for the bride with toiletries and necessities for the day. There is also a skinny mirror for the bride in the room (smart!). I would highly recommend that any bride splurge to get the room the night leading up to the event so that hair & makeup as well as family all have a place to meet up. Do yourself a favor too and get room service for breakfast the next day.
We had the cocktail hour outside at the beautiful Riverview Terrace where we had 3 stations (chinatown, sushi and slider stations) as well as 8 passed hors -d'oeuvres. I am a complete foodie and thought I would need even more stations and more food, but it turned out to be plenty. All the food was very good - in particular, the lobster mac and cheese (well, not like I had any running around being the bride, but I heard from multiple people that it was impressive, served in its own little ramekin with chunks of lobster), the sushi was fresh and authentic from Komegashi's - the rice was nice and plush, not like refrigerated prepared sushi and I was even able to get spicy tuna for my guests which is my fav. I was even able to bring in my mom's spicy homemade dumpling sauce and ordered custom chocolate dipped his and hers fortune cookies to add as nice touches to the chinatown station. The fortune read, "Confucious says...You will not go home hungry" :)
We had the dinner in the Manhattan Ballroom on the 9th floor. The view of Manhattan was stunning - floor to ceiling and all the way around the perimeter. We lucked out with a perfectly clear day. The Hyatt also worked really well with my vendors. Throughout the planning process, my florist and DJ (who I used to create a beading structure and for lighting) visited the site to look over the specs and talk through logistics of when to get everything moved in and out. I really wanted a lux feel so I splurged for chiavari chairs in gold, gold candle stems, gold beaded plates and table linens in a champagne shantung with Party Rental Ltd. The look went amazing with the huge high cherry blossom center pieces and rich flower bomb low center pieces I chose (with nyc florist Designs by Ahn). My florist actually helped me pick out the color scheme and the tablescape. She has impeccable taste!
About 3 months prior to the event, you will be invited to go for your tasting in the Vu restaurant. It will be one of the highlights of the overall experience! We brought another couple with us and had so much fun! The service throughout the tasting is superb and the food will blow you away. You won't even know what to choose, everything is so tasty and beautiful. Each person is presented a tasting portion, then you get to see each sample entree, appetizer, and salad displayed properly by itself to see what a full serving looks like plated, and finally, you get to take it all home at the end of the night to have the next day. Seriously, there is a sick amount of food and wine too. Sick.
I worked with Kristine to edit the menu selections until it was exactly to my liking. I could request no cilantro, to add a crisp, and even to completely transform one of the seafood appetizers into one of the entrees instead! The kitchen was incredibly open to hearing my ideas but then also exercising expertise and recommending something that would match my preferences. I ended up choosing the refreshing jumbo lump crab ceviche to start(west coast quality!), the spinach salad (dressing is so yum!), and for entrees the brined pork with fennel slaw and posole (huge), the beef tenderloin (absolutely tender and delicious) and created a jumbo buttermilk poached scallop entree with cauliflower puree and brussel sprouts (i think it was the second most popular entree selected by our guests!). The husband and I went back to our room a the end of the night and devoured our scallop dish - still yummy even cold. While the dinner portions were plentiful, they were not as robust as those presented to us during the tasting. I felt like they were about 15-20% smaller than what I remembered. Just something I noticed.
For dessert, there were these scrumptious petit fours which is nothing like the old fashioned petit four you might be thinking. They are more like one bite desserts, some may resemble a chocolate flourless cake, some a macaroon, some a cheesecake, etc. Finally, the Carlos Bakery (otherwise known as Cake Boss) Wedding cake that comes with the Hyatt package is to die for! I paid a little extra for sugar handcrafted flowers that matched my motif and for another layer, but it was gorgeous and exceeded my expectations. I wasn't even all that impressed with the cake at the tasting, but the actual cake during the day was AMAZING and rich and moist. They will save the top tier for you for your anniversary, of course!
After the reception, the ballroom was cleaned in a flash and in about an instant, everything is packed up (a tip for brides - write down EVERYTHING you want saved, down to something as small as your placecard, otherwise it will be tossed!). Your vendors will be going back for cleanup and you should definitely just pay them to not have to clean up yourself! The Vu bar stayed open til around 2am. A bunch of us were up in the bar area until 3am, so we ordered pizza in the area and got it delivered. It was fun and yum.
The next day, we hosted breakfast in the Vu Restaurant for all the out of towners that stayed in the hotel (we got a room block for $199 which for some, was still rather pricey, but still much less than the retail rate for that weekend). The service was outstanding and the price per person reasonable. They event included the omlette station and I still fondly recall the gourmet trumpet mushrooms in my omelette! A great way to extend the event and make it last longer.
And the cherry on top? I qualified for some promo hyatt gold passport points for booking by end of 2011. And, I paid with the Chase Hyatt Visa (3 gold passport points for every dollar paid). And I got planner points for doing a room block. Overall, I got more than 200,000 points which all went towards FREE nights at 5 and 6 star Hyatt hotels in Hawaii for an amazing two week honeymoon with the works. I love Hyatt!
Best venue ever! You can't get a better view than that plus the food and drinks were delicious. The staff was so wonderful and helpful every step of the way and we couldn't of asked for more.
I chose the Hyatt for the view and location...It was unbelievable..I had the most beautiful wedding day and our friends and family were so impressed with the Hyatt..We had tons of out of town guests who stayed there for a long weekend and loved it....Kristine is the most amazing and helpful person ever and I loved working with her...Included in the wedding package, you get a butler on the day of your wedding and I have to say that one of the best parts of my wedding day was my butler Daniel..Everyone kept trying to steal him from me! Kristine and Daniel helped me to have the most beautiful wedding ever...I highly recommend the Hyatt, both for the actual hotel and the staff...
We had our wedding reception at the Hyatt in Jersey City and couldn't have been happier with our choice. It was held in the Manhattan Ballroom which had spectacular views of the skyline and despite it looking like a boring old conference room by day, by night with the candles and the tables set, it looked great. The staff was amazinginly helpful and made the day a breeze for us. Everything happened without us having to lift a finger. Our assigned wedding coordinator was very professional and detail oriented and easy to work with. We also loved the suite that we got for the night of the wedding - it was huge and gorgeous and very comfortable for me and the bridesmaids to dress in the day of the wedding. Overall, we loved having our wedding at the Hyatt. It was expensive, but they were open to negotiating with me (I did have a November wedding, which could make a difference) and it certainly wasn't the most expensive we saw in the area. Finally, and one of the most important things, is that the food really tasted good. The cocktail hour and the plated dinner were both great; it was definitely some of the best wedding food I've ever had; my husband and I eat out a lot so it was very important to us to have tasty food and the Hyatt definitely met our expectations. I'd recommend it as a venue to anyone!
BEAUTIFUL venue. Absolutely perfect for the backdrop of NYC, the Hudson - you cannot go wrong. Their recommended vendors are the best of the best and they are experts. We would go back in a heart beat but there are some things to be aware of.
Getting in touch with your planners is nearly impossible. I cannot count the number of times me, my wife, or our family emailed, called, and desperately tried to get answers for planning with no response for weeks. One of our planners did get sick, however, her backup, while helpful, was very limited in assistance. For planning a big wedding, it is mindblowing to me how this can happen. Thankfully, in the 2 weeks prior the planners stepped up and were there at our beck and call, but good grief - it wasn't worth the stress and frustration of the prior 8 months!
You will NOT regret the Hyatt - the 2 weeks prior they really did step up and we had a perfect wedding weekend with everything in place. But, if you do decide on them - MAKE SURE you know the issues with getting in touch with them and I would address it in the contract for a turnaround time to getting back with you. You will spend a LOT of money and you will get a lot in return, but for peace of mind - they need to significantly up their staff and address that issue.
The day of though ... perfection. Absolute perfection.
The reason we chose this venue were a) location, location, location (right on the Hudson, with beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline, and beautiful event spaces), b) they use the caterer we wanted for our reception food, and c) we were able to get a good price b/c our wedding was in the "off-season".
It took quite a lot of time and effort to get the Hyatt wedding coordinators to answer our questions (from negotiating the contract to the final details in the days before the wedding). We had to do a lot of follow-up to ensure that things happened the way the Hyatt agreed they would happen (for example, that our guests got the room rate they were supposed to (which they didn't until we followed up on that). We were supposed to have a final walk-thru of the ceremony/reception area the week before the wedding, but that never happened. As a result, the layout of our reception room was not at all what we expected -- and we didn't know this until we actually walked into our reception...by which point it was obviously too late to do anything about it.
Despite all of the above, there were aspects of the wedding day where the Hyatt folks did a spectacular job: they provide a personal butler, Daniel, for the bride and groom who's great; Monica, the wedding coordinator, was a very calming presence the week of the wedding; and overall, the ceremony and reception went well. Despite the headaches, we would choose the Hyatt again.
This place is TOP NOTCH! PERIOD!
Everyone who attended our Wedding loved the Venue, the service and the food. The service was SOO good the guests were tipping the waiters/waitresses. I can't wait to attend another event here. I'm pushing my brother to have his wedding here so I can experience it from the other side.
We worked with Kristine Henry Blake and she was EXCELLENT. Hyatt = TOP NOTCH SERVICE. So worth it!
They know their stuff and they help you out every step of the way. So organized and so knowledge. What more can you ask for? Seriously...one stop shop for quality all the way!
Ceremony, Cocktail Hour & Reception all in one shot!
Daniel was our Butler for the event and he totally helped calm me down. I was in panic mode when it started snowing before our New Year's Eve Wedding & we had some vendors come in late. Daniel was a ROCK STAR and helped me get through it.
Honestly, our guests were coming up to us and saying this was the BEST venue that that they have ever been too. Plus it's fairly new (built 2002). You get the NYC Skyline without having to actually be in NYC.
Only CON is that you have to deal w/ Holland Tunnel Traffic and paying for valet parking there is quite costly......but the place is STELLAR.
You will be pleased!
The Hyatt team was amazing from Kristine, Associate Dir of Catering to Daniel, our bridal assistant the hotel was a dream come true. Our guests could not stop complimenting the front desk staff, valet service, bartenders, waitress and teh culinary team. We had the opportunity to create our own menu and the Chef exceeded every expectation I could have had. This was definitely not your typical Long Island wedding. We were able to build square tables to fit 13 guests and the Hyatt team was extremely supportive all along the way.
We can't wait to return in years to come to celebrate the amazing day they created for us.
Everyone on the Hyatt team was dedicated to making this the best day of our lives and they did. From the moment our friends and family walked into the hotel they were not only amazed by the views but your the hospitality of the Hyatt team.
Thank you to my Hyatt friends for making my dream wedding come true!
The Hyatt is the place to go to completely wow your guests with a breathtaking view and stellar service that cannot be found at many other wedding venues in NJ. Quality over quantity is what we were looking for and that's exactly what we got - from an upscale cocktail hour on the water with food and drinks that wowed our guests, not to mention a great view on a great night, to top notch service, the Hyatt truly delivered. Daniel, the personal bridal butler, was the absolute best! He gave us all of our direction, without ever once being intrusive. After picking out our great-tasting menu, he was sure we got a chance to eat it, even if it meant putting samples in the bridal suite for us. You will, however, pay for all the Hyatt has to offer. To us, it was well worth the spend. We also thought they were short staffed as we were planning the wedding, as some of our questions often took awhile to be answered, as we felt as though they didn't have enough people helping brides and grooms plan on the front end. When it all came down to it, everything turned out perfectly and we had a truly fairytale wedding!
My husband and I had the wedding of our dreams at the Hyatt Jersey City on February 28, 2009.
Service: The Hyatt assigns you a wedding coordinator. The wedding coordinator Monica is FABULOUS.
She worked with us for months in order to perfect our menu, coordinate with our various vendors, provide other helpful suggestions, etc. Further, she was on-site the day of making sure that every aspect of the wedding was going smoothly.
The Hyatt also provides you with a personal butler for the ENTIRE DAY. His name is Daniel and he is also AMAZING. He is there to help you with everything/anything you might need throughout the day. You don't realize how important this kind of service is until the day of.
Another point on service, our guests could not stop raving about it. The Hyatt provides 1 waiter per table. Our guests said that they didn't have to go to the bar for a drink unless they wanted to. Also, we had vegetarians and other people with special dietary restrictions. They were very well taken care of.
Food: My husband and I live in Manhattan and have very high standards for cuisine, as do many of our guests. All of our guests could not stop raving about both the cocktail hour and dinner. The food, in its preparation and presentation was truly gourmet (not fake gourmet as many catering halls are doing these days).
Drinks: Our guests couldn't stop talking about the bartenders. I hardly drank, but according to them, the mixed-drinks were excellent.
View: The view of Manhattan is unbelievable.
Price/Value: I thought that the value that we got, for the amount we paid, was excellent. We had five star service and food and paid a fraction of what we would have paid in Manhattan with no view for the same.
Summary: If you are looking to have a wedding with a true New York feel, with an excellent location, food and service, look no further.
I'm happy to answer any questions about the wedding that any of you might have!
Everyone at this hotel went so far above & beyond our expectations, we were absolutely amazed. This is a top notch event location and we would encourage any couple who wants to have a "wedding of a lifetime" to get married here...Kristine, Monica, Sandra--we miss you and hope we can plan another event with you very soon!
It was a perfect venue for our setting - we really wanted that Manhattan backdrop, especially that we had a lot of friends flying over from all over the world. Also, the management at the Hyatt was exceptional. They were very flexible with our needs and very accomodating. All of our guests told us that they haven't been to a wedding with such great food in a long time. We were very very happy!
I could not have picked a better place for my wedding reception. They were outstanding on every level -- responsive, high-quality, accommodating, and professional. Of course, they were not the cheapest place I could have used, but that was not my goal. Again, I feel that with everything, you get what you pay for, and it was worth every cent. I highly recommend it for a large OR small event.
An awesome vendor. You really want to have your wedding here! The best view of NYC--- why pay for being in the city, when you can have a magnificent view from the Hyatt. I love that they allow outside catering. We did some of their food & some Indian food because we had a mixed wedding. They provide excellent cake with wedding packages from Carlos bakery (so tasty), I suggest you taste the rest of their food--- some good, some not so good--- the best risotto though. They are very flexible and will try to make your wedding exactly as you want it. I can't say enough about the beautiful venue, the professionalism of all, and that we basically had a perfect wedding. It is an excellent value for the price--- just do it, you won't regret it. We got so many compliments and everyone had an excellent time. Also you can do your wedding on an outdoor terrace with the best view of Manhattan. Butler is also superb.
I don't know what I can say about the Hyatt, except that they were excellent. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, we asked for was there. Krystine the catering manager was super attentive, she was there from the very beginning and had everything we asked for and then some! Daniel our personal butler for the night was some how always right next to us when we needed a drink refill, but never in our way. All of our guests said that they have never had such personal service at a wedding before. The food was delicious. Everyone I have spoken to said that the food was the best they have ever eaten and I totally agree, it really was amazing. The fillet was so tender you could cut it with a fork! I don?t know what else I could possibly say to give the Hyatt any better ratings, but I will tell you that it was the most amazing night of my entire life!
I dont know what I can say about the Hyatt, except that they were excellent. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, we asked for was there. Krystine the catering manager was super attentive, she was there from the very beginning and had everything we asked for and then some! Daniel our personal butler for the night was some how always right next to us when we needed a drink refill, but never in our way. All of our guests said that they have never had such personal service at a wedding before. The food was delicious. Everyone I have spoken to said that the food was the best they have ever eaten and I totally agree, it really was amazing. The filet was so tender you could cut it with a fork! I dont know what else I could possibly say to give the Hyatt any better ratings, but I will tell you that it was the most amazing night of my entire life!
Great Service and food
I absolutely recommend the quality of their service and was happy i chose them as my ceremony venue
Our lunch-time reception was elegant, the food delicious, and the catering staff even accommodated my family tradition of fruit pies AND a wedding cake. Highly recommended all the way around.
Everything on my wedding day was perfect. The bridal suite had the most amazing view, the food at the reception was amazing, and my guests were thrilled with the location. I would recommend this venue to anyone getting married.
We had our reception only there and the Hyatt JC delivered everything that we requested. Only afterward did I find out that the planner would meet with my husband and I, present us with options, and then follow up with my father to explain that we chose the "more expensive" option and it would cost more money. This "nickle and diming" was unacceptable and in poor taste as we were already spending upwards of $100K at the venue.
The food was excellent, the servers were SUPERB - all 150 of our guests felt personally attended to. Even the servers passing appetizers remembered which clusters of guests preferred what and would be sure to circle back around with another tray of their favorites.
The Hyatt chefs were wonderful and very flexible with the menu - I was fairly sure of what pairings I liked and I got to play with preparations/sauces/etc.
The room and backdrop of the NYC skyline is dramatic and romantic - the perfect setting for an upscale reception. The rooms for guests were also perfectly planned and executed - as was the breakfast the morning after. We had flowers delivered to my parents' suite and they were amazing as well.
My husband and I flew out early the next morning, and our wedding planner assured us that she would have breafkast delivered to us and arrange our transportation. Breakfast never came, and the driver was dangerous and rude. When we arrived at the airport she demanded that we pay her $40 - we said that the hotel had taken care of it. She got angry and drove away - not sure whether this was the hotel's error or the cabbie.
In all, and incredible experience for us and our guests. Just be sure to get ALL of the details and pricing ironed out explicitly.
More than 20,000 square feet of versatile function space with dramatic views of the Hudson River and NYC skyline.
-Wedding and catering consultant to guide you through the process
-Extensive catering selections prepared by our innovative executive chef
-Valet and self-parking for your convenience (fee)
You only get one chance to do it right. Hyatt Regency Jersey City offers the following wedding package to ensure that your day is memorable and executed flawlessly:
-Personal banquet captain to professionally oversee your event
-Wine service poured during your dinner
-Champagne toast to congratulate the newlyweds
-Signature wedding cake that represents your individuality
-Five hour premium open bar service including bartender fees
-Complimentary deluxe bridal suite including champagne, strawberries and turndown service
-Stage set up for the band or the dee jay
-Complimentary dance floor for the enjoyment of your guests
-Banquet tables and chairs arranged to your specifications with room rental and set up fees included
-Floor length white linen tablecloths and white linen napkins for an elegant touch
-Fine china, stemware and silver to complement your table settings
-Votive candles for each table
-Complimentary coat check for your convenience
Create a wedding that makes a statement about you. Our packages allow you to customize your wedding to your preferences and budget.
**The above information is directly from Hyatt Regency's website.