The Grand Hyatt New York on Thursday unveiled The Gallery on Lex, another example of hotels trending to more modern public spaces that are extremely flexible and encourage meeting and mingling. Similarly, many hotel brands are in the process of redefining and redesigning their conference and/or lobby area to meet the needs and expectations of a new breed of traveler looking for social spaces that serve multiple purposes, particularly networking and impromptu meetings. At the Grand Hyatt New York, Bentel & Bentel Architects “re-imagined” 4,400 square feet of flexible, multi-use space accented by commissioned artwork from the German artist, Burghard Müller-Dannhausen. The new space is meant to feel like two pavilions that share a glass reception/networking area with a long high-top table and a foodservice/bar area suited for events from cocktail receptions to intimate presentations. At the heart of the upscale design is its flexibility, as it allows for multiple arrangements. The gallery, which cost about US$3 million to design, is part of a comprehensive US$130-million renovation currently underway at the Grand Hyatt. “Welcome to, what we consider, a very innovative space,” noted Mark Pardue, GM of the Grand Hyatt New York. “Gallery on Lex brings a great new option for corporate and social clientele looking for a creative and exclusive alternative to a traditional meeting space,” he said. It is anticipated that the Gallery on Lex will serve as a great complement to the property’s Manhattan ballroom, offering a unique pre-function atmosphere. Get the full story at