Our daughter chose the Omni Berkshire Place, in Manhattan Midtown, as the home base for her birthday celebration in New York City. Even with the threat of 11 inches of snow in the city and hurricane winds projected on Long Island, our family was determined to make this birthday party happen for her. We had purchased tickets to see "Spider-Man Turn off the Dark," and even Winter Storm Nemo couldn't keep us away from Julie Taymor's, Glen Berger's, and Robert Aguirre-Sacasa's marvelous script, Bono and The Edge's brilliant music, and the dazzling aerialists flying on wispy webs from the rafters of the Foxwoods Theatre (213 W. 42nd Street). Don't miss it!
Only a short subway ride on the E train from Penn Station, we arrived at the Omni Berkshire, 21 E. 52nd Street, situated between 5th Avenue and Madison. New York City had done a marvelous job clearing the sidewalks of snow and it was only at the corners of the streets that we were occasionally surprised by a slushy puddle from the aftermath of Nemo.
The Omni Berkshire front desk was welcoming and courteously catered to our every need. They knew it was our daughter's birthday and planned on bringing a surprise complimentary balloon bouquet and birthday treats to our room. They asked about our preferences for pillows--feathered or polyester fill--and handed over earplugs at our request. Because our daughter is an Omni Select Gold member (one can sign up for free), we enjoyed free WIFI and a choice of coffee, tea, or soda, and orange juice in the morning along with our complimentary New York Times. We also enjoyed the never-ending supply of red delicious apples in the atrium.
We were very pleased with our immaculately scrubbed room--the beds were quite comfortable, the bathroom beautifully marbled, and the flat screen TV inviting. Our view was of a quiet street scene, and I must put emphasis on the word quiet. We have stayed in hotels around Times Square and, with the Omni Berkshire, we appreciated the peacefulness of its midtown neighborhood. Although we were within walking distance to the delightfully snow-covered Central Park, theaters, and the shops on 5th Avenue, it was nice to have found a base away from all the big city bustle.
We checked the room service menu and, not wanting to pay the 5 star hotel's/restaurant's $18 price for a bagel and cream cheese, we elected to try out some of the more affordable cafes and diners within walking distance to the hotel. Yelp gave Toasties Deli, 6 E. 48th Street (between 5th and Madison) a 4 star review with one $. We had great sandwiches at lunchtime and were tempted to come back the next day for their hearty breakfasts priced for under $7.00. Instead we visited the Midtown Restaurant, 155 E. 55th Street, for a similarly priced delicious and bountiful breakfast in a less spartan environment.
After being mesmerized by Spidey and the Green Goblin, we returned to our room to find that the hotel had left a radiant balloon bouquet along with a slice of red velvet cake adorned with a happy birthday candle and a candied placard reading "Happy Birthday." Four chocolate dipped fresh strawberries filled another plate and we were grateful to have 3 bottles of imported Tuscan water to share. Our daughter was absolutely delighted! Two special notes accompanied her birthday bash--one from the manager expressing his thanks for our daughter's continued patronage, and another wishing her the happiest of birthdays. We are indebted to the Omni Berkshire Place for making it so.
We were in Room 828 which overlooked a quiet street. We kept the curtains closed and enjoyed our com...
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