Stayed here in Nov 2013 for a short 4 night NYC break.
Location is very good - literally a 5 min walk to Times Square.
Flew in from the UK to Newark, and after looking at options for getting to the hotel went for the bus which leaves at Stand 2 just outside the terminal - $16 per person one way and drops off on 7th Ave and 42nd St (I think!) - short walk to Times Square.
Hotel is quite easy to find and doorman welcoming - although reception staff not quite so (did arrive early-ish - 1pm - so room wasn't quite ready - although reception more than happy to store baggage). Don't know what it was, but the initial welcome wasn't quite what you'd come to expect from hotels in the US - which are usually very good.
Anyway, stored bags and went for a walk - visited Madame Tussauds on 42nd St - v good!
By this time went back and room was ready. Again, very stylish in the 'boutique' style - but lighting levels were very dim! Is this a NYC thing? Found this to be the case in a few bars and restaurants?
High standard of decor, heat was comfortable and controllable, well appointed room and bathroom - fridge in room - although empty - ideal for storing water etc.
I'd read TA and asked for a 10th floor room at the back and away from the elevator - all catered for.
First night ate at 'Lillie's' just along from the hotel - very good - the Filet Mignon was very good and not too pricey.
Continental breakfast on Level 2 is included and, although self service with plastic / disposable plates / cutlery - was all ok and provided enough choice to set yourself up for the day.
All in all I would say a 'Recommended' - reception just need to work on that initial welcome a little!
Other 'must do's' I did:
Top of the Rock (go to the top of the Rockerfellar Centre for the best view in town)
Walk through Central Park up to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (...you could spend a few days in here and still not see it all)
Walk from the top of 5th Ave all the way down to China Town - a few miles but well worth the experience
Liberty Island - followed a tip and got the Water Taxi around the bay instead of actually going to the Island
Times Square after dark - just to see it!
World Trade Centre memorial - very peaceful and thought provoking - also the new 1 World Trade Centre building is a sight to behold!
Take in a show - saw 'Jersey Boys' in the August Wilson Theatre - Excellent!
Avoid: Applebee's on 50th and Broadway - billed as the largest Applebee's - avoid - awful meal and service - such a shame when there are so many restaurants to choose from that I 'wasted' an evening meal here (have used this chain before in Florida and they were excellent - this one isn't!)
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