Stayed here for 4 nights as part of our honeymoon in New York following our civil partnership - we deliberately chose a hotel in downtown to get away from the hustle and tourist traps of Midtown and the theater district after our experiences in Manhattan last year. From start to finish, it was a memorable experience which we will cherish for many years to come. We requested a high room with a view uptown, and got one of the corner rooms on the 47th Floor. If that isn't high enough for you, take the superfast lifts up to the 55th Floor and admire the view west over Brooklyn and Queens from the elevator lobby....
The rooms are snug and cosy, with all the usual Hilton refinements, a big 42" flatscreen TV, coffee maker, safe, and controllable air conditioning (if a bit noisy). The shower was hot and powerful, although my alarm clock seemed to be broken and did not work properly. I cannot fault the staff though, everyone meeted and greeted us, on one occasion when my coffee cups (and then coffee sachets) weren't replaced, new ones were sent up within five minutes of calling guest services, equally on checkout, the concierge approached us and offered to store our bags without being asked.
Wi-Fi is free in the lobby and public areas if you ask reception for today's code , but it's charged in your room ($4.95 for an hour, $13.00 for a day, but I recommend going for the $30 for three days - which may seem expensive, but compared to what Hilton in the UK charges its a veritable bargain, as always those pesky Gold and Diamond HHonors members get it for free.....) - although annoyingly it doesn't support multiple devices, so only one of us could actually use our smartphone in the room at any one given time. Other hotels have cracked this problem. I had one beer in the Liquid Assets lounge on the ground floor, not outrageously expensive for New York, but still more than you'd pay in the bar.
Locationwise you can't ask better - right next to the World Trade Center site, with the PATH terminal from New Jersey (great if you are flying into/out of Newark - as we were), and 13 Subway lines on your doorstep (the N/R station is literally feet away from the front entrance). Of course it's hard not to escape the spectre of 9/11 - the reminders are everywhere, even down to the tattered American flag proudly on display in the lobby which was salvaged after the hotel was badly damaged when the Twin Towers collapsed on that horrible day. But its heartening to see the new WTC towers taking shape across the road - the west facing windows give you a great view of the memorial and the new buildings going up. Construction noise was not a problem on our 47th Floor level.
Apart from one solitary drink in the hotel bar, we opted not to use the hotel restaurant - the great thing is the hotel is on the southern fringe of TriBeCa and SoHo, so there are lots of little delis and diners within a block or two away, which are all well worth a try if you want a more realistic NYC dining experience compared to the generic chains in Midtown.
If anything lets the hotel down, its the dated early 1990s corporate Hilton style in the bathrooms (I got deja vous as they are identical to those in my local Glasgow Hilton in Scotland) and the austere guest corridors. After the lavish, warm and cosy chrome and rosewood interiors of the lobby, elevators and the rooms themselves, the corridors, guest room doors and elevator lobbies are cold, bland and overwhelmingly magnolia - you could be in a hospital, a council housing block, or a school - certainly not a Hilton hotel...spend some money here please as it lets apperances down badly.
Value wise I can't really give an accurate figure as we were on a British Airways package deal, but we were probably in the region of £100 ($160) per night I reckon, which is pretty good for this part of Manhattan out of the tourist season; but money apart, this was an excellent stay and I would have no hestitation in booking the Millenium Hilton again next time I was in New York.
High rooms on the north side have excellent views uptown, and away from WTC construction noise, but...
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