My aunt has been a super-duper VIP member of Wyndham Vacation Resorts for many years, so we've stayed at Wyndham resorts in Atlantic City, the Poconos, Alexandria, National Harbor, Williamsburg, and elsewhere in recent years. One of our longstanding critiques of the organization has been their absence from major metropolitan areas, where younger travelers like to visit instead of the more traditional resort locations in the mountains or in smaller, suburban communities. When we saw that Wyndham had recently acquired a property in midtown Manhattan, my wife and I were thrilled and took a recent opportunity to spend a few nights to check out this new location.
And even with a host of previously positive experiences with Wyndham, our experience far exceeded my already high expectations. We stayed three nights in a one-bedroom presidential suite, which was in the renovated portion of the hotel. It was a 5-10 minute walk from Grand Central Terminal, where we arrived on the subway from our bus terminal arrival near Penn Station. And the location of the Wyndham Midtown 45 was similarly convenient for virtually everything else we wanted to do. It was a 5-10 minute walk to the Chrysler Building, the New York City Public Library, and the United Nations headquarters. We were able to take one easy subway ride from Grand Central Terminal downtown to the financial district (which includes the 9/11 Memorial, Wall Street, the Staten Island Ferry, Trinity Church, etc.). It was another even shorter subway ride from Grand Central Terminal to Times Square, from where we could walk to everything we wanted to see in midtown Manhattan. And when we wanted to save $5 and see more of NYC, we hoofed it back from Times Square and the Rockefeller Center on different days, which was probably a 20-25 minute walk, but felt completely safe and totally manageable, even for my 7-month pregnant wife.
But it's not only the location that made this place such a stellar accommodation for us. The unit itself was fabulous, incredibly spacious by Manhattan standards. Our one-bedroom presidential suite included a long entryway, a full kitchen, a nice bathroom, a roomy bedroom, and a comfortable living area. There were TVs in the living area, bedroom, and even the bathroom. The kitchen included a full fridge, a microwave that also had an oven function (I'd never even heard of that before), a stove-top with several burners, and plenty of plates, cups, and pans to allow us to cook any meal that we would have wanted, had we been more culinarily motivated. The king bed was comfortable. The entire unit was spotlessly clean and very well-appointed, if admittedly a bit modern and funky.
The staff at the front desk was courteous and knowledgeable, able to answer whatever questions we had. The elevators were always quick to our 17th floor room. The Comfort Diner across the street was fabulous and offered a discount for Wyndham guests. The Amish Market just down the street allowed us to purchase the few groceries that we wanted and would have been great if we had wanted to cook full meals in our unit. The 99 Cent Pizza joint around the corner offered tasty and cheap meals when our return to the Wyndham didn't align with a sit-down meal. We appreciated the free wifi (though sluggish at times), free USA Today newspaper, and even the tasty mints at the front desk. And we were very grateful to be able to store our luggage at the Wyndham for most of an entire day, since we checked out at 10am but didn't leave town until 11pm that evening.
Sure, I can always quibble about a few things. We commented several times that the entryway into our unit was just screaming for a little bench on which we could sit to tie shoes, since there was plenty of room. We were perplexed that there was not only no ice maker or even ice trays with which to make ice cubes, but also no ice machine in the hallways. I would have even appreciated a plastic pitcher in which we could have chilled some water in the fridge. And the check-in area is a bit congested right now, an issue which I suspect might be fixed after the renovations are completed. But all of these complaints are minor and relatively insignificant.
As you can tell, we loved our stay. I'm thrilled that Wyndham has opened this Manhattan location, and I hope it's a permanent fixture in the Wyndham portfolio. They've done great things with the place already, and I think it'll be truly spectacular once the renovations are finished. The proximity of the place to so much of New York is absolutely marvelous. I would come back here in a heartbeat, and I am happy to recommend it to anyone looking for comfortable accommodations, outside the madness of Times Square, but right in the heart of midtown Manhattan and all that great city has to offer. The Wyndham Midtown 45 has my highest recommendation...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Truly unique amongst New York City hotels, The Wyndham Hotel offers a stylish retreat in the heart of the city. Choose from suites with apartment style amenities including fully equipped kitchens and Manhattan skyline views. Located in Midtown Manhattan East neighborhood, just one block from Grand Central Station and within walking distance to the United Nations, Park, Madison and Fifth Avenues, The Wyndham Midtown 45was designed by residential architect Costas Kondylis, with custom designed furniture by David Rockwell and state-of-the-art amenities throughout. The Wyndham is perfect for those looking to explore NYC! ... more less
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