I booked this hotel for its proximity to Madison Square Garden and my fifth trip to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in February. It was just a short block away, with the added benefit of its proximity to Penn Station, which is adjacent to MSG and my transportation hub. Unfortunately, this year the benching areas and daytime group competitions for the dog show were relocated to the Piers and the shuttle system to relay both spectators, dogs, their gear and handlers to the outlying location was a little less than adequate. It took 40 minutes the first morning to make the trip.
Winter Storm Nemo had just come and gone when I arrived, and the snow was little in evidence on city streets although as I traveled in from the airport on the LIRR, I could see people were still digging out in the suburbs.
My check-in process went smoothly and the reservations clerk complimented herself on getting me a terrific room. It was on the 36th floor, which gave me pause, and it was a well-situated corner room with lots of windows looking out on a river. It wasn't until I couldn't get warm that I realized the disadvantage of all those windows, but finally, between closing the heavy drapes and the bitter cold weather abating on the next day, the room became more comfortable, even though I had adjusted the thermostat upward as far as it would go. The room was New York tiny, but since I was by myself, it didn't really matter. The queen-size bed was very comfortable, if not quite warm enough the first night.
I did take advantage of the hotel's dining rooms. I had breakfast in the Tick Tock Cafe each morning, which was fast and adequate, and had a lite bite at the dining room bar the first night and another evening meal in the dining room, which was quite tasty if not hastily and distractedly delivered.
The hotel has a period charm and although my room had all the conveniences, I was amused by the four faucets in the tub, the old fashioned soap holder and the tile TP dispenser - the kind that used to hold the inter-folded sheets - which had not been removed from the tiled walls.
I particularly enjoy staying at the hotels near the Garden during this time because you see dogs, handlers and owners all rubbing elbows in the public areas and the nearby streets. Where else can you see such beautiful dogs all in the same place?
Although this trip I didn't venture far, the hotel is an easy walk to Macy's, the Empire State Building and transportation. A Duane Reade is catty-corner across the street if you need sundries or a snack, the old Post Office building a short block down if you over shop and need to mail something home and my favorite deli, the Stage Door, right there on 8th Avenue as well.
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