It was a pleasure to by-pass the busy lobby and take the elevator directly to the 37th floor for check-in directly inside the member lounge. The staff was professional and friendly. We arrived before the 3:00p checkin and was given a ticket for a free bag storage in the lobby (usually $3.50 per item). A staff person called my cell at 2:45p to let us know that the room was ready.
Our room (3818) looked relatively new. It was clean with a slight foul odor which lingered before the air started circulating courtesy of the powerful AC. There was damage readily noticeable when we walked in: A smoke detector was hanging off the wall precariously and the desk drawer was hanging halfway off the track. These issues did not detract from the enjoyment of our stay. What was bothersome, however, was the ridiculously designed shower door with HUGE gaps on the side and bottom that caused the bathroom to be flooded during each shower.
Someone forgot to install the rubber seals, or something.
On the positive side, the shower has body jets - which made for a nice relaxing water massage at the end of the day.
The lounge is well stocked with coffee, tea, hot cocoa, soda and bottled water. We also enjoyed fresh fruit - and watched others smile about the cookies. At 5:00p, they offer cold beer (including a couple of imports), decent wine and appetizers (cheeses, fruit, hummus, guacamole, crudites, and a couple of other pleasant nibbles). A standard continental breakfast is also offered in this space.
The location of the Hilton at 54th and 6th is outstanding. We easily walked through Central Park, Times Square, Rockerfeller Center, the theater district, Hell's Kitchen on 9th Ave. (great restaurant options) and down 5th Ave. to our train from Grand Central. The subway to the West Village was three blocks away - next to Radio City.
A cool bonus was seeing a movie premier going on (the Butler) at the Ziegfield (?) Theater across the street - red carpet, celebrities and all.
We should mention that we were there on a $299 for two nights timeshare promotion that required us to sit for a two hour presentation. The timeshare salesman was courteous and professional. Indeed, we were sent on our way exactly two hours after we signed in. While we did not purchase a timeshare interest, we could certainly see the appeal.
Finally, DO NOT MISS the Halal Guys food cart right outside the hotel on the corner of 53rd and 6th (not 52nd). They are seriously a NYC institution (nearly 4000 Yelp reviews - 4.5/5 stars). We are relatively picky eaters (Whole Foods shoppers, etc.). We ate there twice (one lunch and one midnight snack) and fell in love. That white sauce is just ridiculously delicious! And, for $6 for a huge plate of food, this must be the best food deal in Manhattan.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hilton Club - New York is superbly located on the 36th, 37th and 38th floors of the renowned Hilton New York offering the immediate convenience of a full-service hotel. Located in the heart of thriving midtown Manhattan, the surrounding ten-block neighborhood offers some of New York's most notable treasures. The Hilton Club - New York offers an exclusive check-in on the 37th Floor for Hilton Club guests and features studios, one and two bedroom suites. The accommodations are elegantly appointed and offer numerous amenities to help capture the contemporary sophistication of Manhattan. Guests of The Hilton Club - New York have charge privileges at the restaurants, fitness center, spa and retail outlets of the Hilton New York. ... more less
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