We were so excited when we found out Marriott was opening a new 65 story hotel right at Central Park, meaning a couple New York blocks away from the south end of the park where horses and carriages line up for hire. We were not disappointed in the location or the dramatic views from the 45th floor. The snazzy contemporary furnishings were definitely wow, but after our first impressions, my eleven year old granddaughter remarked that it was the smallest room we had stayed in all that vacation. And she was right, but welcome to New York City! Although the room had two beds (one was a double, the other a queen) what is what they gave us for 4 people, there is not adequate storage space for a family of four unless all four of you are backpacking or business traveling with the minimal.
The location couldn't be better. For tourists you are close to everything you want in NYC. Broadway, Times Square, and Fifth Avenue is within walking distance for most people, and the Ritz is "just around the corner", a destination place with an Eloise shop and a plaque on the building that says "Eloise lives here!". Central Park is huge, so you might need to catch a cab for attractions at the north end.
Beds were fine but sheets were stiff and funky and we weren't quite sure what to do with them. Bathroom was so small you had to close the door strategically to use the commode!, but did have adequate storage. I may be provincial, but I expect built-in hair dryers in hotels now days, and was quite taken back when I called the front desk about hair dryers and was asked, "you need a hairdryer??" They wanted to send one up, but I wasn't willing to tip somebody for the hotel's failure to supply! The kitchen was well done with everything you need in a very compact space, again, very sleek and modern.
General service was fine although a few people on the front desk had a little more disinterested attitude than I like to see. Breakfast menu was great, but they kept running out of food and were not speedy about replacing.
Amenities seemed quite good although we didn't have time to use except for needing a computer and printer for our airline boarding passes. The work/computer reading lounge is incredibly inviting with tables and lounge chairs and huge windows opening up to the outside city view.
We had booked a couple months ahead of time with what I thought was an introductory rate, but which turned out to be standard rates. Whether that is a good value depends on what you are used to paying for a New York hotel. But, oh well. Just check out the view, again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For a contemporary hotel near Central Park in exciting NYC, choose Courtyard by Marriott New York Manhattan/Central park. Our hotel is a top choice among hotels near Central Park and we are also close to all of the thrilling NYC attractions throughout Midtown Manhattan. Our hotel's modern guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows to let plenty of natural light in. Select rooms have unparalleled views of Central Park, Times Square, and the Hudson River. Stay with us and enjoy an on-site restaurant and bar and the perfect home base from which to explore Manhattan! ... more less
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