I’ve stayed at this hotel a number of times, it’s actually my top choice of in NYC, but only because I’m somewhat of a slave to Starwood. If not for that, I would find another hotel for sure. For the prices Le Parker charges, there are a number of other hotels that are comparable, and some are even better for less money. Even in the Starwood group the W Hotel Times Square, and the Westin Hotel Times Square have better rankings on Tripadvisor, so I am not alone in my assesment.
So why do I stay here? Good question, it is because the location is so convenient to Central Park. For me Central Park is the most treasured part of the city, and if I have even an hour I want to spend it in the park. As a consequence, I want to be as near as I can be, and this hotel is only a block away.
Unfortunately of late, I’m feeling like I am being punished with mediocre service, and high prices just to be somewhere near the park and within the Starwood group. It’s discouraging, but small things that you’d expect at a hotel where routinely I pay $400 a night, like turn down service, an air conditioning system that works, heck even buttons that light up when you press them to call the elevator. A clean room, with toiletries (very minimal) that haven’t been previously enjoyed by another guest, phones that work, and don’t call you with calls that can’t complete the connection when even someone internally is calling you, a room where you can’t hear and feel the pressure change as the elevator cars ascend and descend. The windows used to open, but now they are sealed, so you can’t even use them to control the temperature of the room, so that’s another issue. I think a hotel of this status should have blinds that are more effective at blocking light. High speed internet that is only 11 Mbps isn’t what I call high speed. Minibars that cannot be used for personal items is just tacky in this day and age, and oh so Las Vegas. Three banks of elevators mean long waits during busy times in the morning then stopping on every floor, as everyone else has also been waiting. And finally, the rooms could stand a bit more sound proofing from hall activities, I didn’t notice every little door slamming though which is very nice, but I did hear every guest walking by and some yelling kids from the room down the hall. The shower faucet was missing it’s blue and red indicators so you couldn’t tell which way to turn the knob to get hot or cold, not just ugly, but dangerous as well.
On the positive: Stunning large screen Samsung TV’s, very comfortable beds, a guest relations management that does care, and listen. Nola’s has very good breakfast dishes and the hamburger joint is good, and fun when you can get in there (hint go before 6:00). The lobby is nice, but a bit of a hodge-podge, the barbershop is nice to see and a unique thing (typical of the Parker) the lobby bar is a great place to meet friends, and head out to the park.
As a Starwood Platinum member it’s also important to note the front desk does not have an expedited line for Starwood, there’s a little sign shoved off to the end when the desk meets the wall, but no one there. I don’t recommend this hotel to others without warning them off its many downfalls, but I do still recommend it for the location.
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- Also Known As:
- Le Parker Meridien Hotel New York City
- Meridien New York City
- Meridien Le Parker
- Le Parker Meridian