I stayed at the Parker Meridien (sorry, it sounds weird to say "le" before English words... like "le FDR Drive") over a bridge weekend in NY. I hadn't stayed here before. The lobby was packed, and the hotel was completely booked, but the check-in process was efficient, if not effusive. I had booked a Jr. Suite, and the front-desk clerk told me I had been upgraded... to a Jr. Suite. I didn't understand, until I realized that there are about a dozen different room types in the hotel, and he had put me in a tower room. OK, so far so good. The room was on the small side, and no closing door between the sitting room and the bedroom (I sleep better w/ two doors between me and the hallway). The big swiveling TV / room-divider was pretty cool... in the 80s. But these are pretty minor gripes -- the room was spotlessly clean, reasonably attractive and had a really good shower.
I spent the weekend mostly hanging out midtown, near the hotel. I skipped the hotel breakfast -- the restaurant was jam-packed and loud -- and went to le Pain Quotidien (see, that sounds normal) on 7th and 58th. The neighborhood is great for upscale shopping, upscale eating, upscale people-watching, etc.
I worked out in the gym downstairs -- free for Starwood Platinum, $10 otherwise -- and this was the first nice surprise. It's a real gym -- a big one -- like the one I belong to in SF. So I could do a normal workout. I could have taken a spin class too. I also booked a massage in the spa -- great massage, nice-but-basic spa.
So, a very nice experience, on the whole. Minor gripe: really-really tiny lobby bar, so I always felt like I had to go somewhere else for a drink. Also, while I know Manhattan is expensive (duh) I felt like I paid for exactly what I got -- which is fair, of course, but I guess I've gotten spoiled by getting upgraded to really nice suites with park views and still paying for a regular room. The room I booked (with a corporate discount) was $450/night. Normally it would have been about $600. The room I stayed in normally goes for about $800/night.
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- Also Known As:
- Le Parker Meridien Hotel New York City
- Meridien New York City
- Meridien Le Parker
- Le Parker Meridian