This was the last stop of our 3 and a half week honeymoon. We were very tired when we arrived and the jet lag totally hit us. We were only in New York for 3 days so were trying to make the most of it as we arrived early. We were told that we could only check in at 3 arg !! However the great member of staff Chris had noticed the side note on our booking that is was our honeymoon ( the only hotel out of 4 we stayed in that noticed) so he found a free room and booked us in there which meant we could shower unpack and have a quick nap to charge the batteries and get out there. So feeling positive and ready to see the amazing New York everyone tells you about we get to the front door and the super helpful and friendly door man gives us a map and directions to Times Square great! We head off and find time square mobbed and surrounded by road works ! Bummer or what? So then decide to book tickets to see a show. We go to see wicked that night ! Amazing! Have dinner in the best Italian is had which is pretty much attached onto the side of the theatre then head back to get sleep for a full day the next day. Get back to the hotel and Chris ( the reception saviour ) had had champagne and chocolate strawberries brought up to the room! HERO! The room was nice and clean but the sheets sometimes had a wee hole in them but we didn't complain cos we didn't really care, might need updating. The shower was MASSIVE!! My only annoyance was the air conditioning was really noisy but to be fair we were that tired and the staff were that lovely we just kept it to outsells as wasn't a long stay. New York itself is not our bag though as we are pretty happy ppl and the place is full or rude angry ppl who seem to not care about service even in restaurants they have full conversations with coworkers as they are serving you not even breaking eye contact. The shopping isn't that cheap and you have to walk loads and loads to get from one shop tithe next VEGAS shopping was better. The Central Park was ok but we have something very similar at home so didn't really excite me. We went up Rockefeller and the staff were great we wanted to rush the tour as didn't have long to get it in as we tried the night before and the clouds were too heavy they let us skip the queues and most of the videos and go right on up. Great views. The number of homeless people was unreal and watching a guy eat food from a trash can is a bit far :s however as our hotel was right next to grand central I never once saw a homeless man in our area just walking about the centre. We took the ferry over to staton and saw the Statue of Liberty very underwhelming ! She's tiny! If you are a happy kind of person maybe go in winter I think it would be nicer at Christmas but I don't recommend New York our Driver from the airport was even hating life. However if you do go the Fitzpatrick was great as after a day of rudeness and miserable faces it was nice to come into a place were customer service seemed to matter. :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Fitzpatrick Grand Central Hotel provides warm Irish hospitality in an elegant atmosphere. Situated on East 44th Street directly opposite Grand Central Terminal and close to Times Square, our location puts you in the middle of almost everything New York City has to offer. Our highly personalized service and very comfortable rooms and suites offer a great option for your next business trip, weekend getaway or family vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Fitzpatrick Grand Central
- Fitzpatrick Hotel New York