East Coast Trip 2013: Le Parker Meridien New York

New York might be one city, but it is a big one, otherwise it wouldn’t be called the ‘Big Apple’, would it? And thus having spent the first 3 nights in the Andaz Wall Street, we moved to Midtown Manhattan, and picked on the Le Parker Meridien New York. It was a busy weekend when we moved to this Midtown hotel, and there was a long queue for event participants, such that they had to set up a special check-in counter. Even then the normal check-in desk took around 20 minutes and they did not have a dedicated SPG Gold/Platinum counter, so first impressions was generally not favourable.

Artwork in the Lobby
Artwork in the Lobby

However upon check-in, I was upgraded to a Junior Suite, while my brother who is just a SPG Preferred member got upgraded to a Park View Room. While this hotel did not have a Twin Bed room available when I booked, I knew I would be upgraded to a Junior Suite as SPG Platinum and thus it was great to have an additional sofa bed in the living room. With the full occupancy, it was not possible for us to get our rooms yet and thus we were able to deposit our luggage with the concierge and head out to explore Midtown, including having burgers at Shake Shack. The Le Parker Meridien does have a very famous restaurant serving burgers in the lobby though for people less inclined to eat out.

Park View King Bedroom
Park View King Bedroom

The Park View King Room was very nicely appointed with a desk facing Central Park and furnished with Herman Miller desk chairs which are one of the most comfortable. In addition there was a relaxing armchair by the bed. The bathroom was a bit small and similar to the standard Sheraton bathroom. For the Junior Suite, it was spacious with a large living space and work desk by the entrance. In addition to the sofa bed, there was a bay window seating area. A swivelling TV stand separates the bedroom from the living and work area.

Junior Suite Sofa
Junior Suite Sofa

The bedroom is furnished with a King bed with Tivoli radio by the bedside. The layout of the room felt like the Suite I was assigned to in the Hyatt Pike Place at Long Beach. Even the bathroom was as spacious with a large rain shower section. Inside both the room and the suites were amenities by Peter Thomas Roth, and they were indeed generous with the amenities in the suites with double the quantity of the standard room provided everyday.

Junior Suite Bathroom
Junior Suite Bathroom
Bath Amenities
Bath Amenities by Peter Thomas Roth

As there were many good eateries around the hotel, I decided to skip on the breakfast and opted for the bonus points instead. And this is where the hotel truly shines, as it is located very conveniently between 6th and 7th Avenue and yet just 2 blocks away from Central Park itself. The hotel has exits on both 56th and 57th Street, so this makes it even more accessible to get to all the tourist spots. Situated on a the quieter section also helps to give it a more private feel and yet still close to the crowded Fifth Avenue shopping street. Views of Central Park from the upper floors of the hotel was also noteworthy but these views can be admired from the windows around the elevators if your room is on a higher floor.

Central Park View
Central Park View from Le Parker Meridien

Other points to take note is that the hotel does have a Parkade beside, and it was slightly cheaper to park here than in Downtown Manhattan near the Andaz Wall Street. But do note prices were still skyhigh. For the price points during our weekend stay, it was pretty good value for money, and I really liked the location for sightseeing. Thus this would probably be a hotel property I would choose over the W Times Square if I had to stay in a SPG hotel.

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