I have a 3 night stay coming up in New York in March. It's during the week, and I need a place at or near Times Square. It's for business, so I'm not really looking for the tourist/party crowd. Last time I stayed at the Marriott Marquis, and it was fine but I didn't really care for the "vibe". I did appreciate the concierge lounge, though. And the rooms were huge. But I might like to try something with a little more character this time.
I can get a very reasonable room rate at the Algonquin. Is that worth a try? It doesn't have a concierge lounge, does it?
Any other suggestions? The Lexington also has very reasonable rates, but I haven't heard very good things about that place.
Thanks in advance!
I would love to try the Essex House, but it's about $445 a night, and I can get into the Marquis for $218. My firm is paying, but I try to keep expenses as reasonable as possible, Actually a NY native who works in the city told me of all the NY hotels, he likes the Essex House the best so it must be pretty good. Plus, that's where those angels kept Rory in Doctor Who, or at least that's what the spouse says I didn't like the layout of the Marquis. It has weird space-age elevators that look like something from the 1960s Star Trek era. And the rooms, although large, have no character and are not decorated very nicely. They are decorated similarly to the Hyatt Regency in Chicago which is also not a favorite. The place is huge, and there are hoards of tourists. There is a large open atrium (like the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco) which isn't my favorite layout as it's loud and kind of 70s era type design. The rooms all have doors opening out into these hallways lining this big open atrium. The CL is good, though, although very busy. It, too, looks straight out of the 70s and I felt like I was in a 70's era Woody Allen movie. When I was there last March, they were remodeling the front façade and it was pretty ugly looking inside and out. I really can't complain about anything except aesthetics and the tourist crowd, and of course you should expect throngs of tourists in Times Square. Views from the fitness center and CL are great so that is a plus. Marquis is probably great for a tourist or family trip but not ideal for business.
Not to hijack the thread, but I have a 5 night award stay at the essex house in late march. Any recent experiences? Anything I should know?
Also, to someone relate to the thread - The marquis is apparently a tourist haven from everything I've read. Packed elevators, packed CL,, crowds similar to disney world. haha.
Algonquin is apparently less crowded, but has tiny tiny rooms, and no CL.
You can't always tell easily, but this one has a lounge: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-rooms/nycrt-renaissance-new-york-times-square-hotel/
You can see the club-level rooms exist.
I second the suggestion to stay at the Renaissance Times Square. I stay in NYC frequently and that is my favorite hotel if I can get the rate I need. Marquis would be my second choice but I like both hotels. You should know there is no CL at the Renaissance. Instead they turn one of the restuarants into a CL for the morning breakfast for Gold and Platininum members and they will give you certificates that can be used at night at the bar for their bar food items which are very good.
I just looked at rates for the Essex House, and I can actually get a pretty reasonable rate now, so I'm going to stay over there instead of the Marquis. It will be nice to be away from Times Square even though I'll have to walk over there for my meetings. I'm a big fan of the JW Marriotts so hopefully this will be a good stay even though it's a bit more expensive. Plus I will get a JW badge - haha!
A great thread to have started here, clebert.
I don't doubt that, as other members of the community see this thread and chime in, you'll see a slew of insights and recommendations come in!
I'm also interested, as ndn inquired, as to the 'vibe' of the Marquis. Was it too busy? Loud? We'd love to know your perspective.
As a Brit I've only been to NYC once, but next year as part of a Roadtrip from Canada I'm bringing the teenagers and although it is tourist central, the Marquis seemed to me the only place to stay with the kids, they'll love being right in the thick of the action. In fact since talking about this with them they've spotted the hotel in a few films and have gleefully told their friends, "I'm staying there". As a result, whilst I'm interested in this thread, I think I'm committed!
What a great idea, that way I could avoid the expensive school-holiday flights! Just an instant life-swap!
I can't say I've ever thought of staying at the Marriott Grand Residence, I enjoy the entire hotel experience, the lobby, bar, restaurant too much to hole up in an apartment every night. As for the Ritz, well yes, it's spectacular, but my strong preference for London splurging is the quintessentially English Claridges. A real Art Deco gem! I do enjoy the JW Grosvenor House, and manage a stay there most years as its rates can at times turn out cheaper than the other Marriotts...
Thanks for the tips! When traveling with the kids, we prefer the residence-type hotels so we can do some laundry and eat in occasionally. But when it's just the spouse and me, we're pretty good at the whole hotel experience. We decided not to redeem points at the Ritz Naples and instead stayed 2 nights paying the best rate I could find - it ended up being a business trip and we got our hotel costs reimbursed. But somehow we still managed to spend about $700 at the resort on meals, drinks, items from the men's clothing store, etc.! But it was a fun time. Last time we were there, the weather was cold and windy. This time it was perfect so that really helped. Plus, having someone else pay for your hotel room does make you enjoy things a little more
II'm booked into the Marquis for 3 nights Friday-Monday. I'm aware the liunge will be closed and I'll not get breakfast on Saturday and. Sunday. However I have 6 kids, can you prebuy breakfast at a cheaper rate on arrival? Does anyone know a decent place for a relatively inexpensive breakfast for 2 adults and 4 ravenous teens? Wil we all be able to get into the Exec lounge on the Monday morning for breakfast, or is that subject to the elite+1 rule?
I was at the Marquis last year about this time, and there was a hotel employee at a podium right outside the CL. I don't recall having to sign in or give him my name, but they do give you a special gold key card to access the CL. The hotel attendant is right there watching you use your card to get in. I don't remember if it was an elite +1 policy at the Marquis, but that was definitely the case at the Essex House when I was there this week. And Essex House also had a hotel attendant outside the lounge, and you also needed a special gold key card for that hotel. Must be standard fare in NYC!
I saw people in the Essex House lounge with multiple small kids, so I'm not sure how they got in there. Maybe there was one adult with one kid and they came in in 2s. Or maybe the door attendant wasn't too picky about letting people get in. I was by myself, so I didn't have to worry about getting my kids in. They have excellent offerings at breakfast and in the evening, so it's worth a little maneuvering if you need to work around the elite +1. The lounge is right off the lobby area on the main floor, so I think the guard is mainly to prevent people passing through and not even staying at the hotel from wandering in there. People pass through the hotel lobby as a short cut from 58th St. to Central Park, and there is a sign saying to present your room key before passing into the hotel lobby from 58th St., but nobody seemed to be enforcing that rule.
Sometimes people just get a room package that includes breakfast and lounge access. There was a family with children during our stay and there were two adults and two very small children. They let the whole group in but someone who was a Plat rewards member....and let everyone around know, made a comment and called over the person overseeing entry. As he was trying to complain about the excess people in the group the staff member quietly told him that they were entitled to be there....apparently it is a package that allows guests lounge access.
brightlybob, jerrycoin had recommended a place for breakfast (and other meals if you were in the area) near the Courtyard where we stayed (also on jerrycoin's recommendation) 2 years ago. I will try to find out the name and address for you. It would be perfect for hungry teen-agers.
We stayed at the Courtyard South Times Square. There is no longer a CY by that name, but I think it is the one at 114 W. 40th Street. The restaurant was named Duke's and I can't find it either so I don't know if it is still there or not. Maybe jerrycoin will see this post and update my information.