We enjoyed the East Side due to it's location and got a nice large almost suite sized room. Grand Central Station is very close, Central Park and Theater District not too far away and you're out of the bustle of Times Square. Very good dining spots within a couple of blocks walk and plenty of shopping on Madison Avenue if you're so inclined.
The M Club was almost brand new although we did not eat breakfast there since NYC has far to many wonderful spots to enjoy a little light Deli breakfast as you wander about.
Both hotels are great options. I know this doesn't help narrow down much, but when in the city, where you stay really depends on what activities you'll be planning. I often stay at the East Side Marriott, because it is close to Grand Central Terminal and from there you can get to anywhere in the city quite easily. However, the New York Marriott Downtown is close to the river which allows for some great views. A great spot to eat in the area is Pier A Harbor House, with dining outside and right on the Hudson. Plus, you'll have great views of the Statue of Liberty.
Very simple choice:
I disagree with the post above by carat.
If you are visiting NY City as a tourist staying downtown can be very inconvenient. Your choice should be a Mid-Town property.
Downtown at night is usually "dead" - unless the property has a mini-convention booked weekends will find the property very quiet with low occupancy rates.
Downtown hotel guests are usually on business that make the location to the financial center very convenient.
Once your schedule is set as to why you are visiting, then proceed to chose the geographic area to stay.
Agree with ProfHill, Downtown becomes very quiet at weekends so East Side is a better weekend option, away from the human tsunami that is Times Sq, but very much in the action. Weekdays does see Downtown retain some life after 5pm though and it has a good early evening vibe
It is impossible to answer or give advice without additional info.
What do you plan to do in NY - Or why are you going.
Your choice should be based on geography. The only difference between the properties is one is in an old building and the other in a newer building.
Let me know what your plans are
HI thanks so much. Just going three days to visit some freinds and go arround with them. They have planned everything for me. Just looking a good hotel to stay and rest a while any location should be fine. The East side looks a pretty old Property but what about the rooms ???? and Its services????
Good Morning monisame
Sounds like there is no logical reason for you to stay downtown on this visit. You will be more comfortable and geographically centered to enjoy to be waking at 49th and Lex rather than the "bottom" of Manhattan Island!
The hotel (Eastside) is a gem! Most NY properties are old with small rooms - "live with it"
The East Side Hotel is a favorite of mine with a great staff and great lounge.
Services were great and our room was large as shown in the photo posted. East Side is in a great location and if you want to go downtown Grand Central is five blocks away and hop on the Subway. You can even shop at Grand Central!!
We stay at this hotel mostly every time we visit NYC (usually twice a year). It is on Lexington and 49th, across from the Waldorf. It is very easy to walk to Rockefeller Center, Broadway, Fifth Avenue, Central Park. If going down to the statue of Liberty or the financial district (WTC Memorial), the subway (the 4 line) is two blocks from the hotel at 49th. Grand Central is only 3 or 4 blocks away from the hotel for access to many other distance destinations.
The staff here has always been very professional and courteous and the Concierge Lounge is actually staffed and they are attentive to who comes in so they don't have unwanted (meaning those who stand outside the CL door at other locations waiting for someone to go in and they follow) guests. There is also an outside seating area at the CL. The food is excellent. The bar and restaurant on the first floor have undergone recent renovations so I'm not sure how they turned out. The rooms in the hotel can be small, but we when we have been upgraded to a larger room, they are fine.
Smith & Wollensky is the next block over behind the hotel and many other restaurants are easy to get to. Not sure what type of food you like, but there are many choices nearby in the places and streets I mentioned above.
Hope this helps!
Haven't stayed at the East Side, but have stayed at the Downtown. I was upgraded to the Executive Suite when I contacted the concierge ahead of my stay. As it was a Saturday stay, the CL was closed, but was given free breakfast at the Bill's restaurant off the lobby. It was a decent breakfast. The room was awesome. Huge living room, large bathroom, and a very comfy bed. The view wasn't too shabby either. There is subway service not far away, and on weekends downtown is quiet.
Just returned from a weekend stay at the Marriott Downtown. It was an absolutely perfect mini vacation. Checking in with Pamela was quick and efficient. We were given early check in (12:15) and when we requested 4:00 pm checkout she just smiled and said "certainly". That gave us just about another full day to do things. We were upgraded to a beautiful room on the 34th floor with river and Statue of Liberty views!
Members mostly recommended the East Side Marriott because of the activities available but this location gives you just as much to do! If you've already visited NY and seen the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's, et al, you will get a whole new perspective of NYC downtown!
A visit to the observation deck and restaurant at One World is alone a reason to stay here, There are fabulous restaurants and shops and entertainment at Brookfield Place at the World Financial Center. Walking or biking the Battery Park City promendae - day or night - is a great experience. Take the (free) Staten Island Ferry round trip for a fantastic water tour of New York harbor. Or take the tour and see Ellis Island as well. There is a complimentary Downtown Shuttle with 27 stops that takes you from the World Trade Center Memorial to the South Street Seaport with historical sites along the route. Visit lots of downtown museums. See Alexander Hamilton's and Robert Fulton's burial sites at Trinity Church. All of these are within walking distance of the hotel.
Less than 2 miles away ($7.50 by taxi) is The Highline and the new Whitney Museum, Chelsea Market & Arts & Craft Center (where the Food Channel Shows are taped). Also the Highline Ballroom for great concerts and shows.
A plus -- at this NYC Marriott on weekends when the CL is closed they still give you complimentary breakfast in the restaurant. We had our first day lunch at Bills Burger & Bar at the hotel and it was very good.
Overall an A+ experience. We'll be back!