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!
We really like that hotel - definitely one of our NYC favorites. If you get upgraded, you'll be ecstatic.
Here's a data dump on NYC hotels that you might find interesting: https://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/thread/8367
This is the only hotel that I have stayed at in the city of New York.
I really enjoyed the area.
My wife wanted to have a martini. We sat at a table for four. The waiter insisted that we sit at another, smaller table, which was for two. There was no lineup or anyone else waiting for that table for four - and it was not full.
Shortly after we were seated in our new smaller table, another couple sat at that table for four and was not moved. So from that point forward, unless there's a reserved sign or a party of four waiting, there's no way I will be moving, particuarly not at this property (if I ever go to it again). I also noted that they put a mandatory 15% tip on the bill. I didn't notice any of the other places doing this.....but at the time I was tipping 20%, so just for them, I tipped 15% instead.
The hotel was "okay". Not fantastic. Probably will be looking at staying at a different property next time I am there.
I suggest everyone avoid the lounge, that way they might notice a drop in business for the way they treat people.
I live just outside the city and I stay at the NY properties when in town for a lte meeting etc. The East Side is a good choice but is mostly a quiet business hotel. Easy access to most midtown buildings, subways and business restaurants like Smith and Wollensky and Sparks (my favorite). If you want to feel like a tourist, stay at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. This is a huge property in the heart of the theater district loaded with tourists. Lots of fun and excitement in the neighborhood.