Editor's Note: This property was formerly Millennium UN Plaza Hotel.
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West Virginia, West Virginia
July 23, 2010
From journal Bedtime in the Big Apple
Long Beach, California
June 28, 2002
The rooms are spacious and equipped with a small refrigerator and sink. There is also a safe, hairdryer, and complimentary toiletries including body lotion and shower cap. The soap is really high-quality; mild and creamy at the same time. What is not complimentary is the little basket of munchies in the room; there is a price card also in the basket and you must be very strong to keep from breaking into an eight-dollar jar of Jelly Bellies late at night. Happily, there is a 24-hour deli only one block up so you may stock your bar area with your own snacks without much trouble.
This property has recently undergone an upgrade and there are two kinds of rooms: Classic and West Tower. My West Tower room was great: lots of lighting options, and a wonderfully comfortable king-size bed. The Classic rooms are more recent in decor with a very modern flair. If the newness (as opposed to cleanliness; my room was very clean) of a room is important to you, make sure you ask for Classic.
Each room also has a fax machine on a long desk for working, plus table and chairs by the window. Guest rooms start in the mid-20's floor and go up to the 40th floor. There are conference rooms and offices below. Hence,the rooms are quiet, away from traffic sounds and bound to have some kind of view.
There is a small but well-stocked convenience store in the hotel open from 7am to 9pm; prices are good. There is also a small business center that is located IN the conveniece store. I was surprised at the informality of the set-up but it is well-equipped with PC, laser printer and color inkjet printer, as well as a fax machine. Prices start at 69 cents a minute for internet and go up from there. I think the business center here is really for afterthoughts and emergencies. There are also indoor pool and tennis courts on site.
The UN is literally across the street; definitely worth seeing and you could spend most of a day there. The Empire State Building is only a dozen short blocks away and it's an easy cab ride to 5th Avenue for shopping or to Central Park for a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. The Theater District is a pleasant walk over to the West Side. The only reason I wouldn't stay there again is if I was planning to go to the Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side for several days running.
From journal Manhattan, West and East Sides
Merritt Island, Florida
December 22, 2005
The Millennium UN Plaza is located on the east side of Midtown. It is roughly 1 block from the United Nations. When you first arrive at this hotel, you must have your bags checked at the door by security. This is standard.
From here you enter the beautiful lobby. The lobby is adorned with reflective glass and lighting. With it being the holiday season, there was a beautiful Christmas tree in the center. Once we checked in, we made our way to the 38th floor and our room. The room was small but not bad for NYC standards. Since there were three of us, we had an extra cot brought in and still had plenty of room to move around. The room itself seemed to have a modern Asian flair. It had a closet for hanging our clothing and storing our luggage. It also had a spacious bathroom and shower. The only complaint about the shower would be that the shower head could have been a few inches higher. The view from the panoramic windows were breathtaking. We had a view of the Queensboro Bridge and of the old Pepsi Co. sign, which can be seen best at night. The staff at the hotel was great. The concierge, Shawn, was awesome. He was a great help in setting up our car service to the airport. The doormen, Edward and Robert, were knowledgeable and helpful. And the front desk accommodated any request we made. Overall, I would highly recommend this hotel.
From journal New York City ... Winter Wonderland
Washington, District of Columbia
February 24, 2002
Rooms were recently refurbished with a Danish modern twist. My mother misses the older, perhaps more elegant look, however this 20 something likes the blond wood furniture and colorful throw pillows just fine!
Another unique feature of this hotel is that it has a swimming floor (and even more interestingly, it's on a high floor - 27?). Most NYC hotels do not offer this amenity. The UN Plaza also has a fitness center.
Service is excellent - staff members be sure to call you by name and are eager to take care of any special requests that arrive.
The Ambassador Grill serves three meals per day except on Sunday when brunch is offered. It's a bit pricey if you're not using an expense account.
For me, the only downside is the location. Being so far east ensures that unless you're doing business on the east side, you'll take a good number of cabs. The hotel is about a ten minute walk from Grand Central (not that far really).
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