I must say it was a pleasant stay. The hotel is located at West 53rd Street and Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue). It’s close to Central Park, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, 5th Avenue, and more. It is a large hotel with many guests, but with the enormous lobby it never looked crowded. There’s a special check-in reception for HHonors Gold members. It’s located across the main reception. It was nice that we didn’t have to wait at the check–in desk. The lobby also has a piano bar.
The room:We didn’t have a renovated room, but it didn’t bother us (I don’t care if I have a flat screen TV or not). The beds and pillows where very comfortable; beautiful white linens, it was all so clean. The room was quite large, not bad at all for New York. The view was not spectacular, just another tall building. Only on the higher floors you’ll have Central Park views.
Breakfast:Because we’re HHonors Gold members our breakfast was complimentary. We had breakfast every morning in New York Marketplace. We could choose from the cold buffet. If we wanted the all American Breakfast Buffet (warm and cold) we had to pay extra. For us, the continental breakfast was enough. There was plenty of choice of pastries, Ciabatta bread, different kinds of cheese, ham, fresh fruit, coffee, and fresh squeezed orange juice. During the week it wasn’t crowded in the restaurant; the weekends were busier.
Beside the New York Marketplace, the Hilton also has the upscale Etrusca for fine dining and two bars; Lobby Lounge and Bridges Bar.
Overall:We really enjoyed our stay. The location was perfect! The premiere of Mission Impossible took place in a movie theater called the Ziegfeld Theatre next door. The red carpet was already strolling out, people were waiting. The view from our hotel on the red carpet was perfect (see picture). We decided to go back to our room to wait for a few hours. I never saw Tom Cruise and his co actors, because I fell asleep (thanks to the heavenly beds)… aaahh!! When I woke up he was already gone!
The only negative thing was that I found this hotel very expensive. Maybe it was the wrong time of year, because it wasn’t only expensive in the Hilton but also in other hotels like Park Central.
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