on December 29, 2008
Always wanted to stay at the New York Palace….and it happened. We booked a Holiday Special, which included four nights/pay three in a King Room with all American Breakfast. We took a cab to this hotel and when we arrived, there were people waiting for a cab to the airport. The doorman did take of our luggage and brought it inside for us. The lady at the reception was very polite and friendly. We requested a view of the cathedral, which they gave us. Also as high as possible and wit a room on the 17th floor (room number 1716) we were already satisfied. It was ‘rush hour’ of people checking in and out. So there was no bell boy available to take our luggage to our room. we left our luggage at the bell desk. We did go in front and she would take care of the luggage. It’s always excited to open the door and not now what to expect. Well, I can assure you it meets our expectations very well. Wow, what a great room and the view…..just fantastic. We had a view of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral with Rockefeller Center in the background. Our luggage came five minutes later, which was very quick. The room was large, what a space and it was super clean. Every room has a door bell instead of bonking at the door. Two chairs and a table by the window. Working space/desk with also a comfortable desk chair. There was also a large (40 inch) flat screen, a mini bar (very expensive) and a safe in the closet. The bathroom had a the perfect size. Enough towels who were large and fluffy and European Bath Products. The enormous bed was extremely comfortable. There is a control panel by the bed for heat, air, lights, etc. With one touch you can put out all the lights. Is it to warm, you don’t have to go out of bed, just use the control panel. Turn down service is faultless. Delicious Lindt chocolates by the pillows. Some background music. Bathrobe laid out on the bed. Soft slippers next to the bed. Well, do I need to say more?The house keeping did an excellent job! We wrote her a ‘thank you note’ (it was Christmas Eve when she had to work) and gave her some extra money. When we came back she also wrote to us. That was nice. On Christmas Eve we were pleasant surprised by a tasteful gift from the hotel. Happy Holidays in Chocolate. That was so thoughtful! The lobby/entrance is classic, with the grand staircase and high ceilings. An enormous chandelier hangs in the middle of the staircase. The Christmas decorations were lovely. The Christmas trees were luxurious decorated. The courtyard in front of the hotel was decorated with a large Christmas tree and thousands of Christmas lights. It was a favorite ‘photo spot’ by tourists. Sometimes it was very crowded of people hanging around at the courtyard. It was sometimes annoying! This place is quiet! People are not screaming to each other. Most people who stay here have manners and respect other guests. I found my hotel…but I don’t know if it’s always affordable. We had such a great deal during Christmas. I’m on the mailing list, so who knows in the future…..I really do not have bad things to say about this hotel except for one thing. We had to pay $16 per night for internet access. After staying at Milford Plaza, Helmsley Park Lane, Hotel Park Central, Hilton New York and Hilton Garden Inn Times Square, I can say that the New York Palace was the best of all!!
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