I’m heading into the city for a couple of days next week, one, to get back on track for The Wednesday Culture Club and two, to shop a bit in the lighting district for chandeliers and okay, maybe Bergdorf’s and Saks too.
The conundrum is where to stay. Our old old old haunt was always the Essex House on CPS, long before it became the Jumeriah Essex House. Blech. The old Essex House wasn’t fancy, but its location was ideal for what we wanted and the rooms were huge, a bit dingy, but huge with great views of the park. Then, like most things we grow to love, it ch-ch-changed with the new ownership. What was once a simple understated hotel became splashy and modern and, oh yes, expensive.
Now, another iteration, the JW Marriott Essex House. I plugged in my dates and this is the ONLY room available. I’ll take two, one for me, and one for Dawg. I see I better hurry and book as they are Almost Sold Out of that room and rate. Such a deal!
I checked other choices.
Um, no. The Four Seasons. Too rich for my cheap blood.
The Peninsula chain is among the prettiest around the world and this one in the city, the rooms are by far the most to my liking decor wise. Comfy, soft colors, plush but not overdone. But I but just can’t see paying so much for a room I’ll only be in to sleep. Not sure I understand why an interior courtyard view room is $110 MORE per night than the one with a view of 5th Avenue. Unless the 5th Avenue room is on a low floor and has lots of noise.
A hotel I’ve never tried seems to have a good rate for seniors, the only hotel I’ve seen with that discount option, The Omni Berkshire. Anyone been there? TripAdvisor reviews are good. And East 52nd is a great location. This is a definite maybe but I’ll wait to hear if any of you didn’t like it. The photos of the rooms looks more like a Hilton than anything upscale.
Our preferred hotel recently is The New York Palace – a great location and stellar views from the rooms on the upper floors. Then it went and got a facelist. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. The lobby is sanitized enough for surgery and the rooms new mod decor has zero warmth. Plus, during all the renovation, they kept all the low toilets. I mean, so low I practically need a chair lift. But, their rates are good, better than most anywhere, or anywhere near where I want to stay. And and and, The Palace has a parking garage attached right to the hotel. Easy. In and out once, $$$$, but convenient.
The Gotcha is as the title of the post says, almost all rooms do not include WiFi, a huge pet peeve for me. Check into a Motel 6 (not that I have mind you) at $79/night, WiFi is free. Our Hampton Inn in Iowa was just about $120/night, Wifi included. But the expensive hotels charge? How is that possibly right?
Any hotel suggestions/comments before I click Book Now? I want to be midtown, midtown east too.