I stayed at the Waldorf Astoria for 6 nights in late July when I was there with a group. I'll try to be concise and give some things I noticed during this stay.
1) The Park Avenue lobby entrance is under a major renovation (the famous one shown in movies) so you have to enter on the Lexington Avenue side or via the Valet Parking area. There is protective scaffolding that encircles the entire hotel - a complete eyesore and a pain if you are dragging suitcases while trying to get inside.
2) There is construction noise during the day depending on where you are staying in the hotel. When I was there the loud vibrations of saws were definitely annoying (I was on the Park Avenue side) The hotel was sold-out so I didn't bother complaining, especially since I was barely in the room during the day. Still - buyer beware.
3) Expect a line for check-in during peak times, I noted this everyday as I walked through the lobby. The staff is very nice and definitely keep the line moving but I came in from a 95 degree, 10 block walk with suitcases and was dismayed at seeing the long line. However, they have GREAT air conditioning so I cooled off quickly.
4) Hilton Hhonors members, even lowly nobodys like me, get 2 free waters per day from the mini-bar, just confirm this at check-in just in case.
5) Avoid the line at checkout - use the zip checkout option on the phone (TV checkout didn't work for me) I waited in line to checkout and they clerk advised me of the phone, I hadn't thought of that, even though I am a veteran traveler (lots of hotels have abandoned this since desks can be understaffed)
6) This is a landmark New York City hotel. Expect a high price, eclectic rooms, and of course strange smells, varying water temps/pressure, and weird noises. Like every New York City hotel (unless it is new construction and even then...) the Waldorf has its share of these. Easiest rule of thumb, don't get overly upset if you have no hot water. Give it 5 minutes and try again, that seems to work every time. These older hotels are very finicky.
7) The hotel is a great midtown location, close to Grand Central. Quick walk to the 6, E, and M trains at 51st and Lexington. Or if you are coming from downtown and went to skip the local, take the 4 or 5 to Grand Central and walk up - 10 minutes or so.
Overall, it was great to stay at a famous hotel on business. If it was my own money I doubt I'd pay the premium to stay here. New York City hotels serve a purpose, a place to shower and lay your head. Spend all of your time enjoying the best city in the world, not in your room.
Miscellaneous comment: The staff was very friendly and nice.
- Also Known As:
- Astoria Waldorf
- Waldorf Astoria
- New York Waldorf
- Waldorf Historia
- Waldorf Hotel New York
- Waldorf New York
- Hotel Waldorf New York
- Waldorf Astoria Hotel New York
- Waldorf Astoria Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New York’s grandest landmark hotel, the city's first sky-scraper hotel opened on October 31, 1931, and is still delighting visitors with its elegant Art Deco accommodations. This 1,235-room hotel features luxurious guestrooms and spacious suites, 40 meeting rooms (60,000 square feet), three restaurants and bars, retail, Guerlain spa and fitness center. ... more less
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