I can't recommend The Pearl Hotel highly enough. With so many attractions in New York, not many visitors will want to spend much time in the hotel and that is a bit of a shame since the public areas and bedrooms are freshly decorated and nicely decorated.
The location cannot be any better for anyone who wants to visit the theatres or the Midtown areas and there are plenty of transport options for those who want to travel further afield. We visited the Top of the Rock within 30 minutes of checking in at the hotel and Central Park, the Empire State Building and Grand Central are all within easy walking distance.
Given the location - a few steps from Times Square - we were really surprised by how quiet and peaceful the bedrooms were. We had a great sleep each night and were never bothered by noise.
We spoke with a lot of the staff and every single one was helpful and polite. Special thanks to the receptionist who gave us a recommendation to a great restaurant in Greenwich Village along with great tips for getting around by public transport. The impression we got was: "Nothing's too much trouble" from all the staff.
Other reviewers have commented on the dining options. Breakfast consists of bagels, pastries and yogurts selected self-service style and eaten from plastic plates in an area without enough seats. I considered this was an acceptable offering until the restaurant is complete and was reflected in the excellent day rate I got through Expedia.
Free wine tasting is available in the afternoon but we didn't try this. It would take more than a few glasses of wine to entice me away from the attractions of NYC!
We travelled to and from JFK by taxi for the $45 flat rate, tolls and tips took this to $60. It was only when we got back to the airport that we heard about the Air Train which connects with the E Train for a cost of $5 + subway fare.
I would love to return to the Pearl but I doubt 'll be able to afford the new rates that will apply once the restaurant is ready.
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