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The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park
Ranked #94 of 469 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 March 2009

A little too far downtown for some- we love the location because you are a short subway ride from midtown, a short walk from Wall Street and downtown. The views are fantastic and the food has always been excellent. We have stayed several times and the experience is always the same- great. I really like the art deco decor of the lower floors/common rooms.
"Rise" lounge/bar on the top floor can get a little hectic with people for the evening view of the skyline/statue of liberty/lights on the horizon, but is worth the trip anyway.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2009

The Ritz at Battery Park is a great launching point for touring the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Museum of the American Indian and the Holocaust Museum. Our rooms were spacious, for Manhattan, and had telescopes for viewing the harbor. The rooftop bar was very cool with a stunning view. It is a very family friendly hotel and the staff was friendly to the many children staying here over the weekend we were visiting.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 February 2009

We were drawn in by the hotel's weekend package that included dinner and breakfast, and were pleased to find rooms available on Valentine's Day weekend.

There's a lot to like about the property. The service, largely, was impeccable. We were upgraded, as promised to a harbor view room with a stunning view of the Statue of Liberty and a telescope to see her even better. The room was simple but nicely done and the bed, covered in Frette linens, couldn't have been more comfortable.

The Ritz only disappointed on two fronts: appauling room service rates/fees (example: pot of coffee for one: $9 + $10 delivery + 18% gratuity = insanity), and a lackluster dining room experience. The dinner menu was too limited and "concepty" (choose a meat, choose a sauce, and hope for the best) and the results were mediocre. The breakfast buffet was lovely, but midway through the meal, our waiter disappeared and was never to be seen again.

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 February 2009

After spending four days in midtown Manhattan to see all the attractions, we wanted to get away from the hectic tourist fray of Central Park and relax by New York Harbor/explore lower Manhattan. If you know what to expect, this is really the ideal place to do just that: there is no better place to stay in lower Manhattan. While this hotel certainly has significant shortcomings as noted on TripAdviser, you come here for the spectacular views, which is why I would wholeheartedly stay here again. Even though I have experienced better accommodations at other Ritz Carlton’s (I have stayed at several lifetime), the unique location of this hotel made my stay worthwhile.

ROOM: The rooms were nicely appointed but seemed pretty non-descript in terms of décor. We had a city view room for $325 per night, which I thought was I pretty good value. Even though the hotel opened in 2002, the carpet and furnishings were starting to show slight aging. The television was not flat screen and was certainly on the small side. Having just stayed in two Hampton Inns with flat screen TV’s in North Carolina, it is certainly time for an upgrade! However, on a positive note, both the beds and the bathroom were done in typical Ritz Carlton style. The bathrooms featured a separate walk in shower, deep soaking tub, and were of course loaded with marble. As expected, the beds had Frette linens, feather duvets, ext. The quality of the room was certainly not poor, actually well above average, but the consensus is that the rooms need a renovation.

SERVICE: While the service was courteous at all times and the concierge was helpful in booking attractions and restaurants, the service didn’t meet expectations considering what I had heard. What happened to the Ritz Kids cold milk and fresh cookies for the kids upon arrival? What happened to the Teddy Bears at turn down service? These were perks provided to guests when the hotel opened that have since phased out. While the lack of this does not make the service at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park poor, per se, but just disappointing because this was advertised when the hotel opened. Also the service at the Rise Bar was unusually slow and housekeeping could be inconsistent at times. Overall the staff was friendly and helpful but slightly under the quality of the service I had experienced at other Ritz Carlton’s.

DINING: We did not eat at the hotel restaurant, 2 West, because we had heard there were better options in the area. While there were no better restaurants within walking distance, we ate in Tribeca/Soho/Greenwich village. For dinner, we ate at the Aguagrill in Soho, Nobu in Tribeca, and Babbo in Greenwich Village, all of which were spectacular experiences. For seafood, Japanese, and Italian respectively, there are no better options in the city. For breakfast, I recommend eating at the French brasserie Balthazar, which is commonly rated as one of the top brunches in the city. While there are some cases where the hotel restaurants are the best (see the Dining Room in the Ritz Carlton Buckhead), this is not the case here. Both Zagat and AAA rated 2 West below the caliber of most Ritz Carlton restaurants. However, the Rise Bar was a great experience. However, it’s odd how they closed the outdoor terrace at night for safety reasons. Located on the top floor with an expansive view of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty, I can’t image a better location for a bar in the city. Certainly rivals the central park views of the Mandarin Oriental in Midtown.

Didn’t even see the Spa. They also don’t have a pool which is odd.

OVERALL: Without a doubt, the Ritz Carlton Battery Park is the best alternative if you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas. But even though it is isolated from much of the attractions, we were still able to explore Chinatown, Little Italy, Ground Zero, the World Financial Center, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty. If you are going to explore New York City, I recommend exploring lower Manhattan in addition to Midtown. In comparison to the other five diamond hotels in the city, the Ritz Carlton Battery Park is substantially cheaper (for us, $300 per night cheaper). While parts of the hotel are in need of a quick renovation and the lobby is a bit small, it still lives up to the Ritz Carlton name in most ways.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 February 2009

My wife and I stayed at the Ritz Carlton for one night over the Christmas holidays. Since we had previously stayed at another Ritz Carlton, the hotel upgraded us to a suite. It was terrific. We had a view of the harbor and the statue of liberty and the room had a telescope. Also had room service which was excellent. You get a lot for your money at this hotel, probably since it is located far from Midtown, but the location provides some peace and quiet. The subway is close anyway. Will stay here again.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2009

I love the Ritz in Battery Park! First, it's five-star all the way, with outstanding accommodations and staff. Second, relative to the insanely overpriced Manhattan hotel market, the Ritz is frequently a bargain. And third, I love the downtown location. If I had kids or was doing some type of formal vacation, I might not want to be downtown (and there's obviously a wonderful Ritz near the Park, too), but I've lived/worked in NYC, and typically only spend a day or two when I'm back--it's easy to get downtown from the airports and easy to leave, it's a great spot if you've got business during the day, and you're 10-15 min in a taxi from dinner and drinks in Midtown or the Village before being able to head back to genuine quiet at night. In my mind, it's an unbeatable combination, and I'll keep coming back.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 January 2009

We arrived in New York on an overcast day. The valet and checkin was fair. It took a while for our room to be prepared (an extra 45 minutes) and some time for our luggage to be taken from our car upon arrival from the bellmen. We were offered a room on a floor not on the club level however, we were in no rush at the time and we relaxed at the club level lounge. The staff in the club lounge were very attentive and the club concierge staff were helpful in taking care of our requests.

Our room overlooked the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. It was a lovely backdrop during sunset. The food was very original and tasty in the club level.

Service went from excellent to good on occasion, but I would definately recommend the hotel to anyone staying in downtown.

Responding to concerns about cab fare to midtown, the money saved versus comparable hotels in midtown more then makes up for the cost of cab rides.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: 2 West St, New York City, NY 10004-1074
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Region: United States > New York > New York City > Financial District , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#20 Spa Hotel in New York City
#68 Family Hotel in New York City
#71 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#74 Business Hotel in New York City
#78 Luxury Hotel in New York City
Price Range: £281 - £779 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park 5*
Number of rooms: 298
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Look out across the waterfront as Lady Liberty stands proudly over symbolic Ellis Island. Sweeping views command your attention at every turn. American history surrounds you as the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian and other impressive tributes are just steps away. As the only five star waterfront hotel in Manhattan, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park immerses its guests in all the luxury and cultural heritage of this bustling city. ... more   less 
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