We decided to go here after a Broadway show for the dessert and cheese buffet and cocktails. First of all, getting to the View Lounge itself can be a little confusing. You have to get an escalator to the first floor before getting an express lift to the View Lounge – easy when you know how, but with so many people milling around waiting for lifts and obscuring the signs that tell you this, we had no idea where we were supposed to go at first. Once we finally got there all was well – we asked for a table by the window and they kindly obliged. Our waiter was very friendly, giving us advice on how to find our way back to the table from the buffet, what we could see from our current point in the revolution, etc. The view on the night we went was not spectacular, but then it was raining and foggy, which obscured most of the tall buildings – I imagine that by day or on a clear night it would be lovely. The décor of the Lounge itself was nice – it was a little bigger than I had anticipated which was good as there was plenty of room for everyone to sit near a window. The buffet itself was pretty good. There was a decent variety to choose from, with three different cheeses, two types of cracker, pretzel sticks, a lot of different types of cakes and desserts, fruit, marshmallows and a chocolate fountain. We ate a lot of strawberries! Everything was nice but inevitably you can only eat so much rich food. The cocktails were amazing – I ordered a Long Island Iced Tea and the waiter warned me it was kind of strong. Happily he wasn’t wrong and only two of them gave me a nice little buzz! The only complaint I would have is that it’s quite expensive. We knew in advance that there was a $8 per person cover charge so that didn’t bother us, and we knew how much the buffets and drinks would cost from the website, but complete with service charge it all adds up to more than you’d thought somehow. Also be warned (and to be fair I think they do mention it somewhere on their menu) if you’re using a debit card or a pre-paid credit card like us that they will put an hold on some money on your card that, in our case at least, still has not been released a full week after our visit, even though the charge for the total amount for the bill has been finalised for a few days. I wouldn’t necessarily mind if it was only a small amount but in our case it’s around $49 that we have on our card but can’t spend, so I’m not very happy about that. Still, all in all, it was an expensive but good experience. The revolving aspect put a bit of a unique spin on the experience (no pun intended) and it was great fun – it didn’t make either of us nauseous at all, as others have complained about. Definitely a one-off though – we’re glad we went but we wouldn’t go back. If you’re thinking of going I would recommend ensuring that it’s a clear day/evening, be finished by 8pm when the cover charge kicks in and use a credit card to pay if you can.
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