I recently returned from a three night stay at the Marriott East Side and my somewhat tempered expectations were exceeded. It was the first trip to NY with my kids - ages six and three.
For starters, I was upgraded to a larger room that accommodated two doubles and roll away. Said differently, we were not subjected to the kids beating each other up in the same bed until my wife and split up and each took one. This was accomplished with a pre-arrival e-mail exchange with reservation manager who was delightful.
We arrived at around 11:30am and I was surprised to find our room available. Check-in was a breeze and I was shown all the love that my Platinumness is supposed to yield. The kids were thrilled when that evening when milk and cookies arrived shortly before bed (I was less thrilled, but that's more of a sugar issue).
The room was large by NY standards. The view was of the center core of the building which was dark anyway you slice it. I would gleefully trade view for room size anytime (particularly when sharing a room with the kids) so this wasn't a big deal. And, not surprisingly, we were rarely in the room.
The concierge lounge was among the busier ones I've seen in the Marriott system. Despite that, they were wonderful with the kids (offered a Marriott coloring book) and the breakfast offerings (eggs, bagels, cereal, fruit, good coffee) was more than good enough to save the $852 for four breakfast charge via room service (okay, slight exaggeration). Keep in mind that the lounge closes for the weekend at 1pm on Friday.
Internet was more than good enough and the LCD TV kept my kids entertained when we were getting ready. The location at 49th and Lex was an easy walk to just about everything in midtown.
Great stay and would (and will) return again in a heartbeat.
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- Ideally located in Midtown Manhattan, the New York Marriott East Side features spacious guestrooms and suites, a state-of-the-art health club, a stylish concierge lounge and flexible event space. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- New York Marriott East Side Hotel New York City
- Marriott New York City
- New York City Marriott
- Marriott East Side