My wife and I went to NY City on business, but were able to combine this with pleasure at the Park Central, a wonderful old hotel with a vast space for just sitting in the lounge under chandeliers that look like solar systems, ordering a drink, or just plugging in your laptop and doing business. No need to book a room if all you want is some surcease from the bustle of 7th Avenue.
Our first room was a disappointment, having an A/C unit that leaked and wet the carpeting. But we were immediately given a better room with visual access to the City that never sleeps. We reserved lunch for ourselves and our friends, and we were given a quiet table and allowed to stay as long as we wished over coffee and dessert. Total for four great lunches: only $163, sans gratuity.
The Concierge took time to explain what's to be seen and done in the City, providing maps and instructions to landmarks. If you're in need of a cab, just call the doorman and he'll hail you a Yellow Cab. Yellow Cab fare to (or from) JFK is a flat $58, and it's worth it. We took cabs to the theater, as well. The cabs are metered and the drivers are good. The Concierge can also get you Broadway tickets, but if you want to be adventuresome, stroll up Seventh Avenue and find the half-price ticket booths. You'll have to stand in line, but you'll be among friends from all over the world. Not wanting to stand in line, we bought tickets for "Jersey Boys" (not to be missed) from a street hustler, bargaining him down from $75 per ticket to $62.50--and getting great seats.
New York City is not inexpensive. I paid $4.75 for a small glass of orange juice at a great restaurant across the street from the Park Central. But you can also walk a couple of blocks from the hotel and get New York pizza for 99 cents a slice, as we did after "Jersey Boys," taking our snack up to the room to eat while watching the Miami Heat win its basketball game.
You can stay at the Carlyle for about twice the price as the Park Central. I've been to both and I believe that the latter gives you more bang for the buck.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Park Central hotel New York in the world's greatest city, steps from Central Park, Rockefeller Center & Times Square. The Park Central is at the top of the list of Midtown Manhattan hotels for business and leisure travel. Surround yourself with the classic attractions of the Big Apple, museums, dining, & beyond. With spacious accommodations this Midtown New York City hotel invites you to discover the convenience of our landmark setting. ... more less
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