My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights/1 day and had chosen it mainly for the combination of both price and location. It was our third brief visit to New York and this time our main mission was to visit Central Park. So what better location than this hotel - right across the road! The price is also very reasonable and accordingly so. From the minute we arrived late in the evening, I could tell this hotel would have been truly grand in it's time - and it still possessed that 'old school' grandeur. The bellmen, foyer, reception, chandeliers and the room itself also had that wonderful air of 'what was, back then'. But I felt the services had been taken away leaving it with a little bit of an empty shell feeling. But I still loved it even so. The check-in was 'fine'... a slight computer malfunction so a bit delayed and then we were on our way to our room. From memory we were quite high up on level 28 I think. The view was half of Central Park and half of the city buildings. Quite impressive though. I liked the room, it felt 'old time luxury'. The bathroom though hadn't been updated so was a bit tired looking. But 2 sinks, a shower and even a bath (I love to have a bath option!). The mirror had lights all around it like a movie star's dressing room... it made me feel like Marilyn Monroe! So overall, first impressions brought a smile to my face - and late on a very cold, wet stormy New York night. However, my husband decided to put a couple of his beers in the fridge that night but much to our shock (then humour)... we found the fridge cupboard to be an ugly, empty hole where there obviously once WAS a fridge. It was then that we realised there was no mini bar, tea or coffee facilites nor room service/compendium. After this shock and humour had subsided... we called reception and asked if any of the rooms had a fridge. The answer was "no, but we can have one brought up to you if you like". Well, we thought this was both fabulous and highly amusing - although after 3 hours and 5 phone calls of chasing, this was finally delivered... the next morning. In the interim a lovely bellman had brought my husband up a bucket of ice for his beers at about midnight! But other than this, I loved our brief stay, the charm, the location and the appropriate price based on the class of accommodation/services provided. I would definitely stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Park Lane Hotel - A Central Park Hotel, is a luxury 46-story hotel with panoramic views of legendary Central Park and the iconic New York City skyline. Spacious, elegant Guest Rooms and Guest Suites offer picture windows and superb views along with exquisite bath products, fine linens and other amenities. This iconic Hotel sits directly on the edge of beautiful Central Park, offering gracious services to ensure a fulfilling stay. From on-site dining at the renowned Park Room Restaurant to cocktails at Harry's New York Bar & Grill, the Park Lane Hotel wants to make your visit to New York an enjoyable one. We offer a Fitness Center, Mail Service, Internet Access, and more. Located directly on Central Park, in the Midtown Manhattan Business District, Park Lane Hotel is just steps from Fifth Avenue Shopping, Broadway Theaters, Museum Mile, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center and many other NYC Activities and New York Attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Helmsley Park Lane Hotel New York City
- Helmsley Park Hotel