The Westin New York Grand Central
212 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10017
Telefon; +1(212) 490-8900
4 stars; 774 rooms & 14 suites.
3,000 square-foot fitness studio, THE LCL: Bar & Kitchen
Add fee WiFi – $14,95 per 24hrs.
I booked very early a hotel for your trip to NYC, but I wasn’t really pleased with choice of hotel for some reason – on the other hand we weren’t really willing to pay a fortune for only sleeping. The hotel prices in NYC are daylight robbery.
So during the this year I have been shopping around and looking – then suddenly I got contact over a website that rents out apartment on short term. This young man Scott, could fix 4 & 5* hotels for 50% less than ordinary price. So I took contact with him and he asked where we wanted to stay and what style of room we wanted. Wanted Midtown and with two separate beds.
Very quickly he came back with two choices – Westin Time Sq and Westin Grand Central. Tims Sq. isn’t an area I would like to stay – far too noisy and busy. He had a lot more choices, but those hotels could only offer one bed rooms.
The normal rate for a 2 bed room standard was $520 without tax and service – he could give it to us for $320 all include, free wifi and with possible upgrade, which we never got – but we loved the room we were given.
First I thought it was a con – wasn’t too sure about the whole set up … I asked some questions – he explained. He said that I only have to pay one night’s rate up front – and that he will send me the confirmation with the hotel …. and it will be in my name.
He gave me all his details – bank account, photo number and address … his company’s website, but that could have been fake. So I transfer the $320 to his bank account after I got the confirmation and logged in with the hotel to check – there was everything as he said under my name.
Still I had my doubts about the whole thing until the moment of check in – what would I have done if … the booking suddenly been cancelled by him and my $320 gone with the wind and us two without hotelroom for the stay.
No problem what so ever – check in went okay, not very friendly – but polite … could hardly understand what the check in receptionist said, she talked with a very strong Asian accent.
Room are fantastic – two queen-size beds – 42” flat-screen HDTV .. nice working desk, seating area with a little table and massive fresh bathroom with both overhead and hand shower. The sleep comfort in those beds was divine and the plush 250-thread-count bedding was every day crisp. Plenty of draws and good wardrobe space. The room also provided a proper coffee percolator with Starbucks coffee and bathrobes. The safe is big enough to hold a laptop and very easy to use.
What I was surprised over was that such new hotel, didn’t have key locked elevators – anyone could just walk of the street and up the elevators.
Loads of porters on duty all the time, but not very willing to help or even say hello. Under our 5 days only 2 of them said hello. One day there was 4 of them standing outside the entrance and there was a little plastic bag dancing around in breeze – none of them could pick it up, so I did it and I handed it to one of them and asked him to put in a waste bin. No bin outside the entrance. He just looked at me.
One evening as we were going out for dinner – one of the porters was standing with his hands in his pockets … just inside the lobby. Not only one hand, both!!!! Westin Grand Central should need me as an guest service and standard consultant for a year or so.
I had to visit the gift shop, because I was one stamp short for my postcards and it was a quite a walk to the post office. An international (global) stamp cost $1,10 at the post office – at the gift shop .. they had them in two packs. They charged me $4.17 for a pack, double price to the post office. Nearly fell over, but I bought them – because I wasn’t in the mood to walk up to 5th Ave again. Also when I entered the shop the girl was on her mobile and she didn’t attend to me before her private chat was over.
The hotel has a restaurant – THE LCL: Bar & Kitchen, we never visit but it was popular with both hotel guests and none residents. Have got good reviews.
Didn’t use any services at the hotel, I doubt they had any *laughing and what I seen I could be without. Our room maid; A lovely and sweet lady. Always smiling and chatty – so she got some extra bills when we checked out – the only tip we handed out at the hotel.
No soul what so ever close to this hotel, but I would stay there again because of great the location and the beds. Of course also if the price is right. It was in a very quiet end of the city – so no problem sleeping with the window open.
Would I go back to NYC – it all depends on how long I live … first now is Vienna, Florence, Amsterdam, Chicago, Madrid and Las Vegas on my do-it-note. Chicago and Las Vegas I think I will do together, because I have to change flight in Chicago for Las Vegas, flying from Stockholm. My friend, Anna-Liisa, want to celebrate her 70th birthday next July in Las Vegas.
But first of all Dublin and Belfast in the end of November – both cities and their hotels has plenty of soul.
“When soul has no value, business has no soul”
Photos provided by and thanks to;
travelpod.com/ westinnewyorkgrandcentral.com/ starwoodhotels.com/ luxurytravel.about.com/
Some of the photos are my own.