Le Parker Meridien New York
What We Love
- The glass-encased heated rooftop pool with views of Central Park
- Seldom without a line, the Burger Joint lets guests jump to the front when they call ahead to place their order
- Just blocks from Central Park and Midtown’s landmark must-sees
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What To Know
- The rooftop pool teems with kids (except during designated aquatic fitness hours)
- A $15 (plus tax) per room, per day facility fee is required to access the spa, gym and rooftop pool (and includes WiFi)
- Rooms are without iPod docks, but they have huge 46-inch flat-screens
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A white-gloved bell staff serves Le Parker Meridien’s ornate lobby, which makes a grand first impression with shiny marble floors, dual-level white columns and archways, graceful burgundy curtains and mirrored corridors. Midcentury Modern furnishings give the guestrooms and suites a retro style, with walls lined in cherry and cedar, denim pendant lamps and original art.
Bed and Bath
Handsome hallways lined with navy accordion-ridged wallpaper lead to 726 spacious guestrooms and suites. Individual doorbells provide a homey appeal that carries into light-filled rooms equipped with microsuede couches, wooden banquettes, and swanky desks with Aeron chairs, mini metal sculptures, and art books such as Steuben Glass Works. Bedrooms have plush beds with hypoallergenic linens, LED reading lamps and flat-screen TVs set in swivel consoles. Although the bathrooms have shower-tub combos with ordinary curtains, all come stocked with lavish Peter Thomas Roth bath products, terrycloth robes and slippers.
Worth the hype (and the wait) are the hotel’s two restaurants: the tucked away retro diner the Burger Joint (which also offers milkshakes and on-tap beers) and Norma’s, which is known for having one of the best breakfasts in the city. We love the fresh-squeezed orange juice, eggs benedict with artichoke and porcini truffle sauce, and the coma-inducing Rice Krispies–encrusted french toast served with a dollop of dulce de leche. Be sure to reserve weeks in advance for the weekend brunch (or get the menu items 24-7 via room service). The recently renovated basement facilities include a salon, spa, juice bar and gym. Or you can head to the glass-enclosed rooftop pool for laps with a view of Central Park.
How to Get There
I would have to say that I agree with many of the other reviews about this hotel feeling dated and in need of a tune up. I was very disappointed that there was no coffee in the room and there was no (complimentary) coffee in the lobby either. Our room was very very warm. We tried to turn the heat down several times to no avail.
Did enjoy the convenience of the Burger Joint in the lobby as we had a voucher and were too tired to hit the streets to search.
Imagine my surprise when I checked my phone right before bed to find our flight had been canceled and we couldn't get one until the day after. I called the front desk, explained our plight and asked about an additional night. I was told that it would be over $500 and I needed to do it through Expedia and then call back to the desk to see if I was going to have to change to another room..... WTF?? I think due to the circumstances they could have been a bit more helpful. I found another hotel for $300 less who would let us check in early due to our circumstances. So thankful they understood the concept of customer service. If ever in NY again we will not stay at the Parker.
What a marvelous hotel and experience.
Location is great with entrances on 56th & 57th. The lobby is both majestic and modern. And the front desk staff incredible . Big Thank you’s to Emily and Edwin.
Rooms are large, tastefully modern with large sleek bathrooms and pindrop quiet. Wish they had coffee makers.
The lobby bar is quiet and cavernous, a wonderful place to talk. Starbucks just steps away.
And in the basement is a beauty bar that includes
a Dry Bar and Blushington’s makeup.
But here’s where the Parker rose to the occasion of a true luxe hotel: I had booked Viceroy next door and the room was awful, small, worn and dirty. I walked out of the Viceroy and right into the Parker met Emily at the front desk and said I need a hotel ASAP for 3 nights. She encouraged me to go to their website for the best deal, and I booked on my iPad with her help.
Emily and Edwin realized I was in NY for a family event and the experience at the Viceroy was ruining everything.
So, as an experienced traveler both in luxury and budget levels— it’s all about the cleaninness and the service.
Thank YOU and please recognize Emily and Edwin.
Tired, out of date, long in the tooth comes to mind immediately, and that’s the good part!
General Manager Ashley ( no last name) went out of her way NOT to accommodate paying guests the comfort of staying in a heated room. Ridiculously offered blankets and hot tea. More like a homeless shelter than overpriced hotel. No In room coffee, no complimentary WiFi. Only a tea kettle and tea bags available in room. Be prepared to pay $$ for coffee. The Parker Hotel is not looking for repeat guests. Mainly interested in travel groups from foreign countries. Spend your hotel budget elsewhere. Won’t go back!
Other than the location there is nothing redeeming about the Parker. I stayed here previously when it was Le Meridien and had a positive experience. It's incredibly dated, service is mediocre at best. For an alleged 4 star hotel commanding the prices they do, you can find dozens of better options in mid town...and have a coffee maker in the room.
I've stayed here dozens and dozens of times being a corporate go to since 2005 and unfortunately, that's where it's stopped. Furniture, fixtures, bathrooms, everything is just old and tired. I love the location, perfect for my business needs but a face lift is just needed like air. I'm convinced a few of the Tom and Jerry skirmishes took place in room 3520, the one they forgot existed. Come on guys, the tub spout was an inch from the wall exposing the copper pipe, grout missing from the vanity, windows leaking on the sides. I've honestly stayed at Best Westerns off 95 with cleaner and updated rooms for a quarter of the price.