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
We stayed here as a large touring group. The location is terrific within an easy walk to Central Park. The entrance is not however very visible and it is very hard for buses to pull up out the front. Our view was of other buildings but the view from the lift foyer was very nice. The top floor had fantastic views. As a large group we had to make our way each morning to the top floor and the lifts were very limiting. Nevertheless we enjoyed our stay in the heart of it all.
Took my partner away for her birthday and payed extra for a park view, which did not disappoint! Staying on the 38th floor the view of Central Park was stunning. All the staff very friendly and welcoming in the hotel. The reception area is stunning, as for the rooms my only disappointment was no tea/coffee making facility and my mini bar did not work so everything was warm. Everything else in the room was spot on for what we needed.
The hotel is walking distance to Times Square and Rockafella Centre. If you don’t mind walking that little bit further then the Empire State is about 20min walk away.
I would defiantly recommend this hotel for a weekend stay in New York.
Recently stayed at the Parker New York for business. It’s a bit different than I remembered when it was the Parker Meridian (SPG group) so was not able to use SPG perks during the visit. The overall visit was adequate and the staff was engaging. The room was quiet as we were on a top floor however there is construction going on across the street. Not much to boast of in terms of room amenities as there was no mini bar in our room however we did have complimentary Wifi. Bathroom is small with limited essentials but had plenty of towels. Housekeeping was very efficient throughout the stay. Close to some good restaurants on the west side and to Carnegie Hall. Overall a decent stay but different when it was part of the SPG chain.
We stayed in this hotel as it was close to a wedding we were attending. We booked the hotel and also booked for our son and his wife. While the location was perfect, the hotel was a disappointment. The rooms are in desperate need of being refurbished. The room size was fine, but the accommodations were terrible. When I opened a cabinet looking for a minibar, I found a hole that was filthy dirty! The rooms are dark, with not enough in room lightings. The only good thing about the rooms, is the shower. That was great.
For the $$ that the hotel chargers, do yourself a favor and find another hotel.
This can not be all about location, location, location.
I have stayed here when it was the Parker Meridien and stayed here again, now under its new management. Although i hear improvements, changes etc are coming, nothing has been done yet. The suite was fine, very clean, the beds good, etc. Amenities good. Still just a fixed in wall shower head, but that is my cross to bear, i think, even at good and great hotels.
My biggest issue surrounds room service, and specifically
BReakfast. One used to be able to fill out a breakfast order, specifying food desired and time of delivery, and hang it on the doorknob of the room by 2 am. They have done away with this service. In lieu of this, i called room service upon my return from the theatre to order breakfast for the following morning, only to be told to call at 6 am and place my order. I told the front desk, who had answered the call, that this was not acceptable, that i was not going to get up at 6am to place an 8am breakfast order. The front desk then replied that they would take my order, which they did. They were polite, but sounded unsure.
The next morning when the order arrived, just a few minutes late (another stroke, especially in the morning, when people are possibly on a schedule), it was nearly cold. The waffles which should have been crisp were soggy. There was no devonshire cream as described in the menu and there were far too many servings of fruit on the waffles—at least two. The powdered sugar had all melted and it was clear that the breakfasts had been sitting for at least ten minutes, probably more like twenty, before being delivered.
In a restaurant i would have sent it all back. As it was, we were on a schedule for departure, so we ate the waffles anyway, but i have made certain the hotel knows about this unacceptable issue in any place serving food, and especially in a ‘leading hotel.’
I may give the Parker another try once its renovations and whatever else are complete, and the turnover is accomplished and supposedly running smoothly. But meanwhile, I am looking for another favorite hotel in the city.