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
The hotel is between Times Square and Central Park - so location is outstanding. For business it was fine - the room size is ok but could do with an update. Bathroom was tiny - one of those that you need to close the door to move about. Service was good. Downstairs bar is small and very expensive. So its ok but there are much better hotels in New York.
Overall a mostly fantastic hotel stay and great experience. We arrived at midnight because of late flights. We got a nice look at the lobby seeing as no one else was around. It's stunning...large and open and had places to sit and wait.
Staff: Check in staff were so welcoming and lively considering our arrival time. Breakfast shift staff at Norma’s was also great. Pool staff, not so much.
The room: I had booked a Tower Room with Central Park view and It. Was. Sunning...!!!!! (Pics attached) I was blessed with an equally sunny day and was so happy to sit in the room and just overlook the park. GORGEOUS! For us the bed was perfectly comfortable and the room clean. It was also a tad more spacious than others I've stayed at when visiting NYC. Bathroom was clean and amenities provided great.
Pool: Many people come for the pool and the view however my experience was this - it's stuffy and the water was filthy. I got in while taking in that Central Park view... looked down and noticed so much dirt and hair. I promise you, I was in there for 45 seconds at most. Yuk! Went back to my room, had a shower & just enjoyed my view again.
The location: Great for those wanting to explore Central Park, shops like Bergdorf Goodman and other high end flagship stores along 5th Ave which are an easy 5 minute walk away.
It's a shame that building is going up (see pics) this hotel has such stunning Central Park views... I can't rave about it enough.
Decent room . Includes tea making! but not coffee making? very unusual ! but desk say introductory offer ie no supplementary tea bags after 1st night !!! Large pool on top floor with proper changing facilities.Small cosy (very dark) bar on ground floor.Very good location on 56th two blocks from Central Park
Great hotel great location helpful staff the swimming pool the views from the roof. Room was amazing not far from times square and central park. Everything you needed and more would recommend this hotel to all mg friends and family.
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.