Millennium Hilton New York Downtown
What We Love
- Most guest rooms feature king beds
- The 40-foot all-weather pool
- Oculus and World Trade Center views from the seafood-centric brasserie, Church & Dey
- The stunning 55th-story event space, equipped with concierge and butler service
What To Know
- The onsite bar closes doors at 12:30am
- Valet parking is available for an additional fee
- The hotel is just a block away from 10 subway lines
- There is a daily charge for WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
This swanky Financial District behemoth, which holds the brave distinction of being the first hotel to re-open post 9/11 (following a top-to-toe 31-million dollar reno) may brim with business traveler-friendly perks—six meeting rooms, free weekday newspapers, large in-room desks, onsite FedEx services—but tourists are just as drawn to the tony 569-room tower for prime access to Manhattan’s downtown renaissance, which includes a hotbed of cultural attractions that include the Santiago Calatrava-designed Oculus and 9/11 Museum and Memorial. Another draw: some of the city’s largest guest rooms, with pillow-top beds and calming, earth-toned interiors that exude a warm and residential vibe—not an easy task to accomplish in this frenetic city. Bonus points for St. Paul’s Chapel views from the indoor pool and Liquid Assets, the laid-back lobby bar, which serves expertly mixed martinis and complimentary gourmet bar snacks—exceedingly rare in Manhattan—in a mingle-friendly, velvet-clad lounge space.
In the Area
You’re just six subway stops from the neon glory of Times Square, though there’s plenty to do right in the Financial District: visit the One World Observatory for an inimitable view, catch a glimpse of sculptor Arturo Di Modica’s “Fearless Girl,” who squares off with the iconic “Charging Bull” in front of the New York Stock Exchange; take a spin on the dreamy SeaGlass Carousel, the latest addition to Battery Park; or snag a table at one of the many pop-up restaurants sprouting in the Seaport District (formerly South Street Seaport), where heavyweights like Hugh Acheson, Dale Talde, and Alon Shaya hold brief culinary takeovers.
How to Get There
Great hotel, location, price and friendly staff but a couple of issues along the way weren’t great. system issue while checking in was blamed on me but was eventually handled. Had some trouble getting some services in the room and cleaning wasn’t the best. TV is also very out of date. Otherwise, staff was super helpful and friendly and the view / location was great.
I enjoyed staying at the Millenium. My floor, a lower floor, was very quiet. The bed was comfortable and very clean. The floor seemed fine at first but over multiple nights, I realized there were little Nerds candies scattered about, and though the major areas of the room and bathroom were dusted, a deep cleaning hadn’t been done in a while. The bathroom was quite clean as well in the areas you would easily touch, but it was evident a good dusting and cleaning in the not-blatantly obvious places hadn’t been done in some time.
Once I tried to order room service, but couldn’t reach anyone although i tried two ways of dialing (one set of directions printed in the phone, the second on the welcome booklet). No one answered. It worked out for the best because i found a good 24/7 deli a stone’s throw away. The hotel location can’t be beat so there are great dining options nearby at the Oculus, Nobu, and within a few blocks.
Overall I was satisfied with my stay and would return. The staff were friendly and room very clean (if you just don’t look past the likely places you will touch), and the location is great. I also appreciated that the number of rooms per floor is small, and it was very quiet.
We booked on a busy weekend and paid an exorbitant amount for a room with two double beds. Be clear this is two full size beds, not two queens and the room is quite small. Everything else at the hotel, especially the staff and location, is quite good. Just be sure you know what you're paying for. As other reviewers noted, the rooms do feel a bit dated.