Park Central Hotel New York
What We Love
- Historic 1927 building that has hosted everyone from Frank Sinatra to Eleanor Roosevelt
- Grab-and-go fare at Central Market includes local favorites like Jacques Torres chocolate and pastries from Amy’s Bread
- Rainfall showers and C.O. Bigelow products in the bathrooms
What To Know
- Rooms are large by NY standards, starting at 270 square feet, and surprisingly quiet considering the hotel’s central location
- The third-floor fitness center is open 24/7
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Park Central’s Deco-inspired design hearkens back to the hotel’s 1920s roots, when it accommodated stars like Mae West and Eleanor Roosevelt. Today, New York-based design firm Jeffrey Beers International is responsible for the look of the 761-room hotel. The elegant lobby has a muted natural color scheme, with chrome light fixtures, angular slatted wood, and a gleaming marble front desk. Guest rooms are undeniably sleek, with glossy, low-lying furniture, including a desk that doubles as a TV stand. Bedside tables make space for iPod docking stations and chrome lamps ringed with easy-to-access outlets. Bathrooms are equipped with Kohler fixtures and rain showers filled with large bottles of C.O. Bigelow amenities. Some rooms offer city views and all are decorated by graphic cityscapes and NYC-related stock art. The swanky Park Lounge is a cozy place for pre-dinner cocktails, while the grab-and-go Central Market has snacks and beverages (including wine and beer) for sale, plus a strong morning spread of Nespresso drinks and pastries from local favorite Amy’s Bread. The third-floor gym is open 24/7 and has a small selection of cardio machines and free weights.
In the Area
Located on Seventh Avenue between 56th and 55th streets, Park Central, as the name suggests, is just three blocks south of Central Park. Spend a day exploring the city’s largest expanse of urban greenery, then meander east to Madison or Fifth Avenue for some of the city’s best big names in shopping, from Céline to Swarovski. Head over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a hearty dose of culture, where you’ll find over two million works of art worth perusing. When hunger strikes, hit up Burger Joint, the iconic cash-only dive in the basement of Le Parker Meridien slinging some of the city’s best burgers. Grab drinks over at the new Viceroy, whose craft cocktails can be enjoyed in Kingside, the hotel’s Deco, ground-floor operation, or upstairs in the clubby rooftop bar, The Roof.
How to Get There
Two things: the room service is just terrible. Called 4 times within 3hrs to get a mini fridge in the room, after my ice cream has completely melted (of course) nobody showed up and nobody knew where the fridge was. If this one is annoying for the mind, the second issue would be harmful for the body. In my room, a classic King room, there’s no such thing as cold or even mild water. All it has is hot hot hot water that can boil you into a cooked meal under minute. I’m booked for 8 nights in this hotel, I don’t know what to do seriously.
I knew beforehand about the Westhouse Hotel's (located on top of the Park Central Hotel ) excellent reputation prior to our stay. Amazingly, the Westhouse exceeded my already high expectations. Upon being dropped off at the main entrance, my wife and I were promptly greeted by a team of doormen. What I immediately noticed, and then what I discovered to be a theme throughout our stay, was how genuinely friendly the staff is. Not the "I'm friendly because it's my job" friendly, but the "genuinely happy to see you" friendly. Doormen, front desk, housekeeping, terrace staff: every single person we encountered was super friendly and accommodating. The hotel manager, Petr, checked in with us throughout . After learning our tastes and preferences, Petr made spot-on restaurant recommendations. Not the touristy ones the everyone already knows about, but the small hidden gem restaurants that could otherwise go unnoticed except for a dedicated local following. Clearly, Petr genuinely listened to us. One of the many amenities that comes with staying at the Westhouse is the morning breakfast and the late afternoon "hours of indulgence". Going in, I thought wrongly - oh so very wrongly- that this would be a generic continental breakfast and a little meat and cheese spread in the afternoon. The breakfast always had freshly made eggs, meat and lots of other goodies. The coup de grace was the afternoon hours of indulgence. In addition to a wide selection of cheese, Italian meats and very delicious wines was a daily, freshly made hot item worthy of New York's best restaurants. Once, manicotti was offered, and on another day, the best seafood paella that I ever had the privilege to savor. I have been to NYC dozens of times in my life. I have stayed at quite a few very fine hotels. Without a doubt, my most enjoyable and most memorable visit was our stay at the Westhouse. Because of the kind, caring staff, their outgoing manager Petr, the great food and wine, and the luxurious rooms, I have absolutely no reason to ever stay anywhere else.
This was a lovely hotel. We stayed there for a week, the rooms were pretty basic but there are certain things like mini refrigerators and coffee makers that you can add if they are available an no additional charge. The front desk was absolutely amazing. Caroline went above and beyond to accommodate our requests and needs. Guest Services was wonderful in helping us get around the city and helping us when we needed assistance with the wifi so that we could work in the lobby area. Beds are comfy, housekeeping staff on the 3rd floor, outstanding! So kind and courteous. The reason why I could not give this 5 stars was because of the valet/bellman staff. I arrived and left the hotel with luggage 2 times during our week there. Not once when I arrived was I asked if I needed help and when we left in the pouring rain, we waited for so long that we finally just ordered an uber. The guys were not busy, they were talking to eachother and not paying attention to the people around them. They lost money in tips and since they are the first people customers come in contact with it gives a bad impression. However, get past them and you will be good to go! There is a cute cafe with yummy sandwiches in the lobby as well as a Starbucks right next door. Enjoy your stay, we are looking forward to staying there again soon!
This was my second stay at the Park Central and I was treated to wonderful, friendly and helpful service from front desk staff to porters to the concierge staff, the bar staff, the cleaners. everyone seems happy to be working for this hotel and their happiness shines through in everything they do. such a pleasure to come back to this clean, elegant and well-located property, when i have business and pleasure in new york. as return guests, we were treated like friends and made to feel very welcome. i recommend park central completely. you'll be in the heart of everything, but behind the hotel's doors, you have a quiet and civilized escape from the hustle.
such a great location and hotel. everyone so helpful and great, bed was so comfortable and room and hotel is spotless. will be returning again and again. asked for more pillows and they came so fast. tv perfect size for room. shower was nice and strong. loved the coffee at the café in the hotel