Parker 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
What To Know
- The rooftop pool teems with kids (except during designated aquatic fitness hours)
- Rooms are without iPod docks, but they have huge 46-inch flat-screens
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Family-friendly hotel with a secret burger joint, one of the city’s best breakfasts and a rooftop pool just a couple of blocks from Central Park
A white-gloved bell staff serves Parker New York’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 guest rooms 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 guest rooms 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 should have given the idea up when the lady next to me sent her daughters pancake back because there was a hair in it.
I waited a while to get served and then even longer to get any food. So long in fact that I had to complain and ask for the bill,
I had ordered eggs medium done and not runny. Of course they turned up extremely runny. I left without eating.
I left a complaint at the front desk but heard nothing until I called. They said they had comped the breakfast which considering I had not eaten anything was hardly adequate.
No heat in the middle of February - I had cold air blowing out of my vent in the middle of february. The nice woman from maintenance came to check my unit but said since it was over 50 degrees out and since it was an old building the heat in the entire hotel wouldn't turn on unless it dropped below 50 degrees outside. It seemed crazy to me...people were wearing coats and fleeces and down jackets on the street, so why should there not be heat in a hotel? When you're on vacation you want to be warm, not bundled up. Luckily they provided extra blankets but it was definitely NOT a restful stay....and the opposite of luxurious. Would not recommend staying here in winter.
I stayed at a diplomatic suite with my daughters for a weekend in NYC. It’s a great view of Central Park. I don’t mind spending over $2,000 per night for a great room with a view but the room should be great and it wasn’t. The HVAC was not working properly, the bedroom door was off its hinge so I had to lift the door to close it. The master bathroom shower drain was extremely slow. These are all things that a top notch room should not have. Finally, and most importantly (since it cannot be fixed with a call to maintenance) the room looked worn. For example, the carpet was commercial and was not appropriate for this level of hotel. It looked like something from a motel 6 from the 70’s.
Next time I will be staying at the Ritz Carlton.
Close to Central Park, walk to time square. Fabulous location. Very comfortable, inviting atmosphere. Quiet room. Nice pool to visit with great view of the city. Great restaurants within walking. We ate at Indian Accent next door. It was amazing!
Bathroom had not been cleaned and there was hair in the bathtub. They did chance our room though. Overall it was very dated and a bit shabby. Bruch was tasty but seemed expensive. Service was good but overall experience was underwhelming.