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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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.
How to Get There
Location is outstanding! Close to Central Park, Broadway, 5th Ave, and the subway is right outside. Decor is nice, but wouldn't call it a 4-star hotel. Had to call in and request for house slippers. Robe, fridge and mini-bar are absent. Housekeeping also knocks on your door around 9am only to say they will come back later. She was doing this to neighboring rooms too -- knocks on our doors to let us know she's cleaning soon. Found it bizarre, and annoying since I enjoy sleeping in on vacation. Won't recommend if you want to have down time in the room you're paying for, or hang that do not disturb sign on your first night!!
Toilet in bathroom leaking sewage. Told breakfast was included. It was not and while it was amazing, it was EXPENSIVE. Location is good and some of the staff were great, others the opposite. Very inconsistent experience. No coffee maker in room ?? And no free coffee in lobby -- not what you'd expect from a hotel of this supposed caliber.
Best location in Mid-Manhattan. And the best burger joint... I have seen familiar faces at this Hotel for many years. Looks like the Parker is a very good employer. For me, this speaks volumes. My only observation: the rooms and public areas deserve renovation. I hope it is soon.