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. Or you can head to the glass-enclosed rooftop pool for laps with a view of Central Park.
How to Get There
What's great; the room service was fast and smooth at a late hour, the cleaning service was highly tolerant of waiting until random times in the morning or afternoon and still did an excellent job, the staff at any point were good-nature helpful. Location of course is good, but that doesn't help in a review, 'cause you've already folded that in to your thinking or you wouldn't be looking at this hotel.
What's not so great: the presentation of the room. It is a profound disappointment if you travel at all. I don't think this is emphasized enough in other reviews.
One's first thought is "is it too late to book somewhere else?" and perhaps find a room fitting of a New York vacation. The size is okay, maybe even a little bit bigger than most. But it is a lifeless space in terms of things hotels do to give it a sense of traveling sportiness. Sure, one doesn't spend very much time in the hotel on this type of vacay, but the rooms emptiness hardly feels like some stab at urbane artistry as much as it does a repossession or prior purge of all things nice that a hotel with luxury prices would have ($8 coffee anyone?). And to that point, putting a coffee maker in every room (which is true from other reviews--there are none) would make a bean stack of difference to what I'm talking about.
For background, I unfortunately spend 120-150 nights per year in hotel rooms. Maybe 5% of the time do I feel like I might complain in a review. This is the only time I've actually followed through and tried to notify my fellow travelers with a heads up about what you're really getting.
Finally, all hotels and booking sites should have a very clear statement about a pool being closed for reconstruction! UP FRONT. Italics, bold, whatever. Good news is the kids forgot to ask bc NY is so awesome anyways. Enjoy your stay.
Have stayed at the Parker multiple times over the last 5 years. Have always put up with the dark and outdated rooms and hallways due to great staff, good location and avoidance of undisclosed fees the larger chain hotels sneak in. However, now that they are part of Hyatt they have started charging undisclosed fees (such as receiving packages). Given the variety of good hotels in the area, I'll be staying elsewhere going forward
Stayed here for an week end of August great location for site seeing all within walking distance room was great we got upgraded to an junior suite roof top pool and sun deck an bonus to chill out after walking the streets of manhattern Central Park only an block away to escape the city there's plenty of Walmart stores nearby to pick up drinks and snacks for your room