The London NYC
What We Love
- All dining options are overseen by celeb chef Gordon Ramsay
- David Collins-designed interiors, replete with rich textures and soothing tones
- Many rooms have views of Central Park and the Midtown skyline
- Suites are a minimum 500 square feet, bigger than many New York apartments
- READ MORE: Where to eat, play and shop in NY
What To Know
- Breakfasts aren’t included and prices are steep ($28 per person)
- The gym is bathed in natural light and open 24 hours
- Valet parking fees are outrageously expensive, as you’d expect: $58 per day for a sedan, $68 for an SUV
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
From the bowler-hatted doormen to the Union Jack flying out front, this is cool Brittania writ large. Luxe textures abound; plush, velvety textiles, handcrafted mosaics, Italian linens, herringbone floors, mirrored paneling. And the color palette of silver, pale blue and deep yellow is destined to take off any of the city’s sharp edges. Dine at Gordon Ramsay’s eponymous restaurant, or the adjacent Maze, where plates like foie gras and caramelized sweetbreads are dished up.
In the Area
With Midtown Manhattan on the doorstep, it’s unlikely you’ll run out of things to do. Start with some retail therapy on Fifth Avenue, where famous high-end, big-ticket fashion and jewelry houses line the street. Browse the bling at the flagship Tiffany & Co then explore two of the city’s most famous department stores, Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman before stopping for tea at the Kelly Wearstler-designed Goodman’s Café, on the seventh floor of Bergdorf’s. Finish up with a stroll through Central Park, around five blocks from the hotel.
How to Get There
Hotel was great only issue I had was that my door key did not work each time I returned to the room by the time my visit was over I had 18 door keys. Very expensive hotel for this type of inconvenience.
The place is very open though much upheaval thanks to continuing construction. The weekend I arrived the front desk had been moved from lobby to second floor on temporary basis. No restaurant or bar as they are being renovated. The room was fine but clearly not yet updated. Great location and will be a nice counterpoint to the large Hilton across the street when it re-launches. The help was fantastic with great, infectious attitudes. Made the experience work. Room service fast. Come as long as you know what you are getting into.
Stayed for our 10 year wedding anniversary and it was great.
Got a personal email from one of the managers prior to arriving and he left a great bottle of wine for us which was a great surprise. Whilst we read about some work being done at the hotel, we were totally unaware of it happening which was great. Had great views of central park and the hudson river from our corner suite.
The room was great however, not sure if it was the style, but there was lots of dints and dings in the furniture which made it look old and tired. Not sure. The shower was amazing and the bed was like a cloud.
Breakfast was good with good service. Location is great with it being centrally located between the park, times square and fifth avenue. Parking for the car was easy but expensive. ($60 per day).
Had some issues when we got to our room with the TV but it was very promptly attended to which was great.
Overall, a great hotel and will definitely return .
We've stayed at the London NYC a number of times over the years, and always enjoyed its spacious suites and friendly staff. The last stay it was clear that the property was getting "tired" and we were pleased to hear when Hilton took it over and announced a major renovation. We booked a Vista suite, to visit later this month.
I emailed last week (using the link on the website) to ask how the renovation was coming along, and to request a "new" suite if now available. No reply. I emailed again a couple of days later. No reply. Getting concerned I contacted a friend in NYC who knows the hotel, who had heard that there were very few rooms available, and none on high floors with views. He had also been told that the renovation work was quite noisy.
So, I called the hotel yesterday and spoke to a helpful lady in reservations (who I guess is not on site). She wasn't aware of any problems, and said she'd call the front desk to see if we could be allocated a "new" suite. She came back to me, very apologetic, to say that the front desk had indeed confirmed what I had heard. There were no Vista suites available, and in fact there are only four low floors in use. The hotel was not reaching out to guests who had booked, who would only be told on arrival that their booked and confirmed suite was not available (and, I would hope, offered a rate reduction). Anticipating that this would not be acceptable, the front desk manager had authorised a cancellation.
I post this with great disappointment, so that others can be aware of this issue. I hope that the renovated and rebranded hotel will turn out to be as good as the London NYC used to be.
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Conveniently located in downtown Manhattan, easy access everywhere to live the magic of the number one city in the world. Great restaurants around and a great short walk to Central Park, and all other great attractions of the big apple. Hotel is a New York home effective and practical, not indicated for kids