What We Love
- Your Secret Hotel is a five-star property near Central Park with top ratings from TripAdvisor
- Upscale restaurant dishing up farm-to-table fare in a clubby dining room
- State-of-the-art gym is open 24 hours
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What To Know
- You'll find out the name of the hotel 72 hours after the reservation is confirmed by the property
- Great for couples and business travelers; might not suit families with small children
- Two blocks south of Central Park and a five-minute walk to Columbus Circle
- No same floor requests can be accommodated
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With a location that can’t be beat (you’re walking distance to Lincoln Center, Central Park and all the boutiques along Fifth Avenue), this Secret Hotel has a tranquil, upscale vibe that’s hard to find in Midtown Manhattan. And although the streets beneath you crawl with tourists and 9-to-5ers, you won’t hear a thing from your modern, subtly masculine room. The smallest are 200 square feet (the norm in NYC) but have all the contemporary comforts savvy travelers expect: designer beds, Nespresso coffee makers, HD LED TVs and swank bathrooms with rainfall showers. The restaurant is popular with the after-work crowd, so go early for posh cocktails in the lounge and book in advance for a table in the clubby dining room. Prices reflect the quality of the seasonal ingredients, with a changing menu of inventive seafood dishes and classic desserts given a modern spin. For fitness fiends, the state-of-the-art gym is open around the clock, or you can work out like a true New Yorker and hit the running loop in nearby Central Park. For other city diversions, the seriously well-connected staff will hook you up with personal trainers, theater tickets, private shopping excursions, limo transfers, and just about anything else you dream up.
In the Area
Smack in the heart of Manhattan, this Secret Hotel puts you within blocks of some of the city’s best restaurants. Book in advance and splurge on once-in-a-lifetime meals at lauded sushi restaurant Masa, or Thomas Keller’s peerless French eatery, Per Se, both on the fourth floor of the nearby Time Warner Center. If you don’t blow the budget here, take your plastic for a wander along Fifth Avenue and hit Barneys, Tiffany’s, Bergdorf Goodman and the gallery-like Louis Vuitton flagship — all sights in their own right. And for a dose of Manhattan culture, head north along the east side of Central Park to Museum Mile, where you’ll find the Guggenheim, Neue Galerie, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Museum and more.
How to Get There
Although a great location, hotel website does not warn of scaffolding covering the entire entrance (even cab driver had difficulty finding it) and noisy materials elevators that pass right NEXT to your room. Why even offer those rooms except at exceptional discounts and complete transparency?? Hilton needs to work harder to achieve its potential. D- Rating.
Arrived at this hotel to find it surrounded by scaffolding and a noisy contractors lift outside our window.
We had a nespresso coffee maker with "paper cups", there was one glass in the bathroom and no drinking glasses. When I asked at reception I was told by the manager that it is not company policy to provide these items and that the hotel was going to convert to a time-share facility. I was disgusted that they have abandoned their current guests because of future plans. We have stayed at a number of Hilton Hotels but this is disgraceful service from Hilton. We've stayed at budget hotels with better facilities and better service.
Tea and coffee replenishment was far from satisfactory, we were only provided with decaf coffee and no tea, so I requested more coffee, tea, sugar and paper cups. After three requests and a five hour wait we were sent some of the items we requested. When I complained at reception they suggested we buy coffee at the deli next door.
This hotel has a great location and terrific restaurant, and ordinarily the rooms would have been good as well. However due to construction at the hotel we were given a room with the windows frosted out which made the room dark and claustrophobic as it felt like there were no windows at all. Also there was construction noise outside as the work elevator ran straight past the “windows”. I asked for another room, only to be told there were no others available, only the same room on every different floor. So we were the only ones in this type of room, presumably as they thought this was ok for a one-off stay. The hotel was clearly not full so I assume they weren’t willing to stick us in a bigger room to solve the problem.
Overall I’d definitely return to the hotel, just once the construction has finished.