This is the second time that I have stayed at the Hilton Midtown in New York City. Last time (and this time also) was for a blogger conference so the hotel was teaming with many, many bloggers. So be prepared to be surrounded by a lot of women hauling around a lot of swag. This is a pretty big hotel so you need to be prepared to wait for elevators.
In my first visit, I did not realize how well situated this hotel was. I was too busy going from event to event in the hotel and a few events outside the hotel. My husband and my children stayed with me last time so they had a better idea of where this hotel was situated. This go around it was two blogging friends and no kids and I was able to take in more of the area around the hotel. The best part about the Hilton Midtown Hotel is the LOCATION. Your are a few blocks from Central Park (and The Plaza -read that review later), Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Centre, MoMA and a good 10 blocks from Time Square. Don’t worry, the walk is not that far and the sights and shopping along the way are well worth it.
This go around, we had a corner room (GET ONE OF THOSE). We had to pay an additional $20 a night but trust me, it was worth it. We were three women in one room with two double beds (I hate double beds – they should always be queen beds) and the extra space just made it easier to navigate the room. There is no shortage of luggage and swag bags.
There was a TV (sort of small compared to others), a desk that was nice and big screen TV, a closet (but we did need to ask for more hangers) and lots of drawers. There was an in-room safe, ironing board, coffee maker and hair dryer but no mini-fridge.
The beds were comfortable but too small. I’m not sure why hotels still have double beds. I will always choose a hotel with queen size beds over ones with just double. You’ve been warned hotel proprietors…
Money Saving Tip: If you opted to have one less day of housekeeping, you get your WIFI for free. We are all bloggers so there were at least 6 devices going. NO connectivity problems at all.
If you want something novel to do, the minus 5 Ice Bar is located in this hotel and was enjoyed by some of my colleagues. I’m Canadian… I don’t need to drink in a cold bar, we get that most of the year. Those that went did enjoy it but it was $20 entry fee for park and gloves and a $45 charge for entry and 2 drinks. We opted to go for a walk and have a drink at the Plaza (read that review on Trip Advisor). Or you can also see that quick post on my blog DownshiftingPRO dot com.
Overall a great stay but it was pricey. But you will pay for cabs and transportation if you are not centrally located. They choice is yours.