It was an easy taxi ride ($11) from Penn Station to the W Hotel on Lexington Avenue in New York City. The hotel is very centrally located to Central Park, Times Square, Radio City and many other attractions. I am visiting with my husband and 5-year old daughter. I booked a Fantastic Suite on the Starwood website – at a special pre-paid SPG rate. It was a little expensive but every hotel is expensive during the week of Christmas in NYC.
We arrived at 1 and despite a 3pm check-in we were allowed to check-in. This property did not have an SPG preferred check-in line so we had to wait. That was disappointing because expedited check-in is one of best benefits of hotel status. We were offered a late check- out so that was helpful.
My daughter enjoyed the fireplace in the cool lobby. There is a lobby bar and restaurant where you can grab a bite or just relax after a day in the city.
Our room is situated on the 6th floor – in a mostly quiet corner. The room reminds me of one we stayed in at the Aloft at Arundel Mills. It is fairly spacious (especially for NYC) Suite with a small queen bedroom (who needs room to sleep?), fairly spacious ensuite bathroom and a nice size living room/office. The decor is modern and hip. There’s a large sofa bed perfect for kids or another couple, as well as a decent size flat screen TV, free bottled water for SPG members, dual thermostats, snacks for purchase and a nice desk.
The W New York is a nice place to stay, whether it’s for a family getaway, romantic trip or on business. It has a little something for everyone. Don’t forget – Starwood and Mariott Hotels have merged so you get more options and benefits now.