Monday, March 26, 2012

Hilton New York Fashion District Hotel - Review

I chose this hotel as it was near the Metropolitan Pavilion where the Chocolate Show took place. It was also one of the hotels the show was offering a discount to anyone attending the show. 


The hotel has 280 rooms and is patterned after the great fashion center of New York City. It is very near The Empire State Building, Chelsea, Fashion Institute of Technology. If you are planning to explore lower Manhattan, it is a great location being near Soho and Tribeca. I had called the day prior to have an early check in and they advised it may not be possible as the hotel was sold out. The fact we were able to get in the room when we arrived at 10:30am was a nice surprise. If you use the subway system, you can access all areas of the city pretty easily. Cabs work as well, but you need to give yourself enough time to get from midtown or uptown to the hotel.

The lobby has a very cool vibe to it and the front desk is reminiscent of a fashion studio’s cutting room table! I cannot say enough about the security at this hotel, and if you are planning a solo trip to the city, I would highly recommend this choice. You were not able to push a button in the elevator unless you scanned your room key. My assistant and I were very impressed with the security level and is a huge plus for this hotel. We also found a great place for breakfast, Argo Tea, at the corner street of the hotel, if you did not want to have breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant. We did not have breakfast at the hotel during our stay, so I cannot comment for this review.
The keurig machine was a treat for coffee making in the room!! I would not suggest more than 3 people tops in the room we had as it would be a bit too crowded. We had 2 double beds and the room was a decent size for the 2 of us. 
Bathrooms in New York City hotels can be a bit cramped but this one was really a nice size. Only had a shower which is fine because I reserve baths for home, very modern and nicely designed. 

I thought for this review, I would show the Pro’s and Con’s to be helpful in your possible future stay at the Hilton New York Fashion District. There are more Pro’s than Con’s ….there is no perfect place, but this comes very close.   
Pros:
  • Clean, Modern, New Rooms
  • Room ready at 10:30am when arrived (did request early check in)
  • Security system the best I have ever witnessed
  • Complimentary Baked by Melissa cuppies in the lobby
  • Peter Thomas Roth toiletries
  • Large size bathroom for New York City
  • Rare Bar and Grill Restaurant
  • Pleasant Staff
  • Keurig in the room
  • LG flatscreen tv
  • Saflok security system for room entry
  • 100% non smoking hotel
  • AAA discount rates
  • Rooftop Bar is amazing
  • Full concierge services
 Cons:

·        Area around hotel still needs building up
·        Takes a while to get cab due to hotel is on a side street
·        Corner room not very big for more than 2 people
·        If planning activities Midtown or Upper East/West side best to use subway or need to plan ahead for time to get from place to place


Hotel prices are at their lowest in the months of January and February; their highest September and October. Sunday nights are the lowest prices for hotel rooms, in most cases. My go to places for checking prices for hotels are TrivagoTrip AdvisorHotels.com and Travelzoo. I am learning quite a bit about booking hotels during this process of featuring different hotels on this blog. 

Always remember to check the hotel's website itself, they are really trying to have you book direct and sometimes offer specials or a discount with AAA that is cheaper than the websites I mentioned above. I am also finding that if you book on your mobile device, you can save some money as well. I actually got a better rate via my mobile phone than using my AAA discount online direct at the hotel. You should really do some research on your price for hotel a few different ways, and ALWAYS book a room that you can cancel, you never know what may happen in the future. 

Remember to take into account for your total cost the NYC Hotel tax of 14.75% plus Daily $2.00 per room occupancy fee.

Would I reserve a night at the Hilton NY Fashion District again? If I found a really good rate and staying by myself. The rooms are very small, location is good if you wish to explore the Chelsea area and lower downtown. I liked the Baked by Melissa cupcakes the best!  

My rating for this hotel, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being perfect in every way, is a 6. 

Hilton New York Fashion District
152 West 26th Street and 7th Avenue
New York, New York 10001
Phone: 212-858-5888






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3 comments:

Daryl Edelstein said...

NYC has many hotels .. finding one within one's budget (whether you are here on vacation or business)that has more Pro than Con AND has cupcakes is rare .. so thanks for the review

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed this review. It looks like a very nice place to stay and I would consider staying there the next time I go to NYC.

Kathy

NYC, Style and a little Cannoli said...

I would stay here again. It was clean which is so important and yeah then there is the cupcake issue. The rooftop bar was really cool too!!

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