Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Lotte New York Palace Hotel Review

Here we are with another hotel review! I must say, it is pretty neat seeing what the various hotels in the city offer, or don't offer. The Lotte New York Palace is a historic building on Madison Avenue. I am in and out of their lobby many times as it is near where my bus picks up when I am in the city for the day. You can check out my photos of the gorgeous lobby on this blog! Their courtyard and the shop Pomme Palais have been featured here many times as well. To say I was excited to finally stay here was putting it mildly.  
I had one of their corner rooms with the St Pat's view, which was amazing. The room was a very large size, plenty for one to two people.  













Positives: 
  • Catherdal views if in one of the rooms which offer the view
  • Location near many attractions and shopping 
  • Molton Brown products in the bathroom
  • Room ready when I arrived at 10:37
  • Home feel to room, liked the wood decor 
  • 2 door size mirrors, 1 large closet with safe 
  • Comfortable bed 
Negatives:
  • Fee for Wi-fi, even in the lobby, except if staying in The Towers 
  • No full size spa for a hotel of this magnitude  
  • Business Center small and printing boarding passes can be difficult 
  • No Water bottles for free in the room
  • No fresh flowers in the room 
  • Waited 10 min on hold to request early check in, had to call back When calling for room service, had to let it ring about 30 times before someone answered 
  • Could hear next room talking on phone and adjusting their shades 
  • Pomme Palais closes at 5pm daily and there is no restaurant in the hotel 
455 Madison Ave at 50th Street
New York, NY 10022
212-888-7000

909 guestrooms  
Location: Midtown East
Non-Smoking Hotel
Five Star Hotel
7,000 square foot Fitness Center with yoga mats
Full Service Business Center
WiFi (fee)
Pets are allowed, fees involved
Trip Advisor Ranking 99 of 471 (as of 05/15/16)
Trivago Rating 90 out of 100 (as of 05/15/16)
Price Range: $276 - $885 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room) US Dollars

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 stay at the Lotte New York Palace again? I would say if you can get this hotel for under $300, it's a good deal. If you are looking for a premium 5-star hotel, I would make another choice. I was very disappointed in the stay, just the little things I felt should be better for a hotel of this level. I actually got a better deal booking directly with the hotel than on hotels.com which I found interesting. I would suggest to you to always check the hotel site to see what they are offering before you book with another site. Comparing is always good, and can save you some money in the end.

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

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Disclosure: This stay was paid for by me. I will always state at the end of each review whether my stay was paid for by myself or if I was hosted by the hotel. I will honestly tell you about my experience at this hotel, not being swayed in any way by complimentary services. I know you value my opinion, and it is important to me to be as honest as possible. All opinions are my own. Thank you so much.

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