Monday, October 29, 2018

Mondrian Park Avenue Hotel Review


Hotel History : The Mondrian Park Avenue is a relatively new hotel, opening in October of 2017. The 189-room hotel has contemporary style guestrooms and suites. For the ultimate experience, the 1,300-square-foot Piet Suite offers the look and feel of a modern Manhattan residence with two bedrooms, a separate living room and dining area, wet bar, large private balconies, and other luxury amenities. On-property dining locations include Cleo restaurant, sbe’s award-winning culinary concept headed by Chef Danny Elmaleh that showcases a modern twist on Eastern and Southern Mediterranean cuisine. Also on property is Fifteen Stories, a rooftop lounge and outdoor terrace with music and other nightly events with drinks and small bites. The property was originally built in 1918 as a 15-story office building. Five floors have since been added during the hotel conversion.

Classification : Four Star

Room Category : Superior King Room

Month of Stay :  May

Trip Advisor Ranking:  54 of 479 (as of 10/20/18)
Booking.com Rating:     8.6 out of 10 (as of 10/20/18)


Cool decor in the elevator  
My view from the room 
9/10   Location:  The location on Park Avenue and East 30th Street, the NoMad district, is wonderful for just walking all over the city. Close to walking to Madison Square Park, Union Square, Empire State Building and Flatiron district make this a great centralized spot to call home while in New York City.

The lobby is neat but not very practical nor large 

8/10  Style & Character: The lobby when you walk in is very tiny and hard to wait for possible catching train or bus there. The artwork displayed throughout the hotel gives it quite a chic vibe. Contemporary styles define guestrooms and suites, which are designed to maximize comfort with plush bedding, spacious bathrooms, and neutrally toned woven leather furnishings. Floating desks also allow a versatile transition between work and play.




The very weird shape for the safe doesn't allow a large camera to fit inside 

7/10 Service and Amenities : The amenities are good especially with free wi-fi which everyone should offer. Dry cleaning, room service, FREE Wi-Fi , smoke free property, rooftop terrace. There’s also a fitness center  down the street for complimentary workouts between sightseeing, the facilities also include a full-service locker room with steam room to top off your work out.Valet parking is available (for a fee). Tea and coffee are available at the main bar in the restaurant each morning between 7am-10.30am. The service was professional but not over friendly.


10/10 Rooms: Mondrian Park Avenue offers 189 air-conditioned accommodations with minibars and safes. Beds feature premium bedding. LCD televisions come with premium cable channels. Bathrooms include showers, bathrobes, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is offered daily and irons/ironing boards can be requested. The room I chose was a Superior King but not big enough for more than 1 person. It was designed very chic and modern, after I was there a while it grew on me. The bathroom was tiny but functional. I love the glass shower with rainfall shower head. The sink did have a chip which I thought was odd for a pretty new hotel. An excellent minibar offering Grey Goose, Bulleit and Glenlivet as well as bottles of Cosmo, Manhattan and Martini cocktails is a unique offering.








The bathroom even though small was designed well, only flaw was a chip on the sink 








8/10 Food & Drink : The restaurant Cleo is lovely for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is a casual restaurant with sister properties in Miami, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The decor is something I very much enjoyed, a very West coast vibe to it. Cleo's Alley is for the cocktails from 4pm to 6pm Monday through Friday. Mondrian Terrace is a sophisticated rooftop lounge set above the power corner of Park Avenue and 30th Street, open to hotel guests 8am-4pm and the public 4pm to 11pm. I had breakfast at Cleo and it was wonderful, I would go back if in the area again even if not staying at the hotel. I did not try room service, but I would imagine it would be well received since the restaurant was so good.

Family Friendly: To me, this seems to be more of a grown up hotel atmosphere. The suites do offer more space to fit a family.

Access for Guests with Disability: Yes. The hotel offers 12 ADA-accessible rooms.


Overall Value: $270 - $634 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)

Overall Rating: 8/10 


In the Vicinity: 5 blocks from the Morgan Library, 1 block from the fabulous pizza at Marta, 5 blocks from Madison Square Park and the Flatiron district, easy walking distance to Union Square, lots of dining options in the area. Le Cafe coffee is a great spot for a latte and Sarabeth's is 3 blocks from the hotel for breakfast/lunch/dinner. This is a great area to stay away from the tourists, but you are still close to so many places to check out. I would never suggest to stay in Times Square, Park Avenue is a lovely part of the city and so much more enjoyable.

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. 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. You also want the ability to change hotels if you should find a better option closer to your date of arrival. 

Resort fees are something I am seeing at more New York hotels, about 82 of the over 400 hotels in New York City now charge. These fees can run you between $30 to $60 per night for your stay. They list services such as newspapers, in room coffee or WiFi for these fees, and if you book with a hotel that has this fee, you are obligated to pay it. When checking your prices, be sure to look for the small print if there is an additional resort fee and make your decision whether you want that additional charge. Some of the hotels in New York City that charge the fee are: Park Central Hotel $40.16, WestHouse New York $53.93, Avalon Hotel $22.95, Royalton Park Avenue $40.00, The James New York Soho $45.90, The James New York NoMad $38.11, The Warwick $25.00, The Benjamin $38.11, The Quin $21.78, Crowne Plaza Times Square $34.43, Hotel 48Lex $60.00, The Redbury New York $32.66, The Knickerbocker $34.43, The Viceroy Central Park $29.00. These prices are as of 03/25/18

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

CONCLUSION

Would I reserve a night at the Mondrian Park Avenue again ? Yes, I would. The hotel is very modern and fun, the location is perfect for walking around and exploring the city. I requested the room be ready early, and it was at about 1:46 pm which wasn't too bad. The safe was rather odd-shaped and my large Canon Rebel would not fit in which I have never had happen before. The safe is more flat and long as opposed to height. Plugs near the bed for charging your phone made me smile. I love the fact it is a low-key area, and the bathroom although small, was nicely appointed. I would love to try a larger room next time, especially one with the terrace. This is a great hotel choice if planning to stay in the city 1 night or 5 nights. I would probably try to get the room for under $300 per night if possible, if you are paying over $300, I think there are better options out there. 


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 trust 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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