Monday, February 11, 2019

The Langham Fifth Avenue Hotel Review


I have decided to go with a new format for the hotel reviews on the site. If there is anything that interests you that I am not covering here, please feel free to email me. I love staying in hotels, it is a perfect getaway and way to relax. There are so many hotels in NYC, last count was 494, so it is a difficult decision to choose one for your stay. I hope my reviews help you make a great choice for your base in New York City! 

Classification : Five Star
Room Category : Premier Room
Month of Stay :  September 2018
Resort Fee:        NONE (as of 03/27/19) 

Trip Advisor Ranking 21 of 494 (as of 2/09/19)
Trivago Rating  9.3 out of 10 (as of 2/09/19)
2017 Conde Nast Reader’s Choice award for best hotel in New York City

Overall Value: $414 - $1016 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)

What kind of history goes with this hotel? This lovely hotel is housed in a modern, 60-story glass tower that was built from the ground up for the hotel's opening in 2010. It has for sure changed the architecture of the surrounding area of midtown.


When you arrived, how was the lobby and customer service? The lobby is  not very large, but a nice area to wait for friends or take a break before you head back to your room. The customer service was top notch and what one would expect from a 5 star hotel. I advised them I would be in at 11am and the room was ready at 10:45am which was perfect. They offer a hotel car to take you within 20 blocks from the hotel, a very nice feature. The lobby had nice selections of fruit water and snacks available throughout the day, a nice treat when heading back to your room from exploring the city.


How fantastic or not so fantastic was the room? The large rooms start at 400 square feet, and all have king beds and the same top-notch amenities, including iPod docks, Nespresso coffeemakers, 52-inch flat-screen TVs, minibars, DVD players. I felt the simple decor was just wonderful, and the room was quite a fabulous size for myself or if I would be staying with someone else. Italian walnut wood paneling and bare beige walls, it almost felt like I was staying in an apartment in the city.


The cleanliness of the hotel and room itself ? Very clean hotel in all areas as well as the room.

Were you able to have sweet dreams with the comfy bed? I had no problem catching some sleep with the luxurious Swedish Duxiana beds (in configurations of twin, double, and king beds) are made with Pratesi linens. It was a very comfy rest from walking around the city all day!



The All-Important bathroom subject?  I am obsessed with a good hotel bathroom. In many hotels in NYC, the bathroom can be of the tiniest size. This hotel has spacious marble bathrooms with a  separate soaking tub and showers with rain showerheads. For me being short, it was a careful step up in the shower/tub combo in my room, but very luxurious. 



What kind of shower treats awaited you? Coffee maker in the room? Chuan Body + Soul which is their spa provided the toiletries for the bathroom and they were very high quality. Yes, coffee maker named Nespresso is provided for your use in the room.

Did room service blow your mind or was just okay? I ordered breakfast and found the service to be wonderful. I love a good room service when staying at a nice hotel. It was very hot the days I visited, so nice to just order in breakfast and enjoy my air conditioning!


Everyone wants to know, is Wi-Fi included? Yes- free Wi-Fi

Is Fido allowed come with you? Pets are allowed on request and charges may apply. I saw no animals staying at the hotel during my stay.

Location is key, how does this hotel measure? The location is fantastic, 5th Avenue and East 36th Street, being able to say I stayed on 5th Avenue is a nice perk too. You are within close walking distance of Bryant Park, Flatrion District, Empire State Building, next door is my favorite Maison Kayser, one street over is another of my faves The Morgan Library and Museum, Times Square, Grand Central Terminal. Lots of shopping within the area is at your fingertips. This location is for sure a great choice when choosing your base in the city.


What was the best part of staying here? I hate to be so silly, but the PENS! They have the most gorgeous pens, and I had 3 of them in my room. I found the refills so they will be used for quite a long time! They sell many Langham pink items in their lobby which make great gifts for friends, family or to treat yourself.


Would you change anything? Not a thing in fact I am very excited to say again.



Is this hotel worth it and why? This is one of the most expensive hotels I have stayed in and I must say, worth every penny. This is my first rating of a 10 for all the hotels I have stayed in New York City. The location, top notch customer service, gorgeous room and bathroom, yummy room service, clean as a whistle, PENS, Chef Michael White's restaurant Ai Fiori all make up a 5 star hotel.



Overall Rating: 10

Conclusion: 

This has to probably be my most favorite hotel stay. It is the only one that has ranked a "10" as many have been ranked a "9". This hotel just has everything pretty perfect. Location, customer service, 5 star status, elegant simple rooms, room size blows you away, room service top notch, bathroom totally sublime. I can't think of anything wrong with this hotel expect I wish it was a bit more near the NoMad or Flatiron area, my 2 favorite areas. I would recommend this to anyone, and if you find a good rate and wish to treat yourself, go for it. You will not be sorry. I personally cannot wait to get back very soon!

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 during one of my stays. 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.

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, & it is important to me to be as honest as possible.  All opinions are my own. Thank you so much.

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