Friday, April 15, 2016

Loews Regency New York Hotel Review

I had the pleasure of being in the city Easter weekend, and it felt fabulous! The weather was pretty decent, and my hotel, Loews Regency on Park Avenue, was a perfect getaway. I am really enjoying seeing what various hotels have to offer in the city, as well as their different locations. 

A little history about this very upscale hotel: 

Jonathan Tisch’s late father and uncle, Bob Tisch and Laurence Tisch, built The Regency in 1963, soon after they took over the Loews Corporation. The Regency became the jewel in a chain that now includes 19 hotels in the U.S. & Canada. The hotel has had many famous folks stay here - Burton and Taylor, Princess Grace and Prince Rainier - to name a few. The hotel was renovated in 2013 for 100 million US dollars and was closed for a year in the process, reopened January 16, 2014.

Meyer Davis Studio (LocandaVerde; the Dutch) designed the bar, spa, salon, and two specialty suites; Lauren Rottet from Rottet Studio (St. Regis Aspen; James Royal Palm in Miami Beach) worked on the guest rooms and the lobby. Gherardo Guarducci and Dimitri Pauli, partners in the Sant Ambroeus Hospitality Group, were brought in to handle the Regency Bar & Grill, room service, and a stand-alone take-out coffee shop. And celebrity hairstylist Julien Farel has his own lofty aerie with a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center.

The lobby is very elegant, comfy seating and I only had to wait a half hour to get into my room. They had emailed me about a check in for 1pm but would cost $100.00 so I was very happy to not have to pay extra for an early check in. To upgrade my room was an additional $40 which I wasn't going to do, but would have been nice to receive an upgrade for free. 

The designs in the lobby were really lovely and it was very relaxing waiting there for my room to be ready. 

This was my view from the room. I was right across from Sotheby's on Park Avenue. 

I loved the Loews logo on this light in the hallway. So elegant. 

A nice treat  awaited me in my room from the Managing Director, Simon Mais. This was very kind and just made me smile from ear to ear. Nice touch. 
  • Beautiful lobby & lounge decorated with art by Brooklyn artist Nina Helms
  • Traditional “Power Breakfast” at Regency Bar & Grill
  • Extra amenities for pets and children
  • 2 large closets with safe and full size umbrellas, if needed 
  • Sophisticated, contemporary, airy rooms
  • Salon-grade hairdryers and inset televisions in every bathroom
  • Great number of  electric outlets
  • Marble countertops throughout room and bathroom 
  • Kiosk to print boarding passes
  • Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar around the corner! 
  • Two blocks from Central Park, and close to Barney's, Bloomingdales, Lexington Ave, Fifth Avenue shopping 
  • Short walk to several subway lines
  • No Daily Resort Fee ( as of 06/25/19) 
  • No coffeemaker in room 
  • Small bathroom 
Loews Regency New York Hotel 
540 Park Avenue and 61st Street
New York, NY 10065

379 rooms, 58 of which are suites, over 21 floors  
Location: Upper East Side
Valet Parking
Non-Smoking Hotel
Free 24 hour Fitness Center and business center
Free WiFi
Pets are allowed, fees involved
Trip Advisor Ranking 32 of 469 (as of 04/08/16)
Trivago Rating 88 out of 100 (as of 04/08/16)
Price Range: $340 - $736 (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 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 Loews Regency again? Yes indeed! The hotel is very elegant, in a lovely location, and close to great shopping, museums and restaurants. I would suggest it to anyone looking to stay in this area of the city.

My rating for this hotel, on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being perfect in every way, is an 8. 

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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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