Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Warwick New York Hotel Review

The Warwick Hotel in Midtown Manhattan is known to be one of the most historic hotels in NYC and has hosted many different celebrities throughout the years including "the king of Rock and Roll" Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Cary Grant who was a long term resident. The renowned media tycoon Mr. William Randolph Hearst commissioned this iconic four-star hotel in 1926 for the love of his life, his muse and mistress the famous actress, Marion Davies.

I stayed at the Warwick New York when I was in the city for the press event for Michelangelo The Divine Draftsman exhibit at The Met. I choose the hotel because of it's location, and because the one time my Mom stayed in New York City, she told me she stayed at The Warwick. I wanted to experience the only hotel my Mom stayed, plus it has lots of history as well. 

The lobby is very old New York, and elegant. I arrived around 10am, and did ask for an early check in if possible. The room wasn't ready when I arrived, so I headed to breakfast at Murals on 54 until the room was ready. I did get a free upgrade to a larger premium room than I booked which was nice. The room was ready about 10:45, just as I finished breakfast. 

This just oozes elegance! 

Murals on 54 has wonderful murals to enjoy while dining. It is open for breakfast from 6:30 am to 10:45 am during the weekdays, and from 7:00 am to 11:30 am during the weekends / holidays. Designed by Pierre Court, the concept of the dining room was to accentuate the historic murals painted by Dean Cornwell in 1937. They were really very beautiful.  
My breakfast was okay, it did arrive quickly, but could have been more flavorful.  
The room was a very good size, especially for New York. It is for sure old New York, but everything was very well kept. The bed was very fluffy and comfortable. 
This was my view from my room, which is actually the route for the Macy's Thanksgiving parade. To stay here during that time would probably cost an arm and a leg, not to mention, pre-booked at least a year in advance. I was happy to see the Bluemercury store across the street, I enjoyed myself there for about an hour or so. 
I decided to order a burger from room service, I don't usually like to order as it is sooo expensive, but I like to see how they do for these reviews. I would NEVER order food here again. This burger was brought to me, supposed to be medium done, so glad I cut it with a fork before I started eating it. I called down and they brought me another which I thought should have been on the house, but I was charged accordingly for it. 
Nice fixtures in the room, in good condition.  

Bathroom very, very tiny and hard to get dressed in here if you needed to do so. There were no face towels provided which was a bit of a drag. I just used what was available. 
Large size closet, and many drawers available to store your clothes. I suggest always using the safe for any valuables you leave in your room, and if it is full, ask if there is one at the front desk. I read a review on trip adviser that someone left $1,400.00 worth of items in their room, NOT this hotel, and it was stolen because their safe in the room was full. If you have items to leave in the room that are that valuable, ask the front desk to store them in their safe. Many of the hotels do offer that service.   

I was back at Murals on 54 for breakfast the next day, it was decent but the potatoes were cold. I would for sure not dine here at all should I stay again. There are many places within walking distance, my favorite Maison Kayser is on 6th Avenue and West 56th Street, worth the walk. They are open from 7am to 10pm which covers every meal time and those in-between! 

Egg white omelet with spinach and mushrooms was again, okay, but for the price, I would rather go elsewhere.  
They did have a surge protector outlet to charge a few devices at once, which was very handy for me to charge my phone and camera at the same time.   
Loved these vintage photos of the movie stars from the 1940's and 1950's.  

I wanted to take this phone home with me in the worst way! LOVE!  
These photos were in my room.  
I do love the old mail shoot in some of the older, more vintage hotels. It must have been cool when these were in working condition.  

  • Old world New York feel in decor and furnishings   
  • Free copy of NY Times during the week 
  • Room itself pretty large by New York standards, decor well done   
  • Location great, easy access to Midtown East and Upper West Side     
  • Small but updated Fitness Center has nice views  
  • A historic property in New York City since 1926 
  • Express check out very convenient 
  •  Business center with internet access 
  • $25.00 Daily Resort Fee ( as of 06/25/19) 
  • Small elevators but very classic      
  • No coffee maker in the room, but can be requested 
  • Lobby tiny with not much of a seating area 
  • Bathrooms very tiny 
  • Daily fee for WiFi, Fitness Center and Business Center 
  • Very expensive food and beverages; food not anything special  
65 West 54th Street  
New York, NY 10019

4 star hotel
Old New York Landmark Hotel
Location: Midtown West      
426 guestrooms  
Laundry Service Available 
Room Service Available 24/7
Valet Parking 
Fitness Center   
No Pets except service animals 
Express Check Out 
Murals on 43 and Randolph's Restaurants located within hotel 
Daily Fee $25 for WiFi, Fitness Center, Business Center and Unlimited local/long distance calls 
Trip Advisor Ranking 110 of 469 (as of 12/17/17)
Trivago Rating  8.6 out of 10 (as of 12/17/17)
Price Range $221 - $610 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)

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. 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 Warwick New York again ? I believe I would, for the right price. I enjoyed my stay, the hotel is very elegant and feels like old New York. The location is great, you can walk just about anywhere. Location is a BIG deal in    New York City. If you pay a very cheap price for a hotel, and it is not close to anything you wish to explore, it really isn't      worth the cheaper price. The room was very big, for New York standards, and clean. I would never dine here should I stay  again, but there are so many options in the area it isn't that big of a deal. I enjoy a classic, vintage hotel if it is done right,    
and kept up, which this one has done.  

 My rating for this hotel, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being perfect in every way, is a 7. 

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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