I just got home from a great trip to New York City and an even better stay at The New York EDITION. I had a tough time deciding on a hotel for my trip, but ended up booking a promotional rate at The New York EDITION through AMEX's Fine Hotels and Resorts program (FH&R).
Elizabeth and I arrived at The New York EDITION last Friday around 1:30 PM. The New York EDITION has a quaint, little entrance just off of 24th St.
After you enter through the front doors, the check-in desk and concierge are located immediately to your left.
The elevator bank is straight ahead and the rest of the lobby starts to your right and wraps around the elevators.
The lobby consists of a nice bar (which we enjoyed more than one glass of wine at), a handful of sectionals, chairs and tables. At the end of the lobby is a cool spiral staircase that leads upstairs to The Clock Tower restaurant.
Even though FH&R advertises Noon check-in, it's subject to availability and isn't always guaranteed. Unfortunately, our room wasn't ready so we checked our bags at the front desk and went to kill some time on 5th Ave.
We came back at 4:00 PM for our regularly scheduled check-in time and were greeted by the same gal who checked our bags. She thanked me for being a Marriott Gold Elite Member and recognized my booking through FH&R. She explained the benefits of FH&R which included an upgrade from a Guest Room to a Superior City View Room, $100 room credit to be used on anything at the hotel, $60 for breakfast at the Clock Tower Restaurant every morning, complimentary Wi-Fi and guaranteed 4:00 PM check-out.
We were assigned room 2507 on the 25th floor.
As you come into the entry way, there is one closet immediately to your left.
The bathroom is located just past the first closet. It has a huge mirror, vanity, a rainforest and handheld shower head, and a toilet. I don't know if this is a trend, but the shower didn't have a door. I've seen this at a couple of hotels and I'm not a fan. Not only does the shower lack a nice steam build-up but water gets on the floor.
The New York EDITION has special EDITION branded Le Labo amenities. If I'm not mistaken, these are the same amenities they have at the Park Hyatt Sydney.
As you continue through the entryway, there is another larger closet on your right with snacks, a dresser, and a safe.
The guest room itself has a king size bed on the left with a television mounted across on the wall.
The bed was one of the most comfortable hotel beds I've ever slept in. I'm a sucker for crisp, clean white sheets. It probably didn't hurt that I walked a handful of miles each day either, but I slept like a rock every single night.
To the right of the bed was a small couch with a table and an ottoman. The mini-bar is next to the couch and has all sorts of drinks including a delicious apple juice we snagged to max out my $100 hotel credit.
Now let's talk about this view. I don't stay in a ton of hotels so I'm always excited for any sort of upgrade. In this case, the Superior City View room had amazing views of downtown Manhattan. I would get up every morning, stand, and just stare in awe out the window.
Other hotel amenities include the gym and the spa on the 39th floor. While I didn't get a spa treatment, I did take a look at the gym. It has some nice cable machines, a good selection of cardio equipment and an area with some benches and dumbbells.
They gym also had towels and water readily available.
Breakfast was served every morning in the Clock Tower Restaurant on the second floor from 7:00 - 10:30 AM. As I mentioned above, the FH&R booking covered $60 ($30 per person) every morning. If your bill was over $60 you were responsible for the rest. Just for a point of reference Elizabeth and I each had a speciality coffee drink and an entree each morning and were well under $60.
Here's a look at the menu.
Since I was there three nights I got to try the english breakfast, lancashire cheddar and smoked ham omelet, and eggs benedict. The eggs benedict was my favorite dish of the weekend. Don't get me wrong, everything else was delicious, but you can't beat a good eggs benedict with a thick piece of Canadian bacon.
It's odd, but the one amenity that stuck out to me the most was the umbrella they offer each hotel guest. We came unprepared for rain and sure enough it rained most of the day Sunday. Those umbrellas really saved the day!
I LOVED the New York EDITION. The room was perfectly appointed, the bed was amazing and the views were the best I've had. I'm really glad I booked through AMEX's FH&R so we could get the breakfast for two. It's great to start the day with a good meal and a caffeinated beverage before you head out on the town. The staff was nothing but nice and always opened the door for us and wished us well anytime we came or went. I know this hotel can be a little pricy, but if you find a good rate or redemption I wouldn't pass it up .