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Review of Warwick Hotel, New York City

Classic New York City Midtown Hotel

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Review of Warwick Hotel, New York City

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If it was good enough for William Randolph Hearst, Elvis, and the Beatles, it should be good enough for you. The Warwick New York Hotel is a classic NYC midtown hotel that has both history and an updated feel. While it's not as small as some boutique New York City hotels, it has a nice, upscale and personal vibe. A good bet for business travelers looking for a convenient midtown location, the Warwick is walking distance to Rockefeller Center and more. Built for business travelers, the Warwick offers 24-hour room service, onsite restaurants, a business center, meeting rooms, laundry services, and more. While not the least expensive option around, the Warwick is a good value for travelers that want large, quiet rooms with good lighting, traditional amenities and upscale service.

Hotel Overview

The Warwick New York Hotel is a traditional (but updated) midtown hotel with history to spare. The hotel is just off Sixth Avenue, on 54th Street. The Warwick New York Hotel is a nice mixture of unique stylish touches (private terraces, larger rooms) with updated furnishings, excellent service, and a premier location. Think modern rooms, vintage feel.

From the Museum of Modern Art (across the street) to Carnegie Hall (3 blocks away) to the Broadway theaters (4-5 blocks away), the Warwick provides easy access to key Manhattan locations. The F train is one block away, while the N, W, Q, R, E, V, B, and D are all within 4 blocks.

The hotel recently completed renovating more than half of its rooms, with more scheduled for 2012. The renovation keeps the hotel's European feel, with antiqued mirror inlays, French Provencal chairs, and more, but brings in high-tech conveniences such as one-touch light controls, iPod docking stations and more.

Recently, I stayed at the Warwick. My room was recently renovated and larger than comparable hotel rooms. The room was clean and particularly well-lit (something that seems to be hard for most hotels to do these days, with energy efficient light bulbs). Although my room wasn't very high up, there was negligible street noise. The drapes provided excellent light blocking, the was no hallway or nearby room noise, and the elevators worked quickly (not something that happens that frequently in New York City). The bathroom was clean and nicely done, but not overly impressive, which is fine with me. I'd rather pay for a nicer bedroom than a nicer bathroom.

The rooms include in-room electronic safes, minibars, LCD TVs, a hairdryer, an iron and ironing board, and work desks.

While the room's desk was fine for work and the chair adequate, the room I was in didn't include an ergonomic chair, something that I value for longer periods of work in my hotel room. The room also lacked electrical/charging outlets next to the bed, making it difficult to plug in my iPhone (can't go six hours without plugging that in!).

Overall, the Warwick New York Hotel is a good choice for business travelers with meetings or business in central Manhattan, especially if you like a hotel with a little bit of history, European charm, or simply good service.

The Business Traveler View

Exercise room, Warwick New York Hotel

Warwick New York Hotel

For some business travelers, the Warwick New York Hotel will feel like home away from home. Unlike some mega-hotels, the hotel isn't huge. But it strikes the right balance between having all the services and amenities you expect while being cozy enough to relax.

Business travelers will appreciate amenities such as the hotel's (medium-sized) business center with Skype, free printing, and airline check-in capabilities. The business center is open 24 hours a day, and the first 15 minutes of computer and printing time is free.

The hotel's fitness center (on the third floor) is open from early morning to late night. Like most New York City hotel fitness centers, it's not huge, but it does provide a reasonable set of workout and cardio equipment, including treadmills, bikes, free weights and a stairmaster.

If you need extra space or want something a little out of the ordinary, book one of the hotel's suites with a private terrace (as long as it's not winter!).

For business travelers arriving by car, valet parking is available for an additional charge of $45 per day (no in-and-out privileges). That's actually not a bad price for mid-town daily parking.

Room service is available 24 hours a day. Laundry and dry cleaning services are available Monday through Saturday, with both same-day and overnight service options.

The Warwick also offers basics like free newspapers, ice machines, wake up calls, and in-room safes. Coffee makers and turn-down service is available via request. Express check out is also available.

Unfortunately, like many higher-end New York City hotels, Internet access isn't free. The Warwick charges $9.95 for 24 hours of access. Local and 800-number telephone calls also incur extra charges. Airport shuttle service is available via prior arrangement.

Meeting Rooms and Business Events

You're not going to book the Warwick New York Hotel for a huge convention or mega meeting. But it's a great option for a small-to-medium business meeting. The hotel offers a range of meeting rooms and banquet space (8,000 square foot), with the ability to accommodate from 10 to 450 guests.

The overall feel of the hotel and meeting space is definitely higher-end, with a touch of European-style. Rooms range from Signature Suites (Suites of the Stars, Hollywood Suite) to dedicated meeting rooms. The suites are unique locations for smaller gatherings, with private terraces overlooking New York City. The meeting rooms (on the second floor) are relatively standard issue, but with nice natural light and a comfortable central area. The Warwick's Ballroom is the choice for larger parties.

The Westminster Boardroom, on the 33rd floor, provides an intimate and impressive setting for meetings of up to 25 people.

In addition, the hotel's upscale restaurant, Murals on 54, provides an alternative meeting option for private dinners, cocktail parties or receptions. Located right off the lobby, the restaurant can hold up to 125 people.

Beyond meeting spaces, the Warwick also provides meeting services. The hotel's event planning and catering experts can business travelers or organizations create dramatic and interesting custom events.

Like any business-oriented hotel, the Warwick's meeting areas include access to the standard meeting and conferences equipment, from Wi-Fi internet access to fax lines to up-to-date audio/visual equipment and video conferencing. Each meeting room has individually-controlled heating and air conditioning and lighting systems.

Warwick New York Hotel Information

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Warwick New York Hotel

Warwick New York Hotel
65 West 54th Street
New York, New York 10019

Phone: + 1 212 247 2700

Fax: + 1 212 247 2725

Website: http://www.warwickhotelny.com/

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