July 4, 2014

Review: Conrad New York

Sheraton JFK Hilton JFK Conrad New York
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Exploring Singapore
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After making several changes to our hotel reservation for our New York overnight, we decided to spend the night in the city.  Our flight from Denver was scheduled to land around 10PM and our departure to Seoul wasn't until 1PM.  So we decided a morning in the city would be much better than staying out by the airport.  I was able to book a discounted premium room with a river view for (standard rooms normally go for 70,000 HHonors points) for 68,000 points a few days before departure.

I used to stay at this property when traveling on business (it was an Embassy Suites) before it was converted Hilton’s premium Conrad brand.  So I was interested to see what they had done with the place since my last stay a few years ago.

Conrad New York Atrium

Our flight to New York was uneventful except for a 2 hour delay due to thunderstorms.  Once we arrived at La Guardia, we grabbed a cab to the Conrad.  Check in was smooth and we were up in our suite within a matter of minutes.  The Conrad is located in Lower Manhattan a block from the Hudson and a block from the World Trade Center site.  It’s not where we normally stay when in the city but figured we’d check out something new.

View of the Hudson
The room was impressive.  It’s unusual to have such a large room in New York (ours was ~500 square feet) and we were thankful for the space even for one night.  There was a dedicated living space with a large sectional sofa, TV, and wet bar with a Nespresso.  The bathroom had a huge enclosed shower and the bedroom big and the bed comfortable.  The view across the river was pretty both at night and in the morning.  

Conrad Bull & Nespresso 
Sitting Area

Wet Bar
Tara Smith Amenities
We woke up this morning and explored the riverfront and the 9/11 Memorial before heading to JFK for our flight to Seoul.  We didn’t get a chance to checkout the hotel facilities (specifically the roof top bar) given our short stay but we were both happy to have spent the night in the city before such a long day of travel.  

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