Marriott NYC East Side - SNA success (JW suite - with pics)

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Hadn't been in the Marriott East Side in NYC for a while - it was one of my kid's favorites a while back - but - particularly during the heavy renovations (a number of years ago) we had gravitated towards other properties (including the now departed RENAISSANCE 57 and the just-across-the-street LEXINGTON, which my spouse likes) ... but ... I had an excuse for a quick one-nighter in the Big Apple ... for a family celebratory dinner (at my new favorite gluten free restaurant in NYC - Bistango - just around the corner from the hotel), rates were good, and my suite night award went through (which, for me, has been the exception, not the norm - I'm guessing one-night stays are more likely to score, but I digress)....

Hemsley

 

Bottom line: good location (easy walk from Penn Station (and, thus, not far from Times Square and the theaters), much closer to Grand Central Station - in the heart of the shopping district, excellent METRO access, etc.), massive suite, but ... the property isn't what I remember, and I'm not sure I'll be rushing back...  Oh, and did I mention that it was really cold!!! (Still, didn't stop me from walking miles and miles around the city....)

 

Oh, and, as is almost always the case ... my spouse ended up not travelling with me (she fell under the weather at the last minute) - yup, that's the number one predictor of me getting an extraordinary suite upgrade ....  so, of course, I got the nice suite on the top (33rd) floor (just under the rooftop gym...

JW suite

OK, it was ... um ... a little weird (and slightly inconvenient) that the ground floor elevators service EITHER the lower floors (through 16, as I recall) OR the higher floors, but the latter stops on 32, so you need to take an elevator up (one floor) to 33 or the gym (on 35).  Fortunately, it was (very) easy to walk between the 32nd and 33rd floors, which is what I did after one (pointless) experiment with the 32-to-33 elevator...

 

So, for one night in NYC, by myself, I could have hosted dinner for six in my suite.  Oh, and there's also a (large) foyer - which, frankly, didn't seem to serve any purpose - to the right of the dining room table....

dining in suite

... and, of course, the king size bed was in an endless bedroom...   I didn't even both taking a photo of the (full-sized) desk to the left of where I was standing when I took this phone pic....

East side bedroom

... it was pointless to even TRY to sit in all of the various seating configurations ... I just didn't have enough time to experiment...

seating

... the bathroom ... featuring two entrances - one from the living space, and one from the bedroom - was excellent (by NYC standards)....

east side bathroom

The most disappointing aspect of the suite were the small, irregularly shaped, and sporadically placed, attic-like windows, basically from the ground up to my, I dunno, waist.  Kind of takes all the fun out of a 33rd floor room in NYC....

 

Outside of my suite, the property is showing its age.  The wallpaper surrounding the elevator button (on the 32nd floor) was a good example:

elevator button

The lounge was nicely stocked (nice coffee maker and terrific selection of sodas, water, and custom flavored water) 24/7.  (OK, I really liked the custom water - still or sparkling, choose from four fruit flavors, light or strong - dispenser.  I'd love to see more of those in the future.) And the staff there were pleasant and helpful.  Sunday morning breakfast in the lounge was fully satisfactory.

 

What I found most striking - about the lounge and the "bar" (525LEX) was how, um, uninteresting (is it OK to say "boring") they were.  Generic/institutional seemed to be the order of the day.

 

As one-nighter's go, this was a high-value, something-a-little different experience.

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