One of my favorite moments traveling around is when I find a new hotel closer to home in NYC where I enjoyed my stay so much that I can’t wait to tell everyone else about it.
This past weekend, that new experience was had by my family and myself, at the new Conrad Hotel NYC. The hotel first opened in March of 2012 where the Embassy Suites used to be and the smell of new still lingers in the air. Located in Battery Park City, and only steps and with full views of the Hudson River, the hotel is ideally situated and makes for a walker-friendly destination.
This 5-start luxury hotel has a total wow effect from the moment you walk in, with my two little ones literally exclaiming “Wooooo-ow!” even before we made it up the large stair case towards the reception. It has everything to do with the open, airy design, complimented by the giant windows that not only allow for a lot of natural lighting, but also for an unobstructed view of the river, which on a clear day can be quite the sight. Everything is a work of art from the contemporary seating in the massive lobby, to the architect, Monica Ponce De Leon’s Veils sculpture and Sol LeWitt’s 13 stories tall Loopy Doopy Blue and Purple 1999. Even the staircases that lead up to the roomy conference and meeting spaces are a dramatic work of art. Walking around the hotel guests can take in a total of about 2,000 artworks.
The hotel features 463 suites, which vary in size, but still offer the space, comfort and modern amenities I love to see in hotels. My family and I stayed in a 2 double bed deluxe suite. The bedroom and living space where separated by a wet bar, walk through area. Each room had a large flat screen t.v., and the living area had a fold out sofabed. Both rooms could be closed out by sliding frosted glass doors, giving everyone the privacy they needed. I also like that the toilet and shower (which is heavenly, by the way) are separate and I liked the doorbell feature to the room, which has a color light system which allows the guest to program it to show whether the room needs service or would like privacy.
One new feature Conrad Hotels and Resorts is offering guests is their Conrad Concierge app. I downloaded the app to my iPhone from home (free) and with it, I was able to do an Echeck-in (even choosing what room and floor I wanted to stay in). I was able to request amenities such as extra towels, toiletries and pillows, and I was able to order room service, indicating every detail, from how I wanted my eggs and coffee to what time I wanted my food delivered. The app allows for guests to make other requests as well, such as requesting car service and valet parking, schedule wake-up calls, make dining reservations, or even order location maps. It helped to further personalize my stay even before I got there and allowed me the freedom to enjoy my visit without having to waste any of it in requests and arrangements. The app can be downloaded to any Apple or Android mobile device by visiting www.conradhotels.com/conradconcierge.
Despite having all the service we needed to make staying in easier, we did get out and enjoy what the nearby neighborhoods had to offer. Across the street we took in the foggy scene from the Irish Hunger Memorial. We later walked a few blocks to the World Trade Center. A short train ride dropped us off right in the center of it all: Times Square, where we shopped and took in the sights from Rockefeller Center to Bryant Park and everything in between.
A quiet night at the hotel’s ATRIO restaurant with the family was the perfect way to end our busy evening. The service was very friendly albeit a little slow, but the food was worth the wait. Led by Chef Anthony Zamora, ATRIO serves up Mediterranean flavors with modern flair. It was delicious from start to finish, and a perfect date night spot, though I went with my kids (and there were other families there) and they offer a children’s menu as well. Breakfast was also really good, something you can enjoy in your room, in the breakfast set up they have in the atrium area, or in the restaurant while taking in the view of outside or of the chef working away in the open kitchen.
The hotel also has a rooftop bar, the Loopy Doopy Bar, however it is only opened during the warmer months. Definitely add it to your date night list however. The majestic views of the Hudson River are breathtaking during the sunset hours, something you will want to enjoy with a special someone and friends. There is a fitness center, which has nice big windows and lots of lights and plenty of treadmills. There is a gift shop, as well as a barber shop which can set up services upon request. Also upon request guests can set up for spa treatments and babysitting.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay, the food, and all there is to do nearby.The kids didn’t want to leave, and honestly, I wouldn’t have been too upset if I had to stay a little longer. The rooms were really comfortable, and though there were 5 of us, the space and ability to separate it with the doors was a really nice feature.
I want to thank Conrad New York for hosting us and for the sweet gesture in helping us celebrate our little one’s birthday. He loved his cake!
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