Friday, 23 June 2017

Hotel and Inn Review: Hampton Inn Manhattan Grand Central (New York City, USA)

Date of Stay: June 23-26, 2017

RATING (Scale of 1 to 10)
Location: *******
Rooms: ********
Condition and Cleanliness: ********
Staff Performance: ********
Room Comfort: ********
Food and Beverage: *******
Other Amenities: *******
Value for Money: *******

Hampton Inn Manhattan Grand Central

This vibrant 3-star, high (20 floors) but narrow  (there are only 8 rooms on each floor making it really quiet) hotel has 148 rooms, all decent in terms of size for Manhattan

Our  traditionally decorated, non-smoking airconditioned room (307) was equipped with electronic key lock, twin double beds, a 32” flat-screen LCD TV, NDD/IDD phone, plush bedding, ensuite bathroom with free toiletries, a work desk, tea and coffee-making facility, hair dryer, safety deposit box and ironing board.  

They had ample drawers and closet space. Some rooms have city views or a balcony with stunning panoramic views of the iconic Midtown Manhattan cityscape. Free Wi-Fi was offered in all areas, including rooms.


Reception Area

Coffee Shop
The coffee shop offers Continental and American cuisine. Breakfast (6 - 10 AM) features hot coffee or tea, waffles (DIY), cereals, bread, bagels, pork patties, milk, potatoes, sausages, omelettes, yogurt, fresh fruit and pastries.  

At the hotel lobby you can have, 24/7, free hot coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate, cold lemonade, and home made cookies. 

They also have a 24-hour front desk, ATM/cash machine on site, 2 elevators, luggage storage, fitness center and a 24-hour business center. They also offer laundry, dry cleaning, valet, daily housekeeping, tour/ticket assistance, airport shuttle (US$50),  fax and photocopying services.


The hotel is located in Turtle Bay, just north of Tudor City, within Midtown East, a great choice for travelers interested in restaurants. It is easily accessible to public transportation as Grand Central – 42nd Street underground station is a 500 m./5-min. walk away. 

You can hop on the FDR Drive or Queens Midtown Tunnel for direct access to LaGuardia and JFK International Airports. Times Square, located 1.3 kms./15-min. walk away,  is a 10-min. ride via underground while Central Park is 2.1 kms. away. A variety of dining and shopping options are also within walking distance. 
Business Center

The hotel is located to major landmarks such as the Chrysler Building and the UN Headquarters building, both 320 m. away, Grand Central (500 m.); Fifth Ave./Bryant Park, Pierpont Public Library and  New York Public Library, all 800 m. away; Saks Fifth Ave. (1 km.); Empire State Building and Museum of Modern Art  (MOMA), both 1.13 kms. away; Times Square (1.3 kms.); Madison Square Garden (1.8 kms.); and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (3.3 kms.).
Front Desk
The hotel is well maintained and all of their staff were very extremely nice and courteous to a fault. The young ladies at the front desk (Front Desk Manager Ms. Imela Castilla and staff Ms. Dashanda Cheatham and Ms. Soribel Diaz) happily provided us information about directions, subway, local establishments, etc. Ms. 

Christina Shagana and Ms. Marlen Alvarez (from the Dominican Republic), over at the coffee shop, were great with their friendly smiles an great hospitality. the adorable Christina even went the extra mile to send over a bag of chocolate chip cookies to our room for my grandson Kyle.  Kudos to Gen. Manager Ms. Elizabeth Ardiles for making our stay really comfortable and memorable. Truly the best value in New York where guests can get more for their money. Highly recommended.


Fitness Gym

Hampton Inn Grand Central: 231 East 43rd St., Midtown East, New York, NY 10017, USA.   Tel:  +1 212-897-3385. Fax: +1-212-897-3386. Website: www.hilton.com/Grand_Central.

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