Check-in was a breeze and as we mentioned the other week, the hotel somehow thought we were on our honeymoon. Thus we were upgraded to the club level and given a room with a harbor view. Excellent. Also, once we arrived on the club level the concierge there introduced himself to us and told us if we needed anything he would be happy to help. Now, that's why Ritz is the #1 hotel chain in the U.S. luxury market.
Our room was spacious with an amazing view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. It really amazes us why people don't stay here more often. Yes, it's out of the way in Battery Park but especially in the summertime, the views are totally worth it. And we'd rather look at the Hudson River than crowded Central Park.
The king-sized bed was comfortable as expected with a lot of pillows, which we like. The TV was so-so--a grey box inside one of those cliched dark wood armoires. But to be honest, we didn't turn it on once.
The bathroom was also spacious with a huge tub, separate bathroom and a shower. Plus the closets stored two big comfy bathrobes.
A cool amenity in the room was a telescope where we could spy on people below and get up close views of the Statue of Liberty. Also as part of our "honeymoon" the hotel gave us a little plate of artistic chocolate-covered strawberries and there were Bulgari toiletries in the bath.
The hotel has a fitness center and spa on the top floor but that's also where the hotel's popular after-work bar is, Rise. So we had to ride the elevator all sweaty from our workout with people dressed in nice work clothes. Sorta uncomfortable.
We didn't crack open the minibar to see what was inside because we could get everything we needed on the Club Level and that included continental breakfast, water, sodas, wines and candy.
To our surprise, this Ritz-Carlton had wireless! Not to our surprise, they charged us $12.95 a day.
We paid $305 a night for this hotel and we would come back here in a heartbeat, especially since we got all sorts of upgrades. (And for the record, the hotel did not know we were with HotelChatter.) Yes, you can make the argument that what you save on the hotel rate you pay for in cab fares but we would probably be cabbing it around NYC no matter where we stayed. Plus, the service was excellent at this hotel from the bellman to the front desk to concierge. Ritz really knows what they are doing.
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