Looking at the Preferred Hotels iPrefer membership benefits, we saw that we would get a complimentary upgrade if available as well as complimentary internet and a Welcome fruit platter. Sold! So we booked our stay through iPrefer and started packing for the Trump. Yes, that was another little twist. We just decided that morning that we wanted to stay there!
Once we arrived at Trump, our iPrefer reservation hadn't arrived at the hotel yet but we showed them our iPrefer confirmation number and they not only honored the reservation but performed the iPrefer upgrade to a deluxe one-bedroom suite, room 2209, which came with a spacious sitting room and wetbar, a bedroom with windows looking both uptown and out west over the Hudson river and that glorious bathtub. All in all, we paid $419 for a room that goes for at least $300 more than that. (And no, they did not know we were with HotelChatter.)
Preferred Hotels--it's what's in the nightstands!
However, that's not to say the stay wasn't flawless. Even being on the 22nd floor, you are not free from the street noise, especially cars racing towards the Holland Tunnel just a block away. The elevator banks also had quite a build-up at the lobby level and on our floor at check-out time which is noon. We waited 15 minutes and had to let three elevator cars pass by before we could hop on one.
Then, once we got downstairs, there was a line building up at the front desk. Apparently, there were two weddings in the hotel on Saturday and everyone was checking out. They were supplying fruit, chocolate, bottled water and champagne but waiting in line at the front desk is one of our biggest pet travel peeves.
Lastly, internet is $14.95 per day. Yes, iPrefer supposedly gives it to you for free but we were charged because of the reservation snafu. We have to sort that out with Preferred Hotels right now but $14.95 a day is a bummer. Fortunately, we could forget about it momentarily while soaking in that tub.
Another shot of the bathtub view, taken from inside the bathtub.