Conrad New York – Hotel Review
Manhattan’s Battery Park City is located on the southwestern edge of the island, literally across the street from Ground Zero and sits atop landfill derived in great part from the excavation for the World Trade Center. The mixed residential and institutional use neighborhood borders the waterfront with parks gracing its North and South boundaries. It is undoubtedly a part of the neighboring financial district, only with a much better view of the river, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
The Conrad New York occupies the building that once housed the DoubleTree, but which underwent a gut-renovation before opening in 2012. The glass and brick structure is connected to the neighboring building, which houses Goldman Sachs, by a glass-canopied passage. A glass-clad atrium rises through the Conrad’s 15-story lobby and lights up brilliantly at night. Within short walking distance of the World Financial Center Ferry Terminal and a marina, the Conrad is conveniently located for those arriving by water.
My River View Suite was on the eighth floor, immediately off the central elevators. The suite was deep, very large by Manhattan standards, and well-designed, in terms of both form and function. Entering the parlor revealed a not-terribly comfortable sofa (which pulled out into an extra bed), coffee table, and built-in desk, next to a 50-inch HDTV that, unlike the majority of hotels with HDTV sets, provides content in HD.
The bedroom was comfortably sized, with a king-size platform bed that offered views of the Hudson River, Jersey City, Battery Park City and the Irish Hunger Memorial. The view of the Hudson River is best at night, when the Jersey City skyline lights up.
The suite was well proportioned, and the warm but neutral décor made for a refreshing retreat from the hustle and bustle of lower Manhattan, but what really struck a note was the room at night. Translucent panels fronting the shower and bathroom acted as oversized lamps that made the parlor bright and comfortable.
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The suite‘s built-in desk was a good size for working, not overly cluttered with desk pads or hotel information binders. It was surrounded by AC outlets and provided HDMI, VGA and Bluetooth connectivity to the room’s TV. Technologically, the room was as advanced as it gets, it being brand new, but the Wi-Fi provided such a dismal upstream speed that uploading a moderate-sized file failed to complete even over the course of several hours. But in the final analysis, the workspace was eminently suitable for working for an extended period of time.