Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District – Hotel Review
The first Holiday Inn opened its doors in 1952 in Nashville, Tennessee, the brainchild of Kemmons Wilson, who had the idea to build his own motel after a string of encounters with inconsistent and poor quality roadside lodging on a family trip to Washington, D.C. The name, a reference to the 1942 film of the same name, was originally given to the hotel by architect Eddie Bluestein as a joke, but the title was forever solidified in the hotel industry. The chain grew rapidly, and by 1968, the 1,000th Holiday Inn had opened, in San Antonio, Texas.
Fast-forward to 2015, and another milestone in the company’s history: the grand opening of the world’s tallest Holiday Inn hotel, which formally opened in January with the appropriate festivities including ribbon cutting and red-velvet cake. The sliver-like Holiday Inn Manhattan – Financial District stands 50 stories high, and is located just two blocks from Wall Street, in the heart of New York City’s Financial District.
Upon arrival, while there was a slight wait for the room to be readied, I busied myself on my computer, connected to the Internet via the hotel’s complimentary Wi-Fi. After a very short wait, the room was ready, and I was off to the 46th floor.
My room, 4602, while designated a Queen Room, was on the small side. Granted that the pencil-thin skyscraper has a floor plan allowing for approximately 10 rooms on each floor, this was to be expected, and the property’s 492 rooms exhibit various layouts. However, the size of the room was more than compensated for by the view out the window. Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and One World Trade Center were all visible, as was the Hudson River and the Jersey City skyline.
A queen size bed was flanked by bedside tables, both topped by lamps, with outlets conveniently located on the wall above the tables. In addition, flexible reading lights were installed at both sides of the bed.
The bed was very comfortable, with pillows labeled “soft” and “firm,” a standard feature at most Holiday Inn properties.