Short Stay: Conrad New York – Hotel Review
I hadn’t been to New York City for over a year and a half, (my last visit was for the world’s tallest Holiday Inn) but there I was again in the city’s Financial District on the last night of my visit, checking into the Conrad New York, which we last reviewed a few months after it opened in 2012.
This was my first time at the property (Dan Collins reviewed it last) and the glass-clad 15-story atrium – spectacularly lit up at night– was as beautiful as he reported it to be.
The property, a mere block from both the Hudson River and One World Trade Center, is a hub of activity during the day but peaceful at night. I arrived at the hotel’s second-floor lobby bags in hand, and was greeted by a receptionist who checked me in in short order. Since my room was not yet ready, and I wasn’t in any rush, I relaxed on one of the expansive lobby’s many comfortable couches while observing the lobby, which, with sculptures hanging from the ceiling, more resembled a contemporary museum.
Even though my wait wasn’t long, a member of the reception team brought me several bottles of water, a small gesture I appreciated and which was a welcome relief to the summertime heat wave. Soon the room was ready, and I was off.
The Conrad New York is an all-suite property and my Hudson River View Suite offered a living space with a couch, desk, lounge chair, and TV, and a bedroom with great views of the Hudson River and New Jersey. I settled in by watching TV in the bedroom for a while, plugged my phone in to charge in one of the conveniently-located outlets flanking the bed, and took a nap.
I awoke refreshed, just in time for dinner.