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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
934 rooms. 934 rooms! The sheer enormity of the block-wide, four-star Park Central Hotel blows us away. Beyond its size, the hotel offers basic accommodations in a central location, with off-season rates that are a decent value.
Pros: Excellent location. Some rooms have nice views.
Cons: Additional charges for Wi-Fi and luggage storage. Rooms can feel stuffy. Too few elevators for such a large property.
The Park Central Hotel is showing definite signs of age, but rooms are clean and comfortable. Striped wall-to-wall carpets are pleasantly thick. Bed units, dressers and work desks are utilitarian.
All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-panel TV, telephone, and laptop safe. “Concierge Rooms,” located on floors 21-25, offer coffee and tea facilities and a more spacious work station in addition to the standard amenities.
Tip: Request an upper-floor room—not only are they quieter, but many offer views as well. Interior rooms, while cheaper, can feel dark and sightly gloomy.
The private bathrooms are small, with black marble-like sink units, decent-sized bathtubs and walls tiled in a neutral crème. They don’t have the best ventilation system, so some can get musty. A hair dryer and toiletries are provided.
Downstairs, the Park Central’s lobby is about as Vegas as New York gets, with huge checker-patterned floor tiles, enormous prints of Judy Garland in various bright shades and the furious buzz of guests and staff.
The hotel has oodles of event space, a business center, fitness center and a dedicated panel of concierges (although guests report that the staff is sometimes too small for the hotel’s vast size). There are two in-house food and beverage outlets: Bar Bella (a lobby cocktail lounge) and Cityhouse, a steakhouse.
Wi-Fi is available for an additional (exorbitant) fee.
The Park Central is not the nicest hotel in the area. It’s in need of a refresh, and there are charges for things that are often included (like Wi-Fi and luggage storage) at other hotels.
We wouldn’t recommend staying here during high season, when rates can climb upwards of $400 a night. However, when rates dip during low season, the hotel can be a relatively great value for unfussy visitors who want to stay within a gallop (or three blocks) of Central Park.
The Park Central Hotel is aptly named. Its location in the heart of New York places guests between the 24-hour bustle of Times Square and the tranquil confines of Central Park. Double-decker tour buses stops right outside its entrance, and world-famous Carnegie Hall is across the street.
Columbus Circle, the MoMA, Rockefeller Center and 5th Avenue shopping are all within easy walking distance, and subway lines converge in this area, making it a breeze to zip to just about any part of the city you wish.
Just one block south of the Park Central, on 7th Avenue, tourists line up to sample the over-sized delights at Carnegie Deli, and the Original SoupMan (of Seinfeld “Soup Nazi” fame) serves up delicious takeout on West 55th near 8th Avenue. Even better, a slew of affordable eateries line 9th Avenue, two blocks from the hotel.
Subways: The 57th Street Station for the N/R/Q lines has an entrance on the same block as the hotel, and the B/D and E lines can be accessed from the 7th Avenue Station at 53rd Street, a quick walk to the south.
JFK: Take the Air Train to Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue Station and transfer to a Manhattan-bound E subway train to 7th Avenue at 53rd Street. The Park Central is two blocks north of the stop.
LaGuardia: We recommend an airport bus service to Grand Central, where you can take advantage of the free Midtown hotel transfer service.
Newark: Take the Air Train to the NJ Transit station, and then any NJ Transit train into New York Penn Station. Transfer to a Queens-bound E subway train at 34th Street-Penn Station, and get off at 7th Avenue at 53rd Street.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
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About the Park Central neighborhood
The short stretch that separates the Theater District from Central Park has a markedly different feel than its southern neighbor, as though the magical line of 55th Street separates the Times Square chaos from this more refined sector where Carnegie Hall, high-end shops and many a glitzy hotel hold court. Fortunately for Cheapos, though, there are a few affordable gems in the midst, offering convenience, comfort and that oh-so-coveted proximity to all things luxe.