After our, well, disturbing flight from Seattle to New York, our first stop in New York was at our hotel. While in New York, we stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn New York Midtown — Park Avenue (they apparently could not have thought of a shorter name. Given that our flight landed at 7am, we could not check-in when we arrived at the hotel, but we wanted to drop off our bags.
Hilton Garden Inn Location
The Hilton Garden Inn is located in Manhattan on Park Avenue. Most importantly it is right across the street from a subway station. The only train that departs from the station is the 6, but it is also just a short 7 minute walk to a major subway station that should get you just about anywhere. One of the great things about a trip to a city with great public transportation, is it really doesn’t matter where you stay (so long as it is safe). With a great subway system like New York’s, you are typically a reasonable ride to anywhere you could want to go. This really opens up where you can stay, and allows you to save significant money by going outside of the city center.
Hilton Garden Inn Room
We booked a King Room, and that is precisely what we got. Our room was relatively small and consisted of a king size bed. The bed was extremely comfortable, and the comforter was nice and cozy. I typically have trouble sleeping unless the bed was just to my liking, and this bed was perfect. I slept like a baby.
A small dresser/desk area which the the extremely small television sat on, which also housed a mini fridge.
The entryway contained a closet and the entrance to the bathroom.
While I did not, manage to take any pictures of the bathroom, it was much of what you would expect. The bathroom was a decent size with a shower tub combo and stone countertops. The shower had great water pressure, and the water got nice and hot.
Overall, the room was very standard. This is why I don’t fully understand people who only stay at major chain hotels. A hotel, is a hotel, and typically chain hotels are more expensive than smaller boutique hotels in the area. Boutique hotels are as nice as chain hotels, especially you are only in the hotel to sleep.
While chain hotels are typically more expensive than boutique or independent hotels, I was surprised to find the best price/location combo to be the HIlton Garden Inn Midtown. One way to save money while traveling is utilizing points. To gain a points bank, I make every purchase with a credit card and then pay off the bill before it becomes due. To further maximize those points I have multiple cards that have different bonus categories. This allows me to get bonus points on almost every purchase I make.
For this purchase I utilized my Chase Ultimate Rewards Points. Through the Chase ultimate rewards portal, this hotel was $86 dollars a night + Taxes or 6,860 points. A steal for a 4-star hotel in Manhattan. This price, however, does not include breakfast. But in new york there is way too much good food to stay in an eat a hotel breakfast anyways.
Hilton Garden Inn Midtown is very solid hotel and for $86/Night an absolute steal for a 4-star hotel in Manhattan. While there is nothing spectacular about this hotel, the bed is extremely comfortable, it is spotless, and it is in a great location.