Westin New York Grand Central Hotel Review

 

I booked the Westin New York Grand Central hotel for 12,000 Starpoints because the rates in New York City were sky high for a Monday night. The standard rate was $579+tax and I felt I got more than 3 cents per Starpoint worth. I was torn between picking the Westin Grand Central and using 5,000 Starpoints + $75 cash for the Sheraton JFK. Since I had plans for the evening in the city, it was more convenient for me to stay in the heart of the city instead of an airport hotel.

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I’ve actually stayed at the same hotel last year when it was still called The New York Helmsley and slated to open a week after as the Westin Grand Central. The hotel was under renovation at the time, but I was lucky enough to receive an upgrade to a one bedroom suite. It was a completely renovated suite with Westin amenities with sweeping views of New York City.

I made my trek from JFK to Jamaica Station where I changed over to the E Train. I got off at Court Square – 23rd Street to change over to the 7 train which went towards Times Square and I got off at Grand Central Station. The hotel is a 3 minute walk from Grand Central Terminal and the entire journey was under 1 hour and 15 minutes.

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The Westin New York Grand Central staff was eager to help me with my bags and the lobby was very ornate. There’s a concierge desk on the left and the main restaurant and bar to the right of the lobby.

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I asked the front desk agent if there were any suite upgrades and he said the hotel was completely sold out. However, I was upgraded to a premium corner city view room pre-arrival. I asked for 500 Starpoints as my Platinum amenity and 4pm late checkout was granted.

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I went up to the premium corner room and immediately felt it was a decent sized room for Manhattan. The room was spacious with 1 King bed, couch seating for two, and an executive desk.

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The bathroom was small and economic with your usual Westin amenities.

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The best part about the hotel is the sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline.

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I would highly recommend this hotel if you need a central city stay at a five star facility. It’s easy walking distance to Bryant Park, Times Square, and Rockefeller Center. I like to walk around New York City and all the subway lines are accessible nearby by taking the S train from Grand Central to Times Square.

 

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3 Comments on "Westin New York Grand Central Hotel Review"

  1. Nice review. One really small point. There are/can be many “S” trains in NYC. It designates a shuttle train. We call that one the 42nd Street or Times Square shuttle. Also you can take the 7 train 2 stops from Grand Central to Time Squares when the shuttle isn’t operating.
    //www.mta.info/nyct/service/sline.htm

  2. Sounds like a good choice of hotel to stay at in NYC!

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