Location and comfort are the two most important items on most people’s checklists when looking for a great hotel. How does the Westgate New York Grand Central rate on these criteria?

Location

Location and comfort are the two most important items on most people’s checklists when looking for a great hotel. How does the Westgate New York Grand Central rate on these criteria?

Location

When it comes to location, the Westgate New York Grand Central Hotel could hardly be better. It’s tucked into a leafy street a bit removed from the hustle and bustle, and yet conveniently close to everything in Midtown Manhattan. Midtown is, of course, the fabled area where most of the attractions people associate with New York City are located.

The Westgate NYC is a comfortable walk to the Empire State Building and the myriad of other skyscrapers for which Midtown is known. The United Nations is just a block away. It’s easy to go see the Rockettes kicking up their heels at the Radio City Music Hall, enjoy plays on Broadway and go shopping on Fifth Avenue. It’s simple to visit Times Square, the Museum of Modern Art, Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, Bryant Park, the New York Public Library and some of the best restaurants on the planet.
 
While it’s quick and interesting to walk to Midtown attractions from the Westgate NYC, public transportation is also close at hand. The 42nd Street bus stops outside the hotel’s front door, and the hotel is only two blocks from the Grand Central Terminal, with its legendary options for getting around.

The Westgate NYC is located in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Midtown, on 42nd Street at Second Avenue. You’ll find good Indian restaurants and lively Irish pubs in the immediate area, along with several consulates and the offices of numerous diplomatic missions to the United Nations.

Comfort

With real estate prices through the roof in NYC, it’s common to pay hundreds of dollars for a hotel room that feels like a closet. One of the nice things about the Westgate NYC is the spaciousness of its rooms and suites. Even the smallest room is 200 square feet, and most are larger, up to 280 square feet.

The balcony rooms are phenomenal. These balconies are not just a little place to stand and look at the city. They are huge, like having a whole other room outdoors, and there is a table with chairs for dining or for just sitting and soaking up the city. The views from the balconies are world-class.

The Westgate NYC at Grand Central Terminal is casual, while embodying high standards of luxury and quality. It has a “homey” feeling, relaxed and comfortable yet elegant. The red brick Gothic revival building was built in 1931 and has been well-maintained and also renovated several times. It has kept its original charm and character while adding the latest in luxury, technology and security. There are 300 rooms on 23 floors.

Oh, and it’s spotlessly clean. Housekeeping services are available 24/7.

What is one of the most precious commodities in NYC? Quiet! People who have stayed at the Westgate New York Grand Central comment that they were impressed by how “super-quiet” the rooms are. Triple-pane glass in the windows makes a huge difference! It’s great to be able to come home after a day of exploring and soak up the silence — especially when there’s an extremely comfortable bed for stretching out on. The Westgate NYC lets guests “choose the bed that’s right for you.” The pillows and linens are plush. Among other hotel details, you’ll find there’s plenty of hot water and big soft towels to wrap up in. The hotel is family-friendly, and pet-friendly also.

 

A range of lodging options are offered, from basic rooms to Luxe rooms to suites. Upgrading to a balcony room will feel like an amazing deal considering the value the Westgate provides in this normally very expensive location. In addition to the room cost, there’s a per-night “destination fee” ($30 plus tax) that covers wi-fi, local calls, printing of boarding passes, morning newspaper and use of the fitness center. This fee is mostly offset, since it comes with a $20 food and beverage credit each day for use at the Tudor City Marketplace & Tavern, located in the hotel lobby.

For comfort and location, as well as value, the Westgate New York Grand Central Hotel is a winner. It’s that rare place: a peaceful oasis for visitors to Midtown Manhattan.