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An impressive lobby sets the tone for this renovated behemoth from the 1920s.
With 935 rooms, the Park Central is always bustling with new visitors -- both for business and pleasure. Families touring Manhattan mix with large business groups, who appreciate the hotel for its size, ample meeting space (multiple rooms total over 15,000 square feet), 24-hour fitness center, and stylish restaurant and lounge, Park Kitchen, off the lobby.
Originally built in the 1920s, the property is large and some architectural details are reminiscent of the period, most notably on the facade. The hotel has hosted an impressive roster of guests over the years, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Mae West, and Jackie Gleeson. However, the entire hotel was renovated in 2013 from top to bottom, and the resultant interiors are stunning. Park Kitchen's design is especially notable; four gorgeous and contemporary glass chandeliers loom over the space, which is tastefully decorated with comfortable couches, a large bar, and luxurious booths for dining. While the check-in area can be crowded, the Park Kitchen (which is separated from it by a series of wooden screens) feels quiet and exclusive. The contemporary vibe, with its clean lines and subdued color scheme, carries through the rest of the hotel.
In the center of the city's tourist district, between Central Park and Times Square and close to more than a dozen subway lines
Location is one of the main reasons guests choose the Park Central. On Seventh Avenue at 56th Street, it's just three blocks (and a very quick walk) south of Central Park, and a 10-minute walk to Times Square. Guests can walk out the main entrance, look right, and see the bright, chaotic lights of the famed square in the distance. The Broadway theater district is even closer. Broadway is just one block west, and most of the major musicals and plays are located a few blocks south, between 53rd and 42nd streets. Carnegie Hall, the famed classical music performance space, is only one block away. Rockefeller Center, home to NBC Studios, is a 12-minute walk. There, the "Top of the Rock" observation deck offers a view of the city from 70 floors up. There are thirteen subway lines near the hotel, making accessing the rest of Manhattan and the boroughs a snap.
Contemporary rooms offer solid amenities and a luxe vibe.
Rooms at the Park Central are spacious, by New York standards, and feature a solid bevy of amenities. The contemporary decor has clean lines and a sophisticated grey color palate. Beamed ceilings add character, and photos of iconic New York sights are on display. All rooms have large flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations, but there is a pesky fee for Wi-Fi daily. Some rooms offer views of Times Square. Big bathrooms have high-end C.O. Bigelow toiletries (and eco-friendly pump dispensers).
Lots of meeting space, a stylish restaurant, and a large, bright fitness center
The Park Central Hotel has over 15,000 square feet of meeting space available, and many rooms connect. There is also a small business center off the lobby with multiple computer stations. A 24-hour fitness center features many machines and weight stations. The space is large and bright, with windows overlooking 7th Avenue. In addition to Park Kitchen, which serves American cuisine and cocktails in a stylish setting, the Park Central also has the Central Market, a grab-and-go eatery off the lobby. There is a pesky fee for Wi-Fi.
With an excellent location and sophisticated decor, the 935-room Park Central is a great upper-mid-range option in Midtown West. Located within easy walking distance of Central Park, Times Square, and thirteen subway lines, leisure travelers will find the hotel well situated for touring. Business travelers will likely enjoy the ample meeting space (over 15,000 square feet), 24-hour fitness center, and stylish hotel restaurant and lounge. Contemporary rooms feature flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and luxe C.O. Bigelow toiletries. However, as the hotel is so large, service can be slow, and there is a pesky daily fee for Wi-Fi.