- Staff may be overly formal for some
- Small lobby is not conducive to socializing
Trump toothbrushes, Trump shaving cream, bottles of Trump water. Welcome to the Trump International Hotel and Tower, where most everything is either gold-colored or emblazoned with the word "Trump" -- or both.
This 167-room luxury hotel caters to high-end business travelers and tourists who expect -- no, demand -- the highest standard of service. If you like to be addressed as "Sir" or "Madam," this is your place.
The location is a huge plus. The Trump International Hotel and Tower sits on Columbus Circle, at the southwest corner of Central Park. With awesome views of the park and close proximity to shopping, business, transportation, and entertainment, you could scarcely find a better base from which to launch an assault on New York City.
The Trump International Hotel and Tower is on Columbus Circle at the southwestern corner of Central Park.
Columbus Circle has been transformed since theTime Warner Center -- basically a high-end mall with some of the city's best restaurants -- opened across the circle from the Trump International. Now the area is teeming with high-end hotels -- including 6 Columbus and the Mandarin Oriental -- and two of New York's most expensive restaurants, Per Se and Masa. Conveniently, there is also a massive Whole Foods organic supermarket located in the basement of the Time Warner Center.
Lincoln Center, the city's enormous performing arts complex, is also just a short walk away.
Five subway lines run through the Columbus Circle station, which is just a few steps away from the hotel's entrance. The street in front of the hotel is safe -- and cabs are easily hailed -- at virtually any time of the day or night.
30 to 90 minutes from three airports
New York City has three nearby airports: JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark (in New Jersey). Getting into town from JFK or LaGuardia is usually more convenient than from Newark, but travel times are heavily dependent on the time of day and traffic conditions. From JFK, a taxi to anywhere in Manhattan costs a flat rate of $45 and takes around an hour in average conditions. From LaGuardia, a metered cab ride to midtown Manhattan costs about $40 and can take 30 minutes if traffic is light, three times that if it's bad. Rides from Newark cost at least $40 plus tolls and can take more than 90 minutes. It's customary to tip your driver 15 to 25 percent.
Those looking to save some cash can use the privately run shuttle buses that are available at all three airports for about $14 per person. For more information on the shuttles, go to Super Shuttle or New York Airport Service. Public transit is also available for as little as $7 per person, but travel can take up to two hours and involve a lot of lugging bags up and down stairways.
For mass-transit directions right to the hotel, check out HopStop.com.
Huge, comofotable rooms -- most with amazing views -- underwent a $30 million overhaul in 2010. Ivanka herself selected the decor, and the Donald picked out the 55-inch flat-screens.
As the bellhop said when he showed me to the room, "It's bigger than most New York City apartments." And he's right. Even the standard "Superior Rooms" are a generous 440 square feet. (The 460-square-foot Deluxe Rooms add a kitchen.
The $30 million room renovation completed in 2010 provided the rooms with some much-needed wow factor. Ivanka Trump herself selected every detail of the new decor, which I found to be plush, tasteful, and elegant. The rooms feature rich woods, velvet curtains, crystal chandeliers in the dining areas, and a new and improved color scheme incorporating shades of purple, blue, and cream.
The location and the on-site pool make this an excellent family choice -- for wealthy families.
For its location alone, the Trump would be a great (if expensive) place to bring the kids. Add the free cribs and rollaway beds and the swimming pool -- lessons are available -- and you've got one of the more kid-friendly hotels in New York.
Room service offers a special kids' menu, and the hotel can arrange baby-sitting as well.
And for a uniquely Trump experience, you can get business cards printed with your child's name on them.
The Trump International has two famous in-house restaurants run by world-famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Room service comes from the same kitchen.
The Trump International Hotel and Tower is home to two renowned restaurants run by award-winning chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
24-hour room service is available from both restaurants, though the overnight menu is limited. I ordered penne pasta and a salad, and it was delivered in about 30 minutes.
Perfectly clean and up to the very high standards of this luxury hotel.
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