Trump International Hotel And Tower Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York City

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Pros

  • Formal and well-trained service staff
  • Great location for business, shopping, and exploring Central Park
  • Large, comfortable, well-equipped rooms
  • On-site pool
  • High-end spa with tons of treatments
  • Great restaurants attached to hotel

Cons

  • Staff may be overly formal for some
  • Small lobby is not conducive to socializing

Bottom Line

An ostentatiously luxurious hotel with a supremely well-trained staff, and huge, elegant rooms designed by Ivanka Trump herself. The location (overlooking Central Park at Columbus Circle) can't be beat. The hotel also has two highly regarded restaurants, a great spa, and an in-house pool.

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 Scene

A place for business travelers and those looking for the Trump brand of luxury: gold, gold everywhere, and the word "Trump" on every possible surface.

Gold everywhere, including the elevators
Gold everywhere, including the elevators

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.

 Location

Overlooking and across the street from Central Park, across from the shops and restaurants of the Time Warner Center, and on top of five subway lines.

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.

 Airport Transportation

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.

 Rooms

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 Donald himself selected the 55-inch flat-screen TVs in every room... It’s oh so very Trump.
  • The full kitchens -- available in most rooms -- have Sub-Zero appliances
  • Bed have a pillow-top mattress with a heavy down comforter, and high-thread-count sheets
  • 60 channels with movies on demand and a Blue-Ray DVD player
  • iPod dock and surround-sound speakers.
  • Views are outstanding, especially on the Central Park side of the building -- but rest assured that, unlike at many luxury hotel rooms in New York, none here looks out on a brick wall.
  • Red-flecked marble bathrooms with gold-colored fixtures and accents everywhere (even the toilet paper holder)
  • A whirlpool
  • Gilchrist & Soames bath products
  • Free Wi-Fi

 Features

Two renowned restaurants, a spa, a fitness center, and -- a rarity in New York -- an in-house pool.

  • Fitness center has personal trainers are available for one-on-one sessions.
  • Wonderful spa with great treatments; in-room massages available
  • 55-foot lap pool, which is definitely rare for New York City hotels, and features "natural" chlorine made from salt
  • Business services and meeting room space are available, as are computers with Internet connections.
  • Rooms have free Wi-Fi.

 Family

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.

 Food

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.

Jean-Georges is the more formal of the two, one of the city's high temples of eating; jackets are required. The other, Nougatine, is somewhat less formal and elaborate but nearly as ambitious.

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.

 Cleanliness

Perfectly clean and up to the very high standards of this luxury hotel.

 Bottom Line

An ostentatiously luxurious hotel with a supremely well-trained staff, and huge, elegant rooms designed by Ivanka Trump herself. The location (overlooking Central Park at Columbus Circle) can't be beat. The hotel also has two highly regarded restaurants, a great spa, and an in-house pool.

Things You Should Know About Trump International Hotel And Tower

Address

  • One Central Park West, New York City, NY 10023

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Hotel Trump International

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Executive City View Suite
  • Executive Park View Suite
  • Junior Suite
  • Park Suite
  • Superior Room
  • Two Bedroom Park View Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 176
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan
Address: One Central Park West, New York City, NY 10023
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