Pros

  • Contemporary rooms have comfortable furnishings, TVs, and desks
  • Central location close to Times Square and Central Park
  • The most conference space in the city
  • Large fitness center with tons of modern equipment
  • Rooms are generally well insulated from NYC noise
  • Casual restaurant Herb N' Kitchen offering coffee, sandwiches, and salads
  • Three bars, including one made entirely of ice
  • Excellent vistas of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • In-room spa and salon treatments available
  • Concierge on duty daily
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Cons

  • Corporate scene; little nightlife on-site or nearby
  • Fee for Wi-Fi (Free for Hilton Honors members, which is free to join)
  • Impersonal service
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Bottom Line

Home to the most rooms (almost 2,000) and conference space (150,000 square feet) of any hotel in the city, the New York Hilton Midtown is well-equipped to handle the hundreds of conventions it hosts each year. But "well-equipped" is not the same as "welcoming" and its corporate vibe make for an impersonal, generic experience. Rooms underwent a renovation in 2015-16 that resulted in a largely contemporary and sleek look. Mini-fridges, bathrobes, flat-screen TVs, and desks come standard, but Wi-Fi is only free for Hilton Honors members (though this is free to join). For more upscale rooms and a less corporate atmosphere, check rates at the nearby Warwick Hotel.

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Pets Allowed

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Also Known As

  • New York Hilton
  • New York City Hilton
  • Hilton New York City

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Duplex Penthouse Suite
  • Executive Room
  • Luxury Suite
  • Mini Suite
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Presidential Suite
  • Signature Suite
  • Standard Room

Address

1335 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Avenue at 54th Street, New York City, New York 10019-6078, United States

Phone

(212) 586-7000

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New York Hilton Midtown

What are the Design and Scene Like at New York Hilton Midtown?

This hotel has 2,000 rooms, 45 floors, and hundreds of major conferences and conventions every year -- all in the rapidly beating heart of corporate Midtown.

With close to 2,000 rooms, this Hilton is the largest hotel in New York City (just edging out the Marriott Marquis). What that means, as you can probably imagine, is a basketful of double-edged swords: impersonal but efficient service; quiet rooms on high floors, serviced by slow elevators; and a bustling lobby and buzzing bar scene. In many ways, the Hilton is a microcosm of the city itself: vertical, crowded, diverse, and cash-driven.

As the host of hundreds of conferences and conventions every year, the Hilton heavily relies on -- and caters to -- business travelers. A quarter of its guests are corporate groups; individual business travelers also represent a healthy proportion of the remaining 75 percent. Suits and pantsuits abound in the lobby and its bar, from early in the morning till late at night. All told, it's not the homiest atmosphere for a tourist.

Finally, a fun movie tidbit: On the second floor, outside the convention hall ballrooms, is the spot where George Clooney memorably confronted Tilda Swinton (who won the Oscar for her role) in the climactic scene of Michael Clayton. Also of note, the hotel has hosted every U.S. president since John F. Kennedy and Donald Trump delivered his 2016 victory speech here.

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Where is the New York Hilton Midtown Located?

It’s set smack in the center of Manhattan, between Midtown West and Midtown East. The immediate area is pretty corporate, but many major sites, including Times Square and Central Park, are a short walk away. 

Surrounded by high-rise office buildings, the Hilton Midtown sits just a dozen short blocks from one of the most tourist-packed intersections in the world: 42nd Street and Broadway, the heart of Times Square. Though it's technically within the Theater District, there is a corporate feel to the area. The extra-wide sidewalks in the area are tiled rather than paved, and the neighboring buildings feature open-air loggias conducive to smoking breaks and al fresco lunches. Street-food stands dot the sidewalks.

Not surprisingly, the neighborhood gets quieter at night than the touristy area just five minutes to the west. Still, safety shouldn't be much of an issue. The street is well-lit, and plenty of corporate grinders catch cabs outside well into the night. There are a plethora of restaurants near the hotel, within easy walking distance.

If you're visiting New York for fun, the Hilton is centrally located -- within 10 minutes of Midtown's most popular sites. The MOMA is right down the street and so is the Ed Sullivan Theater. Carnegie Hall, Rockefeller Center, and most Broadway theaters are within five to 10 blocks. Central Park, five short blocks north, is equally accessible.

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What Airports are Near the New York Hilton Midtown?

Three airports are roughly 30 to 90 minutes away by taxi. 

New York City has three nearby airports: JFK International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, and Newark Airport (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 and takes around an hour in average conditions. From LaGuardia, a metered cab ride to midtown Manhattan can take 30 minutes if traffic is light, three times that if it's bad. Rides from Newark 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 more information on the shuttles, go to Super Shuttle or New York Airport Service. Public transit is also available for as little as $7.75 per person, but travel can take up to two hours and involve a lot of lugging bags up and down stairways.

Ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft operate in New York City, but the cost is comparable to taxi cabs.

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What are Rooms Like at the New York Hilton Midtown?

Rooms are a good size and quiet for NYC, done in a contemporary, albeit generic design. 

The hotel renovated its rooms between 2010 and 2016. Standard guest rooms are comparable in size to what you'd find at a NYC Marriott or Radisson. Room decor varies between categories, with City and Skyline Rooms having more attractive, contemporary decor, and Urban Rooms appearing more traditional. In the former, expect blue-gray walls, tweed-like headboards, blue velvet armchairs and ottomans, and modern wood furniture. Urban Rooms, meanwhile, have honey-tone wood furniture, tan bedskirts, swirl-patterned carpeting, faux-leather headboards, and beige walls.

All rooms have comfortable bedding, work desks, sitting areas, and flat-screen TVs. Rooms either have shower/tub combos or walk-in glass showers. Other amenities include Peter Thomas Roth toiletries, electronic safes, alarm clock radio with MP3 capability, hairdryers, and irons. There are no coffeemakers or minibars, and only the City Rooms have empty mini-fridges.

Upgrading to an Executive Room or a Suite will get you into the Executive Lounge, which provides free breakfast, coffee, and appetizers during the day, as well as additional features like robes and bottled water. Suites also have a spacious living area with oversized furniture.

The New York Hilton Midtown also offers stellar views of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Guests can book rooms with partial or full-on views of the parade. The Ultimate Corner View Room has the best vistas and is the priciest option.

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What Features are Available at the New York Hilton Midtown?

The hotel has the largest conference space in the city. a business center, and a spacious gym, plus in-room spa services.

The Hilton means business. As the host of hundreds of conferences and conventions a year, the hotel knows who butters its bread and has acted accordingly -- it boasts over 150,000 square feet of meeting space on the property. There's also a business center, but printing incurs a fee.

The highlight for non-business travelers (and let's face it, for many business travelers, too) is a 8,000-square-foot fitness center. It contains dozens of Precor machines of all kinds, plus several sets of free weights, personal trainers (available at additional cost), and personal TV screens for the cardio machines. Classes such as Zumba, Pilates, and yoga are offered.

While there’s no full spa here, guests can book spa treatments in their room. The menu includes services such as massage, haircuts and stylings, make-up application, and manicures.

Wi-Fi is fast and reliable throughout the property, but it’s only free for Hilton Honors members -- this is a free program to join.

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What Restaurants are Available at the New York Hilton Midtown?

Herb n' Kitchen serves casual fare for all meals and there are three bars, including an ice bar.

Hilton's restaurant, Herb n' Kitchen, is open every day from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. It serves a breakfast buffet in the mornings, coffee throughout the day, and food like flatbread, paninis, and salad. It has grab-and-go items, and room service is available from morning until late.

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Basic Television

  • Business Center

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Breakfast

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pets Allowed

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Tennis Court

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