Review: Ritz-Carlton Battery Park Statue of Liberty Room
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I had a one day layover in NYC after my flight from Chicago. My flight from New York to Hong Kong was early the next day, so I needed a place to stay. I decided the best redemption was to use one of my three free night certificates at a category 1-4 Ritz Carlton. I obtained my free night certs from the Ritz-Carlton card upon complete the sign-up bonus.
Since this was my first time in NYC and I was staying at the closest hotel to the Statue of Liberty I reached out to the GM (Greg Mendoza) and Front Desk Manager (Sam Fuerstman). I mentioned how it will be my first time to NYC and if they could make my first stay special in any way (i.e. UPGRADE!) that would be amazing. I ALWAYS RECOMMEND reaching out to the hotel managers since that is the best way to get upgraded. The Front Desk manager replied to my email confirming he can upgrade me to the Statue of Liberty room! Now onto the review.
Like I mentioned previously, I used one of my three free night certificates to stay at this property. If I were to redeem Marriott/Ritz points it would be 60,000/night for a regular room.
The going rate for a standard room was $655 the night I was staying, which is absurd. No matter how much wealth I accumulate in my lifetime, I would have a hard time justifying that price...but it gets "better".
The price for my upgraded room was almost $1,250 including tax, which is pretty wild. NYC has some of the most expensive hotels in the World and this is such a premiere property being in the financial district that I can see the companies of top level execs front the bill.
Even credit card sign-up bonus I get I want to have at least $600-800 in value (sorry walmart card, $25 ain't going to do it for me). Using just one of my three free nights has netted me almost $1,250 in value which is an awesome redemption!
The hotel is located in Lower Manhattan on a quiet side street from a main road. I will be honest, the hotel doesn't stand out and was a little tricky for me to find, but for many that can be positive. It confused me so much that I accidentally went into the Ritz Residence instead of main entrance. I like the location because subways are conveniently close, views are great, and the Staten island ferry and many other attractions are within walking distance. The hotel is well maintained inside and out. I was really excited to check in during the day that I only have a night pic.
Again, I was so excited to check in I forgot to take down the gentlemen checking me in. He was very swift and within a minute of coming up to the desk I had everything I needed. He confirmed that I have been upgraded to The Statue of Liberty room.
When I got in the elevator I knew this was a special property. I entered with an older couple and a female employee whom greeted the older couple by their names. The employee got off on the 2nd floor and the older couple were very surprised she remembered. The couple mentioned they visit this property once or twice a year for the last 5 years, but it is still astonishing that the employee remembered.
The room was great! It was located on the 12th floor and I had a view of the Upper Bay, Battery Park, and of course the Statue of Liberty. The room was clean all around. There was a bose speaker/clock on the nightstand which had easily accessible outlets which I appreciate. There was island desk with a comfortable chair. In the corner was a high quality chair and my personal favorite: A viewing telescope! I was offered 2 water bottles next to the desk. The hotel isn't the tallest at “14 floors” (Really 13), but I recommend getting the highest floor possible for a good view. One thing I found surprisingly odd was the absence of a mini fridge. There was a built-in closet that once held mini-fridges, but it was locked from the inside. The TV was large, bed was soft, and there was a large closet upon the walk-in area. Carpet was plush and high-quality. Over 5/5
The bathroom was clean and very well thought out. It was well stocked with many toiletries, towels, and robes. There was a stone shower that had a standard wall head and rainfall shower combo. If you want to take a bath there was a separate tub. There was an enclosed toilet room that had some magazines and a wall-phone. I think there was only one sink, but by NYC standards I thought the bathroom as a whole was very spacious and accommodating.
I personally think the property has a very limited number of amenities (understandable for NYC), but they excel with the amenities they do offer. The Fitness Center and Spa were located on the top floor. The Spa seemed very nice, but I did not go in or experience any treatments. The Fitness Center felt cramped, but that’s because it is very well equipped and takes up a lot of space. The Fitness Center also has a fridge of free water bottles which is handy if you grab a couple before exploring the city.
There is only one restaurant located on property grounds, 2West, which looked nice. I think this is a great property for families because wifi is FAST, there are free shuttles during the week (I did not experience them), they have babysitting services upon request, and it’s quiet at night once Wall Street closes for the day. Ritz-Carlton is very stingy with free breakfast for elites, not offering any elite level breakfast. The only way to have it included is to book a certain room-type that includes breakfast or a room on the executive floor that has access to the lounge.
Like I mentioned before the property was well maintained and very high end.
While leaving the Fitness Center I saw this picture framed in the hall. I don't understand why they have a huge frame and then the smallest cutout. WHAT IS THE POINT?
At The End Of The Day:
The Ritz-Carlton Battery Park is an awesome property. I think this property caters to business travelers and young families whom want to be close to the Staten Island Ferry, WTC, and have a quiet neighborhood at night for the kids. It was perfect for my overnighter and a great way to start my trip. If you want to be closer to the hustle/bustle of Times Square and Central Park this property might be too far for you. The price is high, but guests are well compensated with good rooms and outstanding service.
Have you ever stayed at this property? Where would you stay in NYC?