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The fall is such a great time to visit New York City. The weather is great and it is ideal walking weather. This past fall we booked a last minute award trip up to New York City on a Delta jet and used a few award nights for a stay at the Ritz Carlton New York Central Park.
The Ritz Carlton New York Central Park is a tier 5 Ritz Carlton hotel. This means it is the top award category and requires 70,000 points per night. A standard rate at this hotel is typically around $600 a night. So we decided 140,000 Marriott points for 2 nights, while not the best redemption value, would be worth it to spend time in this part of the city and visit some friends located nearby.
Arrival Into New York
We used 45,000 Delta SkyMiles per person to secure two first class seats from Atlanta to New York. We arranged for a driver to pick us up from the airport and take us directly to the hotel. While slightly more expensive than a taxi, it was nice to have a sign with “The Weekly Flyer” on it and a comfy ride directly to the hotel.
Upon arrival, a bellman opened our car door, took our small weekend carry-on bags and escorted us to the door. We entered the hotel and headed left to the check in desk. This next part is where it gets bad for me. I’m a sucker for upgrades (like seat 2E on the OWMD-but for good cause) and always looking to make the most out of my limited time with Mrs Weekly Flyer.
The award booking secured us a general award room on a low floor looking directly at another building. The room was small and would have no view. So when the front desk person asked if I would like to upgrade, I jumped at the chance to have a mid level park view room for only about $100 a night.
The room was spacious and had a spectacular park view. We really enjoyed our two nights at this hotel.
One of the best features of this hotel is the location. We spent part of our two days just frolicking around the park. We made the usual rounds through the park. There was a movie being filmed and we even saw a wedding party taking pictures.
The Ritz Carlton New York Central Park is impressive. The convenience of the location to the park makes this a great hotel for a short stay in the city.
Unfortunately, it is expensive both in terms of points and paid rates. As a tier 5 Ritz Carlton hotel, this means you’ll have to shell out 70,000 points per night to stay here when there are plenty of other options (like the Hyatt 48 Lex) that require less points and less cash.
New York is a fun city with lots of things to do and see. What are your favorite things to do and see while visiting the city?