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The W Union Square in New York at the corner of 17th and Park Avenue East is located in the old 1911 beaux arts Guardian Life building. The location makes for a convenient business hotel during a visit to the city and a quick taxi ride to both mid-town and lower Manhattan. This hotel is a category 6 in the Starwood program requiring 20,000 Starpoints (low season) and 25,000 Starpoints (high season) for an award night.
During a recent trip to New York I decided to re-visit this hotel since I was in the area.
Hotel Check-In And Common Area
The front desk is located on the Park Avenue East side of the hotel. During this mid-week business stay, I was a Platinum member Starwood Preferred Guest. The front desk agent recognized my Platinum status and offered a choice of points or complimentary breakfast. Since the complimentary breakfast is no more than a muffin and choice or coffee, I went with the 500 points.
The hotel living room lounge area is a long hallway where you’ll find the restaurant Olive at the other end. Breakfast is served in Olive’s and if you choose the breakfast amenity, you’ll be offered a choice of pastry and beverage.
Room At W Union Square New York
After a few minutes I was handed my key and directed to my Wonderful room. No upgrade was available for this mid-week stay. The elevator areas have nice detail and give the impression of an old office building.
The room had a small desk area with flat screen television.
The room came with a large arm chair located next to the mini-bar and front door hallway.
The bathroom was large compared to the W hotel on Lexington Avenue.
The Wonderful Bed was comfy as expected.
What I like about this hotel the best is the location. Retreating to Union Square in the evening and using this location as a launching point for any evening activities can really give the feel of a break from the daily grind of a traditional business hotel.
At a category 6, this hotel isn’t cheap by award night standards. And with the lackluster breakfast option for top tier elite members, it’s a hard sell over the other options in mid-town. I’m looking forward to comparing this hotel to the Hyatt Union Square which is scheduled to open on March 1, 2013.
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