The Park Lane Hotel is a gem from a bygone era. It is a classic, grand dame and the embodiement of a nold worl New York City hotel.
Located with views across Central Park and two minutes from Fifth Avenue, it is next to door the iconic Plaza Hotel and perfectly situated in the center of the universe.
The lobby is traditional and rich looking. There is a sweeping staircase that takes you up to a restaurant and Harry’s bar, which is a Manhattan institution.
And then there are the rooms. Here again I like this hotel. Gold and marble decor and rooms that have an old world feel of wealth but they are not dated at all. The linens on the bed are exactly what you’d expect with a traditional New York hotel, layers of white and plush. Views are exceptional when you get a higher floor. All in all the rooms are ample but not spacious, but then not many are in NY. It’s great value for money.
Often people say they don’t care about the room in New York because they’re there to visit the city, But I disagree because you always want to come home to plush comfort. The Park Lane has this.
It’s not a chain hotel and staff are friendly and warm. Breakfast in bed is good but not cheap. Let me be more clear, it’s actually quite expensive but I enjoyed it.
Apart from the massive list of attractions in NY there is some good little treats right next door. Head left out the lobby and there is a brilliant Italian restaurant Villagio . They have 3 locations in Florida and the seafood salad and octopus is to die for.
Head to the Plaza and go downstairs and you will find the Todd English Food Hall. Impresario Chef Todd English has recreated a mini Harrods Food Hall. Here there are delicious pastries, on the go food from Daniel Boulud with the best salad dressing I have had on any nicoise, sushi, frozen yoghurt and best of all a caviar bar that’s actually really reasonable. Paddle fish caviar from $16 and little blini caviar sandwiches. Yum.
I think you can tell I love this part of New york and that’s why I find lots of value in the Park lane Hotel. If you’re a points junky it’s not right for you but if you’d rather collect memories and experiences, then this is a worthwhile place to hang you hat in new York.
Daniel Green, the Model Cook is a Celebrity Chef known for his healthy approach to food and living well. With TV, books, magazines and live appearances, Daniel spends his time helping fans to cook better, feel better and live better. He’s also an avid traveler and a self-confessed Foodie.