Sleeping Around NYC: Conrad New York (revisited)
By Shari Hartford
One of the first hotels I visited for this column was the Conrad. And, I loved it. That was in early 2012 when the landscape of downtown was changing, but not yet changed. That was then.
With the opening of the September 11 Museum and Memorial, the opening of World Trade 1, the operation of the new Fulton Transit Center and the influx of thousands of visitors, residents and workers all converging on my once-was-a-ghost town ‘hood, I decided to see if the Conrad had stood up the past few years and was ready for what will certainly be her close-up.
It is with great glee that I report that not only has the Conrad survived Superstorm Sandy, last year’s polar vortex, the hoards at Shake Shack (only two giant steps away) but it has flourished.
The striking second-level lobby and reception area, with its sunlit 15-story atrium that complements the 13-floor-high Sol LeWitt painting, Loopy Doopy, is a place to chill out and relax. No dark and recessed corners here…it’s all about light and space and drama.
The soaring glass-enclosed elevators whisk guests to the 463 suites. I was impressed several years ago…and I’m still impressed.
After a certain amount of time, hotel accommodations begin to show a bit of wear and can appear a bit rough around the edges; a nick here, a tear there, a stain here. Not so at the Conrad. After reacquainting myself with the electronic lighting system in the suite, I could have been in a brand-new room. There was no hint that anyone else had ever been here. The furniture was pristine; the couch in the sitting area had narey a dip; the carpet pile was high and the bathroom fixtures gleaming. The bed and bath linens were snowy white and fluffy. Even the Nespresso machine looked untouched. Am I waxing poetic? You bet. This is the room standard that I want all hotels to match. And since I am a stickler for certain amenities, I can report that there was plenty of light where needed, lots of mirrors and electrical outlets right next to the bed where I want them. A minor criticism? The Wi Fi moved at a glacial pace. Oh well, had to find something.
If the standard sitting room and separate bedroom suite configuration is not enough, each floor has a corner luxury suite, with more square footage and a dining area.
For a true resort experience, the hotel also boasts a 24-hour fitness center, Atrio, a wine bar and restaurant featuring Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and, my favorite, Loopy Doopy, a rooftop cocktail bar with striking city views. Too cold for you? Grab a blanket from the basket near the bar and snuggle up with a hot toddy.
The phoenix has risen. Downtown is back…and with a vengeance! Come to lower Manhattan, stay at the Conrad and see why this neighborhood is now the hottest ticket in town.
102 North End Avenue, New York, NY 10282