DOTM Special (Dec 2016 – New York, USA) The Conrad Hotel

Situated in Lower Manhattan next to the World Trade Center, is one of my favorite hotels in all of the city. Owned by Goldman Sachs and run by The Hilton Corporation, the property was once an Embassy Suites. In early 2012 however it had been re-opened under the Conrad name after an extensive renovation. All original walls were left untouched however, and so every room in the property remains a suite, which is quite nice (and rare, unless you expect to pay a hefty price tag!) for the city of New York.

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I started staying at the property in 2014, when I found a weekend rate for only $180/night, which in downtown Manhattan is unheard of! Since then, I’ve continued to stay here when the price is right, which for weekend travelers can actually be somewhat often.

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The Conrad is one of Hilton’s top luxury brands, next to the Waldorf. As opposed to the Waldorf’s elegant old-school style, the Conrad instead focuses on contemporary luxury in order to provide more options for travelers. Guests can choose between a regular room, or one with a (somewhat obstructed) view of the Hudson River. Elite members are often upgraded to the view if the hotel is not too busy.

Speaking of elites, benefits for both Gold and Diamond HHonors members can vary depending on the time of the stay. For those travelling during the week elite members (gold or higher) will enjoy complimentary continental breakfast (typically breakfast pastries as well as fruit, coffee, and tea) as well as room upgrades to preferred rooms (higher floor, river view, corner suites, etc.) if available. On the weekends, they are entitled to complimentary buffet breakfast.

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Overall, I typically always give this hotel a good review. It’s officially considered a five-star property and usually it can be found for much less than the five-star price tag! The biggest reason for that is its location. It’s in lower Manhattan, no where near Midtown or Times Square. For people who want to be away from the craziness however, this is a great location because you’re still in Manhattan.

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