Hotel Fitzpatrick Grand Central Hotel 4 star
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141 E 44th St New York, United States of America -
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One of a pair of Fitzpatrick properties on Manhattan, the Grand Central is a delightful hotel with a great location close to many of the city's major attractions. For anyone feeling a little homesick or searching for a piece of Ireland in the Big Apple, this is the place to come. Spacious rooms, classic décor, an authentic Irish pub and a staff with that charm found only in Eire, we have no doubt that everyone, no matter their nationality, will feel right at home here. And if you still have any lingering doubts, then know that Bono, Liam Neeson and the Obamas have all been guests at the Fitzpatrick Grand Central!

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    Location 8.21 /10

    Situated on East 44th Street between 3rd and Lexington Avenues, the Fitzpatrick Grand Central is just steps away from the station with which it shares a name. So many of the island's biggest attractions are within walking distance of the hotel such as the theatre district, Times Square, the United Nations, Central Park, the Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, New York Public Library, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the great shopping on Fifth and Madison Avenues. It is also easy to get around Manhattan with several subway stations in close proximity to the hotel. JFK is 16 miles away, La Guardia 9 miles and Newark 16.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    There are 155 spacious guestrooms in total at the Grand Central, of which 11 are suites. However, even the standard rooms are so generously proportioned that it may not be worth your while opting for a suite unless you plan to stay a long time in the city or are travelling as a family. The rooms' décor is fairly sober with no shocking colours of quirky details and they are both in good condition and comfortable. The standard rooms are carpeted throughout and have either a queen or king bed (some rooms have two queen beds) dressed in high quality linens and with red plaids and cushions and a tan bed skirt. A bedside table has a telephone and alarm clock radio while opposite the bed is a writing desk and a chest of drawers. In the closet you will find an iron and ironing board, safe and bathrobes while those who like their trouser pleats to be looking sharp in the morning will be delighted to know that the hotel is one of only a handful in the city to have a Corby trouser press! The room also has a flatscreen television (although it is a little small given the room size and the distance of it from the bed) and a coffee-maker. The bathrooms, while a little dated in their style, are in excellent condition, tiled in blue with tub and shower combination, hairdryer, make-up mirror, excellent lighting and Damana toiletries.

    The junior suites are of course bigger than the guestrooms and have a dedicated seating area as well as extras such an iPod docking station, a second television (as well as a very old one in the bathroom) and a more spacious bathroom with a step up to the bathtub. The largest suite, the Liam Neeson suite, is far more lavish than any other of the hotel's accommodations with specially flown in furniture from Ireland, a baldaquin bed, fireplace in the salon, double walk-in shower in the bathroom and a terrace able to accommodate up to 50 people.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    Stepping into the lobby at the Grand Central one comes into what could be the entrance to an Irish country club. There are a few steps to negotiate (or a ramp for those in a wheelchair) to get down to the main space where at the centre is an occasional table with a large orchid arrangement. To the left is a sit-down reception desk manned by some of the nicest front of house staff in the city. To the left of the desk is a wall full of photos of previous famous guests, including politicians, musicians and actors. In another space opposite the welcome desk in a cosy little seating area surrounded by crammed bookshelves and a fireplace for those cold winter days when stepping outside does not seem all that appealing. Perhaps the pièce de résistence is the Waterford crystal chandelier that sparkles on the low ceiling.

    Out at the back of the hotel is a spacious patio area which is the only such space within a 10 block radius of the building. With its own bar when the weather permits, it is a great place in which is enjoy a drink under the sun, although with such high walls surrounding it you will have to choose your moment carefully to make the most of the heat.

    The other public spaces at the hotel are in great condition and the whole place seems to be well maintained. The corridors are wide and light and clean and getting to your room is a simple exercise with a couple of elevators serving all floors. While there are a no on-site fitness facilities, guests can obtain a complimentary pass for the New York Sports Club just a few blocks away from the hotel.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The hotel's restaurant and bar is called The Wheeltapper, after those who inspected the wheels on Irish trains at the turn of the 20th century. The pub is as authentic as you will find in New York, crammed as it is with memorabilia from Ireland such as road signs, railway panels, churns and other instruments and knick knacks. The pub part is a cosy space with a fireplace and typical seating while the restaurant part takes the form of a railway carriage with several booths which resemble the compartments of an old train. The menu is exactly the type of thing you would find in an Irish pub at home with all the traditional dishes you would expect. At the other end of the restaurant part of The Wheeltapper is the patio space which we mentioned above.

    To know

    The Fitzpatrick Grand Central is one of a group of three hotels which also includes the Fitzpatrick Manhattan and Fitzpatrick Castle in Ireland. Many Irish and international celebrities have passed through the doors of the Grand Central, including Liam Neeson who opened the suite bearing his name and also contributed some original photos to the hotel. The hotel has 10 fully adapted guestrooms for those clients in a wheelchair and has the only outdoor space within 10 blocks.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access

      ($14.95 per day)

    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, spa, Turkish bath

    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Fantastic staff
    • Central location
    • Wheeltapper Irish pub
    • Spacious rooms

    disadvantages

    • Cost of wifi
    • No minibars
    • No on-site fitness facilities

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Nadine N. Nadine N.  
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      • Package deals in août 2012 Posted on 2014-09-09 En famille - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        Véritable havre de paix en plein coeur de New York. Une fois à l'intérieur, on peut s'imaginer être quelque part dans la campagne irlandaise grâce aux nombreuses peintures et lectures sur l'Irlande.

      • Advantages

        Très calme et très confortable, en plein centre ville.

      • Disavantages

        Peut-être un peu cher quand même...

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      • Overall Score 9.00/10
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