Eating Highlights: W New York – Times Square
Finally, I was able to take advantage of a longer, less-hurried stay at the W New York Times Square, and enjoy their breakfast options. I also sampled their restaurant fare, and particularly enjoyed the chips & guacamole at Dos Caminos. Service as a whole was mediocre.
Blue Fin: Breakfast & more Breakfast
However, I would strongly advise going at least 15-30 minutes before the lunch transition at 11am. This is because during the transition, even cold food takes a while to prepare. The first day, the items took over 15 minutes to arrive, even in a nearly empty restaurant. Additionally, they only gave me a small saucer of milk, the kind you use to add to coffee, which did not cover even half of the cereal. After asking the server jokingly how they have cereal at home, they brought me another one.
The second day took over 20 minutes to get exactly the same items (strawberry yogurt, cereal with milk, power driver juice, chamomile tea), but the manager, David, offered to comp me a hot item later. I was unable to use this the third morning due to my being in a rush, but I tried the fried breakfast sandwich on the fourth morning, which was decent.
I do appreciate the Blue Fin staff for helping me get a cup of hot water, for the upstairs bar to make me a hot toddy.
Came here for a late night happy hour, enjoying guacamole with chips, their “chorizo fundido”, and taco duo. The food was decent, with the guac being the best. The chorizo fundido is a melted cheese blend with chorizo, but there was scarcely any meat to be found. Service here initially was very bad – they directed me to a host stand…with no host. Told me to go upstairs, and it was ear-splitting loudness. Bartender didn’t give me a first look, and wasted more of my time. Service downstairs was much better & quieter. I wouldn’t come back on service alone.
Gym & Weight Room: They Lied to Me
This weight room has a lovely punching bag, and a sign saying you can borrow various items such as boxing gloves and foam rollers. Sounds great, right? Unfortunately, when I called to request said items, I was informed the W no longer had those items.
I was (and still am) confused. Despite this, I worked out every day and enjoyed their facilities.
Room Issues & Conclusion
The standard room had a creaky door, which I was unable to fix. Creaking every few seconds for hours on end, it was frustration. Additionally, the bed was terrible, sinking deeply in the middle, and feeling slanted on the sides – felt I would either roll towards the center or off the bed! The pillows were abysmal, lacking any kind of fluffiness or support. Also, the air conditioning tended to have a distinctly faint moldy smell, which reminded me of my experience in the Dominican Republic.
Other than that, this was a decent stay at the W New York Times Square. Nice view of the surrounding area, although the Times Square lights in the evening are quite bright. Also, what is up with this hotel not giving SPG Platinum members room upgrades? Maybe I’ll come back to stay a third time!
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