Just completed a 3-night stay at this hotel. In the interest of full disclosure, I must divulge that Lady Astrojets’ employer was paying for the room, which is a good thing given the sky-high rates they charge. $499 per night for this stay plus tax, and I think that was a discount for the conference she was attending.

The hotel is a sharp-looking 45 story hotel located at the corner of 8th and West 43rd. It is convenient to essentially everything around Times Square, and Shula’s Steakhouse is located within. Unfortunately, I did not have an opportunity to dine there this trip, but certainly will attempt to next time.

We arrived separately. Lady Astrojets via Amtrak from DC, and I by US Airways Shuttle from Boston. Somehow we managed to make it to the hotel within a few minutes of each other. Check-in was fairly efficient and the front desk staff was polite. Our room was on the 17th floor with a reasonable view of the area. The decor was what I call “trendy-modern.” The room was comfortable and equipped with flat-screen TV, wired high speed internet ($14.95 for 24 hours) and Starwood’s “Heavenly Bed.” The bed is comfortable, but both Lady Astrojets and I agreed that the pillows were too thick and a little too hard. I’ll note that this in no way prevented me from sleeping like a baby all 3 nights!

Lady Astrojets and I ended Friday and Saturday evenings with a nightcap in the “Bar 10” lounge located on the 2nd floor. Service was good, but prices were what you might expect for an upper-end New York hotel….high. The crowd was much like the room…trendy.

The hotel was nice, and convenient to so much. But the price is not one that I’d be willing to pay for a weekend in New York. I have noted that the hotel runs specials from time to time that are significantly less than $499. That being said, I’d certainly stay there again for the right price.