New York City is famous for a lot of things, one of them, unfortunately, is being tight on space. Whether you’re visiting with kids, friends, or family, it’s hard to find a large hotel room that can accommodate everyone, and splurging on two rooms can get unbelievably expensive. Never fear, I have found your perfect solution!
Last weekend I hit the town, searching for a room large enough for Josh and I, and my brother and his girlfriend, to celebrate my brother’s birthday (check out the surprise video here!). I searched high and low, and believe it or not, most hotel rooms (even suites) only accommodate up to 3 adults, and a bunch we found, that can accommodate 4, are so small (I’m talking <450 square feet)!
Years ago we stayed at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park, so I took a look at their suites and pretty much fell in love. I find their rates extremely affordable, especially for a Ritz Carlton, the service impeccable, and the location unique. As I mentioned last time, it’s “far” from the “tourist sights,” but a super easy cab, bus, or train ride away, and honestly, now with Uber, getting around is even easier.
It’s super easy to not go anywhere too – great restaurants, Battery Park, the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Center, and amazing restaurants are all within walking distance. While I used to be impartial to the Upper East Side (because I lived there), the Battery Park area is my new favorite place.
So since this post is about rooms for 4, I’m going to focus on the suite first. I loved it, but I also loved our statue of liberty view regular room we had last time too. Our suite, however, was perfect for four. It was large (850 square feet), and private, which is important with so many people! We had the expanded suite, and while it didn’t have that amazing statue of liberty view, it did feature a separate bedroom (with doors!), pull out sofa (which wasn’t terribly uncomfortable), a small kitchenette, and most importantly – a second (half) bath!
Little Fact: You’ll notice in an exterior view of the hotel (above) how tall it is, but the elevators only go up to 14 (with no 13 for obvious reasons). Floor 14 houses an event space, access to the Ritz Carlton residences, the spa, and the fitness center. Guests who typically request a high floor sometimes get upset because they’re given, for example, floor 10 or 11, but don’t fret – your request was met! The hotel actually isn’t that large, and most of the building is dedicated to the Ritz Carlton residences (which has it’s own separate entrance)!
In typical Ritz Carlton fashion the staff is impeccable! From the bellman, valet, front desk, turndown, restaurant staff, you name it, they were all wonderful! Turndown staff made the pull out bed, and we got back late and headed to the bar to take some drinks back to the room, and the bartender was the most jolly, fun man ever! He also made a mean old fashioned. Lastly, as I mentioned, we were celebrating my brother’s birthday and the Ritz Carlton was kind enough to place a balloon and cupcake in the room, which was a really fun surprise for my brother!
The restaurant here, 2 West, is amazing. We did brunch and found the prices to be affordable and the food delicious. Room service prices are definitely high, but what do you expect? On top of the typical room service charges, there’s a $6per person (up to $12) fee added on as well. They have an amazing chocolate cake that I was dying to try from the moment I saw its picture, but was bummed to learn they ran out. They sent a replacement cake (which I didn’t care for because I was in the mood for chocolate) and didn’t charge for it, but in my unrealistic world, I half expected them to start making another cake right then and there. However, it was late and the pastry chef was probably no longer around. At least, I’d like to think that.
The Ritz Carlton is one of those hotels that defines luxury, and the service really shines in their club lounge. A little tip, even if you don’t book a club level room, you can add access to the club lounge onto your stay! Honestly, I would just book a club level room from the start (it’s worth it!), but if you don’t for whatever your own reasons are, add it on. The attentiveness is out of this world, the food is outstanding, and the ambiance is both relaxing and wonderful.
Honestly, I set out to try a few different hotels that would accommodate 4 comfortably, but the Ritz Carlton Battery Park is the only one worth mentioning.
Special thanks to the Ritz Carlton Battery Park. Parts of our stay were complimentary, which in no way swayed any opinions, even if we were dining in the club lounge with dignitaries.