We recently traveled to NYC – one of our very favorite cities – on spring break. There are so many different ways to get from Boston to NYC, but we took the LimoLiner from Framingham, MA to Midtown Manhattan. During our visit, we stayed at the Westin Grand Central – located just steps from the Chrysler Building and Grand Central Station.
It was the perfect location for our New York family vacation because we were able to walk just about everywhere that we wanted to go. While NYC does have great options for public transportation around the city (as well as cabs and ride shares), it’s nice to be able to walk.
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Most people would agree that it can be intimidating to find appropriate accommodation in New York City. There are just so many options in so many different locations! If you aren’t entirely sure where you want to stay, it’s a good idea to look at both familiar hotel chains and popular locations. I love the Westin chain, so I felt confident in our stay at the Westin Grand Central NYC.
Location of the Westin Grand Central
The LimoLiner dropped us off at a convenient location in midtown Manhattan. It wasn’t within walking distance of the hotel, but we were able to easily get a cab, and we were at the hotel quickly.
The location of the Westin Grand Central is great for a family vacation. As the name implies, it’s right near Grand Central Terminal. While we did take long walks each day – to Times Square, Bryant Park, the Flatiron District, Rockefeller Plaza, and the Empire State Building – we were able to walk to these attractions. It really is a great location.
If you were traveling with younger kids and didn’t want to walk, you could take a short taxi ride. The United Nations is also just a short distance away. (See our Empire State Building tips here).
Planning to drive to the city? The Westin Grand Central does offer valet parking and self parking. Typically, when we’ve driven, we usually keep the car parked until it’s time to go home because parking and driving in the city isn’t very fun.
There are no airport or train station shuttles offered, but these locations generally have plenty of cabs available.
Upon arriving at the Westin New York Grand Central, we were quickly greeted by the front desk clerk. As she checked us in, she provided my kids with complimentary activity books with information about New York City. We headed up to our room, which was ready a little before check-in time.
Rooms at the Westin Grand Central
Like many NYC hotel rooms, the room was smaller than the standard Westin hotel room that you’d find in other locations. However, it was still comfortable for our family of four, especially since we didn’t plan to spend too much time in the room. If you haven’t stayed in a New York City hotel before, you should definitely be prepared for smaller rooms – regardless of where you stay.
Our guest room at the Westin Grand Central included two double beds (the Westin Heavenly Bed – so comfortable), a nice-sized bathroom with a Westin Heavenly Bath, a large work desk, a chair with ottoman, and a closet. There were lots of plugs throughout the room – great for charging all of our family’s electronic devices.
Our room had a large window with a view of the Empire State Building. However, the noise level was a little loud – probably due to some construction going on across the street. It wasn’t enough to keep us awake, however. Keep in mind any hotel in NYC is generally going to be louder than hotels in other locations.
Other guest room types at the hotel include traditional king, deluxe king, premium king, one-bedroom suites, and the presidential suite.
The Westin Grand Central offers a number of amenities for guests including a delicious restaurant in the lobby (called the LCL Bar and Kitchen), a business center, and a fitness center that is open 24 hours a day. The fitness center has strength and cardio equipment, but no classes.
You can also choose to rent New Balance fitness apparel for the duration of the stay for a small fee. That’s a great option for those with limited space in their luggage. We only stayed for a quick vacation, but I would definitely consider that if I was staying longer.
When you book your stay, you’ll also have the option to book with a special package. There are different options depending on when you travel but these can be a good deal if you are going to use all aspects of the package.
Service at the Westin Grand Central
I was impressed with the service at the Westin Grand Central. During our stay, we interacted with several employees.
We talked to the concierge a few times for advice on how to get places and where to eat. They were always helpful, with some great suggestions on where we should go. I especially love getting advice on restaurants, because I never know which of the small, local restaurants is entirely appropriate to visit with kids.
Although the restaurants we ended up visiting didn’t require reservations, the concierge would have been able to make them if necessary. All of the restaurants they recommended were in the immediate area, and we were easily able to walk.
The doormen were also helpful with getting taxis and pointing out directions when we were walking. I would often have a good idea of how to get where I was going, but I needed to be pointed in the right direction.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and would definitely stay there again.
To learn more about the Westin Grand Central, see more reviews here.
More resources: Read our New York City Travel Tips post here to read hotel, attraction, and restaurant reviews, tips, and ideas.