The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park
2 West Street, New York City,NY 10004 (Financial District)
This was the first time we had been to New York. We were going to the Statute of Liberty so we decided to splurge a bit and stay in Manhattan. The Ritz Carlton near Battery Park was the perfect location. We were within walking distance to the Statue of Liberty ferry, the 911 Memorial and Wall Street. We visited the Bull on Broadway Street and the American Indian Museum (which is free as part of the Smithsonian).
The hotel staff were very helpful and pleasant. I was impressed that they remembered our names every time we came through the lobby. Everything was clean and nicely decorated. When we arrived, they had welcome cookies and milk for our children. I thought that was a nice touch.
The room was spacious and had a view of the street and nearby buildings instead of the river. But we didn't mind. It did have a mini bar but you have to request for it to be unlocked. We did not need it. There was turn down service and a room safe.
We did try the hotel restaurant, but did not care for the food too much. The children's pizza looked better than the duck we tried. The sauces were a bit too oily for our taste. There was no place to store any food or beverages brought back to the room.
The hotel is pretty easy to find using GPS. There is valet parking or you can try to find another parking garage nearby, but then you have to walk back. The valet parking is in addition to the hotel rate and came to about $70 per night. If you have to take your car out for any reason, you'll be charged additional time on your stay. If you just need to get something out of your car, be sure to let them know that so they won't start the time over. That was the only thing about valet parking we didn't like was that we did not have easy access to our car throughout our stay. It takes about 20 minutes for the staff to retrieve your vehicle.
We got a good rate on the days we booked using a government discount. We booked over the telephone with no problem.
It was a nice stay for a one time splurge. It is not really a family type hotel, but they try to accommodate for children in small ways.