On a recent trip to New York City, my daughter and I had the pleasure of staying at the Wellington Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. This 113-year-old hotel exudes the charm of Old New York and is central to everything in Midtown. The Wellington Hotel is within easy walking distance of Carnegie Hall, Central Park, Broadway, Times Square, and Rockefeller Center, which makes it a superb base for families visiting New York City.
Here is what you can expect if you stay at the Wellington Hotel.
This historic hotel looks like you are stepping back in time to Old New York. From the classic Wellington sign outside the building to the chandelier in the lobby, the Wellington Hotel is charmingly reminiscient of days gone by in New York City. I loved it. My daughter thought it looked a little old-fashioned, which is probably why I loved it.
We stayed in a standard double-double room, and I was pleasantly surprised at how spacious it was for a hotel room in New York City. We had a nice closet for our luggage, a desk, two beds, and a standard bathroom. Our beds were extremely comfortable with plenty of pillows. We loved the nice mirror in the bedroom when we were both trying to get ready in the morning.
The beauty of the Wellington Hotel is an affordable price for a room in New York City, without compromising quality. This hotel is not as swanky as the W, or as modern as the Park Central across the street, but I found rooms for a family of 4 for under $200 per night, which is hard to find in such an excellent location near everything in Midtown.
There are two restaurants in the Wellington Hotel, the Park Cafe and Molyvos, a greek restaurant. We ate at the Park Cafe for breakfast because it was so convenient. We were seated immediately and served quickly, but the food was nothing special. I had a Western Omelet and it was overcooked. The rest of the food tasted fine but was not memorable. It was nice to have easy food available for a quick breakfast before we hit the city.
Tips for Your Stay at the Wellington Hotel
Here is what I learned from visiting the Wellington Hotel that will make your stay enjoyable.
1. Book early.
The Wellington Hotel sells out most of the time, so reserve your room early, especially if you want a room with two double beds for a family. While you may find a last-minute opening, the hotel recommends booking 3-4 months in advance to ensure you get the accommodations you want.
2. WiFi costs extra.
WiFi is available for $11.99 per day, $24.99 for three days, or $39.99 for five days. If you book directly through their website you can get free WiFi.
3. Valet parking is available.
Valet parking is $35 for 24 hours. The parking is off-site and you will not have in-out privileges, but I'm not sure who would want that in New York City.
4. Avoid street noise.
We stayed on the 22nd floor and could hardly hear any street noise, which is often a problem in New York City. If you are a light sleeper, request a room on a higher floor.
5. Options for Families of Five
On occasion, the Wellington Hotel can accommodate a family traveling with three young children in one room. If you have three young children, call and ask to speak to the sales department to see if they have a room that will fit your family of five. We are not talking about teenagers and grandma all bunking in with mom and dad, but the Wellington Hotel is sensitive to the needs of younger kids and larger families and will do what they can to accomodate special needs.
6. Special Occasions
The Wellington Hotel prides themselves on being a friendly hotel, so if you are celebrating a special occasion, please call and let them know before you arrive. I spoke with the sales manager before I arrived, and we were greeted with a welcome gift for my daughter and I when we checked in, which was a nice touch.
7. Fun for Kids in New York City
A family with young children will enjoy the Central Park Zoo, which is in easy walking distance from the Wellington Hotel. Be sure to check it out if your little ones need a break from the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple.
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Disclosure: My stay at The Wellington Hotel was complimentary so I could review it for other families. I was not compensated for this post in any other way, and all opinions are my own.