Le Parker Meridien NYC

You might remember that over Memorial Day weekend I was up in New York for my cousin’s wedding. Despite the whirlwind of shuffling between Brooklyn and Long Island, I also managed to squeeze in a day in NYC, where Ted and I stayed at the beautiful Le Parker Meridien hotel in Midtown. Here’s what we thought.

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Location

Le Meridien Parker is located in Midtown NYC, just a few blocks from Central Park, Time Square, Rockefeller Plaza and all of the fabulous Fifth Avenue shops! It’s a bit removed from all of the crazy crowds, tucked into a side street which is a huge plus. If you’re visiting the city for the first time, this is a fantastic location to make your “home base” while in town.

The Room

Two words. THE VIEW. No, not the TV show. But man, were we spoiled with a room overlooking one of my favorite places in the city, Central Park (see photo at top of post)! Our room was also very spacious, which was nice, since big rooms in NYC can be tough to come by. The desk area was incredible too, with a big window, looking out onto Central Park. I didn’t bring my laptop or any work to do since this trip was so go-go-go, but I kind of regretted it, because that space was a dream work area!

Our bathroom was smaller in comparison to the rest of the room, but worked out fine, since really only one of us (me) needed to hog the sink area to freshen up hair and makeup. We found Moonshine toiletries on the sink and in the shower – a brand that was totally new to us, but one that both of us ended up liking! I thought it was really cool that they tied their brand pick for toiletries in with their awesome “pamper” floor, but more on that in a minute!

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Service + Amenities

To be honest, this category is the main reason Le Meridien Parker was the hotel I selected for our stay. Here’s why. First and foremost, their burger joint, which is actually called “Burger Joint,” is the coolest place for a quick bite! You’ll totally forget you’re in an upscale hotel and be transported to something that looks just like a NYC hole-in-the-wall restaurant!

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Second (and most importantly), their “pamper” floor,” located in the lower level. Here, you’ll find Moonshine, Tenoverten, Drybar, and Blushington, and Skin Laundry, all to treat yo’self while in the Big Apple. I booked appointments for my mom and I at Drybar (for hair) and Blushington (for makeup) the morning of my cousin’s wedding, which worked out perfectly! I can’t stress enough how convenient it was to just go downstairs in the hotel and get everything we needed done in one place, rather than running around town for appointments!

There were at least 2-3 other wedding parties that had guests (including brides and bridal parties) running in and out of both Drybar and Blushington as well, so we weren’t alone in loving the connivence of everything at the hotel! Brilliant!

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First up was makeup. We each went with full-face applications and it took about 40 minutes from start to finish for the makeup artists to match up our colors and get us looking beautiful. I went with a more natural look since I’m not a fan of heavy makeup, and it was great. Plus, both my mom and I found new lip colors we loved, and ended up getting new lipsticks (mostly for touch-ups later in the day, but also because we wanted to use them again in the future).

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Next, hair at Drybar. We visited Drybar a couple years ago at their San Francisco location, so we were excited to experience it again in NYC. After checking in, we were given a glass of champagne while we waited/had our hair styled. My mom went with a wash + blowout + curling style, and I went with an “uptini,” which is an up-do, since I was a bridesmaid.

My stylist was amazing and ended up having my hair done in under an hour! I was worried about it holding up all day since my appointment was in the morning and the wedding wasn’t until late afternoon/early evening, but it ended up holding up really well and really only started to fall once it was reception time and I started getting my dance on.

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Overall, we had a really great stay at Le Parker Meridien, and would definitely come back! Our only gripe was dealing with the huge crowd in the lobby at check-in, and having really long waits at the elevator (being on a 30+ floor, stairs weren’t really an option for us). That said, it was a holiday weekend and there were at least 3 weddings happening in/around the hotel that weekend, so all of the guests were in town for it.

Have you visited NYC? What do you look for when choosing a hotel to stay in?

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I received a discounted rate for this stay. All opinions are my own.
  • Looks like a great place to stay! The burger joint sounds delicious!

    • It was great! And the burger joint was so cool, definitely recommend it!

  • What a beautiful hotel, and New York City to boot..I am so pining to go there…on the bucket list!!

    • I hope you’re able to visit soon, Valerie. NYC is wonderful!

  • Love that view! That looks like an awesome hotel. I like the Le Meridien chain and it looks like this is no exception!

    • This was my first time trying the chain out – I’m so glad we did! The view was spectacular!

  • you hair looks lovely! How convenient to have a blowdry bar right in the hotel!!

    • Thank you, Angela! It was SO convenient. I can’t even imagine having to run all around town for hair and makeup appointments!

  • This place looks amazing! Love the modern look of the room, especially.

    • It was so great! Between the view and the services we were able to take advantage of, we were very pleased!

  • Literally dying to go to Le Parker Meridien now! It looks like an adorable place to stay.

    Taylor / http://www.SmartAndSimplistic.com

    • I hope you’re able to visit someday soon, Taylor. You’d love it!

  • That is the DryBar location I went too! Blushington is so adorable and honestly, I couldn’t think of a better place to stay for the wedding — that pamper floor is TO DIE FOR. Loved this!!

    • Thanks, Bri! It was SO wonderful. Totally agree that the pamper floor was the best thing ever. You should take a trip to Blushington one of these days, we loved it!

  • What a fantastic location with all the amenities you needed!! Love that view!!

    • It definitely was! I couldn’t believe all of the amenities – they thought of it all!

  • Mar

    I’m embarrassed to say that I have never been to NYC, but would definitely love to go some day! Your hair looks fantastic!

    • Thank you, Mar! Hopefully you’ll be able to visit NYC soon (I recommend Christmastime) one of these days. It’s such an incredible city!

  • I have been to NYC several times and never heard about this hotel. We typically stay in Times Square or Queens. I will def have to check this one out next time! It seems like an amazing hotel and who doesn’t love a view of Central Park.

    • I try to stay somewhere different whenever I’m in town. There are so many unique hotels and areas of town to explore! This one was fabulous though!

  • We’ve stayed at a Le Meridian hotel before and loved it! You really can’t beat those views from your hotel room and the floor devoted to pampering! I love going to Drybar!

    • This was my first time – it didn’t disappoint! I wish we had a Drybar in Tampa! But my wallet would probably be in trouble if we did :)

  • My mom is staying there next week!!! They got a killer deal!! So awesome!
    Danielle | AccordingtoD.com

  • Mimi Rose

    It can be so hard to find good accommodation in NYC sometimes, but this place looks great. I love hotels that have good views – especially in big cities. :)

    • I agree! NYC is tough too because it’s such a big city and the hotel options are overwhelming, especially for first-timers. This one was great though!

  • Lori Lyons Luhrman

    This place sounds amazing! We typically don’t go for awesome hotels in NYC since we are rarely in our room in anyway. However, if I’m looking to splurge this hotel sounds fantastic and is in a great location. Thanks for sharing!

    • It was! Since we were only around for one night I figured it’d be worth a little extra splurge. Waking up to that view of Central Park couldn’t be beat!

  • so cool! I’ve been wanting to stay there! Glad you loved it girl!
    xoxo
    krista
    http://www.hundredblog.com

    • It’s an awesome hotel! You should definitely plan a visit – and add in some time for a visit to the pamper floor :)

  • I keep on meaning to try Drybar but I always feel like I don’t have a good enough of a reason/occasion to. Love the braid!

    • I know what you mean! You should give it a try though – it’s nice to just pamper yourself for no reason sometimes :)

  • What an awesome trip! I am dying to try DryBar. I think I am going to get a blowout for my rehearsal dinner.
    xoxo, Jenny

    • You 100% should! They do a great job and it’s nice to get the extra pampering – especially for such a big event!

  • What a great view!!! This made me miss NYC so bad :(

    • Right?! I wish I could transport that view to be right outside my window at home!

  • Suzette Valle

    I’m glad to see this hotel has been updated. The last time we stayed there, and the reason we never went back, was the smell of cigarettes on a smoke-free floor, and the burn holes on the comforters. This was back in the early 2000s, though. Might give it another chance after your nice review!

    • Oh no!! That sounds terrible :( There definitely was none of that from what we experienced. I think they’ve cleaned it up quite a bit from the sound of it!

  • Veronica Pototska

    Its location is really great! I would keep this hotel in mind during my next trip to NYC.

    • It really was! I hope you’re able to plan a trip back soon. NYC is so fun!

  • Love the hair style. And you had a great view from your hotel.

    • Thanks, Sophia! Both were great. Tough getting back to reality after all of the pampering, haha.

  • Looks like you had an amazing stay!!!! So fun!
    XO Amanda | http://www.glitterandspice.com

  • Looks like a fabulous trip! I love NYC. Time to plan another visit!

    • It was! I try to get back up there at least once a year if I can. It helps that I have friends and family there as an excuse to go back :)

  • Dana Brillante-Peller

    Is this the same hotel that has an amazing breakfast/brunch place…that of course I can’t remember the name of it now…oy! On another note, your view was amazing – I love NYC!

    • Hmm I’m not sure. Our schedule was pretty crunched so we didn’t eat breakfast in the hotel. I hope not! Otherwise I’d be bummed we missed it. The view was incredible though!

  • I am going to NYC weekend after next! The Parker Meridian looks absolutely divine! Your Drybar hair looks fab!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    • Thank you, Katie! Drybar is the best! I hope you have a great time in NYC :) I can’t wait to read all about it!

  • That looks like a fantastic hotel! I need to get NYC one day soon. :)

    • It was! Hopefully you’ll be able to plan a trip soon. It’s such a fun city to explore!

  • daytodayMOMents

    NYC is most enjoyed as a tourist. Looks like fun. One day when I move away from the city I’ll miss it and visit as a tourist and finally see the city. Lol

    • It really is! I do miss it since I’m not living up there anymore, but I absolutely appreciate it more now, being able to go back and visit!

  • New York is on my travel wishlist so I’ll have to check Le Parker Meridien out WHEN I get there.
    PS Your hair looked lovely, they did a really great job!

    Christie’s Take on Life. xx

    • Thanks, Christie! It’s such an incredible place. I hope you’re able to get there soon!

  • Leah Hall

    Looks like a wonderful place to stay! I love that drybar as well, so fun!

    • It was! And the Drybar was a fabulous “cherry on top!”

  • Heather Gullett Denniston

    Cute hair!!! and I love the room. I love a good hotel review!

  • Kamara H

    Wow, that view is awesome! Love the Dry Bar, looks like a lot of fun!

    Euriental

    • It really was! I wish I could wake up to that view every morning! Drybar was great too!

  • Haha, we actually stopped by the Le Parker Meridien to try and go to Burger Joint (we were starving and Yelping places, and it sounded great) but didn’t feel like waiting for a table when we saw the line! Also we were definitely those people who walked in, roamed around the lobby, and had to ask how to get to the restaurant. Oops! Sounds like you had a great weekend :)

    • Haha, we had to do that too! And looked at them skeptically when they said we had to go behind the curtain. It was like the Wizard of Oz! Fortunately, the wait wasn’t too bad when we were there since it was at a bit of an off time. Hopefully next time you’ll be able to get in easily!

  • Kathleen

    I’m visiting NYC in a few weeks, I just got really excited reading your post!

    • That’s so exciting! Will this be your first time visiting? I hope you have a blast!

  • I never stayed at the meridian but every time I see one it looks so luxurious. The drybar sounds like a real treat!

    http://the-wardrobe-stylist.com

    • This was my first stay at one and it was great! I wish I could go to Drybar and have someone do my hair every day. It was a great treat!

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    I LOVE the burger joint there. Every single time my mom and I go to NYC for a girls trip we eat there! Never stayed at Le Parker Meridien though – looks so nice!

    • That’s awesome! I love traditions like that :) I’d definitely go back to the Burger Joint on our next trip!

  • This looks like such a great home base for an NYC trip! Thanks for sharing. :)

    • It was! I can’t wait to get back up there for another visit!

  • Love it! I’m so close to NYC so I usually just take the train up for a day but I’ve been thinking I need to take a weekend getaway and I may just have to stay here.