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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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).
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.
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?