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The Renwick Hotel New York City, Curio Collection by Hilton {US-NY}

The Renwick Hotel New York City, Curio Collection by Hilton {US-NY}

Old May 6, 17, 9:00 pm
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The Renwick Hotel New York City, Curio Collection by Hilton

118 East 40th Street New York, NY US 10016

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The Renwick Hotel New York City, Curio Collection by Hilton

I stayed one weekday night on business right after a snowstorm hit NYC in March 2017. I had Diamond status at the time of the stay.

I got a $224 room rate for a Gallery King room, which I consider a solid price given the location. Taxes (NYC flat occupancy, sales, Javits, and NYC) brought the all-in total to $261.

Location

The Renwick Hotel is located on the south side of East 40th Street, just west of the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 40th Street. The hotel is about two blocks south and one block east of Grand Central.

Check In

I did an e-check-in on the morning of my stay. You can do an e-check-in and select a room number, but there was no room map available at the time of my stay. I had a room pre-assigned (with no upgrade message) and went with the pre-assigned room.

When I arrived by taxi shortly before 3pm, there was a lot of snow piled up on the curb between the sidewalk and road. After manuevering the snow bank, I went inside through the main entrance. If I recall correctly, the main entrance is not handicap-accessible; there are multiple steps down into the lobby.

Check-in itself was uneventful. I was told I was upgraded to a room with a view of the Empire State Building and given RFID (tap) plastic key cards for the room. I also received a breakfast voucher for breakfast in Bedford & Co., the hotel's restaurant.

Room

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My room was on the 10th floor and did indeed have a good view of the Empire State Building. The window blind can be rolled open or close, via a chain, and features a silhouette of the New York skyline. The room was decked out in furniture that can probably be best described as mid-century modern in darker wood tones.

The overhead light/chandelier with metal arms were pretty unique with five exposed lightbulbs. While mid-century modern isn't really my taste, I have to say that it was well-executed. The bed had a huge headboard and the mattress was reasonably comfortable (tending towards the firm side).

The desk was a little small and the desk chair was functional although not especially comfortable (it was also the only chair in the room). There were lots of accessible power outets, which also have USB receptacles, near the bed and on the desk. There was also a 42" flat-panel TV and a small mini-fridge. In-room coffee lovers beware: there was no coffee machine in the room, although you can request one from the front desk.

There is no true closet in the room, but there was an exposed doorless cabinet between the bathroom wall and bed with hangars as well as a wardrobe unit which houses the ironing board, iron, and mini-fridge. You should also find a bathrobe in your cabinet...but mine was missing. I wasn't sure if the room was supposed to come with one, but the front desk confirmed that all rooms should have bathrobes and sent one up about five minutes after I asked them about it.

The thermostat functioned as expected.

On an amusing note, the do-not-disturb indicator was a paintbrush hanging from a piece of looped string.

Bathroom

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The bathroom was quite large by hotel standards, and even more so for a New York hotel room. It has a floor comprised of large dark tiles and an enclosed glass shower area with sliding door.

There was a fixed overhead showerhead and a handheld jet wand. Controls for the water were located on the opposite side of the shower.

The bathroom was stocked with Apotheke toiletries, although only the soap bar and body lotion came in mini-form. Shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner are in large dispenser bottles bolted to the shower wall. All of the Apotheke products were lemongrass-scented.

The counter space around the sink was a bit small, but otherwise it was a spacious and clean bathroom.

Dining

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Diamond members get free continental breakfast in the window-less Bedford & Co., the hotel's restaurant. I received my paper voucher at check-in. There is no lounge in this hotel.

The voucher explicitly states that it cannot be used as credit towards other items on the menu. As far as non-buffet free continental breakfasts go, it was a pretty decent. You can pick from a set continental breakfast menu with a voucher.

Pick any 3 out of 4:

  • Yogurt with granola
  • Steel-cut Irish oats, cinnamon apple
  • Homemade waffle
  • Pastries: croissant, pain au chocolate, blueberry muffins

You also have your choice of beverages: coffee, orange juice, or grapefruit juice.

I had the first three options and orange juice. While none of the breakfast items were mind-shatteringly delicious, they were all well-presented, of good quality, and satisfying. The waffle was especially warm and fluffy. Service was also solid.

Overall

While there was nothing especially extraordinary about my stay, the Renwick Hotel has definitely made it onto my list of hotels to stay at in New York. Furnishings and finishes are in excellent condition, and there interesting decorative touches both in rooms and throughout the common areas of the hotel.

Given the location and $224 room rate, I think the hotel provided a lot of value for the money.

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Old May 8, 17, 5:03 pm
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Thanks for the great review. I'll be staying there next month. Too bad about not allowing a credit towards a full breakfast, I get a bit tired of carb-heavy breakfasts.
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Old May 14, 17, 12:19 am
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Sad this hotel doesn't have a closet. How would 2 people stay in this hotel for any length of time without one?
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Old May 21, 17, 9:26 am
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Originally Posted by TravelinSperry View Post
Sad this hotel doesn't have a closet. How would 2 people stay in this hotel for any length of time without one?
Since I didn't include these photos in my review, and so people can get a sense of the size of the clothing storage options....

There is a small wardrobe above the mini-fridge in which you could hang up a few things (left). There's also an open nook next to the bed with a hanging rod (right).



Granted, neither of these are closets. Combined, they would be able to store the equivalent of a small hotel closet. I'm not sure if the suites have closets or not.

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Old Jun 15, 17, 4:33 am
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Stayed here last week - liked it a lot. Good staff, friendly service. A pity about not getting the full breakfast but not a huge deal for me - I usually grab something at the office anyway.

Ordered from UberEats and the concierge brought the food up to the room - much better than other Hilton's where I've been asked to go down to reception to collect it.
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Old Jul 11, 17, 10:01 am
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I stayed here for a weekend at the end of June, and this is now my favourite Honors property in NYC. We booked a studio suite and were upgraded to a 1 bedroom suite upon arrival. The rooms were very modern and well-appointed, and the bed was very comfortable. We also liked the Bedford & Co. restaurant - we had dinner and lunch there and enjoyed the food (the restaurant turned out to be extremely popular as we could not get a table one day). The complimentary breakfast was more than sufficient to start the day, and unlike almost all other Honors properties in NYC which we stayed in everything was actually freshly made and very tasty/healthy. We also tried a few items from the menu for breakfast and liked them (again, very fresh and tasty). Although the morning shift in the restaurant were extremely slow and inattentive. Our request for a 2pm late checkout was granted with no problem (we ended up checking out at 14:30). Great stay overall. Loved the location.
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Old Jul 11, 17, 3:23 pm
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Originally Posted by Evo40 View Post
The voucher explicitly states that it cannot be used as credit towards other items on the menu.
This policy has changed for the better. Indeed, the vouchers now state that they may be exchanged for a $10 credit toward another menu item, and not just during breakfast hours. I applied one to my bar tab one night this past weekend. The set HHonors menu described above (i.e., 3 of 4 small plates, plus coffee and juice) also remains an option. Like other posters, I was more than satisfied with the quality, quantity, and presentation of the "continental" offerings.

I also really enjoyed the hotel overall. It's probably my second favorite HHonors property in Manhattan, after Conrad New York. Great rooms, friendly staff, terrific restaurant and bar, convenient location, reasonable rates.
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Originally Posted by MS02113 View Post
This policy has changed for the better. Indeed, the vouchers now state that they may be exchanged for a $10 credit toward another menu item, and not just during breakfast hours. I applied one to my bar tab one night this past weekend. The set HHonors menu described above (i.e., 3 of 4 small plates, plus coffee and juice) also remains an option. Like other posters, I was more than satisfied with the quality, quantity, and presentation of the "continental" offerings.

I also really enjoyed the hotel overall. It's probably my second favorite HHonors property in Manhattan, after Conrad New York. Great rooms, friendly staff, terrific restaurant and bar, convenient location, reasonable rates.
Visiting NYC over Labor Day and spending two nights at the Conrad and two nights at the Renwick - definitely looking forward to trying both properties.
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Shhh...can we keep it down a little? I'm waiting to jump on some points nights for next year when they become available, and I don't want them through the roof!
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Originally Posted by MS02113 View Post
This policy has changed for the better. Indeed, the vouchers now state that they may be exchanged for a $10 credit toward another menu item, and not just during breakfast hours. I applied one to my bar tab one night this past weekend. The set HHonors menu described above (i.e., 3 of 4 small plates, plus coffee and juice) also remains an option. Like other posters, I was more than satisfied with the quality, quantity, and presentation of the "continental" offerings.

I also really enjoyed the hotel overall. It's probably my second favorite HHonors property in Manhattan, after Conrad New York. Great rooms, friendly staff, terrific restaurant and bar, convenient location, reasonable rates.
It's great to hear that the voucher can be used as a $10 credit now. Not that the continental breakfast was bad, but it's always nice to have options.
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The Renwick is a welcome addition to what is a pretty weak roster of Hilton properties in NYC. The only Hilton in New York that compares favorably to the likes of the chain's properties in say LA, Chicago and Miami is the Conrad, which - in my experience - is head and shoulders above the Renwick and, by any measure a well run first class property.

Hilton's other properties in New York manage between them to combine being aged and run down, ridiculously skimpy on room sizes and amenities, and poorly managed by staff that know their location allows them to overcharge for an experience, which, more often than not is mediocre- at best.
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Originally Posted by MS02113 View Post
This policy has changed for the better. Indeed, the vouchers now state that they may be exchanged for a $10 credit toward another menu item, and not just during breakfast hours. I applied one to my bar tab one night this past weekend.
Do you know when the policy changed? Because it was the old policy 2 weeks ago. Now that I've thought about it, I believe we were given two different kinds of vouchers - one for breakfast (which we could not use for any items off the menu) and one for drinks at the bar (it must have been the US$ 10 one). When we tried items from the menu for breakfast we had coffee, yogurt covered by the voucher and paid for hot items. But I now remember that we had a couple of drinks covered by other vouchers that they gave us when we checked-in.

It is a great property indeed!

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Originally Posted by retiredfromhilton View Post
The Renwick is a welcome addition to what is a pretty weak roster of Hilton properties in NYC. The only Hilton in New York that compares favorably to the likes of the chain's properties in say LA, Chicago and Miami is the Conrad, which - in my experience - is head and shoulders above the Renwick and, by any measure a well run first class property.

Hilton's other properties in New York manage between them to combine being aged and run down, ridiculously skimpy on room sizes and amenities, and poorly managed by staff that know their location allows them to overcharge for an experience, which, more often than not is mediocre- at best.
I think Hilton Times Square is nice enough, but hate the hectic location. Millenium Hilton also isn't bad, but rooms could use some updating. Conrad is far and away the best of the lot, though.

Originally Posted by Andriyko View Post
Do you know when the policy changed? Because it was the old policy 2 weeks ago. Now that I've thought about it, I believe we were given two different kinds of vouchers - one for breakfast (which we could not use for any items off the menu) and one for drinks at the bar (it must have been the US$ 10 one). When we tried items from the menu for breakfast we had coffee, yogurt covered by the voucher and paid for hot items. But I now remember that we had a couple of drinks covered by other vouchers that they gave us when we checked-in.
I stayed two nights this past weekend and received four vouchers, each good for either continental breakfast or $10.

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Would the Renwick be a good option for a family with little kids? We usually stay at the Doubletree Suites or the Conrad, but the location of the Renwick would be more ideal.

Since we're also used to having some room to lounge around, is there ample floor space in the standard rooms, or would it be worthwhile to book a studio suite?
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Old Jul 15, 17, 8:57 am
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Originally Posted by Bicoastal Yokel View Post
Would the Renwick be a good option for a family with little kids? We usually stay at the Doubletree Suites or the Conrad, but the location of the Renwick would be more ideal.

Since we're also used to having some room to lounge around, is there ample floor space in the standard rooms, or would it be worthwhile to book a studio suite?
My standard king room was an okay size by NYC standards, but it is on the small sidr versus, say, a standard Hilton Garden Inn room (in Anytown, USA); the non-bathroom area is probably 50% to 60% less than an HGI room. The bathroom was pretty big by any standard for a non-suite.

If you want a good amount of floor space, I would consider booking a suite.

I think the Renwick would be okay for kids (although I saw none during my weekday stay in March '17), just be aware that there's not much public area space aside from the restaurant.
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