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NYC: St Regis or Ritz Carlton Central Park

NYC: St Regis or Ritz Carlton Central Park

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Old Aug 23, 18, 10:46 pm
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Originally Posted by Ramonmv View Post
Well, I have booked both, for different weeks. Will keep the one that fits my needs better, if I can't change dates on the other.
But it sure sounds like the St Regis is the better property.
I will be using points, and I was SPG Gold. Marriott currently showing Platinum Elite.
So I doubt I'd get a park view room at the Ritz. Based on my status, is St Regis still the best option?

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Youíre going to love the St Regis. Youíre going to wish you had stayed longer and more often there. Youre going to wish you didnít bother with the RC. Youíre going to realize that thereís a reason everyone here told you that, too.
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Old Aug 25, 18, 3:09 pm
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Well, I have decided on the St Regis, and have it booked for the dates I need. I got lucky, and one of my reservations covered the dates I ended up wanting.
Now to go ask about San Diego....

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Old Aug 25, 18, 3:14 pm
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Originally Posted by arlflyer View Post
I was in the same boat between these two properties a while ago. First off, what I noticed is that there is still a big currency conversion disparity/abitrage opportunity between the two. They're considered comparables on paper, but you're talking 70k MR for the Ritz or 35K Starwood for the STR, which is the equivalent of course of 105K MR points. So if you have opportunity cost for these points do keep this in mind - there is a very significant cost gap between the two.

What I ended up actually doing, though, was booking the JW Essex House at 45K points. The value was just too good to pass up. Got a suite upgrade, enjoyed the very nice lounge, and couldn't beat the location. I just couldn't bring myself to spend 25K more points to be a nobody at the Ritz, or 60K more points (equivalent) for the St. Regis.
Currently, either is 60k points per night, or 48k/night when you stay 5 nights. So easy win for St Regis. (Both now use the same Marriott points) 48k Marriott pts/night after SPG points were converted means I'm paying just 16k SPG points/night for 5 nights.
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Old Aug 25, 18, 8:04 pm
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Probably jumping in late, but thought I’d give some perspective on the Ritz. Unfortunately I’ve never stayed at the StR (and frankly don’t get the fuss about the King Cole Bar...I think the Ritz bar/lounge area is just as lovely).

Anyway, stayed twice at the Ritz on points both times, but I guess the catch is the first time was for my wedding and the second time for my anniversary one year later.

We were treated exceptionally well. As Marriott Gold, booking in the lowest category (room facing the back street I believe), you can get a space-available upgrade to a room facing 6th Ave, which should have partial park views. For the wedding weekend I wanted something more special and we paid $100/night to guarantee the upgrade to a park view room, facing the park (unforunately it was on the 3rd floor so not all that much of a view...). For the anniversary weekend (one night) the website was (oddly) only offering the base level room plus Club access (for $200). Figured what the heck. We ended up getting upgraded to a park view room, this time on the 10th floor. And they had a framed picture of us in the room along with our wedding song playing on the stereo when we got to the room. (Which was unexpected, almost more so than the various decorations the year before for our actual wedding stay).

As far as the rooms - yes, they’re being upgraded. I would say the decor is a bit dated but everything was in totally fine condition, and as someone posted, the room was a very good size, especially for New York. And great water pressure in the shower!

As for the Club lounge - that was a fantastic experience. I don’t think it’s necessarily worth the money if you’re going to be out and about, but our anniversary stay was effectively a “staycation” and we only left the hotel briefly Saturday night for dinner out. So we spent plenty of time in the lounge, including every food setup (b’fast, lunch, tea, cocktail hour, dessert), including the Saturday night caviar special. And we arranged for the chefs demonstration, which was great and got us lots of additional tasty treats.

Anyway, the St. Regis may be a step above, but I definitely have a soft spot for the RC!
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Old Aug 25, 18, 9:10 pm
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Having stayed at both on points I could the STR much better. Was even upgraded to a crazy suite. As for the Ritz I didn’t find it worth the extra points and on my last trip booked the JW Essex with points into a suite which was a very nice room.
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Old Aug 25, 18, 9:13 pm
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Thanks, @ijgordon!

I loved the St Regis and think itís one of the best hotels in NYC. But it sounds like the RC Central Park treated you beautifully for your anniversary. Good for you!

I still think the StR is the better hotel. But itís nice to know that the RC can step up to that level when appropriate.

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Old Aug 25, 18, 9:39 pm
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Stayed many times at StR. every single stay was exceptional. Always upgraded to large suite. My last stay was upgraded to 5th Ave suite. I would recommend you try the StR.
I never stayed at the RC Central park. I hear and read great things about it. I will try the RC when my travels brings me to NYC.

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