July 2013 Trip to New York: DoubleTree by Hilton Financial District

  • Introduction
  • Flight DL 107 FRA to JFK
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Financial District
  • New York City Day 1
  • New York City Day 2
  • New York City Day 3
  • New York City Day 4
  • Flight DL 106 JFK to FRA

After going through immigration and customs we took the AirTrain to Howard Beach Station from where we took A and then the R train to get to Whitehall Street Station.

From there it was just a few steps to our hotel.

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Entrance to hotel

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Hotel exterior

We entered the hotel and were immediately informed that the lobby and check-in area was on the second floor. So we took one of the three elevators to get up one floor. We could have taken the stairs but not with our bags 😉

Up in the lobby we found a short line that was just one person deep at the front desk. So it didn’t take much time till we were checked in. We were given room 2508 so we were slightly in the upper half of  the 44-story hotel. We were also given our breakfast buffet certificates as free continental breakfast was my choice as a gold benefit. Unfortunately cookies weren’t ready at the moment so we had to come by later that evening to pick up our delicious cookies.

After checking in we took the elevator up to the 25th floor. There we found short and tight hallways. No wonder, we were in NYC.

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Hallway

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Room 2508

Upon entering the room we could see that it was relatively small but we did not expect a large room. Especially, when considering the good rate we had paid for that room. It was just $152.10 per night. Not that bad, I’d say. Anyway, immediately on the left was the bathroom and past that there was the bedroom with a very comfortable king size bed.

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View into room

There was no bathtub in the bathroom but a spacious shower cabin which was indeed somewhat surprising. And I thought it looked nice with the glass door. The water pressure and temperature control were excellent.

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Shower

Directly next to the shower was the toilet with a cute glass counter above it that offered enough space not only for the hotel’s toiletries but also for my shaver, toothpaste, and a few other smaller items. Between the toilet and the sink there was just the right amount of space for a roll of toilet paper. It was easier to handle after a few sheets were torn off 😉

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Compact bathroom

Well, it was very tight and compact, but not bad. I liked how they tried to make the best of the small space.

The room itself not only consisted of the comfortable bed, but also a desk with a comfortable swivel chair, but also another comfortable chair and, of course, the flat screen tv.

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Desk

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Entryway

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King bed

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Bed and chair

On all five mornings we made use of the complimentary breakfast buffet (as mentioned earlier in this post, it was complimentary for gold elites). The buffet consisted of breads, bagels, and a couple other pastries, fruit, cereals, yoghurt, and a couple hot items. Those were scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage links, breakfast potatoes, and smallish pancakes. The pancakes were not so much a homerun hit, but other than that the buffet was pretty good, I thought.

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Breakfast spread

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Breakfast spread

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Breakfast spread

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Breakfast spread

Oh, a few pictures of the view from our room. It was not quite an aspirational view 😉 But that did not matter while sleeping.

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View from room

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View from room

During our stay we were informed that work was done on the elevators to update them which could cause major delays during daytime. Most of the time we used them outside maintenance hours, so did not have any problems with that. But even when we were in the hotel within those hours we did not notice major wait times.

All in all it was a nice stay we had. If a competitive room rate were offered I’d consider returning to this hotel.

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