Trump International Hotel and Tower, New York City

Hotel Review: Trump International Hotel and Tower, New York City

Rating:
5-Star
Room:
Executive Park View Suite

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What's Hot

  • Most rooms have full kitchen
  • Stunning views over Central Park
  • 3 Michelin Star restaurant on site

What's Not

  • Combined shower/tub

X-Factor

  • Perfect uptown location
  • Exemplary service

Introduction

It may not be the tallest building in the Manhattan skyline, but the Trump International Hotel and Tower occupies a commanding position over Central Park, with sweeping views across one of New York City’s most famous landmarks.

Location & Impressions

If you have business in uptown Manhattan, the Trump International is well-positioned and convenient. The 52-storey luxury tower sits at the south-west corner of Central Park, adjacent to Columbus Circle and the multi-faceted design of the building takes full advantage of its location, giving premium rooms two views, rather than just one. 

Featuring a glitzy gold façade with bronze-tinted glass, the Trump International has classic modern styling that suits its Manhattan digs perfectly, with the cherry on top in the form of the small unisphere near the entrance.

Our first impression of service comes from the exceptionally friendly door and reception staff (although make sure you don’t forget your tip money!) – our only issue was with the hotel’s rather late check-in time of 4PM, so if your flight gets in early make sure you call ahead to arrange an early check-in. 

Room

With 176 guest rooms on offer, the Trump International is relatively small by NYC standards, but the large, luxuriously appointed rooms and personalised service make this one of the best choices for business travellers in uptown Manhattan.

There are a number of different room types on offer, including the more basic Superior and Deluxe rooms, all the way up to two-bedroom suites. Naturally rooms with a view over Central Park command higher rates, so if you’re looking for the best bang for your buck the City View rooms are worth exploring.

Rooms range in size from 41sqm in the Superior, and up to 143sqm for the two-bedroom suites. Unlike most luxury hotels, the Trump International offers a well-equipped kitchen in most of its rooms – and by well-equipped, we’re talking about a gas-top stove, dishwasher, microwave and even a full-size fridge.

This makes the Trump International a fantastic hotel if you’ve got a longer stay in the city, and don’t want to have to rely on eating out all the time.

In contrast to the flashy exterior, the décor inside our Executive Park View Suite is tasteful and well put-together.

The floor-to-ceiling windows reveal expansive views over New York City...

...and the rooms also include a standalone writing desk so that you can enjoy the view while working.

Suites generally feature a dining table...

...as well as a separate living area with sofa...

...and a separate bathroom in addition to the ensuite, which makes it handy for entertaining colleagues or guests. 

Inside the bedroom you'll find a king-size bed...

...as well as a couple of pieces of loose furniture. All rooms also feature a walk-in closet space and a Keurig coffee machine, as well as a Bluetooth speaker so you can play your own tunes with ease.

There’s also a Sanctuary Universal Charger – basically a box that can hold your various devices and charge them for you, including both iOS and Android devices. Coupled with the electrical outlets sprinkled throughout the room, there’s plenty of options for keeping all your devices charged up.

In our suite, the bathroom was well proportioned...

...yet only featured a combined bathtub / shower unit - ideally we'd prefer a separate shower, but it's a minor niggle in an otherwise well thought out space. 

Work

Wireless internet access is fast and free at the Trump International, and the separate writing desk (with a gorgeous view over New York City) is one of the better places to find yourself working.

While we would’ve preferred an actual office chair to the standard lounge chair featured in the room, we can understand that it might detract from the décor so we weren't too fussed about this.

The Trump International also has a fully equipped business centre for printing and faxing (with a Business Centre Manager on site during standard business hours), and a couple of boardrooms that can be hired for meetings. 

Eat

When it comes to dining you’re already a little spoiled for choice in NYC, but the Trump International does boast a three-Michelin star restaurant on site, Jean-Georges, that is absolutely worth checking out – there are often very reasonable prix fixe lunch specials, making it one of the more affordable three-Michelin star restaurants in the city.  

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten also oversees Nougatine, a more casual restaurant within the Trump International, as well as the hotel’s in-room dining and catering for events. We were impressed by the prix fixe at Nougatine...

...and there’s also The Terrace, where you can enjoy the full Nougatine menue while sitting under the unisphere outside.

If none of those take your fancy, there’s a huge range of both fine-dining and casual dining options in close proximity, including Thomas Keller’s Per Se in the nearby Time Warner Center. 

Relax

The Trump International also provides guests with a swimming pool and health club to take advantage of, with a wide range of equipment including free weights and cardio machines.

With its superb location and exceptionally trained staff, the Trump International is a fantastic base to explore NYC. Our only disappointment was in the bathrooms, but once you look out over that view of Central Park it seems like more of a minor inconvenience than anything else. 

 

9 Comments

  • spinoza

    spinoza

    20 Dec, 2016 06:39 pm

    Would not stay at a Trump hotel under any circumstances.
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    nyjoe4

  • Alan Su

    alansu

    20 Dec, 2016 11:33 pm

    Surprised it's not yet been renamed "The Best President Elect Ever Trump Galactic Hotel and Tower" ;-)
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    nyjoe4

  • djcz

    djcz

    20 Dec, 2016 07:02 pm

    -Silently waits for the Anti-Trump supports to make a comment-
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  • TheRealBabushka

    TheRealBabushka

    21 Dec, 2016 09:09 am

    I'm waiting for the first Coalition (I'm not using the term Liberal because there is nothing liberal about them) member to go rogue and meet that Orange at said hotel making political overtures. At least this country doesn't (yet) have a Nigel Farage problem...thank God!
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  • StudiodeKadent

    StudiodeKadent

    21 Dec, 2016 12:03 am

    I'm pleasantly surprised that the review decided to not mention anything relating to politics. Good. I appreciate AusBT's neutrality here.

    I've eaten at Nougatine. Its a very nice restaurant. 

    That said, Trump International Hotel And Tower is... well... look at the decor. The rooms are large but aesthetically speaking its an outdated Intercontinental. And all the gold plating is just... its a poor person's idea of what the "lifestyles of the rich and famous" are.

    Personally? I'd recommend staying about 3 blocks away, at The Quin. Much cheaper (albeit smaller rooms) and you can still walk to Trump and eat at Jean-Georges. Okay, you don't get the kitchen, but NYC has incredibly good restaurants and with the competitiveness of NYC restaurants the prices are damn good value. 
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  • nyjoe4

    nyjoe4

    21 Dec, 2016 05:50 am

    It's pretty hard NOT to mention politics when talking about anything "Trump" right now.

    First, a word of advice:  since becoming president-elect, there is a perimeter fence around the hotel - like at all of Trump's buildings - and regular protests outside.  I am not sure when the reviewer stayed here, but I do not think it is now the pleasant, relaxing experience that one might hope for. 

    Second, I would add this: New Yorkers (of which I am one) overwhelmingly rejected Trump on election day, by a resounding number.  Since then, there have been tears and protests and an aggressive push-back in this city against Trump's rhetoric and cabinet choices by those of us who live here, including our Mayor and Governor.

    To that end, I would not stay at a Trump hotel in New York if you wish to endear yourselves to the locals, or to the majority of the business community in this city. His name is, to be frank, toxic in this town. 

    If you are a Trump supporter, of course, that might be reason enough to stay there; if you are not, you probably wouldn't anyway.  But if you are indifferent, I would suggest that staying at the Trump International (or Trump Soho) will be viewed as a declaration of solidarity with the man, whether that is your intention or not.

    As a frequent traveler, my general view is that one shouldn't go out of one's way to offend the locals by engaging in behavior that they might consider offensive, regardless of how that behavior is considered at home.  As a local, I know that staying at one of Trump's hotels in New York would meet that standard.


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  • davar98

    davar98

    21 Dec, 2016 09:57 am

    Went here for breakfast years ago. Average experience. If you must go Trump - the Trump SoHo hotel is much, much nicer, and with way better service. Or if you want to be in Columbus Circle - there is the fabulous Mandarin Oriental - visit the bar at the very least.
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  • Koru17

    Koru17

    21 Dec, 2016 03:20 pm

    I think this is a solid 4 star, not 5 star. It needs a bit of a refurb. However it's a great location. That said, I have seen a few reviews for the new Trump Hotel in Washington DC, and that looks more elegant and refined.
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  • Flying Fish

    AWA2602

    22 Dec, 2016 06:40 am

    Stayed here for a couple nights in 2013 and the decor and furnishings back then were looking tired and worn; all of it looks like it was purchased in the 90's from "4-Star Hotel Interior Design For Beginners Guidebook", there's nothing interesting or particularly stylish about anything or the way its put together. Unlike it's namesake the interiors are inoffensive and uninteresting. The service was OK, certainly no better than any other 4-Star hotel I've stayed (all the more painful when you're paying 5-Star prices).  There are so many much better hotels in New York, its hard to understand why you'd chose this dated, average-at-best option.  Dining at Jean George and Nougatine (both of which are splendid) is the only feasible reason to visit Trump International Hotel.
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