50 Central Park South
New York, New York
I think that each and every one of you should milk your birthday as much as possible! I definitely practice what I preach normally celebrating the entire month of July. So, when it snuck up on me this year…and I only had one week to plan…did I panic? no…I did what anyone would do…I made reservations for a weekend trip to New York City.
Since it was summer, and a celebration, we decided to stay in the central park area. With many choices we were finally swayed by two sale offers and made reservations at the Ritz Carlton Central Park. Upon check in, I was wished a happy birthday by no less that four people and upgraded to a Park View Room. As you can imagine, I was already walking on air, when asked if we would like to pay for upgraded club access I immediately responded…yes!
The club level at the Ritz Carlton includes five meal preparations each day as well as snacks and drinks (yes, alcohol is included). Most people would probably say it is not worth the $75 per person charge but it is New York City and we enjoyed three meals there as well as countless drinks. (and, hey, I can justify any extravagance). We were escorted directly to the Club so we could benefit from the lunch service and upon entering three more people greeted me with…you guessed it…Happy Birthday! I could get used to this.
Upon entering our room, I was struck with several things at once. First, it was very large for a New York hotel room. Second, it was full of wonderful details like…
A working telescope overlooking Central Park complete with bird books. The views out the two large windows were spectacular. One of my favorite NYC activities is people watching and we could people watch right from our room.
The details and service continued throughout our stay one of the club concierges spent 30 minutes with me suggesting restaurants and shopping locations. But one of the best details waited for me when we returned from dinner on my birthday. A plate of chocolate covered strawberries and a birthday card.
We loved the Ritz Carlton Central Park and are probably ruined for any other hotel in NYC.