Rated 1 out of 5 by platinumguest1 Did not feel like a valued spg platinum member
I usually have great experiences at SPG hotels and I have been a platinum member for 7 years in a row. I hate to say it but this hotel was very lacking. My room was nice enough but upon closer examination I noticed human hair on the walls of the bathroom and on the counter. the service was also extremely slow. I asked for some q-tips to be sent up twice as it wasn't in the room as normal but nothing was brought. I just gave up.
I am spoiled by my platinum benefits usually but at this hotel I received none. I just didn't feel like a valued customer.
I sent an email to the manager to express my concerns but received no response at all.
Overall, pretty disappointed with this hotel.
June 26, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by PEMC Hotel still needs improvement
We stayed there for the weekend of October 5th, with renovations still in process. The room was nice, and spacious. The linens and pillows excellent. The amenities were not refreshed until we called housekeeping, which promptly delivered what we needed. Elevators were modern and fast. The reception staff cordial, though somewhat slow. The staff in the dining room was not interested in having a happy customer. Coffee was cold, waiter not friendly. On Sunday there was a line of more than 10 people to get in for breakfast! There is no lobby area (as of yet) where one can sit and enjoy a drink, wait for a guest, or just watch people.
October 13, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by iadsea Not ready for prime time...
This hotel is not ready for prime time:
Descent location, newly renovated rooms of good size for NYC
1. Business center closed, no advanced notice
2. No platinum recognition at check in, no ask for amenity preference
3. No glasses in bathroom, only plastic cups
4. Internet requires log in every 5 minutes after 1st day (may not be common)
For the $415/night I paid with a corporate discount, the hotel was an awful value. Choose a different SPG hotel in NYC.
October 11, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by mmarcus Chaos at best!
The hotel is a disaster! I have stayed in many NYC hotels and NEVER one where the rooms are this small.
The check in process is just plain chaos. There is no effort to control the SPG Gold and Platinum line. The check in desk is a free for all and very chaotic. If you are an SPG elite member and expect an upgrade, you have to ASK for it. They do nothign automatically for you. Which is why I guess the front desk is run so poorly.
Once you get to the rooms expect something that looks like it was designed in the 80's and as a closet. The plugs in the desk didn't work and while most new hotels are putting in plugs beside the bed...this one didn't. Hope two people are not traveling together and plan on being in the bathroom at the same time...You practically have to stand on the toilet to close the door. All of this and I was in a corner room....
The SPG breakfast amenity is just a joke. A cup of coffee, a 600 calorie muffin and inedible yogurt. All in all pathetic!
August 9, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by rrb2008 Disappointing
I've been an SPG Platinum member for several years now and have stayed at this property about 15 times over the past 3 years since it was rebranded as a Westin. I had trouble with the in-room wi-fi on my last visit and tried to call "Service Express" by pressing the button on the phone. For 1.5 hours, I got nothing but a busy signal. Also found hair in the bathtub and the hair dryer filter was full of lint and had someone else's long hair sticking out. Not what i expect from this property and will choose other options in the future.
October 7, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Twinn2013 Love the location but not quite impressed about the associate.
Was staying for Superbowl weekend, Jan 29 - Feb 3, 2014. My stay overall was wonderful, the room was big enough for New York standard hotels but was not really pleasant with most of the associates in front desk and lobby. I agreed with most of the reviewers here about how poor customer service skills from front desk and the greeter associates in the lobby.
The greeters should have a friendly smile and willingness to help in any way would go a long way with hotel guests entering the lobby, instead, most of them was just talking each other and careless about guests walking to lobby without smile or even bother saying "Good afternoon, Welcome to Westin Grand Central New York".
Also my friends and I realized that the greeters was looking up at us from head to toe and judge us from our appearance every time we walked in or out the lobby without smile and without greeting us at all, Maybe because of my race?
I believe every guest staying in Westin hotels or with any Starwoods Hotels & Resorts deserve to receive an EQUAL service level from the hotel, regardless of their appearance, race, age, sx orientation and religion
For Westin Grand Central New York GM :
Please watch surveillance camera periodically in the main lobby, and please pay attention to the greeter and front desk staffs, you will find out why most of SPG elite members staying in your hotel complaining for. Also, I hope your hotel participate for Make a Green Choice Program soon to save our environment.
February 4, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by MHHKR Does not meet Westin's level of proper guest service.
Location is decent
Nicely renovated/clean rooms
Service, service, service
October 15, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by rbsimons Soluzione ideale per NY
It's the third time I went in Westin Grand Central, this time with my familty for summer holidays (August 2014). According to me this hotel represents one of the best solutions in Manhattan in terms of price / quality. Staff caring for you. Strategic location, modern and large rooms (very quiet), high attention to cleanliness. Price more than correct for such a high level hotel in the upper part of Manhattan
October 3, 2014