Arriving at JFK – April 2014
I had booked a limo to meet us at JFK (approximately $143) because I hadn’t been before and had no idea what to expect. Next time I will pick up a cab at the airport $52 flat fare, plus toll and tip. Don’t get me wrong, the limos are just fantastic – I felt like a rock star – and they seat at least 6 people, but for parties of three or less, get a cab.
After a 50 minute journey, we arrived at the W, right in the heart of Times Square at about 7.30p.m. NYC time. Check-in is on the 7 floor and the Living Room and bar are also on that level. As soon as the lift doors opened, the music and the party atmosphere was infectious and the staff very welcoming. Initial observations were that everything was happening in the near darkness. A trait we would find out later is pretty prevalent in NYC. We were shown to our Spectacular Room on the 32nd floor with the view over Times Square and the Hudson River where the sun was setting. Spectacular indeed.
The room itself was adequate, but also pretty dark. Even though I had picked up new prescription glasses before I left the UK it was pretty difficult to see in the gloaming! The W boasts that you can retreat to rooms that quiet the city’s roar to a purr. The open showers, breathtaking skyline view, W signature bed with 350-thread count sheets, and lush robes in our 509 guest rooms and 43 suites make staying in a statement, not a question. They were not wrong. The beds were incredibly comfortable and the sheets uber soft. I slept like a baby the whole time I was there.
There are no coffee or tea making facilities in the rooms at the W, although you can make a request for a coffee or tea maker. Or pack a travel kettle and take your own supply of caffeine. Otherwise head out early to get your caffeine fix. There are hundreds of places to chose from and there is a Starbucks on every corner.