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By Tallulah Dumonde

Truer words have never been spoken and they happen to be prime descriptors for New York City’s Le Parker Meridien Hotel. Soaring 42 stories above West 57th Street, two blocks from Central Park, half a block from Carnegie Hall and just a short cab ride from Times Square, the combination Gothic-Modern hotel is definitely in a prime location.

The rooms are average to above in size with a more utilitarian, contemporary approach (think Scandinavia house-IKEA hybrid) than other hotels in the area…which is a good thing if you prefer clean lines and minimalist surroundings, but might leave you a bit disappointed if you’re looking for the opulence of other high end Manhattan hotels. Rooms also come equipped with high-speed internet, work desks, flat-screen TV with VCR/CD/DVD players. The bathroom area follows the same no-frills theme, with ample space and limited decor.

What the rooms lack in grandeur, the hotel makes up for in hospitality. The room service menu is ample and amusing and the folks running that division of the hotel were extremely helpful and friendly. Le Parker Meridien boasts some very well known restaurants, too. Norma’s is a favorite breakfast hangout of celebs and high profile New Yawkas, and with good reason. This is definitely one of the best breakfast places in the city. The Burger Joint, often rated as NYC’s best hamburger spot, is located on the hotel’s ground floor. For fabulous French cuisine, Seppi’s combines classic and modern culinary influences and evokes the charm of old New York and Paris.

Other great things about the hotel include Gravity, a 15,000-square-foot health club with a glass-enclosed rooftop pool and spa services. Le Parker Meridien also allows pets weighing 35 lbs or less; just remember to advise your booking agent when you book your room. And…ready for this one? Every time you step on the elevator you’re treated to cartoons! Tom & Jerry or Donald Duck run 24/7. Perfect reason to book a room on a high floor and make lots of trips downstairs to explore all that Le Parker Meridien has to offer.

Originally published July 2005
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