Fitzpatrick Grand Central Hotel

, New York City, United States
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Fitzpatrick Grand Central Hotel

, New York City
4 star

Rooms: 140

141 East 44th Street - New York City - New York - 10017 - United States Hotel Website | | 212 351 6800
547 Traveller

Reviews - Fitzpatrick Grand Central Hotel

Horrible Experience
Submitted by: Anthony Zezza in 23/06/05
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
The Fitzpatrick Hotel overbooked our room (We had our reservation # and everything...). We sat in the lobby for hours, as they were trying to help us. They sent us too another Hotel Fitzpatrick a few blocks away, this was hours later. We missed our dinner reservation, had to pay for the cab over to the new hotel and after the fact got billed for both hotels. After writing a letter to the Hotel and disputing the charge they credited us back. Finally, the Hotel that we ended up staying in almost felt like a hostel in Europe. Other than the robs they gave us, it was less then desirable. What a great way to spend Valentines Day weekend.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Fitzpatrick Grand Central Hotel

Comfortable and luxurious - with a few little extras.

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at the Fitzpatrick Grand Central for a week in July. The first room that I was allocated, although comfortable, was very dark and small for a weeklong stay, so I asked to be moved. The second room was larger and somewhat brighter. Indeed it was quite luxurious. The bed was large and very comfortable. The bathroom was more than adequate. There were extras in the bathroom -such as a bathrobe, moisturiser, etc. Everywhere was very clean and fresh looking. There was a fridge in the room which was very useful, also a coffee-maker, a safe and an umbrella! The staff members were friendly and helpful. The location is excellent - 100m from Grand Central Station's side entrance.
The down sides?: The rooms at the back are dark - particularly if one is on the lower floors. I believe the front rooms can be a bit noisy during the week. There are no drawers for clothes in the rooms. There were a couple of relatively inaccessible shelves in the second room - none at all in the first room. When a person is staying a week one may wish to take clothes out of suitcases. Overall, the pluses far outweigh any minuses.
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Wonderful hotel experience!

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Fitzpatrick Grand Central is a terrific value (great rates via the 'net), with an excellent service staff, great pub downstairs that provides excellent 24-hr room service, beautiful, reasonably-sized rooms with *huge* bathrooms and a terrific location. I've seen NYC condos with smaller closets and bathrooms!

I was in NYC for a medical consult, traveling with two difficult-to-please family members (senior citizen mom and frequent traveller younger brother.) Mom loved the service, hotel atmosphere and cleanliness, brother really appreciated the Irish pub on-site and international (mainly Irish) staff and clientele. I loved the comfort level (beds in both rooms were great, a/c effective and quiet, all windows opened--lovely when we wanted fresh air, and my room service Irish breakfast was excellent. Cabs were easy to get, and restaurants, bakeries and local markets all within a block or two, and the concierge was just terrific with every question we handed him (including finding a new boutique that wasn't listed in the phone book, and a hair stylist for an afternoon splurge on a rainy day.) All rooms have fridges, complimentary robes, coffeemaker and hair dryer, so you can save on packing, and pick up snacks and breakfast/lunch stuff to save on dining.

Note to those visiting NYC for services at Memorial Sloan Kettering--this hotel is an EASY 5-min. walk (less than 8 blocks) from the outpatient pavilion at 53rd and 3rd. If you really can't walk that far, catching a cab is a snap (and the bellman will help you out if you're not an experienced hailer).

All in all, the Fitz Grand Central is a lovely bit of luxury for a *very* reasonable rate. I've paid more for much less.

Absolutely first class

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I stayed for 10 days and it is difficult to find the right words to express our satisfaction.

Comfortable, clean, excellent service, smart and helpful staff, smiles all round,discreet and perfect room serice, large and extremely comfortable and quiet room about 5mx5m.

Altogether an extemely enjoyable stay and right in the centre of new York.

Strange to say but we were not duly impressed by New York Food in Restaurants and similar but we found the best food 50m away in the Dining Concourse of Central Station.

Totally recommended and at a very good price.

t believe all you read!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed in this hotel mid June. It was a real bargain & the location couldn't have been better. Was a bit nervous about staff & room after reading other reviews. The staff were pleasant, helpful & efficient & the room(although small) was really nice. The room & the bathroom were both well-appointed & clean. Small fridge was a welcome bonus in the heat to keep drinks etc cool.Compared to other Manhattan hotels I've stayed in, this was a welcome change & the website I used to book saved me quite a bit of money. Would also recommend the bagel shop next door for breakfast!

OK but expensive for what you get

from A TripAdvisor Member
The best thing about the Fitzpatrick Grand Central is its location - it's just a few blocks from the Empire State Building, 5th Avenue, Times Square, etc. We couldn't have asked for a better position.
Apart from the location though, there isn't a lot to say about this hotel - pretty average. Don't understand why it's so expensive - the rooms are small and ours was at the back of the hotel with no view - it was a bit dark and gloomy. The staff were OK but not very attentive - they pretty much left you alone, which didn't bother us too much. We didn't have breakfast at the hotel so can't comment but the dinner in the Wheeltappers pub was not too bad - the waitress was friendly enough, but then she was Irish.
I don't think I'd stay here again - probably go for a hotel in a similar location but one with a bit more style -maybe W Hotel.

Great Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
Just returned from a four day break in New York - fabulous place will deffinatley visit again. Stayed at the Fitzpatrick Grand Central - great location, within easy walking distance of everything.

Small hotel with nice entrance lobby and narrow but well lit corridors. Room was absolutley immaculate if a bit on the small side. No mini bar. Room service expensive. Bathroom adequate with hairdryer and fresh towels daily. Iron and ironing board provided - iron took ages to heat up and then didn't get hot enough to make any difference to the creases in our clothes. Bit tight on the tea and coffee making facilities - only provided enough to make one cup of coffee each - and no biscuits!!

Continental breakfast was included in the price of our stay - warm croissants, pastries and toast, tea or coffee and fresh orange juice. Waitress on first morning was really friendly and told us about the best places to visit - sadly didn't see her again and have to say the rest of the staff were rather miserable.

On our last day both lifts were out of order - we were on the 5th floor and had to carry our cases down - despite being followed down the stairs by a member of staff no offer of help was given - cases really heavy as well due to all the shopping we had done!! Cases stored in luggage room - when we requested them later from porter had to wait 20 minutes while he dealt with other people that had requested his assistance after us. Eventually asked another member of staff who took another 5 minutes to just find one of our cases and then a further 5 for the second - made us late catching our bus back to Newark airport.

Overall a clean hotel, nice and quiet - air conditioned which was good as the temps during our stay were in the mid 80's. Okay if you don't want much attention from the staff - none of the Irish hospitality they promise was evident though.

Decent hotel

from vindoc2000
Just returned from NewYork and stayed for 5 nights at the Fitzpatrick Grand Central.First, the location is excellent. Just walking distance from absolutely anything. The building itself looks dingy and probably doesn't deserve a 4* status if appearances are considered. Its a small building sandwiched between taller buildings. If you are looking for views from your window, forget about it. Dark walls and staircases is what you'll get.The lobby was small and sufficient the check in was straight forward and efficient. Found our room without any difficulty( Its a small, hotel with cramped corridors). The room was clean and well stocked but extremely small! Probably not 4* at all if room sizes are anything to go by. No mini bar but hey, considering the price of drinks in mini bars, I didn't miss it at all.The bathroom was a treat though. Clean and nice. The room service was fantastic. Very efficient and punctual. Our room was spick when we arrived every evening.Continental breakfast is included in the price which was very nice. We did'nt eat in the restaurant so cannot say anything about it. There is a great Thai restaurant around the corner though. Try it! The drinks are quite expensive in the wheel Tapper pub(Well, compared to the UK).Over all, this is a nice hotel apart from the size of the rooms in a great location with good room service

fantastic fitzpatrick

from A TripAdvisor Member
We have just returned from a 4 day holiday in New York, and our holiday was made even more special with the stay at the Fitzpatrick. The room was outstanding, the people were so nice to us and the food in the Wheel tappers Bar was great. I would recommend this hotel to anyone staying in New York. The position is great because you are so near all the attractions.

Ok...but expensive vs. overall delivery service

from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel is ok, with good rooms and efficient service. The key problem is location: it is located on the 44th between Lexington and 3rd, and due to the Grand Central train station, your cab has always to perform a "long" 3 block manouver to reach the hotel during the day, and 3 blocks in NY can last forever!!!! Prices are high.

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from AJE
I spent a long weekend with my partner at the Fitzpatrick Grand Central, over Easter. Prior to our visit, I had read the reviews on tripadvisor and had taken a look at the hotel's website. I chose to stay at the hotel, primarily because of the excellent recommendations on this site and its very central location. My partner and I were, however, very disappointed. The hotel claims to pride itself in the Irish hospitality which it offers. I saw no evidence of this, however, during our stay. I am originally from Ireland, have lived in London for several years and have stayed in many different hotels throughout the world, so I feel that I am adequately qualified to offer my opinion on the hospitality and amenities which the Fitzpatrick Grand Central offers. The staff at the hotel did not make us feel particularly welcome, at any time. They were not rude towards us - simply indifferent. Simple things like a smile or an 'hello' from the reception staff when we passed through the lobby were noticeably absent. The level of hospitality offered and the friendliness of the staff fell well below the level which I would expect from such an establishment. Although we only visited the hotel's bar, 'The Wheeltapper', once, its food was not particularly tasty or good value. My partner's Irish stew was a rather paltry affair. There was only three small pieces of lamb in a serving of the stew. For $17 we expected a little bit more. In the hotel's defence, the Fitzpatrick, is in an excellent location (about one block from Grand Central station). Our deluxe room there was, however, small. The bed was comfortable and the room and bathroom were clean but there was no mini-bar. The TV is encased in a wooden cabinet, but when we opened the doors, so that we could watch it, there was no room to walk around the bottom of the bed, which was a little annoying.The only occasion when we found the hotel staff to be particularly helpful was on the final day. We met the concierge in the lift and when we told him of our intention to catch the bus to the airport, he was extremely keen to help us to arrange our travel. He sold us tickets for the bus, telling us that he did not think that we could simply buy them from the driver at the pick-up point. It was only when we arrived at the pick-up point that we realised that he had made himself/the hotel a $12 profit out of selling us the tickets at the hotel. Moreover, the driver of the bus informed us that we could have purchased the tickets from him direct. We both felt misled and very disappointed that a member of the hotel's staff was, on this occasion only openly helpful, because he stood to make a few bucks for himself. That is not the type of Irish hospitality that, having grown up in Ireland, I am accustomed to.If you are looking for a hotel in New York, my advice is: choose somewhere else. There are lots of very centrally located hotels and, for the price, the accomodation, hospitality and service offered by the Fitzpatrick Grand Central is nothing special. The hotel claims 4 star status, however I have stayed in 3 star establishments, in various cities around the world, which offer the same level of comfort and accomodation. I will be staying elsewhere on my next visit.

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  • Address: 141 East 44th Street - New York City - New York - 10017 - United States
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