The Martinique is a Hilton Hotel under the Curio brand. It’s listed on the register of Historic Hotels of America and blends French Renaissance and Art Deco styles. I chose it because it was a Hilton in a good location, looked interesting and didn’t add a resort fee. I wouldn’t choose to stay again.
I’d booked the first night using points, the following four paid. The points night was for a King bed, the rest a Queen. I was surprised that reception had to make a call to find out if I could be allocated a King for the entire stay – it was clear that Hilton Diamond members didn’t receive upgrades at the Martinique. Our second room was booked as a Gold member and didn’t fare much better. We were both thanked for our loyalty.
The elevators were opposite a beautiful ornate staircase.
With a Christmas tree already set up.
Both rooms were small, although I suppose it is an historic hotel in New York.
The view from my 12th Floor room was very disappointing.
The bathroom was tiny and I had to shut the door just to use the shower or the loo. There wasn’t a bathrobe.
At least the room felt like it had been refurbished – well except for the air conditioning unit that was a little noisy and I imagine would be annoying in the Summer.
There wasn’t a wardrobe, just a rail in a recess. The same recess contained a safe, but that meant that trousers couldn’t be hung at full length.
A small table contained two bottles of water and a coffee/tea-making machine.
The large flat-screen TV had plenty of channels.
There were plenty of USB and power sockets.
The wi-fi was very good.
A lady knocked at my door and gave me two bars of chocolate as a thank you for being a Diamond member – I appreciated the gesture.
Breakfast was in, what I assume was, a temporary room on the Mezzanine floor. It was okay and there was an omelette station. The room wasn’t set up to deal with cooking and so I found my clothes adopted a cooking smell.
The concierge was really friendly and helpful.
I discovered, just by chatting to someone in the elevator, that there was a sort of lounge on on the 17th Floor. I’m not sure who is allowed to use it, but I went to have a look – just some sodas, tea, coffee and cereal bars. There wasn’t a card entry and so anyone could use it if they knew it existed – it would have been nice if the hotel had told me about it.
On the penultimate day, I asked for a late checkout. The lady on reception said “1 pm maximum” without checking my room number nor status. I asked if it could be 2 pm as I was a Diamond member, she called the manager and he agreed to that.
I just received my room bill by email. There were a whole load of NY taxes added (these aren’t the hotels fault so I’ll list them at the end of this page). What really annoyed me was the charge for a single local call I made to the Rainbow Room at the top of Rockerfeller Centre – $15.25 – outrageous!
There are some positive aspects of the Martinique, but also plenty of negatives. I can’t recommend this hotel and it will appear at 22nd place in the my list of Hilton Hotels around the Globe.
Martinique New York on Broadway
49 W 32nd Street,
New York City,
Phone: +1 (212) 736-3800
NY Taxes added:
Sales Tax 8.875%
Occupancy Tax 5.875%
Hotel Room Tax $2.00
Hotel Room Unit Tax $1.50