A Manhattan address can’t get much better than The Thompson Central Park. Step outside and walk a few blocks and you’ll eye the iconic Columbus Circle, and in the other direction, Broadway. Cross the street and you’ll find the south end of Central Park, where horses and carriages queue. It is literally only a few steps from Fifth Avenue’s medley of shops – think Prada, Bergdorf Goodman and Tiffany & Co, to name a few. Taxis stand ready and waiting to whisk you around town, and public transport options are plentiful (nine subway lines within a walk of 10 minutes or less).
The Thompson Central Park feels like it should be a stuffy hotel sitting among the coolness of downtown, but it's far from it. The staff are accommodating and friendly, so don't expect any pretence. There are plenty of perks here – from the 24-hour fitness centre to The Thompson’s own resident speakeasy and restaurant “Burger Joint”. The hotel recently opened in 2021, so we expect they will be adding a further array of other choices here over the next year. After our recent stay at The Thompson Hollywood, we were very excited to try the brand’s swanky new Big Apple branch.
The rooms are decently sized – particularly for this part of town – and have simple décor, free of clutter. All accommodations come with a desk, walk-in showers stocked with the classic Thompson bath amenities, and a fluffy all-white bed, as well as high ceilings and tall windows. Complimentary soft mini-bar items like peanuts and your favourite bevvies get replenished daily; alcohol, which includes beer from local brands like The Bronx Brewery. Not all rooms have notable views, but those on the higher floors look up at Billionaires' Row, and down onto the leafy oasis of Central Park.
The chic minimalist rooms have a lux feel with walnut-style wood furniture accented by golden brass. Forest green, mustard and teal furnishings add contrast to the moody tones. All rooms include blackout curtains and are soundproof; bathrooms all fitted with Brooklyn-based D.S. & Durga amenities.
Breakfast was also a delight; the French Toast is one of the best I’ve ever had – other options included the egg white omelette with feta and spinach, Jewish black seed bagels, pancakes, cold-pressed juice, and coffee or tea. This is all best-enjoyed in bed.
Serene rooms, a central location and complimentary touches (like the welcome wagon) make this an easy choice in Midtown.
The Thompson Central Park, 119 W 56th Street, New York, NY 10019, United States, +1 212-805-8800
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