New York advice

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  1. ninashinmon

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    I am going to New York and cannot decide between The Pierre, Mandarin Oriental,Park Hyatt and Baccarat Hotel.
    Has anyone been to any of these properties ?
    Has anyone stayed in NYC and has any advice?
     
  2. lapointdm

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    Pick the one closest to where you want to be. Getting around NY is a pain even with public transport. If you can walk from where you are that is the most convenient. can't really go wrong with any of those hotels!
     
  3. Wandering Aramean
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    As someone living in NYC I could not disagree more with this view.

    Also, the OP has named 4 hotels which are all essentially at the same place in the City. The difference between them is about 5 minutes walking at most.
     
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    I think it depends on your walk of life and where you are from. I like visiting NYC and have been there many times. I live in NY State but not in the city area. Just where I live I can get to everything in 10 to 15 minutes, and I in general haven't found that to be so in NYC. Expectations of time to get from point A to point B being longer in a large city more than anything. If someone lives in a large city they probably won't find visiting NYC longer to get around any different that what they are used too.

    I figure a visitor will want to be close to where they want to visit and spend less time on the subway, walking, taxi's, etc.
     
  5. UA191

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    Would definitely suggest the Mandarin Oriental - extraordinary experience.
    Also - it's in the same building as CNN, and they often put up guests there, so you might see a few interesting people!
     
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    As someone who grew up just outside NYC and spends lots of time in the boroughs when back in NY I also take exception to OP's statement (with the exception of getting crosstown in many areas).
     
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    Don't turn right on red.
     
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    Don't walk around with your mouth ajar looking at all the buildings.
     
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    Don't ask for mayo on your corned beef on rye.
     
  10. LIH Prem
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    Half the people who give you advice here are lying. The other half have no idea what they are talking about.
     
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    Learn how to say "fugedaboutit"
     
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  12. LIH Prem
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    I'm here all week folks
     
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  13. LIH Prem
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    I can honestly say I've never stayed at any of those hotels. The Pierre is old school fancy. If you stay there, I'd like to hear about it.

    -David
     
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    Agreed. Probably been to NY more times than I can remember. But walking was the best thing around the big apple. Since the distance between all those properties are 5 mins at most. I'd say it comes down to pricing and service.
     
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    Nah. You should have channeled Yogi and stated something along the lines of: 90% of the people here are lying. The other half have no idea.
     
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  16. kwai
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    Nobody goes to NY anymore, it's too crowded.
     
  17. I am not sure why this is not in Luxury Hotels forum!
    I am also not sure why this is randomly placed !
     
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  18. not if your hotel has a private car service :)
     
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    I have a friend who swears by The Pierre as she would stay there every year, staff treated her great. I have also had friends give rave reviews for MO. Similarly, PH gets mostly thumbs up (check out the various bloggers who have stayed there). The one I have not heard about is Baccarat. I don't think any of these choices would be horrible.

    As for other advice, as you can see, a few NYers (ex and current) that can help answer specific questions about NYC that you may have.
     
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    The Pierre and the PH are of completely opposite styles. OP should figure out what type of hotel would be a better fit for him/her.

    PH is brand new, but there have been complaints about service, etc.
     
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    LOL, makes me remember a trip a few years ago to visit my grandpa on Long Island...took a day trip (ok, it was a Saturday) into the City. Drove a minivan in then took transit around, very easy and very fun. Kids had a blast playing in Central Park too.
     
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    NYC public transportation works ! It simply does ! ;) many a times, it's faster getting from A to B in a subway than a cab.
     
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    When crossing the street remember "The yellow ones don't stop"
     
  24. kwai
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    And when the crossing hand is red, and there are no cars barreling down, neither do the pedestrians. ;)
     
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    If the list was the only option I'd choose the MO myself. The PH experience would be nice but it's still under construction and as you've said recent reviews show that the staff still needs to get up to speed.

    Considering the list though and the prices associated with these hotels, I'm sure there would be other suggestions -- unless the OP is restricted to the list or to the exact area.
     

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