Hotel review: We stayed at the Conrad New York Downtown — here's why the all-suite Hilton offering is worth the high price tag


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  • If you’re visiting New York and looking for an upscale luxury
    hotel with extra space, the all-suite
    Conrad New York Downtown
    makes a great base.
  • Located in trendy TriBeCa, you’ll avoid Midtown crowds while
    still enjoying easy access to coveted dining and entertainment,
    with incredible Hudson River views.
  • Rated five stars and part of the
    Hilton
    family of hotels, nightly rates start at $300 in low
    season, and go up to approximately $600 depending on occupancy,
    room choice, and time of year.

Many first-time visitors to New York will always solely fixate
on Times Square. As a slightly jaded New Yorker, it’s hard to
comprehend. But as a fellow traveler, I get it: you’re drinking in
the infectious energy of a place that’s entirely new.

The
Conrad New York Downtown
is not for that traveler. Rather, it’s
for the person who’s already pushed their way through Times Square,
and now wants something more local, refined, and to experience
other nooks of New York that are far less-in-your-face. 

Wedged between trendy TriBeCa and residential Battery Park, the
five-star property from
Hilton’s luxury Conrad portfolio
places you smack in the heart
of lower Manhattan. The hotel is directly across from both upmarket
Brookfield Place shopping and dining, and a lush park facing the
Hudson River.

An all-suite offering, you’ll be hard-pressed to find more
spacious accommodations in all of Manhattan. Depending on when you
visit, the Conrad can cost anywhere from $300 to $600 per night.
That’s a big gap, but consider whether you’re visiting midweek, on
a weekend, or during peak holiday season. New York hotels are also
notoriously expensive, even when they’re not high-end. If you hold
a
Hilton-branded credit card
, you’ll not only rack up points with
a visit but could potentially redeem a stay as well.

I visited on a Tuesday in October and while my room was comped
for review purposes, my research showed a similar week night to
fall at that lower end, from $300 to $350. Had I stayed on a
weekend, it would have quickly pushed $500.

But here’s the good news — it’s well worth the money.

Keep reading to see why I was so impressed with the Conrad
New York Downtown.

1 Hotel Reviews Banner first impression


Conrad New York Street Entrance

With its cavernous entrance and exposed guest hallways, the
Conrad’s lobby atrium somehow feels like both a contemporary art
museum and a futuristic spaceship hangar.

Conceptual artist Sol LeWitt’s 13-story blue and purple painting
“Loopy Doopy” (also the namesake for the hotel’s rooftop bar) makes
a strong statement, complemented by Monica Ponce de Leon’s “Veils,”
a dramatic dangling steel installation. The works hint to a larger
theme of art — 2,000 pieces are woven throughout 463 guest room,
public spaces, and 30,000 square feet of meeting space.


Conrad lobby at night

Checking in was easy, and the staff were welcoming and extremely
helpful, quick to point out key hotel features and amenities.

2 Hotel Reviews Banner The room


Conrad bedroom

I zipped up 10 floors to my
Hudson River View King Suite
, which was located right off the
main elevator bank — something I typically try to avoid.
Fortunately, all suites feature separate living and sleeping areas,
so hallway noise was non-existent in the bedroom, which could be
sectioned off by two different partitions. This is a great feature
for families or groups. 

Entry level offerings at the all-suite Conrad New York in
TriBeCa tout 430 square feet, which seems downright palatial
compared to many of the trendy micro-room hotels currently
commanding New York tourists’ attention. Executive and luxury
suites with 700 square feet are also available for even more space,
with walk-in closets, sleeper sofas, and larger living rooms.

My room was a slight upgrade in that it offered sweeping views
of the Hudson River, right from bed.


Conrad New York

Decor was made up of light wood and sleek stone for a soothing,
neutral palette. The living room was functional, with a work desk,
espresso machine, and wet bar. My couch showed a bit of wear and
tear with some visible stains, but aside from that, the room was
immaculate. 

The standout for me was, without doubt, the shower. Separate
from the toilet and double sink bathroom, the expansive walk-in
rainfall shower nearly doubled as a steam room when in use. I
emerged as blissful as if I had slipped away to the spa.
Surprisingly, there were no bathrobes. This felt like a missed
opportunity on the hotel’s part. 


Conrad New York bathroom

Nightly turndown service was a nice perk, which set out plush
slippers by my bedside. The king bed was exceedingly soft and
comfortable, and a highlight.

While the bedroom was private and removed, there was audible
noise from outside. River views also came with regular ferry horn
blasts, which started fairly early, plus some standard New York
City traffic. The latter was significantly less however than other
neighborhoods like Midtown. Because I’m a light sleeper, if I found
myself at the Conrad again, I would consider foregoing the view for
a quieter location, if available.

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a Hudson River King, or explore other room types, here

3 Hotel Reviews Banner On site amenities


Conrad rooftop views

Adjacent to the lobby you’ll find Atrio, a wine bar and
restaurant, and upstairs, the seasonal Loopy Doopy Rooftop. From
April to October, Loopy Doopy is absolutely worth a stop for views
and cocktails like signature Prosecco boozy ice pops. In-room
dining is also available, though it’s quite expensive.

There’s no spa, though the hotel can arrange for services, and
there is an onsite barbershop and nail salon. The gym was under
renovation during my visit but should be open quite soon with all
new equipment. 

4 Hotel Reviews Banner What's nearby

What’s not? Nearly everything looks and feels brand new in this
corner of lower Manhattan, with popular New York City eateries
opening outposts in the high-end shopping mall, Brookfield Place.
Look for favorites like Parm, Seamore’s, Shake Shack, and Le
District, which is the French answer to Eataly, as well as trendy
food hall, Hudson Eats.

Venture farther and you’re steps from the National 9/11 Memorial
Museum, Wall Street, and the Financial District. The nearby Fulton
Center houses just about every subway line to get anywhere
else.

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5 Hotel Reviews Banner What others say

The Conrad is a
Trip Advisor
favorite, ranked 27 out of 504 hotels in New York
City, with a 4.5 out of 5 rating from over 4,000 glowing reviews.
Similarly, it’s earned a
9.1 on Booking
. You’ll have to look hard for negative feedback,
which generally echoes my findings of light wear and tear.

6 Hotel Reviews Banner What you need to know

Who stays here: Hilton loyalists, corporate
business types, families, tourists who don’t want to be in or near
Times Square, and people with pets — this property is
pup-friendly.

We like: The spacious, high-end guest rooms
with a TriBeCa address.  

We love (don’t miss this feature!): The shower.
The design was so stunning, with perfect pressure, and felt totally
spa-like. If I ever have the chance to design a bathroom in my
home, I want it to be just like this.

We think you should know: The concierge can be
a great resource as they hold strong relationships with Brookfield
Place. This means they can arrange VIP shopping experiences,
on-demand suits and tailoring, and elevated dining experience. Most
people don’t know about these services. Take them up on it. 

We’d do this differently next time: While
TriBeCa and Battery Park are considerably quieter than other areas
of New York, they are not without some noise. I’d ask the front
desk for a quiet location next time to see if I could do even
better. 

7 Hotel Reviews Banner Bottom Line

The
Conrad New York
is the kind of place you stay when you want to
splurge and spread out downtown with fewer crowds. It’s great if
you’re planning to explore lower Manhattan, or want to mix things
up and try TriBeCa, which is a cool neighborhood that locals
actually like, too. Best for business travelers, downtown-minded
tourists, you should strongly consider this luxury offering the
next time you find yourself visiting lower New York, and want to
earn Hilton loyalty points too.   

Book
the Conrad New York Downtown, starting at $300 per night

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Hotel review: We stayed at the Conrad New York Downtown — here's why the all-suite Hilton offering is worth the high price tag