Park South Hotel Review is part of TPOL in NYC Trip Report.
Getting There: Typically, I would recommend taking the Airtrain from JFK which is $10.75 per person (see JFK AirTrain: Why Mess with Uber to Manhattan?). But for convenience and a somewhat decent price of $58, I took Uber. I rationalized spending $40 more for two people and saving 40 minutes in transit.
I wanted to stay in a hotel close to Gaonurri, the Korean restaurant where I would be spending NYE (see Happy New Year! TPOL’s NYC NYE Party Guide). I found the Park South Hotel, a boutique hotel, bookable for either $600 or 20k points.
The hotel is located on 28th and Lexington. It’s close enough to Times Square for the obligatory NYE pilgrimage and far enough from Times Square to avoid one of the worst places in the world any other night.
If you’re looking to relax away from the main lobby, there is a nice lounge with a fireplace.
I was upgraded to a city view room. Judging by the view, I can only imagine what a room without an upgrade would be like.
The bathroom was terrible. First, it had the European-style shower door, which may look chic but only leads to floods. Second, the water pressure was weak, something common in NYC hotels. Third, the sliding door was clunky.
The hotel offers butler service through an app. Guests are given a $10 credit. I ordered two coffees for $8. I would have liked to compare the butler service to the St. Regis NYC, but the butler never arrived with the coffee.
I was given a voucher for a welcome beer or house wine at the hotel bar. There was a large selection of craft beers.
I wouldn’t pay $600 to stay here and believe that 20k points would have been steep if it was not NYE.