Wedding Hotel Stay at the Conrad New York Luxury Suite
While I live in New York City as do many of my groomsmen, my fiancé at the time and some of her bridesmaids did not live in the city. Given that our wedding was in Manhattan, we had to find a place that was big enough for my fiancé and three out of four bridesmaids (one lives in the city), was not too expensive, and was clean. For those familiar with New York City, you know how impossible that can be sometimes! Except it’s a whole lot easier if you use airline miles and hotel points especially when you leverage the free Hilton HHonors gold status and free Hyatt diamond status you can obtain.
In the end, we decided to book the Conrad New York, which is a Hilton property and was recently remodeled thus very clean. It’s not in a busy touristy area (which may be a negative to some but a positive for us) but instead located near the Hudson River down by Battery Park. Most importantly, I used the Hilton HHonors points I’ve collected to book two rooms at the Conrad New York for free. For the first room, I booked four nights using 145,000 Hilton HHonors points; Hilton HHonors has since devalued their points as of March 2013 and it will cost more points now. For the second room, I booked two nights using the two free weekend night certificates I received from opening the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve credit card. With the gold status that came with the credit card, we then got upgraded to a luxury suite and received free breakfast, free internet access, and free access to the gym for all the nights at the Conrad New York!
Conrad New York Luxury Suite
The Conrad New York is a great hotel even if you don’t get upgraded to a luxury suite. It’s really hard to get large, clean rooms in Manhattan, and even their standard rooms are quite big and have a separation between the living room and the bedroom. Having said that, the luxury suite is fantastic. It has 750 sq. ft. with a large living room, two bathrooms, and a big bedroom with a king size bed.
It easily accommodates four people, and the ladies all stayed in this one room comfortably for the first night before the second room became available. And the main bathroom is huge, which may not seem like a big deal, but if you are using the hotel room for wedding purposes as well, it is a big benefit when you have multiple hair and makeup artists styling several girls at the same time.
As mentioned earlier, the free breakfast and free internet access also saved a lot of money and time in the mornings. The biggest perk about the Conrad New York for me is the Shake Shack right around the corner. I may or may not have frequented it a couple of times in the span of that weekend. Come to think of it, the button on my tuxedo did pop off the next day . . .
The Main Point
Weddings are expensive, and it can be easy to forget about the costs outside of the big stuff, such as venue, photographer, and honeymoon. By leveraging the right credit cards and the right airline miles and points, however, you can drastically reduce some of the cost. The Conrad New York is a fantastic hotel, and I recommend it not just for people who are having a wedding in the city but also for those just visiting New York City. You can stay for free as well and enjoy many of the perks by opening the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve credit card.
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