Hotel Pennsylvania is located around the corner from the Empire State Building and directly across the street from Madison Square Garden (MSG) at 401 Seventh Avenue and 33rd Street in New York City. It’s very easily accessible and right in the thick of things. It’s only a short walk to Times Square and a slightly longer walk to Grand Central Terminal. Penn Station is directly across the street with MSG.
I’ve been to Hotel Pennsylvania before, but never stayed overnight. Once or twice a year, I participate as a panelist for the National Publicity Summit and it’s held at Hotel Pennsylvania. According to their website, Hotel Pennsylvania is a landmark hotel that opened in 1919. It was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad and operated by Ellsworth Statler nearly a century ago.
The hotel offers your standard rooms and suites that offer separate seating areas to single, double, triple and quad rooms. There is also the Penn 5000 Club rooms that has extra benefits, including a mini-refrigerator and a flat screen TV. We stayed in a Penn 5000 Club room that was graciously upgraded to us after the manager found out we were there celebrating my honey’s birthday.
We walked down the hall and then down another long hall (okay maybe it wasn’t so long, but remember our legs were sore from our long day that we had) to our room. The room was nice and comfortable and we had the refrigerator and the flat screen TV. It was definitely a suitable accommodation for our night and affordable for us, which is always a plus. Combined with the great location, it’s a good choice for those who are visiting NYC.
A few doors down from the hotel was an all-night store that had a buffet, sandwiches and a wide variety of drinks and snacks.
Virgin Traveler Tip: This is a great hotel to stay at if you’re in town for a sporting event or concert at MSG. It’s also pet friendly!
Virgin Traveler Tip: When you find a hotel you are interested in, follow them on Facebook and Twitter and check their sites on a regular basis for specials. Once, I found a hotel special for a different hotel that was posted for, literally, 90 minutes. By the time I could tell others about it, it was gone. My savings? $300 for the night.
Address: New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 Seventh Avenue at 33rd Street New York, NY 10001; Toll-free: 1.800.223.8585.