Having just landed at Newark after a First Class flight from Honolulu, I took the AirTrain to New York Penn Station, and walked the few blocks to the Radisson Martinique on Broadway.
I had two free one-night certificates at any Radisson in the United States, and I knew that a New York City hotel would probably be the most expensive place to use them.
Although we arrived at 1 PM, several hours before check in, my friend and I were quickly checked in and given the keys to a room with double beds.
How was the room? How’s the location? Is the Radisson Martinique on Broadway worth your cash or your Club Carlson points?
The room itself was adequate. There were two comfortable beds with several pillows.
There was a television, and a few free bottles of water.
There was a clean bathroom with a high-powered shower.
There was a sink and toiletries.
There wasn’t much character or anything that endeared the room to me, but there also weren’t any flaws, signs of wear, or problems with the room.
The room felt like an average size for a hotel room, which is a positive in New York, where I’ve stayed in some matchboxes.
New York City strikes me as a city too interesting and too full of long-lost friends to spend much time in my room anyway, so the most important thing to me was the location.
On that front, I really liked the Martinique. It was at a subway stop, just a few blocks walk from Penn Station, and a short walk to Times Square.
The Martinique is proud of its history, but that wasn’t particularly relevant to my enjoyment of the stay.
But would I recommend the Martinique as a good value?
The Value Proposition
For a two-night midweek stay next month, the Martinique is going for about $750 total after taxes on the prepaid rate.
In my mind, that’s outrageous, except that compared to comparably located hotels, it’s actually reasonable. Luckily you can also get the hotel with points.
The hotels goes for 50,000 Club Carlson Gold Points per night. Remember that the Club Carlson Visa Signature card offers cardholfers the last night free on multi-night award stays, so cardholders would get a two night stay for 50,000 points total!
I value Club Carlson points at about 0.4 cents each, so two nights for only $200 worth of points is a steal compared to the $750 sticker price. I don’t think you can find a better deal on a solid, but not spectacular hotel in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Please tell me if I’m wrong in the comments.
Full Trip Report
- Introduction and Mistakes
- Honolulu to Newark in a flat bed in United First
- Radisson Martinique on Broadway
- Cathay Pacific First Class, New York to Hong Kong
- Grand Hyatt Macau
- Jetstar from Singapore to Cambodia (Low Cost Carrier Tips in Asia and Europe)
- Le Meridien Angkor Wat
- How to Do Angkor Wat
- The Private Room (Singapore Airlines Lounge) in Singapore
- Singapore First Class, Singapore to London
- The May Fair Hotel London
- Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt
- Lufthansa First Class, Frankfurt to Washington-Dulles