Around the World in Cathay, Singapore, and Lufthansa First: Radisson Martinique on Broadway

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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.

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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.

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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.

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There was a television, and a few free bottles of water.

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There was a clean bathroom with a high-powered shower.

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There was a sink and toiletries.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for the trip report. We’re staying at Hyatt Place Midtown, but that Radisson was definitely on my radar.

  2. seems like a perfectly serviceable room, but i’d quibble with your assessment of the location. i can’t remember the last time i actually hung out in midtown. sure its near penn station, but unless you’re doing ultra touristy things like times square, i wouldn’t want to spend much time there. and being near the subway isn’t much of a selling point as that goes for most of manhattan.

  3. Actually, Korea Town is a great location in Manhattan. I think proximity to a subway stop is a huge plus, it’s something I always look for in NYC. In fact, for me, it’s crucial in the winter. And, if you’re only staying a night or two on a long trip, being near Penn Station or Grand Central (air train or Olympia Trails bus stops) means much easier and cheaper transport between airport and lodging with no taxi fares and hassles. Everyone has their own priorities, a mid-town hotel makes sense for many.

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