We redeemed a Hilton free weekend night certificate from the Citi Hilton Reserve card to stay at the iconic Waldorf Astoria property on our recent trip to New York.
- The best part is probably just the charm of this historic hotel.
- Free water bottles and free Wi-Fi for Hilton gold members.
- Two free drink vouchers to use at any of the hotel’s bars or restaurants. Up to a $20 value each, and included tax and gratuity. We used ours at the Bull and Bear, because around 10 p.m. on Sunday it was the only one still open.
- Great Midtown location, with several subway stations only a block or two away.
- Does not offer any type of free breakfast for Hilton gold members. (Highly recommend walking one block over to 51st and 3rd to Ess-A-Bagel for a cheap, delicious, authentic NY breakfast. TIP: If you just want bagels, not a sandwich, you can walk around the huge line to the bagel counter to save time).
- Hardly any outlets in the room
- The room was very cold and we had it turned up as hot as it could go. Was great for sleeping, but a little chilly anytime else.
- The room itself was pretty small. As Hilton gold members we did not receive an upgrade.
I’m definitely glad we stayed here once as it was on our travel bucket list, but I probably won’t be redeeming any free nights here in the future. I was most disappointed they didn’t offer breakfast for gold members. You can check this Flyer Talk thread for a list of gold breakfast options at Hilton family hotels. The free breakfast benefit can be huge in New York City, where breakfast for two can easily run you $100, so in the future I’d probably choose a NYC Hilton that honors the breakfast benefit.
Point redemption would be 70,000 Hilton points per night if you choose to go that route. As I said in my review of the Park Hyatt New York, we personally don’t think it’s worth it to redeem that many points just to have a super fancy hotel. After a quick check, it appears some nights the rate is “as cheap” as around $250, so if you do want to stay at the Waldorf do the math to see if it’s even worth using points or paying the cash rate.