Waldorf Astoria New York City Review

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.


Photo from Hotel Discount


  • 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.

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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.


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