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  • Michael C 678 posts

    For next April, I currently have the possibilities of:

    -Hampton Grand Central: $240 (no fee, basic b-f)
    – (new?) Hilton Times Sq. (any reports since reopening?): $290 + fee. Fee includes $30 for food: would that
    be in addition to what I’d get for Hilton Gold? Which would be…$15 x 2?
    -Conrad Midtown: $380 (City View Junior Suite). Apparently no fee! Upside obviously the space, downside v.
    expensive b-f. Gold credit = $25 x 2?

    There are 3 of us (2 adults, one 9-yr old), so the b-f adds up, as the US doesn’t do the UK’s “free for under 12s”,
    I believe.

    Anyone stayed at any of these places for a for/against? Pretty flexi as regards location.

    Cheers!

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,152 posts

    Not stayed in any but as a data point, the Manhattan Intercontinentals charge a resort fee that includes a daily F&B credit (bizarrely runs 00.01 to 23.59 per day rather than once per hotel day (check in/check out)) and this credit is in addition to the Ambassador F&B credit from status. If Hiltons in Manhattan are mirroring the competition then I think you can expect it to be in addition to.

    Overall I don’t use Hiltons in the US as my own small personal protest against their free breakfast change for the worse/aka enhancement. My only US Hilton stay since its introduction was Crockfords LXR Las Vegas on an Amex FHR deal that made it by far the cheapest good Vegas option for weekend nights.

    Bear in mind if you dine in for breakfast at Hilton and breakfast isn’t a free ticket, they will serve you with a bill at the end with an expectation or an automatic presumption already included of a 20% or more service charge. Plus likely an additional blank space for ‘gratuity’. You may be better off money-wise and enjoy some defiance by only using your F&B credit on takeaway food and supplement any gaps in what you wanted with a trip to the nearest of Manhattan’s many Dunkin Donut branches. Cheapest breakfast bagels you’ll find and served late into the day.

    Michael C 678 posts

    Not stayed in any but as a data point, the Manhattan Intercontinentals charge a resort fee that includes a daily F&B credit (bizarrely runs 00.01 to 23.59 per day rather than once per hotel day (check in/check out)) and this credit is in addition to the Ambassador F&B credit from status. If Hiltons in Manhattan are mirroring the competition then I think you can expect it to be in addition to.

    Overall I don’t use Hiltons in the US as my own small personal protest against their free breakfast change for the worse/aka enhancement. My only US Hilton stay since its introduction was Crockfords LXR Las Vegas on an Amex FHR deal that made it by far the cheapest good Vegas option for weekend nights.

    Bear in mind if you dine in for breakfast at Hilton and breakfast isn’t a free ticket, they will serve you with a bill at the end with an expectation or an automatic presumption already included of a 20% or more service charge. Plus likely an additional blank space for ‘gratuity’. You may be better off money-wise and enjoy some defiance by only using your F&B credit on takeaway food and supplement any gaps in what you wanted with a trip to the nearest of Manhattan’s many Dunkin Donut branches. Cheapest breakfast bagels you’ll find and served late into the day.

    All good points, BWS, and makes me lean towards the basic-but-no-surprises Hampton!

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