The Trump offers variety of one-night packages


NEW YORK -- At 52 stories, the Trump International Hotel & Tower takes full advantage of its commanding presence on the southwest corner of Central Park.

It offers accommodations with a park view, a city view or both.

During a recent inspection of the property, an executive one-bedroom suite with 9-foot-high windows provided incredible views of the park on one side and Broadway on the other.

The Trump recently completed a soft-goods renovation, the first phase of a $10 million upgrade project. New upholstery color schemes featured in the guest rooms and suites are rich yet subtle, mostly beiges, golds, greens and cinnamons.

Suites at Trump International Hotel & Tower provide a skyline view of Manhattan's Central Park and Broadway. Everything from the pillows to the hand towels to the bath amenities is top-of-the-line quality. The bathrooms are marble, the TVs are plasma screens and each guest receives a supply of business cards sporting the Trump logo, signifying they are "in residence" at the hotel.

The hotel has 167 guest rooms, including 38 deluxe and superior rooms, 89 one-bedroom suites and 40 two-bedroom suites. All have entertainment centers with CD players, DVD players and VCRs; Internet access; fax machines; and dual-line phones.

The lobby is surprisingly small by Trump standards, consisting of a short check-in counter, two leather couches and a chair; but its high ceiling helps it to look spacious, and its crystal chandelier makes it fancy.

The lobby shares the first floor with the restaurant Jean Georges.

Suites have fully equipped European-style kitchens, although you've got to wonder whether the people who routinely stay in this hotel ever open the cabinets. More likely, they will use the "in-suite dining" service, which brings a chef from Jean Georges to the suite to cook for guests.

A spa offers massage and body treatments, a fitness center and a 55-foot-long lap pool.

Meetings are big business at the Trump International. The hotel offers an 800-square-foot function room, a 400-square-foot executive boardroom and a roundtable conference room, all with -- you guessed it -- views, views and more views.

Firms that hold meetings here are assigned an "attache" who personally sees to the needs of planners and participants. Coffee breaks are held outdoors on the Trump Terrace, weather permitting; meals are brought in from Jean Georges, and an in-house yoga instructor is on hand to provide rejuvenation to stressed executives.

The property is offering several packages. Among them are:

• The one-night Decadence Package, which covers suite accommodations, a seven-course tasting menu from Jean Georges, a couples massage, champagne and flowers and a luxury car transfer from the guest's home (within 60 miles of the hotel). It runs $2,400 and is available through August.

• An Enchantment Package, which includes one night in a suite, a four-hour photography instruction session in Central Park, one breakfast or lunch for two and a foot massage for two. It costs $2,200 and is offered through 2004.

• The Kids on Central Park plan, which provides one night's accommodations for a family in a two-bedroom suite; a refrigerator stocked with goodies; a silver spoon from Tiffany's; a selection of DVD movies; and milk and cookies at turndown. It costs $1,465 through August.

• The Spa Package, valid through September, which features one night in a cityview suite; a Trump signature facial; one manicure; and a welcome amenity. It runs $775.

The Trump is three blocks from Lincoln Center and within shouting distance of dozens of upscale clothing and jewelry stores and restaurants.

It is situated immediately off Columbus Circle, which right now is in the midst of a construction project and not overly pleasant to look at or to navigate.

But tell clients not to worry. Once they step inside the Trump, they'll forget all their cares.

To contact reporter Donna Tunney, send e-mail to [email protected].

Room Key: Trump International Hotel & Tower
One Central Park West, New York, N.Y. 10023
Phone: (888) 448-7867
Fax: (212) 299-1150
Member: Leading Hotels of the World
General Manager: Thomas P. Downing
Rooms: 167, including 89 one-bedrooms suites and 40 two-bedroom suites.
Amenities: Entertainment centers in all rooms; Internet access; fax; personalized stationery; free local calls; complimentary clothes pressing; use of spa and fitness center.
Location: Walk to Lincoln Center and Midtown.

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