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
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.
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
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
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
• 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
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
Address: 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.