Last week, I was in New York City for the New York Times Travel Show. It’s an annual ritual; I go to get travel inspiration, network, and learn what I can in the trend seminars. This year, I stayed overnight, in the world’s tallest Holiday Inn hotel! It’s downtown, in the financial district, and really close to the “1” subway line.
This property is really new—it just opened in October 2014—and was built from the ground up where a parking garage used to stand. It’s more than 453 feet tall, with 50 floors – and my room was on the 43th floor!
To say the views were spectacular would be an understatement. I was in a corner room, and the longer side of windows provided me with this view of the Hudson River and New Jersey beyond.
There was a narrower window on the parallel wall with an even more amazing view – of the Freedom Tower, and the two 911 Memorial reflecting pools at its base. I’ve since discovered that these twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America!
I’ll be writing more about this hotel in a review for Family Vacation Critic. I’ve been writing several resort and hotel reviews for FVC over the past few years, and these really provide a lot of detailed, helpful information for traveling families. In short, the rooms are shiny new, stylish, and modern, but compact. I felt like I was sleeping in an IKEA showroom! The restaurant, St. George Tavern, is housed in the adjacent building which actually was the former St. George’s Syrian Catholic Church, in a beautiful chapel built in 1812. A cool juxtaposition of old and new!
Hey YOU! Go BIG!
Holiday Inn Financial District
99 Washington Street, New York, NY 10006