We recently spent a delightful weekend at the Radisson Martinique on Broadway in New York City.
This hotel is part of the Club Carlson chain, and I was lucky enough to secure a two-night stay for 50,000 points with their “second night free” option for Club Carlson credit card holders.
I earned the points as a bonus when I opened the Club Carlson credit card, and paid the annual fee of $60 for the business card. Thus technically speaking, two free nights cost me $60.
Are the eStandby Upgrades Worth It?
When I booked my stay online, I was offered the option of several eStandby upgrades.
High Floor: Enjoy your stay about the streets of NYC, $30 extra per night ($40 value);
Martinque Club Level – 1 King bed, includes a complimentary breakfast and access to the Executive lounge, $0 extra per night ($75 value); or
Executive Suite – 1 King bed, separate living room area with sofa bed, complementary buffet breakfast and access to the Executive lounge, $69 Extra per night ($100 value.)
The deal is that you find out at check-in if you are awarded any of the add-on offers, and if so, you are obligated to pay the up charge.
I chose option 2, which had no added cost. I didn’t particularly care about being on the Club Level, because I had heard they didn’t serve refreshments there like at many other hotels, but the notion of free breakfast seemed worth a try.
Free Breakfast Vouchers at the Hotel Martinque in NYC
Ad things turned out, I was not offered the upgrade when checking-in. But I had a back-up option: the Radisson Martinque App! The iPhone app contains a coupon that you can redeem for a free breakfast buffet.
I was surprised when the front desk clerk provided vouchers for the full breakfast buffet for two mornings. I was traveling with my sister and my daughter, so we received 6 free breakfast vouchers in total. The regular price of the breakfast buffet is $29.95 per person.
Because I had Gold status (a perk of holding the Club Carlson credit card) I received a welcome gift of a small box of Belgian chocolates.
The breakfast buffet offered lots of choices, including fresh fruit, tomatoes and cucumbers, cheese, bacon, omelets, home fries, french toast, pastries, cereals, juice and coffee. It wasn’t the best breakfast buffet I’ve ever seen — I certainly wouldn’t pay $30 for it — but it offered a nice selection, and it enabled us to get an early start on our day.
What I Loved About the Martinque on Broadway
1.5 block walk from Penn Station
Clean, comfortable rooms, and fairly large for NYC
Literally on top of the Subway station and an easy walk to midtown or SoHo
A park across the street
Belgian chocolates on your pillow at night
In Korea town, across the street from Macy’s, and near many cheap jewelry stores
Beautifully preserved historic hotel with gorgeous mosaics in the lobby and a 15-story marble spiral staircase
International clientele including many airline personnel
Genuinely friendly staff and good service
Free bottled water in your room and a Keurig coffeemaker
This is a full American breakfast featuring eggs, bacon, potatoes, pancakes, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal and bakery items.
Social Media Promo Codes to Discount Your Stay at the Radisson Martinique
The travel industry is big into social media these days, and the Radisson Martinique is no exception.
If you “like” the Martinique on Facebook, you will gain access to a promo code worth up to 20 percent off the lowest available rate. Here’s the link to their Facebook page. The Facebook friends’ promo code is FBOOK. This discount is available for select dates only.
For the dates I checked, this discount was greater than the AAA discount (promo code AAA), but be sure to check both!
Similarly, if you follow the Martinique on Twitter, you can access a promo code for up to a 20 percent discount. That promo code is TWT. The availability calendar shows that this code is applicable beginning in January 2015.
Per Diem Discount
The best deal of all is the military per diem discount, otherwise known as the government rate. This rate includes one complementary full breakfast per room per night. Eligible parties include:
U.S. military personnel, U.S Federal civilian employees and U.S state employees
Active and retired travelers
Business or leisure travel
ID or military orders required
Tax exemption varies by state
The Historic Roots of the Martinque
The Radisson Martinique on Broadway is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’sHistoric Hotels of America.
The building has landmark status from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.
In 1923, Harry F Young, aka “The Human Fly,” was hired to climb the Hotel Martinique to promote the silent movie Safety Last. Tragically, he lost his grip on the ascent, and fell nine stories to his death.
Fodor’s has updated its series of 22 free travel guides for iPhone and iPad and the 2014 editions are now available on iTunes.
Just in time for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, city guides for Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo have been added!
Each App features:
– Expert info: Read about things to do and get expert tips
– Interactive Local Maps: Discover what’s nearby
– Booking Tools: Book hotels, tours, and more – Planner: Save favorites and create lists
Fodor’s local travel experts vet every recommendation. You’ll find information on neighborhoods, cheap things to do, kid-friendly attractions, shopping, nightlife, performing arts, and more. These are not your parent’s stuffy travel books!
The interactive maps make it easy to find nearby hotels, sights, restaurants, bars, and clubs and to access reviews from the map.
Listings are searchable by destination, price range, or category of interest. Look for properties designated “Fodor’s Choice,” representing the best of the best.
The Fodor’s apps were recognized as the “2013 Travel App of the Year” by the Society of American Travel Writers, and were featured in Wired Magazine’s 2012 App Guide as a Best Travel Reference App.
How can Fodor’s afford to give away its guidebooks for free? The apps include the ability to book hotel rooms via Expedia, buy event tickets via Tickets Now, and make restaurant reservations via Open Table. Fodor’s is likely earning a commission if you make purchases via the app.
The series presents monthly showings of the silent movies of Chaplin, Keaton, Laurel & Hardy, Lloyd, and many others, with live musical accompaniment by renowned silent film accompanist Ben Model.
Every program features a spoken introduction and Q&A by film historians Bruce Lawton and Steve Massa. The programs are presented on weekend afternoons, and are geared to classic film fans and families.
The Silent Clowns Film Series is held in the Bruno Walter Auditorium, located in the NY Library for the Performing Arts, at the back of Lincoln Center.
April 16, 2014 marks Charlie Chaplin’s 125th birthday.
Charlie Chaplin, aka The Little Tramp, is the most iconic and influential comedy star of the silent film era. He starred in classic films including The Kid, The Gold Rush, City Lights and Modern Times.
To celebrate Chaplin’s birthday, the Alden Theatre, outside Washington DC, is hosting a screening of Chaplin’s best movies, with commentary by film historian Bruce Lawton and live music by accompanist Ben Model.
If you are dreaming of a trip to Japan, like I am, you may want to stop by Grand Central Terminal in New York City for the annual Japan Week events March 6th through 8th, 2014.
The theme this year is “Discover the Past and Future in the Present,” a celebration of Old and New Japan.
Japan Week is a public-private partnership organized by the Japan Tourism Agency and Japan National Tourism Organization, supported by the General Consulate of Japan in New York.
The festival will take place at Grand Central Terminal’sVanderbilt Hall from March 6 – 8, 2014. Half of Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal will transform into early 20th century Japan, and the other half will represent Japan’s present and future.
The event aims to introduce people to the unique features of Japan via cultural events, technology, art and music exhibits, food and beverages.
There will be a virtual reality theatre to guide visitors through Japan’s culture heritage, and a special appearance by a master of amezaiku, who transforms candy into marvelous sugar sculptures, and who is one of only a few people left in Japan who still perform this art.
There is also sweepstakes for free roundtrip tickets to Japan from JFK to Narita, sponsored by Delta Airlines, that you can enter online.
The only aspect of the festival that requires tickets is the Pop Up Bar, a replica of a 100-year café with servers dressed in Taisho era costumes, featuring exclusive sake from regions throughout Japan.