This past Columbus day weekend, I decided to make a quick trek to NYC. Open House NY was taking place and I wanted to get an opportunity to visit the TWA flight center at JFK airport. I originally booked this as a day trip, but my sister and brother-in-law decided to join me so I decided to change it to an overnight stay. This was all very last minute and most of the hotels in the manhattan appeared sold-out or super-pricey. I decided to use 12,000 Starwood Hotel points for a stay at the Sheraton Brooklyn, mostly because it was one of the few hotels accepting reservations for a one night award stay.
Sheraton hotels in the US are usually nice, but not very special. I usually have good luck with sheratons, but I keep my expectation low. I was expecting a fairly average hotel stay, however, the somewhat unconventional room upgrade I received resulted in a much better stay than I had expected.
I used a starwood suite upgrade night to improve my chances of getting a good room upgrade. Having stayed 50+ nights at starwood in the previous year I earned 10 suite upgrade nights, but have had mixed success using them. In this case the hotel did process the upgrade and I was expecting a junior suite. Since there would be three of us in the room, I was glad to have a somewhat larger space. Before checking-in, I got a courtesy call from the front desk on my cell-phone, to offer me a choice of the junior suite or two adjoining hotels rooms with a terrace. I choose the later, which turned out to be a good decision. Having a terrace and nice weather in new york was great
(View from Terrace)
Although I missed having the living area of a suite, Have two room with two bathrooms and several (non-sofa) beds was also quite nice.
The hotel rooms themselves were fairly generic Sheraton rooms, but again they were exactly what I wanted and expected. Also, I found the staff to be very friendly yet professional. All-in-all a very successful visit with the added bonus of relaxing on large terrace with city views.