Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Guest Blogger Steve Burton Reviews Hilton Grand Vacation Club in NYC

My partner and I visited this timeshare property in the first week of May and sadly we were unlucky with the weather as the daily highs were in the low fifties which was about fifteen degrees below the usual temperature at this time of year. It also rained on most of the days which stopped us from taking the open top bus tours which is our favourite way of seeing New York city.

I found all the staff to be helpful at all times. I was pleased that I was not bothered by anybody ringing me to attend a sales presentation this can spoil a timeshare vacation if you are contacted on a daily basis which can happen at some timeshare resorts that are in active sales.

We were staying in a studio unit which was effectively a good size hotel room it had a small refrigerator which was helpful for our needs. There are also one bedroom apartments available at this timeshare resort. We were located at the front of the building so we could see lots of typical New York activity. This timeshare development is located just a couple of blocks from Central Park. It is also just a couple of minutes walk away from Carnegie Hall, the nearest subway station and a well stocked but quite expensive grocery store. We visited a number of restaurants which included the famous Carnegie deli where there are numerous photos of celebrity diners on the walls of the restaurant. Such is the popularity of this restaurant that there are usually a long line of people waiting outside for a table. The portions are very large even by American standards. I would also recommend the Brooklyn Diner for good food at reasonable prices this restaurant is located just five minutes walk from the timeshare resort as is the Carnegie deli.

It is of course expensive in terms of the exchange trading points required to book timeshare accommodation in New York city. I needed thirty eight points to make this booking but compared to the Manhattan Club where between fifty eight and sixty points are required this is good value. When I visited the Manhattan Club there was also a thirty dollar a day charge for housekeeping having said that there is not a daily maid service at this development. I had some lap top problems while in New York due to me leaving my charger at Tampa airport so I made good use of their three computers in their computer room. Sadly I made no use of their gym though of course I should have done!!!!!! I found the internet to be fast and reliable which is very important for me as I find it very annoying to be at a location where the internet signal is very weak.

I don't believe I need to give a full list of everything you can do in New York city as so much is well known even to none residents of the city. Perhaps the highlights for us were walking in Central Park, taking the free ferry to and from Staten Island and attending a service at St Patrick's Cathedral. It is always interesting walking down to Time Square not least to see if the famous naked cowboy is performing there.

I hope to return again to New York city but next time I am hoping that the weather will be warmer on my next trip.

Thanks, Steve.  Want to share your thoughts on the timeshare blog?  E-mail me at

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