For the past several years, I have visited New York City to celebrate birthdays and am joined by fellow Owners and friends to do something different each time!
Through the years, I have had the pleasure of getting to know the staff at West 57th Street. This year, upon arrival, I was greeted by my friends Jennifer, Elvis, Alexander, and Ovi – all Hilton Grand Vacation Team Members. I received a personal note from the staff welcoming my return accompanied by a delicious sampling of chocolates!
This year, our trip coincided with the grand opening of The Residences by Hilton Club, which we and other Owners staying in the NYC properties were cordially invited to attend, along with HGV Executives. The Residences by Hilton Club are located on the top floors of the Hilton Hotel in Midtown NYC. Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton hotels, previously used the floors himself! One of the perks? These floors have a spectacular view of Central Park.
Mr. Mark Wang, the Chief Executive Officer of HGV, cut the ceremonial ribbon. He was thrilled to open The Residences as well as to articulate his commitment to enhance Owner experiences and new locations within Hilton Grand Vacations and Hilton Club. He was very proud that there would be a continued relationship of the timeshare with Hilton Hotels. I was impressed with how approachable Mr. Wang was. He took the time to greet each owner and I thanked him for the responsiveness of his office to my concerns over the years. It was obvious that there was a corporate culture of hospitality and service, which emanated from the top.
Several of the staff from West 57th were invited, including Ovi (our bellman)! It was so pleasant observing the very personal interaction between Ovi and Mr. Wang. We also interacted with several of the other HGV executives in attendance, including Dena Adams, Vice President of Club. She is spearheading some new initiatives to enhance the HGVC member experience!
Following the ribbon cutting, there was a champagne toast, which included the sabering of a bottle by critically acclaimed chef, David Burke and a fountain of stacked champagne glasses. We sampled delicious hors d’oeuvres and had a piece of the tasty travel-inspired cake.
Following the ceremonies, we were able to tour the beautiful accommodations in The Residences by Hilton Club. The studio and one-bedroom units are very spacious and beautifully decorated in chic modern fashion. The owner’s lounge will definitely be a place for Owners to gather and share vacation experiences!
We're in NYC celebrating the official grand opening of The Residences by Hilton Club. Take a virtual tour of one of the stunning rooms!
Posted by Hilton Grand Vacations on Thursday, September 27, 2018
During our trip we were able to attend a dinner reserved for Elite members. This very special dinner was held in the boardroom of the James Beard house. The visiting chef was from Merriman, which is a Hawaiian inspired restaurant in Honolulu. The dinner included passed pupus, bread service, several seafood items for dinner, and two desserts! Several wines were sampled throughout dinner too. Being with other HGV owners was a great dining experience, each sharing their unique experiences with their vacation ownership. I met ten new friends over a wonderful dinner and received a chef apron from the Hilton Grand Vacations Club Team as a commemorative gift.
My trips to New York always include a show. We saw The Band’s Visit at the Barrymore Theatre. The show received several Emmy’s this year. The storyline was accompanied by music played by most of the actors performing. I highly recommend this show!
As a highlight, we attended Champagne School at Flute on 54th Street, a Champagne bar conveniently located within walking distance of Hilton Grand Vacations at West 57th Street. We learned about the preparation of Champagne from the Owner himself and sampled several exquisite Champagnes. Still on my travel bucket list is to visit the Champagne region of France!
We also took advantage of the Elevated Rewards by Hilton Club for discounted dinners at Rue 57 and Molyvos. The baklava at Mylyvos is outstanding!
Early fall is a great time to visit NYC, but I am looking forward to my next visit to NYC in December to experience the holiday season! Stay tuned.