The New York Hilton is very well located on 6th Ave and 54th St. The Timeshare presentation was located at 57th St just 3 blocks from Central Park and across the street from Carnegie Hall.
The presentation start to finish lasted one hour and ten minutes. Bruce did a great job of explaining the benefits of the 57th Ave Club, differences in Club Points and Hilton Honors points and the costs.
A Studio Plus in Platinum time for 2 weeks of time per year, that can be broken up to as small an increment as one night stays, is $97,000 plus $1990 a year in Home Owners Association Fees. It is fee simple ownership that can be passed down generation to generation. We never saw a unit, a floor plan or list of amenities. It was all about the opportunity of owning real estate in New York City. I have been to probably 20 Timeshare Presentations and this was the best one, but still made very little sense to me. But remember, I’m frugal, and Katy and I are not big city people. There is no resale market at the present time for a comparable property, so that “out” of the presentation was not available. There was no need as the presentation was very low key and there was absolutely no pressure.
Our payoff for attending was supposed to be 25,000 Hilton Honors points and a $100 Saks card. They were out of Sak’s card and offered us an additional 20,000 Hilton Honors points. I gladly accepted that change. 45,000 points at .007 per point represents in my mind a $315 value. We paid $330 for the two nights, constant lounge access and free breakfast each morning. I was shocked to see that current hotel rates on this island are over $300 per night and $500 is not uncommon. It has been a very worthwhile experience.
After the presentation I had the opportunity to meet and chat with a fellow Flyer Talker “dream 7″. He has been an inspiration for me with his creativity. I learned a new trick again today. It will save me on every United ticket I buy. The lessons never seem to stop coming. Thanks Dean.
We did have a nice day with lunch at the Boathouse in Central Park, dinner at Daisy Mae’s BBQ in Hell’s Kitchen and a trip to the top of the Empire State Building. The “people watching” in New York City is unmatched. You can see every fashion style imaginable and some outfits that can be called anything but fashionable.
Tomorrow rain is expected and it will be a museum day. We are located directly across the street from the Museum of Modern Art and may also get to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
And our accommodations tomorrow are compliments of my son Aaron. And the bluejeans were are you ready: $220. Aaron, your killing me.