Last Updated on February 3, 2024

Situated in the heart of midtown Manhattan’s Fashion District, Marriott Vacation Club Pulse offers a trendy, chic and comfortable stay in an ideal location for exploring the Big Apple.

Guests are close to Penn Station and Grand Central Station. Walkable sites and attractions include the Empire State Building and Bryant Park (1,110 feet away), Rockefeller Center (0.6 miles) Museum of Modern Art (0.8 miles) and Central Park (1.4 miles) to name a few.

Guests can choose from queen and king contemporary guest rooms or studios along with larger suites that include a sofa bed, or a transitional studio with a king wall bed. Typical for New York City venues, rooms tend to run on the small side (190- to 309-square-feet) however, they are well-designed and adequately fit traveler’s needs.

All accommodations feature cozy, comfortable bedding and mahogany furniture. Select rooms offer street or skyline views of midtown New York and the Empire State Building. As with other Marriott Vacation Club properties, there are no destination fees and the Wi-Fi is complimentary.

Unlike most Marriott Vacation Clubs, the Pulse does not have kitchen facilities however, rooms do have a refrigerator and coffee maker.

I don’t recommend driving into the city; if you do, valet parking only is offered for $75 a day with no in-and-out privileges. Bottom line: don’t bring your car.

Drinking and Dining Options

Empire State Building views from Top of the Strand.
Empire State Building views from Top of the Strand. Photo by Noreen Kompanik

The Top of the Strand Rooftop Bar overlooks the Empire State Building and parts of Times Square. The retractable glass roof venue offers dazzling views, especially at night when the lights of the city bring their own magic. Views are so spectacular that Premier Traveler Magazine voted the Strand “one of the top 10 rooftop bars in the world.”

The Strand Rooftop Bar features an array of beer, wine, bubbles, seasonal cocktails and a selection of bar bites that includes flatbreads and charcuterie selections along with some sumptuous NYC dessert favorites (think cheesecake).

Twisted Knot Café and Lounge offers coffee, tea, and light breakfast bites along with liquors, New York wines and brews and light bar selections. Some room types include breakfast as well.

Again, due to the ideal location, there are numerous bars and restaurants within easy walking distance serving Italian, Korean, South American, Chinese, and pub food.

24-Hour Fitness Center

If you’re into keeping up your workout routine during your stay, Club Pulse’s fitness center offers cardio and strength equipment including elliptical machines, stationary bikes and treadmills seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Guests just need their room key card for entry.

Other Marriott Vacation Club Pulse Amenities

King room at Marriott Vacation Club Pulse.
King room at Marriott Vacation Club Pulse. Photo by Noreen Kompanik

A concierge is available in the lobby to answer questions, make recommendations or book dining and activities. An amazing perk of a vacation club stay includes both onsite and offsite guided walking tours.

On-site complimentary activities include arts and crafts, Bonvoy bingo and trivia, mid-day mimosas, Taste of New York treats, a wine and pairing reception, a wine and unwind event and live music.

Here’s the best of all: free to Club Pulse guests, two-hour walking tours curated by Club Pulse’s staff of licensed NYC tour guides include teaching guests to navigate the NYC subway system along with:

  • 9/11 Memorial and sites surrounding the World Trade Center.
  • Brooklyn Bridge with a walk along one of the most famous bridges in the world and learning how it was built.
  • Brooklyn Heights to explore historic homes dating back to the 1820s.
  • DUMBO Brooklyn explores how the former industrial area has been transformed into a hip district with incredible food options.
  • East Village for a visit to “Little Ukraine.”
  • Flatiron District that’s home to the Flatiron Building, Madison Square Park and the birth site of one of the most admired U.S. Presidents, Theodore Roosevelt.
  • Grand Central/St. Patrick’s Cathedral/Rockefeller Center that explores Bryant Park, New York Public Library and Grand Central Terminal.
  • Greenwich Village to this historic bohemian neighborhood and the birthplace of the LGBTQ+ rights movement.
  • Harlem to learn about the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, a cultural movement that put Harlem back on the map, with visits to The Schoenburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Sylvia’s, and the world-famous Apollo Theater.
  • Lower East Side to explore the Yiddish immigrant neighborhood and see one of the city’s oldest synagogues and historic eateries.
  • Lower Manhattan visits the oldest area in the district, walking the same streets our founding fathers did.
  • Soho, Little Italy & and Chinatown- three very distinct and vibrant cultural neighborhoods all in one visit.

Considering its prime location, incredible customer service, award-winning rooftop bar, and complimentary tours, there’s no doubt that Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, New York City is an ideal place to stay while visiting this unforgettable destination.

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