This month has seen not one but two substantial timeshare developers announce their acquisitions of iconic New York properties, marking significant expansion of their presence in the Big Apple. Westgate Resorts and Bluegreen Vacations Corporation are both marking their territory in The City That Never Sleeps!
"Westgate has purchased its first urban hotel"
ORLANDO, Fla. - On June 6, 2018 Westgate Resorts announced the acquisition of the former Hilton New York Grand Central, located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan's East Side. This 23-floor, 300-room, two-tower hotel has now been rebranded Westgate New York City as it joins the ever growing portfolio of the largest privately owned timeshare company in the world. David Segal, founder and CEO of Westgate Resorts, goes on to say that "...this puts the Westgate flag proudly in the heart of one of the most visited cities in the world."
This historic landmark originally opened in 1931 and is recognized by Historic Hotels of America. It has changed names over the years, originally dubbed Hotel Tudor, then Hilton Manhattan East, and most recently Hilton New York Grand Central. According to their press release, "Westgate will continue to operate the resort as a hotel while it undergoes an extensive renovation. The company will also explore opportunities in the future to add timeshare villas. Starting June 6, Westgate Timeshare Owners will receive exclusive discounts toward guest room stays at the hotel." Browse current listings of Westgate Resorts timeshares for sale or rent.
Bluegreen announces big plans for the big apple
BOCA RATON, Fla. - on June 22, 2018 Bluegreen Vacations Corporation (NYSE:BXG) released a statement that they have finalized an exclusive agreement to acquire the management contract for The Manhattan Club by 2021. Bluegreen will do this under the terms of the deal by making periodic purchases of the remaining timeshare inventory at The Manhattan Club over time. The residence-style boutique hotel in Midtown Manhattan will also mark the future site of a new 2,500 square-foot sales center, the latest in a fast pace of significant expansion, putting Bluegreen on track to add over 80,000 square feet of sales center space by Summer of 2019.
The Manhattan Club is the timeshare portion of the Park Central Hotel, rising 31 stories tall and sitting at 200 West 56th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. Opened in 1927, the Park Central Hotel has changed hands (and names) multiple times over the years, before reverting back to its original name in 1995. This is also when the owner at the time converted half of the hotel's rooms into The Manhattan Club - a 296 unit all-suite timeshare development, located on the north side of the hotel. “This is a milestone moment for Bluegreen,” said Shawn B. Pearson, President and CEO of Bluegreen. “The Manhattan Club has always been a favorite destination for our owners, and they now have more ways to enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience at a resort in the city that never sleeps. We believe investments in top destination properties for our owners and the significant expansion of our sales centers in 2018 will provide the foundation for incremental sales in years to come.” Browse current listings of affordable timeshares for sale or rent in the Manhattan Club.
Traveling to New York on a budget? Staying in timeshare rentals in Manhattan New York and timeshare hotels in New York City offer savvy travelers a way to experience the big apple on a dime. Over 50 million people travel to NYC every year, not surprising since it is the highest populated city in the country! The most popular resorts in New York City are located in the heart of the city, close to all of the famous attractions and things to do that attract visitors year after year. Here is a little help to get you started on those travel plans...
Top 10 Things to do in New York City
1. Enjoy the view of the world famous city skyline
2. Visit the Empire State Building (TIP! purchase tickets online ahead of time, despite how they appear in the movies, the observatories on the 86th and 102nd floors only hold so many visitors!)
3. Times Square, known for its bright lights and shopping
4. See a Broadway show!
5. Stroll through Central Park or better yet, go to the Central Park Zoo!
6. Visit the Statue of Liberty (we recommend the Liberty Island & Ellis Island ferry tour)
7. Rockefeller Center in the winter to see the iconic ice rink and giant Christmas tree
8. Visit the Museum of Modern Art, known for its vast collection, from ancient to contemporary
9. Visit Metropolitan Museum of Art for a bite to eat in one of it's 2 cafes or The Modern Restaurant (definitely make a reservation)
10. Last but never least, the Grand Central Terminal is a NYC staple! From the detailed architectural elements to the shopping and dining, it is sure to please.