An enviable address, right at the base of Lexington Avenue and by the beautiful, private Gramercy Park - guests get keys to the park which is a wonderful perk. It's also a easy walk to the West Village, Union Square and Soho. The only drawback is that it's a bit of hike to the nearest subway station.
The design is a bit OTT for me: Think "baroque boudoir" brought to 21st century Manhattan with lots of brocade and velvet furnishings in a palate of powder blue, jade green and pinkish red. Stately beds with quilted headboards and heavy wood antiques can make the whole place feel dark but rooms still have plenty of space and are comfortable.
A turn of the century feeling lobby with velvets sofas, a one of a kind massive chandelier, and tucked away corners for chats and meetings. I like that the common areas are quiet but not empty, you fell like you have some space to call your own. The art collection here is absolutely fantastic too so keep an eye out for work by the likes of Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and the hotel's designer Julian Schnabel, natch.
Eating and drinking
Maialino, the latest restaurant from Danny Meyer, is an excellent Italian trattoria that attracts well heeled New Yorkers from all over town. Reserve well in advance as it's hard to get a table even if you are a hotel guest. I love it for lunch and dinner but I find brunch overpriced and not very exciting. The hotel also has a charming rooftop lounge with a retractable roof and two lobby bars including the buzzy Rose Bar.
Compact but light-filled gym and spa.
After some grumblings by guests I have noticed that the staff is back on top of its game and really trying to make sure that service is quick and friendly.
Who stays there
Discreet celebrities, couples looking for a sexy weekend, foodies.
Pros & Cons
- Gramercy Park
- Dark rooms
- Quite pricey