The location is ideal if you want to shop at the high-end shops flanking Madison Avenue. Central Park, St. Patrick's Cathedral and other landmarks are mere minutes away.
The hotel is small by standards in the area, with only 103 rooms. They are fashioned in a European country style, and the rooms and suites have dark wood furniture, cotton linens, LCD TVs and marble bathrooms with Gilchrist and Soames products. Suites have terraces, kitchenettes or solariums. Unlike other hotels in the area, windows in rooms open, making people-watching on the streets below a fun endeavor.
The hotel has a private clubroom available for meetings. A conference room is available for larger gatherings. The lobby is fairly standard; nothing out of the ordinary.
Eating and drinking
Guests can dine on a complimentary breakfast buffet each morning in the Club Room. Wine and cheese is served Monday through Friday in the evenings in the same space.
The hotel is home to the famous Monkey Bar, which opened during the Great Depression, and is now owned by Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter and hotelier Jeff Klein. The bar is currently being renovated but will reopen soon. Hopefully, the new owners won't replace the hand-painted monkey mural.
Italian eatery Bice is housed on the ground floor of the hotel. The restaurant is open to the public and serves delicious pasta and traditional Tuscan-style dishes. Try the linguini with white truffles.
The hotel doesn't have a spa or fitness center but guests can use the nearby New York Sports Club.
It can be stiff and formal at times, which didn't appeal to me, but that's not to say it was inefficient.
Who stays there
Business travelers and Italians.
Suites with kitchenettes are a nice splurge, especially if you are bringing the family.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Great restaurant and bar
- No leisure activities
- A bit stuffy at times