Only steps from Central Park, Columbus Circle and many of the city’s central subway lines; it's the perfect address for exploring both uptown and downtown Manhattan.
Small, small small. Did I say small? Like many cheap and chic options in the city, the rooms themselves are beyond compact (in most your suitcase feels like an unwelcome guest) in whites and creams (they epitomize the boutique minimal model), but there are some nooks and crannies to store things away. Ask for a room on the higher floors to avoid any noise from the bars, including the outdoor one which is very popular in the summer.
The public areas are made up of interlocking bars with signature Philippe Starck furniture, like oversize Alice in Wonderland chairs and huge lamps. The whimsical garden is perfect for more balmy nights. But be forewarned: if you are traveling with kids they aren't allowed in the bars after 8pm, which can be a serious drag.
Eating and drinking
The hotel's restaurant Hudson Hall is worth a visit for its organic and local fare, and in addition to the bars on the lobby level, the new lounge in the basement has become a city hotspot.
The gym is small but with Central Park right there you might want to get your exercise outside.
With the emphasis on looks from the reception to the bartenders, sometimes it's style over service here. In fact, don't expect too much from the concierge - it's best to be your own.
Who stays there
Club kids, business men on a budget, and those who don't mind a small room as long as the place has a sense of style.
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Size of rooms
- Lack of service at times