Seventy five chic rooms with high ceilings, big bathrooms (with sizeable tubs and showers). I particularly like the loft suites which are spacious (they include a sitting room area) and filled with natural light - the ones facing the courtyard are quieter. Thoughtful touches include free non-alcoholic drinks and snacks from the mini bar and printed stationery with one’s name on it.
The hotel has a nice mix of public areas and then spots reserved only for hotel guests. You often see celebrities in the private lobby area and the upstairs cafe is a great spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I go there all the time for business meetings.
Eating and drinking
Jean-Georges is the impresario behind the room service and on site restaurant. I particularly like dishes like the shrimp salad and ceviche and there is always plenty of excellent fresh raw seafood. I find the main dining area a bit dark and cavernous but the cafe upstairs is lovely.
There isn't a spa or gym but you can get complimentary day passes to the Equinox nearby which is one of New York's best gyms. The hotel also provides in room personal trainers and yoga teachers on request as well as hairdressers and masseurs.
The staff here are some of the nicest in the city, very friendly but still professional. Porters are always available to help with luggage but beware the lobby servers who can be on the slow side.
Who stays there
Hollywood stars, well heeled business types and Europeans who want a stylish hotel that is close to great restaurants and shopping.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
Pros & Cons
- Hard to get a reservation!