This stretch of Madison Avenue doesn’t have countless high-end shops but what it lacks in shopping choices it makes up for in great dining choices such as Ilili and A Voce.
Standard rooms are very homey; it felt as if I was staying at a friend’s country estate. Rooms come equipped with a wooden desk, flat screen TV, iPod docking station, funky geometric floor lamps and free WiFi. Beds are swathed in Egyptian cotton sheets and a multi-colored patchwork-style quilt. Bathrooms are small but functional and feature Aveda products. Upgraded rooms are divided via shoji screens and offer guests a bit more open space and bathrooms with glass doors. Terrace rooms include small patios with wooden chairs decorated with brightly patterned cushions. Some have a view of the Empire State Building. Penthouse suites come with butler service.
The lobby is bright, modern and spacious and features harvest colors - bright yellow, cranberry red and green apple - and light wooden accents. Veranda 411, an open-air terrace, is available for receptions and corporate events. Guests can relax on wooden benches and tables with orange cushions and flowers.
Eating and drinking
Roger's Dining Room is located on the second floor of the hotel. Jonathan Morr of Bond Street and Republic fame conceptualized the food and beverage program. Prices are pretty fair - $12 for mini-sandwiches - and the homey cuisine is sure to please those who enjoy American cuisine. The Breakfast Pantry offers delights from New York institutions such as Balthazar and Ceci Cela. I recommend staying for breakfast and heading elsewhere for more interesting dinner items.
The gym is small, but the room is bright and airy and has a window. Guests have their choice of two weight machines, three treadmills, a bench and an exercise ball.
The staff are friendly, in a more endearing and casual way than other hotels in the city. They like to joke with customers as they’re giving them directions to area hotspots or suggestions on where to eat.
Who stays there
The hotel caters to a more corporate crowd than other hotels in the area. Head here if you’re in town for business.
Good deals can be had in the off season. Sunday stays get 20 per cent off the regular price.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Escaping the crowds
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Friendly staff
- Away from the action