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Hotel Fitzpatrick Manhattan Hotel 4 star
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687 Lexington Avenue, Between 56th & 57th Street, New York, 10022 New York, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The smaller and more traditional of the two Fitzpatrick hotels in New York, the Manhattan, it is fair to say, it probably the less charming of the pair. That said, it does provide clean, comfortable and functional rooms in an excellent Midtown location with the added bonus of having good transport links and being close to many of the major attractions you may want to visit during your stay. While there are no on-site fitness or wellness facilities, the hotel does have a popular restaurant is the place to come for all your live Irish sports. The Manhattan would be a good choice for both leisure and business stays as well as for families and can pride itself on its cheery service.

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      Fitzpatrick Manhattan   -   © Franck Prignet / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 7.05 /10

    The Manhattan is right in the heart of some of the most famous shopping in New York at the upper end of Midtown Lexington Avenue, between 56th and 57th Streets. Central Park is just one and a half long blocks away while the Rockefeller Center, the UN, Grand Central and Museum Mile are all within a 15-minute walk of the hotel. There are several subway stations in close proximity to the property with between them several lines which can get you to wherever you need to go within the city. JFK is 15 miles away, La Guardia 8 miles and Newark 16 miles.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The 91 guestrooms and suites are traditionally decorated in a fairly sober palette of browns, mustards and (occasionally) reds. Even the smallest rooms are relatively spacious and give onto either the building next door or onto Lexington Avenue. The standards have one or two queen beds with white linens, mustard bed skirts and brown plaids and cushions with a similar coloured leather headboard. The small chests of draws which act as bedside tables have a clock radio and telephone and some rooms have a small corner cabinet with a selection of books. There are other storage units too including a larger chest of drawers and a closet in which you will find bathrobes, a safe, an iron and ironing board and umbrella. Other amenities include a flatscreen television and a Corby trouser press. The bathrooms are also a little muted but are in excellent condition and fitted out in different colours of marble. They have a regular gilded mirror, a make-up mirror, Damana toiletries and glass-enclosed walk-in showers.

    The larger rooms and suites have more living space and extra amenities such as iPod docking stations, wet bars and separate salons (also rather drab) as well as larger bathrooms with deep soaking tubs.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    There is no missing the Lexington Avenue entrance to the Manhattan with its bright red awnings and huge flags fluttering in the wind. We were greeted extremely warmly into the wood-panelled lobby where the two bubbly girls behind the sit-down reception desk offered us some home-made hot chocolate to warm our bones after being outside in the cold (in summer they offer something more refreshing). Also behind the desk are several shelves of books and a myriad of tiny drawers most likely used for indexing in their former life. Decorating the lobby space are modern art canvases, orchids and small chandeliers hanging from the ceiling with false beams. Just off the lobby is the hotel's restaurant (see 'Food and Drink') while to the back are the elevators with their red Chesterfield interiors.

    Although the hotel does not have an on-site fitness facility, it does offer complimentary passes to 24h Fitness at Lexington Avenue and 53rd Street very close by. And if you prefer watching, rather than taking part in, sports, then you can catch all live sports action direct from Ireland at the hotel's bar.

    Overall the hotel is well maintained, clean and quiet and all public spaces are kept in good order. The passage from reception to room is fast and easy and the elevators serve all floors of the hotel.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    The Fitz is the rather unimaginative name for the hotel's restaurant and bar which is situated just off the lobby at the front of the hotel. The space comprises dark wood panelling, soothing blue tones and hardwood floors and is quite a smart place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The restaurant part serves a modern American-Irish menu which changes seasonally while the Irish bar area serves all kinds of high end alcohols, wines and of course Guinness as well as small plates for snacking. Afternoon tea can be taken in The Library around the fireplace while Irish sporting events can be watched on the several flatscreen televisions dotted around the space.

    To know

    The Fitzpatrick Manhattan is one of a group of three hotels which also includes the Fitzpatrick Grand Central in New York and Fitzpatrick Castle in Ireland. Many Irish and international celebrities have passed through the doors of the Manhattan and their photos can be seen at reception. The hotel has seven guestrooms full adapted for wheelchair users.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access

      ($14.95/24h)

    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      spa, beauty salon, Turkish bath

    • Sports equipment

      fitness, gym

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Warm Irish welcome
    • Good central location
    • Live Irish sports

    disadvantages

    • Slightly dated décor
    • No on-site fitness/wellness facilities
    • Cost of wifi

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