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Hotel Gansevoort Meatpacking Hotel 5 star
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The older of the two Gansevoort properties in New York, the Meatpacking is still working its stuff despite the arrival of other high profile hotels in the vicinity in recent years, notably The Standard. Arguably the catalyst for the rise and rise of this once unfrequented area of New York, it offers everything the youthful, hip traveller could want: well appointed, spacious rooms, a restaurant and bar to be seen in, a nice little spa and, the crowning glory (quite literally) the much talked about rooftop pool. If you're looking for an authentic downtown Manhattan experience then why not go with the hotel that started it all off.

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    • Hotel Gansevoort Meatpacking

      Gansevoort Meatpacking   -   © Igor Lubinetsky

    • Hotel Gansevoort Meatpacking

      Gansevoort Meatpacking   -   © Igor Lubinetsky

       
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    Location 4.28 /10

    Right at the heart of the Meatpacking District, the hotel is located on 9th Avenue and is surrounded by some of the city's coolest bars, restaurants and night clubs. Arguably the main point of interest in the immediate vicinity of the hotel is the High Line Elevated Park, a former rail line converted into a beautiful walkway, whose starting point is just a couple of minutes' walk away at Gansevoort Street and which stretches right up until 30th Street. Not far to the south you have the areas of Greenwich Village and CanDo while just to the north is Chelsea. There is a metro station just around the corner from the hotel (8th Avenue-14th Street) which will take you uptown or downtown and on to Brooklyn. JFK is 19 miles away, La Guardia 11 miles and Newark 14.

    Accommodation 9.20 /10

    Three types of guestroom are offered at the Meatpacking, with another three categories of suite also available. The guestrooms are all the same in terms of amenities and décor however some are 50ft² larger while others are higher up the building and have step-out balconies and afford better city views. They are appointed fairly modestly, but well, with a well dressed queen bed with red skirt and velour plaid and cushions. While the colour scheme is a little sombre, it works very well and plays on beiges, browns and greys. The glass-topped desk at the window has a Sony music system and there are some CDs for guests to play at their leisure. At the bed side table as an iPod dock should you wish to choose your own music but beware of the water and snacks placed around it as these are not complimentary. There is a cabinet at the foot of the bed containing the minibar and on top is a disappointingly small flatscreen television. Other amenities include telephone, safe, iron and ironing board, bathrobes and slippers. The bathroom, nicely finished in grey tiles, has a marble-topped U-shaped sink, a walk-in shower with glass door and Cutler products as well as a smart shaving kit available at extra cost. The deluxe rooms have small bay windows with sofa, armchairs and table, while the grand deluxes have superb city views (as opposed to the river views of the other guestrooms. The suites have separate living areas with much larger televisions and additional bathrooms for guests. The suite right at the top of the hotel, the duplex penthouse, boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, a working fireplace, jacuzzi bathtub and dining area.

    Overview 9.20 /10

    The Gansevoort is one of the few tall buildings in this part of town and is thus quite conspicuous in its matt grey glory. The lobby is remarkable for three main reasons: the street art hanging on the walls, the cow print furniture and the long, thin punch-holed cylindrical lampshades suspended from the high ceiling. The music playing in the background is at a reasonable volume making it pleasant to hang around here taking advantage of the complimentary wifi or watching people go to and fro, mainly to the Japanese restaurant and café (see 'Food and Drink') off of the entrance hall. The staff at reception is very friendly and will welcome you warmly.

    Exhale is the hotel's contemporary spa which boasts three treatments rooms and as many hydropools with a cosy relaxation area just behind. It boasts a glass-walled mixed steam room, a hair salon by Hiro Haraguchi and a small gym with state-of-the-art equipment allowing for full workout.

    Getting to your rooms is a simple process and the corridors are wide and easy to negotiate. You'll notice as you walk around the property that there are photos of the area along these corridors as well as in your room. These were taken by a local photographer.

    There is a complimentary business centre with printer for guests' use and the concierge is renowned for being able to get their guests into impossible-to-reserve restaurants - just try them!

    Food and drink 8.70 /10

    The hotel's main eatery is the super stylish Tanuki Tavern, a Japanese gastro pub from Jeffrey Chodorow. Serving food throughout the day, including breakfast, guests can choose to sit either at the counter and watch the chefs prepare the sushi and sashimi or take a seat at the light wood tables and matching chairs. The décor is quintessentially Japanese - unfussy, with clean lines, lanterns falling from the ceiling and lots of beautifully crafted typical objects such as vases and old sake bottles. Just next to the restaurant part is the bar and waiting area which has low triangular tables and chairs placed on mustard and burgundy rugs. The Tavern offers all guests at the hotel a discount on food and drink.

    Also off the lobby is Carte Blanche, the hotel's lobby bar and café which in summer has an outdoor terrace. Half of the space is given over to the counter itself while the other half, the seating area, is centered around a blue-clothed pool table. This is the place to come for a speciality coffee, cake or a snack while surfing the net on your iBook (or iPad, to drag things into the 21st century).

    Plunge is the rooftop bar, so called as it is located next to the outdoor pool. The glass structure has a fully retractable roof and boasts stunning views over the city. The bar is notable for the custom photographic portraits by Deborah Anderson, whose work can also be admired in the lobby of the Meatpacking's sister property, Gansevoort Park Avenue. Details of these images can be found on the cushions placed on the banquettes along the window but are secured to the seats as guests have been known to pinch them, so please, resist the temptation. In the summer months the terrace is open and guests can enjoy lunch up here too with food from either outlet.

    To know

    When the hotel opened in 2004, on what was the site of a car park, many were bemused as it was still an industrial area dominated by the meatpacking industry with little or no interest for tourists. However the Gansevoort's opening proved to be the start of the regeneration of the area and it is now one of places to be seen in Manhattan. Thankfully though, the original meatpacking companies still have a presence which makes for an interesting backdrop to the chic boutiques and galleries.

    Equipment

    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym

    advantage

    • Size of rooms
    • Artwork/photography
    • Views
    • Trendy restaurant/bar
    • Rooftop pool
    • Spa

    disadvantages

    • Distance from classic tourist attractions

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