The Gansevoort Park Avenue has without doubt one of the funkiest lobbies in New York and if ever an entrance hall defined a hotel, it's here. The almost psychedelic black and white zig zag marble floor bold and striking while the columns and galleries up above give a sense of grandeur and spectacle. The reception desk is exactly where we like it, bang in front of the entrance, and you'll get warmest of welcomes from the well turned out, chatty (and rather attractive) receptionists. The seating area to the left of the entrance is an eclectic mix of hounds tooth upholstered wingback chairs (side on from which only the occupants' legs can be seen), mutli-coloured striped corner chairs and shiny white vinyl numbers with several styles of coffee table between them. The gas fireplace at the end adds a homely touch while the background music is kept to an agreable level. This is exactly the type of lobby which could have turned the hotel into an overly-exclusive, pretentious spot, just as has befallen several other New York properties but thankfully the vibe is relaxed and easy going and it is a pleasure to spend time here. It's only a shame that it isn't slightly bigger and not equipped with a bar so that more people could enjoy it.
As in the sister property, the hotel's wellness space is named Exhale. This quaint facility is not the most complete of hotel spas, but it is nicely appointed and has a calm aura about it. There are four well-equipped treatment rooms, a sauna and a Cutler hair salon with a small relaxation/waiting area. Adjoined to the centre is a fitness room with a few top-of-the-range machines for a full workout. Other amenities at the hotel include a 24-hour business centre where guests can print free of charge.
Arguably the hotel's biggest asset is its rooftop pool (part of the tri-level Gansevoort Park Rooftop), something that its bigger sister over in Meatpacking is also famous for. One of the largest in the city, it is surrounded by smart loungers, a bar and incredible views of the city, including the Empire State Building. 20 storeys high, the pool features a mosaic of a 40s pin up girl seductively inviting guests to join her. The bar in the corner serves cocktails and a range of sliders to be enjoyed inside or out.
Getting to your room is not only simple and rapid via the lifts and wide, easy to negotiate corridors, but it is also made pleasant by the shots of sunlight pierced tree tops blown up and hung on the striped walls.