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Hotel Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel 4 star
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

One of the most exciting hotels to have opened in 2010, the Gansevoort Park Avenue ticks all our boxes: generous, comfortable and beautifully furnished rooms, a fantastic restaurant boasting good food and service, a convenient midtown location, great wellness facilities, a buzzing atmosphere and a genuinely friendly, down-to-earth staff. Aimed at the young/young-at-heart middle aged traveller who wants a laid back, unfussy, quality service across the board, the hotel seems to have got it spot on from start to finish. If the ambiance and image of the hotel is as important to you as those of the town you're in then this is the property for you.

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      Gansevoort Park Avenue   -   © Igor Lubinetsky

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    Location 7.37 /10

    On Park Avenue at 29th Street, in the district known as NoMad (north of Madison Square Park), the hotel is conveniently situated for a number of Manhattan's attractions and neighbourhoods. Just a few blocks away stands the Empire State Building, while Gramercy Park and Chelsea are not too far away by foot either (15-20 minutes). Union Square and Bryant Park are each around a 15 minute stroll away to the south and north respectively, while both Penn and Grand Central Stations can be reached in around the same amount of time. There are a couple of subway stations close by too which makes getting either uptown or downtown or even to Brooklyn simple. JFK is 17 miles away, La Guardia 9 miles and Newark 15.

    Accommodation 9.20 /10

    With their very generous surface areas, high quality amenities and great opacity, it would not be an exaggeration to say that these are some of the best (value) rooms in the city. The standard room (superior) is 350ft² which is substantially bigger than most equivalent rooms elsewhere. The beds are dressed in 400-count Egyptian cotton and an electric blue plaid which complements the shocking pink curtains at the floor-to-ceiling windows. The furniture comprises a desk with and tall chair, smart round bedside tables, an ottoman at the foot of the bed and a pull out sofa while the amenities include flatscreen television, Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin iPod docking station with an integrated iPod, cordless phone, fully stocked minibar and snack station and reading lights above the bed. In the closet you'll find a safe, iron and ironing board and umbrella. One detail which some may find shocking is the series of four black and white shots of a young lady in skimpy underwear. While we feel that it definitely fits in with the mood of the room, be aware that it may not to be everyone's taste. The bathrooms are in proportion with the rooms and have Cutler toiletries, hairdryer and both bathtubs and separate monsoon showers (in 99% of cases). Some of the larger guestrooms feature four poster beds and have either Juliet balconies or large decked terraces with loungers and table and chairs. The suites, located higher up the building, not only offer sweeping city views but also contemporary living areas, dining tables and jacuzzi soaking tubs.

    Overview 9.90 /10

    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.

    Food and drink 8.70 /10

    The rustic Asellina is the hotel's much talked about Italian restaurant, already a hit with both guests and walk-ins alike. A very warm and homely affair, it is appointed with wood, stone and polished concrete and also boasts a long bar at its entrance as well as a smaller one at the back of the room. We were hugely impressed with the restaurant, named after the female owner of an ancient Pompeii tavern, not only for its fare, but also with the service and friendliness of the staff. The burrata and aubergine tortoni starters were both triumphant while the primi piatti pastas were not only delicious but also the perfect size. We'd recommend the pan-seared chicken for secondi and the supreme panna cotta as the perfect end to your meal.

    There is a cosy lounge next to the restaurant featuring a gas fireplace and sloped-back chairs where you can wait for your table while enjoying a cocktail. In summer, a terrace opens up for al fresco dining the way it's supposed to be.

    Just like its sister property over in the Meatpacking district, the Park Avenue has a rooftop bar which is part of the tri-level rooftop complex. Featuring wrap around terraces, mosaic tiling and art by Deborah Anderson, the bar boasts several distinct areas, both in door and out, the main attraction being the backlit bar with stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. There are often DJ sets in the evenings and a VIP room is available for private functions.

    To know

    The Gansevoort Park Avenue is the baby sister of Gansevoort Meatpacking and opened at the tail end of August 2010. It recently welcomed a brand new Lacoste store located just next to the hotel.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      sauna, keep fit, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      fitness

    • Animals allowed
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Central location
    • Contemporary décor
    • Size of rooms
    • Staff
    • Rooftop pool/bar
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

    disadvantages

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