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Hotel Giraffe Hotel 4 star
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365 Park Avenue South 10016 New York USA New York, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Hotel Giraffe is a pleasant mid-range hotel with pretty rooms, a lovely staff and a fine Italian restaurant. Its location slightly outside the main areas of heightened activity will suit those who are looking for a hotel in a slightly calmer district. Its cute little terrace and evening receptions accompanied by a pianist also make the hotel one of the most civilised. We would certainly recommend this hotel to both business and leisure travellers as well as to couples and families.

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    Location 6.6 /10

    Situated in a relatively calm area straddling the Flatiron District and Gramercy, the hotel is away from the hubbub of the heart of Midtown, yet well placed for discovering the tourist trail as well as Downtown. Within just a few minutes by foot guests can reach the famous Flatiron Building, Gramercy Park, the Empire State Building, Madison Square Gardens, Union Square and Macy's. Slightly further afield, yet still within walking distance, are Times Square, the Chrysler Building, New York Public Library and the theatres of Broadway. In terms of transportation, Penn Station is a couple of minutes away by foot and Grand Central would take about 15 to reach if walking. There are also several subway stations with the immediate vicinity of the hotel whose lines will get you up and down the island as well as to Brooklyn. JFK is 17 miles away, La Guardia 9 miles and Newark 15.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    The hotel's 72 guestrooms are divided up into several categories of guestroom and suites. All are pretty much identical in terms of their decoration and all have views towards the exterior (so no courtyard views or views directly onto other buildings). Strangely for a giraffe-themed hotel, the overriding colour in the rooms is red! The queen or king beds have a red plaid and pillows whose covers feature a red border pattern, while both the armchair and flimsy, transparent curtains also bare the colour. The cabinetry in the room is made from a light coloured wood and looks a little dated, while the writing desk is topped with granite and has the nice touch of a plant on its surface. Amenities in the room are plentiful with a 40" flatscreen television, DVD player, iPod docking station, cordless telephone, safe, robes, iron and ironing board, minibar and snacks and complimentary bottled water. The walls have original 1920 black and white photography while if you are someone who needs complete darkness in order to sleep you'll be pleased to know that every room has blackout blinds. The bathrooms, all of which have bathtubs (aside from the four wheelchair-accessible rooms), have large granite-topped vanities with long mirrors and a make-up mirror, hairdryer and Natüra toiletries. Over half of the rooms have a Juliet balcony while the suites have a separate living space with similar style furniture to that in the room as well as a pull out sofa for one child, coffee table and flatscreen television.

    Those who are very light sleepers should know that despite the double glazing, it is still possible to hear the faint noise of traffic on the street below.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    If you were particularly imaginative you could see how the exterior of the building resembles a giraffe, with the colour of its bricks, the dark window frames and its height (although the buildings either side rise higher). It is more the interior and the hotel's lobby which nod towards the features of the animal in question with more appropriate tones present in the décor and upholstery as well as giraffe figurines behind the bar to the right-hand side (from behind which guests are invited to help themselves to juice and coffee around the clock). The best feature for us about the lobby is the heavy presence of flowers and plants: there brighten up the welcome desk, the large seating area which takes up the lion's share of the space and the bar. At the centre of the carpeted hall is a piano which is played every weekday night between 6pm and 9pm while guests can enjoy a complimentary wine and cheese reception (which also takes place on Saturdays). The floor to ceiling windows and the comfy furniture make the lobby a pleasant place to relax at any time of the day as well as a good location for informal meetings.

    Aside from the rooftop terrace (see 'Food and Drink'), there is no other public space in the hotel. Moving around the hotel via the elevators and corridors is pretty simple and the rooms are easy to locate. The staff we found to be personable and helpful and the hotel in general has a good feel about it. There is complimentary wifi throughout the property.

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    Guests are treated to a complimentary continental breakfast taken in the hotel's lobby and which includes fruits, cereal, patisseries, bagels, eggs and other snacks as well as juice and tea and coffee. For other meals, you could choose to head to the hotel's restaurant, Bread & Tulips, where guests at the Giraffe are offered a 20% discount on their bill. Located in the basement of the hotel, this Italian eatery serves traditional classics using local, seasonal ingredients. Among the specialities of the restaurant are crostini, meatballs, hand-made pastas and pizzas baked in their pizza oven imported from Modena. The wine list is pretty extensive featuring mainly Italian wines but also some from other old and new world producers while there is also a beer and cocktail list if you just fancy a drink. The space itself has a mix of textures with hardwood flooring, brick walls and a stone-topped bar on which guests can eat too. If you prefer, however, the confines of your own room, then lunch can be brought to you from Monday to Friday midday until 3pm, while an in-room dinner is available Monday to Saturday from 5pm until 10pm.

    During the summer months or when the weather permits, a bar service is available on the hotel's rooftop terrace. Intimate and with no particular view, it is nonetheless a pleasure to come up here amongst the fairy light-laden plants, giraffe stature and huge leaning mirror and take a drink with the other surrounding buildings looming overhead.

    To know

    Hotel Giraffe is part of a four-hotel collection whose other properties in New York include the Library Hotel, the Casablanca and the Elysée. The name is simply that of the owner's favourite animal.

    Equipment

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

      beauty salon

    • Sports equipment

      fitness

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms

    advantage

    • Staff
    • Rooftop terrace
    • Evening reception
    • Restaurant
    • Complimentary continental breakfast

    disadvantages

    • No fitness/wellness facilities

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