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Hotel Moderne Hotel 3 star
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243 West 55th Street New York, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

This small, intimate hotel is the perfect bolt hole for couples looking to explore everything that New York has to offer but who are not looking for a full service property. Centrally located, its rooms are not especially huge or original in their design, but they are well-appointed and attractive and with only five on each floor there is a high degree of discretion. Other than its guest lounge, the hotel offers no other services such as a restaurant or on-site fitness or wellness facilities, however it is good at what is does and does not pretend to be anything more. The pleasant service and series of nice touches mean we can recommend the Moderne for short city breaks and romantic getaways.

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      Moderne   -   © Franck Prignet / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 8.04 /10

    The Moderne is situated on West 55th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue just several blocks from Central Park and Columbus Circle. Also within walking distance is Times Square, the theatre district, the Rockefeller Center and the (very different) neighbourhoods of the Upper West Side and Hell's Kitchen. There are several subway stations within just a few minutes' walk of the hotel with between them several lines which can take you all over the city. JFK is 16 miles away, La Guardia 9 miles and Newark 16.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    With only 37 rooms in total and just five per floor, the Moderne is a very quiet, intimate hotel. Although the views are not anything to write home about, every single room has a king bed, no matter its category. There is a black and white theme going on in the guestrooms with walls covered in what resembles television fuzz and a custom carpet, plaid and cushions all helping to break up the white of the bed's linen, its Chesterfield headboard and the bedside tables. Other pieces of furniture include a glass-topped writing desk (under which is the free-standing minibar and on top of which is a snack tray), a leather-topped butler and a red easy chair which, along with the contemporary painting, provides the only real splash of colour to the room. A safe, iron and ironing board, bathrobes, flatscreen television and iPod docking station complete the list of amenities. The marble tiled bathrooms are a little on the small side and while not wildly original they are modern, clean and functional and feature a walk-in monsoon shower, a well-lit mirror, hairdryer and LATHER toiletries.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    You will recognise the Moderne by the presence of a lime-edged, black and white candy stripe canopy over the front entrance on West 55th Street. Once inside, you will be warmly welcomed into an intimate, wood-panelled lobby with a reception desk wrapped in a sheet of metal in one corner and two latex-looking armchairs on a rug opposite. By the window sits a silver Chesterfield banquette and an oversize vase with flowers. The hotel's sole elevator, which calls at all eight floors of the property, is through to the back of the lobby.

    A communal guest lounge on the upper floors of the hotel features dark wood floors, more silver Chesterfields and pieces of modern art as well as false zebra skin wingbacks chairs and a black marble dining table. Residents are free to come up here any time of the day to relax and take advantage of the complimentary tea and coffee or to make use of the complimentary wifi, which is equally available in-room.

    On each of the hotel's floors is a different coloured custom wallpaper depicting a variety of picture frames which make a huge difference in livening up what is usually a much under-exploited area of hotels. The little niches in the corridor walls are filled with vases of flowers further animating the halls.

    Food and drink

    Although the hotel does not have a restaurant of its own, it still provides 24 hour room service via a third party. Guests can make use of the lounge to have a coffee in the morning and are also free to bring in their own food here to enjoy. There is no shortage or dining options around the hotel, especially in Hell's Kitchen and on the Upper East Side.

    To know

    The Moderne is part of Amsterdam Hospitality, a group with 8 hotels in the States, 6 of which are in New York City. Although there is no fitness room on site, guests are free to go and use the gym at sister property Ameritania. The Moderne has three rooms adapted for those guests in a wheelchair. Private parking is available close to the hotel for a fee of $20 for sedans and $25 for SUVs (no in/out).

    Equipment

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

      keep fit, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      fitness

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms

    advantage

    • Intimacy
    • Service
    • Guest lounge
    • Central location

    disadvantages

    • Some rooms on the small side
    • No restaurant

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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