You certainly won't feel claustrophobic as you enter the glass and brick tower that houses the hotel and discover the spacious lobby and public spaces that lead off from it. You'll receive a warm welcome from the reception staff and will immediately be offered a bottle of complimentary mineral water, just one of many nice touches throughout the hotel (another is just behind you at the side table where, in winter, apple cider is served, or hot chocolate for kids). The space, which is loosely Art-Deco themed, is uncluttered and features wood panelling, simple contemporary paintings from the hotel's local art collection and a few seating areas with a flower arrangement at the centre of the lobby. Chill out music is diffused in the background and there is a tiny shop selling personalised hotel gifts.
Similarly to its sister hotel, Battery Park has a Club Lounge where guests staying on the Club Level can retreat for some privacy or to relax or hold a business meeting. Kids will love the huge selection of sweets at its entrance as well as the children's books inside while adults will appreciate the cosy seating areas, the food 'presentations' and complimentary wifi and business centre. There is also a flatscreen television with DVD player and a collection of films and CDs.
Although not a destination spa, the wellness centre at Battery Park does offer a reasonable selection of massages, beauty therapies and aesthetics treatments in its three treatments rooms which boast fabulous views. It is the only spa in New York to use the Carita line of products from Paris and the therapies are carried out by a delightful team of specialists, who will also come to your room for an extra charge. There is a fitness centre adjacent to the spa which has good quality machines for a full workout. Water, towels and headphones are provided free-of-charge and you'll have the motivation of wonderful river views as you work out. There is a business centre in the hotel available at an extra charge where you can print and fax documents.
The public spaces of the hotel are spacious and in good condition although one can't help but feel they could do with a little brightening up. You'll find it easy to get around the hotel following the clear indications and there are several lifts to help you get to your floor.