Try not to get distracted by the Irish pub next door to Grace or else you'll walk right past the hotel's entrance, despite the thumping music that is piped outside. Once through the revolving doors head left to the reception desk where you will be greeted warmly by a staff of chilled out, Spanish-speaking youngsters behind a steel structure with orchids and a selection of magazines for sale. Behind the desk is a range of drinks and snacks which you can purchase to take away or to fill your minibar while to the other side of the desk you'll see that you can also buy towels and disposable swimwear for the pool (see below). Also in this part of the entrance hall are two PCs for surfing the internet (chargeable) as well as an ATM machine and a couple of cordless telephones. The other half of the lobby is a seating area which is covered in a black and white wallpaper into which one shouldn't stare for too long or else you might go into a trance! In addition to the several sofas and couches, there is an impressive satellite image of Manhattan covering one entire wall and two lifts up to the guestrooms.
Just behind the lobby is the hotel's uber cool indoor swimming pool, surrounded by wood panelled walls and a tribune with cushioned seating. Above the water hangs a huge projection screen onto which are projected various images throughout the year (a simple wood burning fire in winter, for example). Just under the screen is a long glass window which connects to the bar (see 'Food and Drink') and one can even tap on the sliding window in the middle and order drinks to be consumed in the water. Now if that's not luxury, we don't know what is! Also within in vicinity are a steam room, sauna, shower and small fitness centre.
Other facilities offered by the hotel include complimentary wifi throughout (which was being changed during our visit as the signal was not so strong), an ice room on each floor, free provision of yoga mats and umbrellas and a complimentary collection of DVDs for your room (see 'Accommodation').
The hotel as a whole is extremely well maintained and is clean and orderly throughout. Each floor's corridors, which are wide, bright and easily negotiable, have a different psychedelic wallpaper decorating them and the huge room numbers appearing on each room door are a complementing colour.