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Hotel Room Mate Grace Hotel 3 star
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125 W 45th St New York, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

This New York outpost of the Spanish chain Room Mate is so funky it hurts. It marries great Iberian design with a clever use of space and an impressive range of services given the hotel's size. What's more it has a location (for tourists) to die for and laid back but efficient service. The rooms could be bigger, but then you wouldn't get the value for money that Grace offers. The property is perfect for young couples or groups of friends on a certain budget looking to get the absolute most from their dollars. This one's a definite winner!

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    Location 9.97 /10

    Just steps from Times Square and the Rockefeller Center, Room Mate Grace has a dream location for those visiting New York for the very first time or for those who love the buzz of Midtown. Transport links couldn't be better with Grand Central and Port Authority both within just a few minutes' walk and you've got some of the best shopping in town over on Fifth and Madison Avenues also within easy reach. JFK is 18 miles away, La Guardia 9 miles and Newark 17.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    While by no means the smallest rooms in the city, it must be said that some of the accommodations at the Grace are a little pokey, especially those which are shared. There are three types of standard room, all of which are roughly the same size but which accommodate either two, three or four people. They all have the trademark funky wallpaper, as well as a small table and chair, iPod docking station, DVD player (for which there is a selection of DVDs at reception), iron and ironing board, tea and coffee facilities, bathrobes and television (each bed in the quad room has its own screen). The beds, which are queen size (or single for the bunks, the higher of which are accessed by a ladder) are dressed simply in fine white linens and have a false leather base under which it is possible to slide your suitcase so giving you much needed extra space. We especially liked the dog bone shaped wall lamps above the bed which actually have two separate bulbs behind them, one at each end. The bathrooms, which are probably the real asset of the rooms, are very spacious and, include a separate dressing area with sink, good mirrors, refrigerator and lots of counter space, a large walk-in monsoon shower and separate WC. The toiletries come in flashy orange bottles and wrapping with the hotel's name on while there are good hooks to hang towels and clothes on too (seems obvious, but you'd be surprised how often this is lacking!).

    The deluxe rooms and premium rooms are decorated and appointed in very similar fashion, but offer extra space and more seating.

    Overview 9.20 /10

    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.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    Up on the mezzanine level is the hotel's breakfast room, open from 7am to 12pm. Featuring banquettes upholstered in black and white fabric from Madrid, Louis Ghost chairs by Stark and tables and lamps by designer Andrew Martin, the space has an intriguing mixture of textures and materials with carpet, steel wire mesh chairs and a wooden ceiling. The buffet consists of both a continental offering as well as a few hot options with guests helping themselves not only to the food but also to cutlery, serviettes etc, which you can't help but think is just a way to avoid employing one or two waiters.

    Round the back of the swimming pool is the bar, which welcomes both guests and walk-ins every night from 5pm until midnight or later. Bar stools line the glass-topped stone counter while just behind is a long banquette with a similar motif to that of the wallpaper in the lobby. Serving all types of alcohol and cocktails, the bar and pool share a DJ several nights a week.

    To know

    Grace is the only New York property of the Spanish chain Room Mate. It all started with a hotel in Madrid, and now there are 14 of them in Spain, Miami, Buenos Aires and Mexico. The chain was founded by friends Enrique (Kiké) Sarasola, Carlos Marrero, Eduardo Sanzol and Gorka Atorrasagasti.

    Equipment

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

      hammam, sauna, massage, spa, keep fit, Turkish bath, beauty salon

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      fitness, sports, gym

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Funky design/décor
    • Swimming pool and services
    • Central location
    • Value for money
    • Staff

    disadvantages

    • Some rooms small
    • No restaurant

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