Quite unusually for a hotel, the exterior colours of the Sheraton Tribeca are a reflection of those indoors, that's to say various nuances of brown mixed in with off white. The bright, spacious lobby is more or less divided into two halves with the actual milling space to the left and the bar area to the right, while the grab and go and restaurant are also to be found around the hall (see 'Food and Drink'). You'll be greeted by cheery doormen and then again by the good natured receptionists behind free standing check-in desks. There are a couple of chairs either side of a chess table opposite the reception while in the middle of the hall is the Link@Sheraton business centre. This latter is a space where guests can come and use the internet on a complimentary basis either on the PCs provided or with their laptop. Although available 24 hours a day to all guests, it is perhaps not the most convenient place to get some work done as the lobby is almost constantly frequented (and there is background music playing most of the time too).
A far better idea for those who need to work is to head for the Club Lounge. Usually reserved for those guests staying in rooms on the corresponding floors, it is possible to buy into the scheme. As well as a quiet place to work, again either on the PCs at your disposal or on your laptop, those with access to the lounge are able to enjoy a complimentary breakfast, snacks throughout the day and access to the terrace with sweeping views of the city. There are also a number of services such as printing and copying available to guests using the Club Lounge. This is one of the real pulls of this hotel as it is only usually the high-end hotels which have such a facility.
Once a day's work or a day's sightseeing is over you may want to head for the well-equipped Core fitness room which is mostly made up for cardio machines. There is one universal weights machine as well as a stretching area and complimentary water and towels earphones. The only downside is that there is no view from the facility, which is a shame as if it had been installed higher up the hotel, the motivation for a workout would have been even greater.
The overall condition of the hotel is excellent, although we visited after only six months or so of its opening. Although the lobby can get a bit nippy at times, the rest of the public spaces are clean and tidy and it is easy to navigate the corridors to your room. There are several elevators which serve all floors and for which you require your room key to operate. Along the corridors you'll find ice machines and vending machines for your convenience as well as an ATM down in the lobby. The staff is overall very professional and efficient, although perhaps not the most charismatic in New York.