Hotel St Giles Hotel The Court Hotel 0 star
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130, East 39th Street 10016 New York, United States of America -
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The more modest of the two St. Giles properties in New York, The Court is nevertheless a good, solid mid-range hotel in the Murray Hill neighbourhood of Manhattan. While not a full service hotel, it does have the advantage of a tasteful, non-offensive décor, very spacious guestrooms and a bar and breakfast room. Its location, close to many of the city's top attractions, is a further reason for you to consider The Court for your business or leisure stay - you are sure to be comfortable, especially if you opt for one of the nicely appointed suites.

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    Location 8.35 /10

    If it is your first time in New York and you want to be close to all the must-see attractions, then The Court would be a good place to base yourself. Situated on the corner of 39th Street and Lexington Avenue, you can reach Grand Central, the UN, Bryant Park, Times Square, the Rockefeller Center and even Central Park by foot. Getting around the island is simple as you have several subway stations in close proximity to the hotel which will take you wherever you need to go. JFK is 16 miles away, La Guardia 9 miles and Newark 16.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    The Court has just one room shy of 200 guestrooms, with many guest rooms having city views and even looking out onto the Empire State or Chrysler Buildings. All rooms are extremely spacious, even the standards, and are all decorated in a similar fashion in browns, reds and whites. Some would see the emptiness of many of the rooms as uncluttered, while others may feel that they seem a little empty. Either way, you are guaranteed to have more than enough space whichever category of room you opt for. Every room features a well-dressed king size bed with plaid, blanket and neck pillow, at the foot of which is a studded leather butler. The furniture includes a writing desk, chest of drawers and a couple of bedside tables where you will find a Tivoli clock radio, a cordless telephone and individual Art Deco reading lamps. There is a full length mirror leant up against the wall and a fully-stocked minibar and snack tray while in the closet you will find a safe, iron and ironing board, bathrobes and slippers. The bathrooms are slightly more dated in style than the rooms although they are clean and in good condition, if not a little dull. They have a soaking tub with built in shower, both a vanity mirror and make-up mirror, Philosophy toiletries and a hairdryer.

    Some of the larger guestrooms, such as the courtyard kings, have a seating area and are that little bit calmer as they give onto the interior of the hotel. The suites all have living areas whether they be within the bedroom itself or separated by a door. They feature sofas and armchairs with throw cushions, coffee tables with books and decorative objects and black and white photography prints of the city. Some of the suites have two bedrooms and two bathrooms for those families looking to stay together.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The Court is housed in a brownstone building at the corner of 39th Street and Lexington Avenue. The entrance is marked by a glass-topped canopy crowned with the name of the hotel and two potted plants flank the front door. The modestly-sized lobby is a fairly basic affair with the reception desk and concierge occupying an L-shaped desk to the right-hand side and two central columns each one surrounded by suede-upholstered banquettes. At one end of the space is a sofa while directly opposite the entrance are the two elevators whose ground floor doors feature a swirling, branch-inspired pattern. Guests are free to help themselves to complimentary tea and coffee. Sandwiching the lobby are the breakfast room and bar (see 'Food and Drink').

    While there is no on-site fitness centre, guests are welcome to use that of The Court's sister hotel, The Tuscany, which is located right next door. The Court does, however, have a beauty and hair salon on the premises.

    The other public spaces of the hotel appeared to us to be well maintained and clean. The passage from lobby to room is smooth and quick and the corridors through which one passes are wide and neat, if not a little on the dark side. The distortion mirrors on the walls along the halls add a light-hearted touch to proceedings.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    For the moment, the hotel's restaurant, Icon, serves only breakfast, although there are plans in the pipeline for a more comprehensive service including lunch and dinner as well as room service. The space is pretty large and airy and features a series of square and round black tables with white banquettes and chairs against mirrored walls. There is also a terrace out back with fairy lights and garden furniture. Guests can choose between a continental breakfast and an American breakfast, or alternatively, they can opt for various styles of egg, pancakes, waffles, cereals, pastries and hot and cold beverages. Court Bar is the hotel's drinks joint where one can enjoy any type of tipple they fancy and watch major sports events at the same time. If you are feeling puckish there is also a snacking menu available.

    To know

    The Court is part of the St. Giles hotel group which has another, more up market, hotel, The Tuscany, in New York, as well as one in central London, another at Heathrow and a further one in Manila, the Philippines. The Court has several rooms suitable for those guests in a wheelchair and is an animal-friendly hotel.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant

      (breakfast only)

    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Sports equipment

      fitness

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Central location
    • Spacious rooms
    • Timeless décor
    • Bar

    disadvantages

    • No lunch/dinner service
    • No on-site ftiness/wellness facilities
    • Some bits of furniture have seen better days

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