When we took a look around the hotel at the start of 2013 renovations on the 129 rooms had just got underway, although we were able to take a seek peek at what they were to look like. A vast improvement over the old guestrooms, the new versions have a custom grey carpet with a large blue square at its centre as well as a feature wall with a smart patterned silverfish wallpaper. A queen or king bed is dressed in Frette linens with a plaid laid across its foot. The bedside tables, attached to the headboard, have an iPod docking station and cordless phone while industrial style reading lamps are also at guests' disposition. Furniture includes a simple writing desk and chair whose back feature a pair of braces, above which is the flatscreen television, a violet coloured suede armchair and a rather impractical mirror whose surface is taken up largely by the names of various areas of Manhattan. Amenities in the room include a safe, bathrobes, minibar and snack tray, hairdryer and air conditioning. We especially liked the bathrooms with their slate floors and tiled with Parisian métro style tiles whose uniformity is interrupted only by a mosaic of Downtown Manhattan in the walk-in shower, this time using square tiles. The standalone marble vanity is just under a large mirror and between the two is a wooden shelf on which are the C.O. Bigelow toiletries. We liked the old fashioned fixtures such as the taps, shower head and hooks.
All the guestrooms at the hotel should now be decorated in the same fashion whether they be single, double or family rooms.