The first impression you get of the hotel upon entering the lobby is that it has been designed and decorated with a high volume of guests in mind. The furniture and fittings look hardwearing and functional rather than attractive and playful, although thanks to art, flowers and collection of decorative objects it is pleasant enough and rather comfortable. A seating area to the left-hand side is arranged around a fireplace above which is a flatscreen television and adjacent to this is an area where guests can make complimentary use of two iMacs to surf the net and print out documents. A communal table with plug sockets is installed just behind the seating area and opposite the reception desk. Right at the back of the lobby is a concierge desk overflowing with leaflets for the city's attractions as well as a machine serving complimentary tea and coffee. During our visit the soundtrack to the lobby was a jazzy record playing discretely in the background. There are a couple of elevators serving all floors of the hotel between which is the building's original mail shoot.
Given the hotel's rates, it may not be a surprise that its amenities are rather thin on the ground. The only additional service offered at the hotel is its rather meager fitness room in the basement which consists of a couple of treadmills and a pair of cycling machines. With no natural light, probably best to go for a run in Central Park.
Finding your way around the hotel and its corridors is not always as simple as it should be as the room number indications are sometimes a miss. Another peculiarity of the hotel is the presence on some floors of a door between the two elevators. If you call the elevator from one side of the door but it is the one on the other side which opens first, you do not have enough time to reach it before it closes on you and heads off to another floor!