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Hotel The London NYC Hotel 5 star
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

If The London NYC was a person, it would be confident, sassy, unpretentious and happy knowing that it would never be a fully fledged member of the A-list crew as, anyway, who wants that, right? It has all the positives of a well established five-star luxury hotel such as The Pierre or The Four Seasons, plus a touch of modern luxury, minus the price tag. Although only just over four years old, it has established itself as a real alternative to the big players and as an affordable step up from the large chains. It is blessed with a dream location, some of the finest interiors we saw in New York and a restaurant from our very own Gordon Ramsay. One of our favourites!

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    Location 8.63 /10

    Right in the mix of things on West 54th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, the hotel has a fine situation close to many of the major tourist attractions: Central Park and Carnegie Hall to the north, MoMA and shopping on Fifth and Madison Avenues to the east, Times Square to the south and Broadway to the west. Need to get to another part of town? No problem. Just hop on one of the metros at one of the three stations which surround the hotel or head to Grand Central, around a 20 minute walk away. JFK is 19 miles away, La Guardia 10 miles and Newark 17.

    Accommodation 9.70 /10

    The tower that houses The London NYC is tall and slim (rather like its personification might appear) meaning that there are only around 10 or so rooms on each of its 54 floors which in turn means a high degree of discretion for guests. The room types are divided into Suites and Luxury Suites and further subdivided into categories. Whichever room you opt for, it will be supremely designed with the highest quality furniture, the utmost style and the best thing is that it will never ever date. The standard room, the London Suite, is beautifully appointed and presented meticulously and is available in several colour schemes. The bed is dressed in Fili D'Oro Italian linens and has a thick plaid draped over its end with pillows and cushions placed perfectly at the head. On one side of the bed is an iPod clock radio docking station and on the other is a telephone with screen display. The third piece of technology in the room is the flatscreen television mounted on the wall. Above the padded leather headboard is a mirror stretching the width of the room which gives an extra spatial dimension. At the end of the bed is an extremely smart trunk concealing the iron and a lint roller. The rest of the room is finished off in white paint, with the ceiling having a gloss finish and the floor covered in a grey fishbone carpet. Through the mirrored double French doors is the salon area, featuring limed oak floor and a large bay window in which is installed a banquette which has been custom woven for the hotel. From behind this soars a lamp which arches over the couch and hovers above a round marble specially designed for the hotel in conjunction with Gordon Ramsey. It screws up and down depending on whether it is being used as a coffee table or for dining. Next to this smart set up is an embossed leather desk with, pulled up to it, a gracefully carved work chair. In one corner of the salon is a modern interpretation of a classic rocking chair, upholstered in cream leather with a wooden frame whose inferior part is painted black. You'll also find, just near the entrance to the room, the well-stocked minibar, which has paisley-covered doors and above this is a pouring station with bottle opener, swizzle sticks and an ice shovel. The brilliantly white spacious bathroom, which is separated from the rest of the room by a sliding door, is fitted with hand cut tiles and a marble vanity, features a roll in shower (or a single shower and a bathtub), giant mirror and Clear toiletries. The hotel's Vista rooms are the same as the London Suites, but are slightly larger and are situated higher up the tower, thus boasting a better view. The two-bedroom suites have an adjoining bedroom which can be closed off. The first of the Luxury Suites is the Sky Suite which measures just short of 1,000ft². The bedroom itself is fairly similar to that of the regular suites aside from the presence of the limed oak parquet and rug and the paisley wallpaper behind the bed. There is also a drawer unit for a little extra storage. Between the bedroom and the salon is a large floor to ceiling window in front of which is an uber-design perspex chaise longue with leather cushion and an oversize open closet. The salon is an extremely comfortable space centered upon the seating area of couches and coffee table. It comes complete with flatscreen television and full entertainment system. Just behind the couches are a chic little marble table and chairs above which is a highly original modern dark glass chandelier. The rest of the space is dotted with a beautiful light wood sideboard, objets d'art, lamps, photos and mirrors. The London Apartment is even grander with a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, marble fireplace and an array of objets d'art and books. The spectacular Atrium Suite has a glass ceiling offering panoramic views of Manhattan as well as a dining room, while the Penthouse, the hotel's masterpiece duplex apartment, boasts 180° views of the city, including Central Park, the Hudson River and George Washington Bridge, multiple bay windows, a kitchen and dining area and two bathrooms. All rooms have complimentary in-room internet and wireless access and of course safes.

    Overview 9.45 /10

    You will not see a smarter hotel front entrance than that of The London NYC. Two oversize plant pots, each one containing a topiary Bulldog, stand either side of a grey carpet stretching the width of the brilliantly shiny front door, itself flanked by perfectly nipped shrubs. Above all of this is a glass overhang with greenery on the inside edge. The stunning lobby features a marble floor with a black square motif which is reflected in the ceiling. The reception desk appears right in front of you as you walk in meaning you don't have to go searching for it like you do in certain other hotels (extremely annoying!). Behind the desk is a huge tapestry by Elizabeth Deshayes based on Hyde Park in London which depicts caricatures enjoying a day out walking dogs and playing with not a care in the world; an image the hotel likes to associate itself with. To the left is a fireplace and further round in the same direction is the concierge desk. The idea behind there being no seating in the lobby is that it resembles the entrance of a grand residence, for which David Collins is renowned, and that there is no gathering of large crowds; people can congregate if they so wish on the first floor. The London NYC Club is the hotel's gym and is equipped with the latest cardio and weights machines as well as the Kinesis Wall, a concept whereby a chosen muscle group can be worked on by using a series of equipment in a particular way, demonstrated by a video on a screen next to the apparatus. The 24-hour facility also has a stretching area with punching bag and guests can help themselves to water, towels and earphones. There is no spa in the hotel, but guests can dial Spa Chakra direct from their room for in-room treatments. Alternatively, you can go and visit them on Fifth Avenue. The whole hotel, from top to bottom, is impeccable in a way that seems almost impossible to achieve and everywhere you look class stares right back at you, for example the suede room number panels on each door. And of course the staff is friendly and professional and charming.

    Food and drink 9.90 /10

    A hotel of the standing of The London NYC is obliged to have a restaurant reflecting this repute?and it does, in the form of Gordon Ramsay at The London and Maze. Love him or hate him, he has created one of the finest hotel dining experiences in New York. Maze, which is modeled on the chef's Michelin-starred outfit in London, is the informal option for lunch and dinner. The décor, also signed David Collins, features hefty stone columns, handcrafted silk embroidered wall treatment as well as a suede-lined ceiling. At lunch time the vanilla-braised pork cheeks were cooked to perfection, the Carnaroli risotto of butternut squash was to die for and the crème fraiche panna cotta with market strawberries, Rooftop honey and strawberry sorbet capped things off divinely. The service, as you can imagine, having been overseen by the perfectionist himself, was flawless. And at $28 for two courses and $35 for three, the value is simply outstanding. The dinner menu is pretty extensive with such mouth watering dishes as Maine lobster with white radish honey vinaigrette and hand dived sea scallops roasted with spices, golden raisin purée and cauliflower beignets for starters and honey and soy roasted quail with sautéed foie gras and spiced pear chutney or twice cooked poussin, roast Coq-au-Vin with prune purée and foie gras velouté for mains. Alternatively you can choose from a much shortened menu with four courses for $60 or six for $75-still incredible value. Adjoining Maze is The London Bar, which serves breakfast (continental and cooked) and afternoon tea as well as cocktails and wine. For fine dining at Gordon Ramsay at The London there is both an à la carte menu and a prestige menu. The former includes dishes featured on the Maze menu plus new ones such as Berkshire pork loin with black pudding, romanesco apple and cider jus while the latter (of which there is a vegetarian option, unusually for Mr. Ramsay) is priced at $150 for seven courses (and another $95 for wine pairing). For the ultimate dining experience why not dine in the kitchen at the chef's table. For just $1,000 at lunchtime or $1,400 at dinner (divided by 8 places, excludes wine pairing) you can savor nine courses right in front of the chefs and even have a go at whipping something up yourself. For your money you will enjoy champagne on arrival and each course will be explained to you by the chef who prepared it. If you think that all this works out at less than £100 per person it really is worth considering if you can assemble the necessary numbers. In 2010, the restaurant was awarded two Michelin stars, to go with the countless others that Ramsay has amassed over the years.

    To know

    The London NYC has carved out for itself a great position in the New York hotel market, just below the traditional players and has an image unlike any other hotel we saw. The hotel was designed by David Collins, the British designer and architect specializing in residential and retail space. His other projects have included the restaurants J Sheekey and Locanda Locatelli in London, as well as interiors for Vivienne Westwood and Victoria's Secret. He was chosen precisely for his lack of experience in hotels which has turned out to be an inspired decision - all parts of the hotel exude impeccable taste.

    Equipment

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

      keep fit, beauty salon, Turkish bath, sauna

    • Sports equipment

      sports, fitness, gym

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Meeting room

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    • Décor
    • Location
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    • Size of rooms
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    • Overall Score 9.75/10
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