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Hotel The Marcel At Gramercy Hotel 2 star
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201 East 24th Street, New York, Ny 10011 New York, United States of America -
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A funky little property perfect for young (at heart) couples looking for a quiet base from which to explore the city, The Marcel at Gramercy marries style with functionality in its 136 guestrooms. Although slightly off the well beaten tourist path, it is easy to reach the city's main attractions if this is what you are after but just as easy to discover neighbourhoods that you may not know well. The clean-lined, contemporary décor will appeal to design fans although the breakfast and wifi prices may put others off. The tall-ceilinged rooms are a little small in some cases, but many have excellent light and great city views. Those who like to party at the weekend will only have to walk downstairs to the hotel's bar to enjoy a night out while there are plenty of other entertainment venues close by.

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      The Marcel At Gramercy   -   © Franck Prignet / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 5.56 /10

    Located on East 24th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, the hotel has a pleasant location in the Gramercy district of Manhattan, close to the exclusive private Gramercy Park square, the only private square in the city. The area is a mix of residential and business with many restaurants and bars close by as well as in the nearby areas of Alphabet City and the Lower East Side. In terms of attractions, Madison Square Gardens in within walking distance, as is Union Square, the Empire State Building and the Flatiron Building. If you want to get to any other part of the city but do not fancy walking then there are two subway stations very close to the hotel, both on line 6 which goes up and down the island and along which it is possible to change at various points. JFK is 18 miles away, La Guardia 9 miles and Newark 15.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The Marcel at Gramercy is deceivingly large with 136 guestrooms and suites. All are decorated in a similar fashion and are more or less appointed uniformly too. The only real differences between the rooms are their size and their view, with some looking onto a courtyard and others onto 3rd Avenue and/or 24th Street. Each room has a grey carpet with white, black and mustard yellow stripes with this latter nuance cropping up again as the colour of the bed's base, its headboard and the curtains. On either side of the bed, which is dressed in fine white sheets and black and white tiger print cushions, is a black and silver bedside table each with a hefty lamp and an iPod docking station. A freestanding wardrobe conceals an iron and ironing board and a safe while the minibar, which also stands alone, is modestly filled and has a snack tray on top of it. At the foot of the bed is a faux leather writing desk and chair with a second telephone. Above are a flatscreen television and some contemporary paintings which mirror the large mural to the right of the reception desk. The bathrooms, which are fitted out in ivory marble tiles with a beige vein, are a little on the small side but are very clean and in excellent condition. They have a bathtub with shower curtain as well as two different shower heads (regular and monsoon), hairdryer and LATHER toiletries.

    Larger rooms simply have a little more space providing more comfort and also have views of the city as opposed to the courtyard. The junior suite has a separate living space with a sofa and the bathroom has a jet bathtub. The actual bedroom, however, is smaller than those of the other categories.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    You will notice right from the off that here at The Marcel at Gramercy they like clean lines and uniformity. The entrance features a sleek canopy at the door, striped awnings above the ground floor windows (below which are evenly spaced out trimmed bushes) and symmetrically placed windows right the way up to the top of the building. The theme continues indoors with a couple of elevators opposite the entrance door and then to the right, two armchairs very precisely placed on a shag rug in front of an electric fireplace. Further on to the right is a long silver-coloured couch with a cushion at each end flanked by identical chrome blocks with flowers on. In front are a couple of cube-shaped tables each with a flower and above is a graphically-designed, slightly psychedelic triptych. Then further yet to the right is the reception area where, in a blatant disregard for the rest of the hotel's straight lines, sits an almost full circle shiny black sofa upon a round shag rug with four round stumps in the middle each with its own flower. But have no fear as the marble reception desk is a reassuringly rectangular block decorated with orchids and an old fashioned telephone.

    At the top of the hotel is a large guest lounge, which also doubles as a business centre and breakfast room. A continental breakfast is served here every morning (priced at $14.10) and there is complimentary tea and coffee available all day. Half the room is set up with tables and chairs for breakfast while the other half is a cosier seating area with couches and armchairs. Outside is a pleasant little terrace where guests are free to relax and bring up their drinks from the bar. Although only 11 stories high, the view of the surrounding buildings is still quite impressive as they are not on top of you.

    The rest of the hotel is in excellent repair and is clean and tidy and calm. The one complaint we do have is that room locations are poorly indicated on each floor so one is never sure which way to turn to find the right room. As we mentioned before, although the staff we came across was very friendly and helpful, there are not many members of the team at the hotel at one time which could turn out to be a problem if in demand.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    The hotel does not have its own restaurant but it does have a guest lounge on the top floor where it serves a continental breakfast each morning for an extra charge. If, however, you wanted to take breakfast in your room you can order from a local eatery and have it brought up to your room (as you could with lunch and dinner.)

    On Friday and Saturday nights, the Polar Lounge, in the hotel's basement, comes to life and welcomes both hotel guests and outsiders into its Arctic-themed interior. A classy, intimate cocktail bar with silver-sprayed brick walls and columns, Chesterfield banquettes and private niches (available to hire for a cool $600), the space gets very busy at the weekends and goes for a somewhat select clientele.

    To know

    There are a total of four guestrooms adapted for those in a wheelchair as well as two elevators serving all 11 floors of the hotel. There is self-parking available very close to the hotel priced at $25 for sedans and $30 for SUVs. There are no in and out privileges. While we did not experience any problems, note that the hotel prefers to operate with a minimum of staff so do not be surprised if at times there is a long wait at reception or for room service.

    Equipment

    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      spa, Turkish bath

    • Sports equipment

      fitness

    • Animals allowed

      (25ld limit, $25 per day, $125 cleaning fee)

    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Tasteful contemporary décor
    • Polar Lounge
    • Terrace
    • Some of the room views

    disadvantages

    • Cost of wifi
    • No restaurant
    • Low staff levels

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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