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Hotel The Tuscany - A St Giles Luxury Hotel Hotel 4 star
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The smarter, more luxurious sister hotel to The Court just next door, The Tuscany, which went through a multi-million dollar renovation throughout 2012, is a breath of fresh air in the crowded New York hotel game. The spacious rooms are appointed to an exceptionally high standard with quality materials and are not so contemporary that they are about to go out of fashion. The public spaces are equally aesthetically pleasing with some great examples of art and design. The breakfast room in the lobby should now be in operation as should an all-day snacking menu (though no true lunch and dinner services). The top-of-the-range fitness room, the good location and the amiable staff make of The Tuscany and great mid-range option for couples and families.

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    Location 8.47 /10

    Situated in the Murray Hill district of Manhattan, on the corner of 39th Street and Lexington Avenue, The Tuscany is conveniently close to many of the major attractions that you would want to see as a first time tourist: Grand Central, the UN, Bryant Park, Times Square, the Rockefeller Center and Central Park, all of which can be reached by foot in less than 15 minutes. What is more, there are several subway stations in close proximity to the hotel which will get you wherever you need to go around the island. JFK is 16 miles away, La Guardia 9 miles and Newark 16.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    The 124 guestrooms and suites at The Tuscany are some of the most generously-proportioned in the city and are tastefully appointed with custom furnishings, quality materials and some nice touches such as plants and coiffeuses. Many of the rooms have great city views and some look onto the Empire State and/or Chrysler Buildings. The standard rooms here are known as studios and to be fair to the hotel, the name is somewhat justified given the square meterage. A king bed is dressed smartly in white with a padded oak headboard behind and a Chesterfield style ottoman at its foot. On the bedside drawers either side you will find a cordless telephone and an iPod docking station while also flanking the bed are two seating options: a red velvet chaise longue and an armchair and footrest. The rest of the furniture includes a chest of draws above which is a mirror, a writing desk with studded leather chair and a closet in which you will discover an iron and ironing board, bathrobes and slippers and a safe. The custom dark grey and red carpet lends an air of seriousness to the room without being too formal. Other amenities in the room include a flatscreen television, fully-stocked minibar and snack tray, coffee-maker and air conditioning. The bathrooms, whose tiles are similar in style to those in the Parisian métro, are perhaps a little small given the amplitude of the bedrooms, but are in excellent condition and have a wide porcelain vanity, a mirror with strip lighting on each side, a hairdryer, a large walk-in monsoon shower and Molton Brown toiletries.

    The rest of the guestrooms and suites are very similar in style but boast more living space and extra beds for families with kids. Some are situated on the corner of the building offering sweeping city views while others have soaking tubs in the bathroom. Loft suites offer a separate living space. The Penthouse, which was not yet finished during our visit, features a wraparound terrace on three sides of the room and is plunged between the Midtown skyscrapers. The space will be open to guests as much as possible when not rented out and will also host charity events.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    While the hotel's new (as of the start of 2013) Tuscan-style lobby is certainly well conceived and has an abundance of materials, textures and concepts, it might take a while for it to really earn that true rustic quality that the Italian region is so famous for. Before entering the hotel proper, guests pass through a porch whose walls are covered with stones placed there by hand while overhead is a beautifully delicate handmade lamp whose ?branches' form a sphere. In the lobby, the marble-topped, angular front desk makes a change from the more formal, rigid receptions one is used to while behind it is a hand-beaded leather wall with a motif that seems more Oriental than Tuscan. Opposite the desk is the hotel's breakfast room (see 'Food and Drink') while down the short marble staircase are two seating areas each featuring wingback chairs, sofas and coffee tables with plants and magazines. Two of the space's best features are the handmade branches on the short rails that go travel around the different parts of the lobby and the mobile-style lamps that hang from the ceiling and adorn the walls. The light coloured wooden and marble flooring go a long way to achieving the feel of an Italian property.

    The hotel's fitness room boasts a collection of top-of-the-range machines as well as a punching bag. During our visit we were told that there were plans for a personal trainer to be hired and that there would soon be a pantry with snacks for post-work-out sustenance. While there are no wellness facilities at The Tuscany, there is a beauty parlour open to guests of the hotel at the sister property, The Court, right around the corner. Other amenities include a smart, full service business centre where there were plans to install flatscreen televisions. There is a cost, however, for the use of the facility.

    The hotel as a whole is in great condition and looks to be well maintained and clean and tidy. The corridors, with their custom carpet, are wide and light and easily negotiable and good indications means finding your room is no hassle.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    The hotel does not have a full service restaurant, but its breakfast space in the lobby, Audrey, serves a daily continental offering and was due to begin a snacking menu for those little hunger spells during the day. The space is so named as Audrey Hepburn once lived in the building when it was still an apartment block. Each morning a spread of appetising-looking fruit, yoghurts, pastries and breads are on offer to guests as well as hot drinks and juices. Audrey also serves as the hotel's bar and guests have a good selection of alcohols available to them throughout the day.

    To know

    The Tuscany is part of the St. Giles hotel group which has another, more modest hotel, The Court, in New York, as well as one in the centre of London, one at Heathrow and another in Manila, the Philippines. During our visit in early 2013 the hotel was still in its soft opening phase, but should now be fully open and functional with a breakfast area and snack menu. The hotel has 6 rooms adapted for those guests in a wheelchair and is also animal-friendly. And lastly, an interesting fact: The Tuscany was the first hotel in New York to have colour televisions!

    Equipment

    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant

      (breakfast and snacks only)

    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Sports equipment

      gym

    • Animals allowed

    advantage

    • Spacious guestrooms
    • Beautiful puclic spaces
    • Tasteful décor
    • Good location

    disadvantages

    • No full service restaurant
    • Cost of business centre

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