A very simple hotel offering good quality accommodation and a nice location, close to Greenwich Village.
- Well located
A very simple hotel offering good quality accommodation and a nice location, close to Greenwich Village.
At 209 East 14th Street. Between the areas of Greenwich and Gramercy, two blocks from Union Square and NYU (New York University). The hotel is at 18 miles from La Guardia airport, 13 miles from JFK, and 18 miles from Newark. Near metro stations L, 4, 5 and 6.
215 ft² in size, the rooms at the Union Square are very nice for a hotel of this category. The modern style decor is simple but pleasing, with light walls and wood furniture. The rooms do not have closets, only hangers, a luggage rack, and a chest of drawers for your clothes. They do have television, telephone (Internet connection, and answering machine), and air conditioning. Equipped with showers, the bathrooms are very small and functional.
A small recent structure in perfect state, the Union Square Inn occupies a small red brick building typical of New York housing with its exterior emergency fire escapes. It has 41 rooms, a small lobby, and an eating area where breakfast is served between 8 AM and 11 AM. Opened in 2000, frequently used by European and American customers (mostly students' families visiting their children), the hotel offers simple amenities and features reduced to the minimum. Basically, a hotel clean, comfortable but without pretension.
The hotel has 10 non-smoking rooms. We advise you to choose rooms at the back of the building (with numbers ending in 5 or 6).
"This is a one-of-a-kind thing. It's a complete left turn for me and different than anything we have ever done before, and I expect it will wind up being a prototype for the hotel industry the same way my first hotel was 25 years ago." This is how Ian Schrager, the genius behind the project, sums up Gramercy Park Hotel (GPH) and who are we to argue. It is arguably the most complete hotel we saw: jaw-dropping design, highly sought-after artwork, the hippest of staff, a rich history and home to one of the most exclusive bar scenes in the city. Add to this the top quality amenities, an eatery from an acclaimed restauranteur and access to the only private park in New York and you have a Boho hotel which is quite simply in a class of its own. You won't be stunned to hear that this sort of experience doesn't come cheap, but if you are looking for an unforgettable stay in the city, why spend your cash elsewhere.
Many a new hotel has opened in Downtown recently, trying to become the next 'place to be' and by all accounts, The Standard East Village has achieved that (for now). Perfectly located at the crux of the trendiest quarters of Manhattan, the hotel has pretty much everything that its yuppie target audience is looking for: generously, sleekly appointed rooms with a view, a laid back, innovative approach to service, a bar and restaurant everyone wants to get into and ideal spaces for informal business meetings. Some may find it superficial, others will be attracted by its shiny architecture and contemporary design, but what is sure is that it caters to its clientele as well as any hotel of its kind.
A typical example of a New York fashionable hotel, the Marcel offers a very comfortable environment with a modern decor and high level amenities. A good hotel, especially for a 3*.
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.
Looking like the result of leaving a toddler alone for five minutes with an oversized brick version of Lego, The Bowery hotel eclipses all else on the street of the same name. However it is not solely in a physical sense that it reigns over all before it. With princely rooms, décor throughout fit for a king and stunning views over the realm, there is simply nothing like it elsewhere in New York. It has a trendy rather than strategic location, intimate atmosphere and excellent dining making it a perfect repair for couples. Highly recommended!
A nice little hotel offering peace and comfort in the middle of Greenwich Village, a few steps from Soho, and the best jazz clubs of the metropolis.
Hotel Giraffe is a pleasant mid-range hotel with pretty rooms, a lovely staff and a fine Italian restaurant. Its location slightly outside the main areas of heightened activity will suit those who are looking for a hotel in a slightly calmer district. Its cute little terrace and evening receptions accompanied by a pianist also make the hotel one of the most civilised. We would certainly recommend this hotel to both business and leisure travellers as well as to couples and families.
Located in the Flatiron district of Midtown Manhattan, the Park South hotel is a comfortable, honest hotel if not rather non-descript and slightly ageing. While the guestrooms can be on the small side, they are reasonably well-appointed and have all the amenities expected from a three-star hotel. There is no doubt that in order to keep up with its competitors it would need to update itself somewhat in terms of furnishings and technology for example, but the property is clean and functional and seems to be a calm environment. The biggest pull of the hotel is probably the restaurant which occupies the space to the right of the ground floor. Probably more of a touristic hotel than a business venue, the Park South is a decent base from which to explore the island but if you are looking for that extra special touch then you may want to search elsewhere.
We were quite simply blown away by this hotel. Rare are the occasions where there is nothing to fault, but staying here was one of those - it just couldn't put a foot wrong. Generously proportioned, impressively appointed rooms are complemented by a relaxed yet top class Italian restaurant, while the spa is a sight to behold. You'll have a tough job finding a property where the service is paralleled and don't even get us started on the views! A magnificent, modern and memorable hotel, we recommend the Trump Soho to all kinds of traveller, newcomers or old hands, couples or families. A huge thumbs up.
Let's not mince our words; The Peninsula is quite simply one of the finest hotels in New York, even more so now it is the other side of a renovation. From the very first moment you enter the hotel you'll have no doubt about the quality of experience that awaits you. There is very little to pick holes at here where excellence comes as standard: the large rooms are finely furnished, the restaurants of the highest caliber, the spa one of the most beautiful and complete in the city and the service faultless. Like all top class hotels this all comes at a certain price, however if there was ever one hotel which could justify the cost it would be this one.
Q. What do you get when you take $150 million and put them into the hands of one of the world's greatest architect/designers? A. The Mark. Be under no illusions, what Jacques Grange and co have conceived in the leafy surroundings of the Upper Eastside is now the yardstick against which all other hotels will now have to measure themselves. After over two years under renovation with some of the most sought after names in the creative fields working on the project, The Mark has transformed itself from a decent hotel to a hotel of superlatives. Everything is top draw from the design to the staff, from the food to the wellness centre. This all, of course, comes with the price tag that its quality demands, however rest assured that no other hotel can come close to what The Mark has to offer.
We're going to stick our necks out here and say that of all the hotels we have stayed at in this city, the Setai probably takes top spot. Of course there are many different types of hotel in the city and not everyone is looking for what the Setai has to offer, but as on overall experience, it can't, in our opinion, be bettered. The rooms are not only some of the biggest in the city, but they are likely to be the best appointed in terms of amenities too. The stunning, contemporary spa is as luxurious as it is spacious and in its restaurant the hotel has one of most memorable dining experiences to be had. But what impressed us most, and where the hotel rises above it competitors, is the consistent attention to detail and impeccable service the likes of which we've never seen. Although new (November 2010 opening), this is right up there with the old masters and the best thing is that it can only get better!
The Pierre has always been a landmark hotel in New York City?and we are glad to report that after its latest $100 million renovation following its takeover by Taj Hotels, it is still very much one of the hotels by which others must judge themselves. It is true to say that it may not have some of the facilities of some of the other top hotels (no spa, smaller rooms), but when it comes to service, style and sophistication, not to mention history, it is untouchable. With a location that would make most hotels weep with envy, fabulously appointed rooms with an Asian touch and a new, top quality restaurant, The Pierre is back on top of its game and ready to welcome once again all types of traveller, no matter their motive for visiting the city. All this comes, of course, at a price, but if you had to choose a place to spend your hard earned cash, this has got to be near the summit of your shortlist.
You may be coming to the United States to see New York, but the St. Regis is a destination in itself. The most sumptuous hotel we have visited to date in the city, its beautiful Beaux-Arts interiors are a sight to behold. It's (rightly) famed for its unrivalled service and King Cole Bar (more in 'Food and Drink') as well as its beautiful, spacious and well appointed rooms, however it does lack some of the high tier amenities of its rivals, such as a swimming pool, and the views are not quite as good. That said it can boast an Alain Ducasse restaurant and original antique décor. It's true to say that some may find the hotel's opulence a little overbearing, but let's not lose sight of the fact that this is nonetheless a true masterpiece. Even if you don't have the means to stay here, come and take a look around as the property has some unique features. Couples, friends or business travellers will all find their calling at the St. Regis.
Although no longer associated with its Parisian namesake, the Plaza Athénée New York continues to offer one of the most refined hotel experiences in the city. Its style may not be as subtle as some of its competitors and thus some many find it a little overwhelming, but there is no getting away from the fact the hotel is a class act from top to bottom. It boasts capacious, well-appointed and recently renovated rooms (January 2010), a fine wellness centre, a celebrated restaurant and bar and an impeccable service from a smart, professional staff. If you're after that classic European opulence the other side of the Atlantic then the well-located Plaza Athénée is one to consider.
This mythical New York hotel has seen its fair share of changes, both within in its walls and outside, however one thing remains constant: The Carlyle is one of the swankiest, smartest, seductive hotels in the city. The very few flaws of the hotel (for example the size of some bathrooms) can be excused by its age; otherwise there are very few hotels of this genre which can claim to offer a similar experience. Not only does it offer top notch service and facilities, but its location and commanding views are also something spectacular. Throw in a rich history, fine dining and exquisite décor and you get a hotel (literally) fit for kings. If you've got the cash, don't even ask yourself the question?