The live music at Winnie’s Jazz Bar in the lobby greets guests most nights, though you may need to raise your voice to be heard above the sax. The tools displayed behind the front desk are the first of several nods to the building’s past as a hub for the Garment District’s millinery trade.
Centrally located and convenient to all if you’re willing to walk a little to the public transport (there are many nearby subway stations). Close to Grand Central Station, Times Square, and the Empire State Building, as well as fashion-world favourites Bryant Park and the Beaux-Arts masterpiece that is the New York City Public Library. Most of the city is at your feet, whether it be the Highline, The Museum of Modern Art, or Rockefeller Center and Observation Deck.
Address: 63 West 38th Street, New York, 10018.
Style & character
Much of the charm of the original Gothic skyscraper has been preserved, from the high ceilings to the wood-floor rooms, although the décor is never overdone. And while hipster touches abound (the staff sport suspenders and denim uniforms and, a few, waxed facial hair) there’s nothing over the top. Locally curated artwork is on display in communal areas, along with vintage furnishings.
Service & facilities
The staff may look cool but they exude charm and sincerity. Waiters and bartenders are knowledgeable and polite, and there’s a multilingual 24-hour front desk and concierge service. Mini-bars in the rooms offer all the basics along with singular touches such as a custom cocktail shaker, and all come equipped with phone charger. There’s a fitness room and valet parking (for a fee). Excellent coffee awaits you in the lobby as you head out in the morning.
The 197 rooms over 12 floors are chicly decorated in a muted palette, with cool touches such as writing desks, which are meant to evoke vintage sewing machines. Some rooms have views of the Empire State Building. The dark, brushed-oak hardwood floors set the stage for funky furniture and custom beds. Subway-tiled white bathrooms feature walk-in rain showers and are stocked with wonderful-smelling Beekman 1802 toiletries from Upstate New York.
Food & drink
The hotel restaurant, Parker Quinn, has all the qualities of your favourite neighborhood bistro, serving simple well-made American favourites and perfect cocktails. Try the short rib-stuffed peppers and the blood orange margarita. The Refinery Rooftop (recently recognised by USA Today readers as the best rooftop bar in the United States) plays host to DJs and beautiful people, with both indoor and outdoor space, a fireplace, and great views of the city. Accessed via the lobby, hotels guests receive doorman preference.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Yes, Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant rooms.
Though the party atmosphere in the lobby in the evening may not be for every family travelling through New York, younger adventurers are welcome.
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