We started by looking for rooms with a view in Manhattan. What we found was at least twice the price and even more than Z Hotel. We weighed the thought of not being able to walk downstairs and be right in the middle of things and decided arranging our schedule so we could take the hourly hotel shuttle to midtown was worth the effort for a much larger room with an unparalleled view.
The desk staff were very friendly, check in and out was a breeze. They were always very attentive when we asked for an iron to be delivered or help with the TV. We arrived earlier than our room was ready and flew out hours after check out, both times they checked our bags for us and our expensive electronics and cameras were left undisturbed.
The building has a kind of a strange quirk. This in no way was a big deal, just struck me as odd. All the rooms face the city to take advantage of the view. So the hallway for each floor is on the backside but they are connected via this weird, half indoor/outdoor hall. It struck me as strange because it made me think the building was older and originally had outdoor halls but I read it’s a relatively new building. They have this kind of vinyl outdoor covering closing the hallway in but it doesn't keep out the January temperatures. It does keep out the rain and wind so it wasn't a big deal.
The biggest drawback to the hotel is the fact the immediate surrounding area has little to offer. That is unless you’re are a big enthusiast of warehouse architecture. There is a little area a very short cab ride away with several good restaurants but there’s nothing immediately adjacent to the property.
The lobby is on the main floor with little more than a desk and couple of chair where you can sit and wait for the shuttle or a cab.
The bar/restaurant (slash rest of the lobby?) is down the main staircase. There are plenty of comfortable seating options and several TV’s with various stations showing sports or news. We got there just as the breakfast buffet was closing down so we ordered breakfast from the menu. It was decent but not remarkable, I hope to think this was due to the time in which we came. There is a small business center (two workstations) that we used to print out our boarding passes for our trip home. The bartender was very friendly and although you do pay NYC prices for your cocktail, the drinks were very favorably poured.
The entire building has Wi-Fi. I had to re-enter the password every little time it went to sleep mode but the connection and speed was always good.
The room was very nice sized for a NYC hotel. It features floor to ceiling windows with an amazing view of the Queensboro Bridge, Citibank Building, Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, and the UN (listed north to south). You can’t see the Freedom Tower because of other high rises to the south on the near side of the river.
Our room had a king sized bed, couch, little desk, and a couple of nightstands. The bed was simply amazing! I thought our bed at home was comfortable; I honestly have to write them back to ask what kind of mattress that was because I want one. I didn't care if the city never sleeps, I wanted 10 more minutes in that bed.
The shower is huge and the big glass door sealed the room to make a nice steam room, good for me, and good for steaming a lot of my clothes to not have to iron every single item that came out of my suitcase. The heated floors made the January mornings very comfortable under foot.
The only thing I wished the room had was better closet space. There were two areas to hang our clothes but one was a shortened height by the safe, and the other was a shortened width by the minibar/fridge. Even still, we stayed for 4 days in January with dresses, a couple/few big coats and other layers to hang and made the limited space work for both of us.