The Box Tree is sort of a stage set. It looks great in photographs, but in reality it's a cheap imitation...lots of paint and spit and make-do cover-ups. But more importantly is considering how one would get out of there if there were a fire.
The restaurant food is superb, so there's no problem there. Expensive, but worth it.
I left the hotel with a companion about 10 PM to walk to the Waldorf which is nearby. I was robbed but not hurt. When I went back to the hotel, I told them what had happened, that all of my money and credit cards had been stolen, and that I needed to cash a check.
A waiter who had overheard the conversation went and got the chef. He said he would personally cash my check, and asked how much I needed. He said he would put the money ($500) under my door and I could mail him my check when I got home. And that's what he did and that's what I did.
I resented that the hotel, where I had stayed multiple times, and was using my American Express number to charge my room and expenses, was unwilling accomodate me in this emergency.
I have stayed at the Royalton, Algonquin and Essex House -- REAL hotels -- ever since.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small, turn-of-the-century European inn consisting of two 3-story townhouses, midtown location - In historic Turtle Bay area. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Box Tree Hotel New York City