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“Cool fitout - very welcoming reception service” 4 of 5 stars
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Distrikt Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   342 West 40th Street, New York City, NY 10018 (Manhattan)   |  
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“Cool fitout - very welcoming reception service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for 6 nights. Overall handy location to attractions and the subway. Although clearly boasting a quality fitout, our room felt cramp and tiny, beds are very comfortable with great pillows, however the linen, although good quality, really didn't fit the beds AT ALL. Prepare to be woken up by bed sheets that need to be adjusted because they don't fit the actual beds.

So so breakfast.

We were able to connect our laptop to the TV via HDMI which was another plus (I wish more hotels allowed it)

One big plus of this hotel was the reception service. Every time we walked in or out we were greeted with a hello or a goodbye and a smile. It's the little things that count.

We would recommend to first timers in NYC due to close proximity to main attractions (all walking distance.) however this was our second trip to NYC and should we return again we will likely stay around the SOHO/Greenwich area to avoid alot of the tourist crowds.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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gmdistrikt, General Manager at Distrikt Hotel, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Thank you very much for your review of Distrikt. We were a bit shocked that the linen was ill-fitting, but assure you that this must have been an anomaly as we don't ever receive this particular critique. Though you prefer a different part of Manhattan, I do hope you will allow us to welcome you back and to show you that the bedding mistake and the breakfast experience was an exception vs. rule.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

What can I say but - Thank you Distrikt Hotel for being our home away from home for 5 nights!
Fabulous little boutique hotel in the craziness that is NYC!!

It was so nice to come back to our little haven and sip on the complimentary hot spiced apple drink and be welcomed to THE friendliest staff ANYWHERE in the world!! Each and every one of them were marvelous - always greeting us and ready to help with anything.....this is what truly makes a stay at the Distrikt so amazing....they are all very well informed with all things New York - and when you're a first time new yorker, there are a million things you want to ask and the staff were always happy to advise us with their expertise.! Thanks Guys, much appreciated!

Must also say that the hotel itself is cute and cosy - we stayed in one of the bigger rooms on the high floor and it was very clean and comfortable.. A+++. Breakfast in the restaurant was also very good.

If we ever come back to the Big Apple, we have no hesitation in booking the Distrikt Hotel again for our stay - we absolutely loved it and you will too.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Anna S, Guest Relations Manager at Distrikt Hotel, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
We're so glad to hear Distrikt became your "home away from home" on your recent trip to NYC was an "A+++" experience! That you found our staff "THE friendliest staff ANYWHERE in the world" means so much to us, as we strive to make Distrikt a comfortable and friendly home base for all of our guests, so thank you for your wonderful feedback. Please stay in touch with us via Facebook/Twitter so we can provide you with our best rates for your return. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

It's not often that you get to stay in a top 5 (tripadvisor) hotel without it costing the earth, especially in NYC. The Distrikt is first and foremost exceptional value when you consider that the rooms, we had one on the 28th floor (room 03) and the view of the Empire state was excellent, are very well appointed and fairly spacious (bathrooms are very nice). In addition the staff are all really friendly (and genuinely so). Often it's the case that the staff in a hotel come across as insincere but every one of them, including the bellhops, were genuinely interested in helping you out, and with a smile. They even got a load of mini chocolate muffins in for guests for St Paddy's day. The breakfast isn't bad either for the money. Final tick in the box is the location which is brilliant, very central for all the sights. For food/drinks, check out the Beer Authority which is 2 mins walk back towards 8th avenue for great beer (and variety-belgium etc) and food-Paddys day was excellent, and also the Heartlands Brewery which has an "outlet" (as there are a few around town) right next to the entrance of the Port Authority Bus Terminal, which also of course is where you end up if you chose to take the subway option from JFK. We did and it wasn't half as scary as we thought it would be plus, both ways it saved us a total of about £100 in cab fares. All in all a brilliant hotel, with excellent staff and a fabulous location. Would absolutely recommend that you book.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Anna S, Guest Relations Manager at Distrikt Hotel, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
We're so happy to hear that your experience was of an "exceptional value." We pride ourselves on our friendly and efficient staff so it's great to hear that they were able to enhance your NYC stay! It seems that you were able to explore our local favorites as well such as Beer Authority and you enjoyed our immediate neighborhood. Please stay in touch with us via Facebook or Twitter; We look forward to welcoming you again in the future!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

I surprised my partner with a trip to NYC and chose the Distrikt because of these reviews. It did not disappoint. I emailed the hotel in advance to ask for champagne in the room when we arrived, they went to the trouble of hand writing a message sent from me with the champagne and a few other surprises, courtesy of the hotel, arrived as we were unpacking! The rooms are modern and larger than I expected, having stayed in London hotels several times I expected to be in the usual big city box room. It's location is amazing, Hell's Kitchen one way, Times Square the other, 5 minutes from Central Park. All in all this hotel is spot on, they treated us like royalty from the moment we stepped through the door. I will definitely be booking here for our next stay in the city.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Anna S, Guest Relations Manager at Distrikt Hotel, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
We love celebrating special occasions with our guests so thank you for choosing Distrikt for your surprise trip with your partner! That your experience was very positive and you were treated "like royalty from the moment we stepped through the door" is such a wonderful compliment. We very much look forward to welcoming you and your partner again in the near future! Take care until then!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

I truly loved pretty much everything about this hotel. The room was modern and extremely clean. The bathroom was amazing. Although it was small it was very modern and clean. The service was impeccable. The bartender at the restaurant was truly great and you felt special from the moment I stepped in the door. They had a car waiting for me to take me to the airport and if was only like $10 more than trying to hail a taxi. 5 star treatment and service from start to finish!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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gmdistrikt, General Manager at Distrikt Hotel, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Some reviews just make us smile a bit wider, and this was one. Thank you for taking the time to appreciate our little extras and the team that works so hard to make sure all of our guests have an "amazing" experience.
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Well it's true what they say - this is a fantastic hotel with incredibly friendly staff! We stayed a week here in February and from check-in onwards, there was always a friendly hello and help when we needed. Compared to what we've heard of other hotels, Distrikt is really reasonable in price too.

This holiday celebrated my birthday and as pre-arranged by my boyfriend, there was a yummy treat waiting in my room from the hotel staff. Such a nice start to the week!

The hotel's location is great - right near Times Square. Many areas and sights (Madison Square Garden, The High Line, Central Park, Rockefeller Center etc) are easily walkable and for everywhere else, the subway is just down the street.

As for the hotel itself, we couldn't fault it. Our room (floor 24) had views to Empire State Building and the Hudson River. The bed was comfy, the room was quiet (only a few rooms per floor) and we had plenty of room for suitcases etc. I also loved the Keurig coffee maker and now want to get a coffee pod machine for home haha! The TV was big and plenty of channels for winding down after a long/busy day! Free wifi was awesome too, made keeping in touch with family and friends in Oz really simple!

Some sights/experiences we loved in NYC:
- SHOPPING - just about everywhere! Made a few trips to Fifth Avenue and also, Century 21 downtown was great for menswear in particular.
- Watching the NY Knicks play at Madison Square Garden (we got our tickets on stubhub).
- Getting the C subway train to High Street station in Brooklyn and walking back to Manhattan over the Brooklyn Bridge.
- Top of The Rock - we were up in about 15-20 minutes (including some interesting videos they show) and had spectacular views!
- Walking up Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, stopping at Magnolia Bakery, checking out the nearby Chelsea Market and then walking the High Line up to 30th Street.
- Seeing Jersey Boys on Broadway ($70 for great seats from TKTS in Times Square).

A tip - if you find yourself needing extra luggage during your trip like we did, the nearby Walgreens in Times Square stocks really big duffel bags for about $30.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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gmdistrikt, General Manager at Distrikt Hotel, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Thank you so very much for taking the time to review Distrikt and for your very helpful tips to fellow TripAdvisor readers. We are extremely happy that we were able to take your celebration to the next level and that you enjoyed our amenities and room size. Thank you again for choosing Distrikt for such a special occasion.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We had a king view room above the 30th floor and had magnificent views towards Times Square. The location was good and bad, while it was close to everything the street the hotel is on was not the greatest, never felt unsafe etc, just there are far nicer streets around.
The staff were wonderful and the Collage bar/restaurant, became our favorite little haunt during our stay.

All the great things about the hotel and staff definitely made up for the street.

Ps, Hope everyone is good after the nasty storms and floods :-)

Room Tip: Get a King room for a great view
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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gmdistrikt, General Manager at Distrikt Hotel, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Sometimes big things come in little packages and we are very grateful that you felt this way about Distrikt and chose to share with other Trip Advisor readers. We will make sure our Collage team hears of your praise and rest assured all is well in NYC!
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Address: 342 West 40th Street, New York City, NY 10018
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 459 Hotels in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Distrikt Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 155
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A one of a kind, upscale boutique hotel, located in the heart of Midtown West, Times Square area on 40th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. The Distrikt Hotel towers 32 stories tall with unobstructed views of the cityscape and Hudson River. Offers a unique experience with the concept of staying in one of ten neighborhoods of Manhattan within the hotel. The sleek lobby space features a 14 ft. Green living wall representing Central Park and the check-in area welcomes guests to a hand carved wall of wood, detailing the streets of Manhattan. Airport grade 6/8 inch windows keep the sounds of Broadway where they belong. Additional complimentary amenities include: With dedication to detail with impeccable service, cutting edge technology, comfortable yet luxurious guestrooms, 4* amenities, and fresh cuisine with locally grown ingredients. Each of the 155 guestrooms are designed for the comfort and needs of the guest to include relaxing Simmons Beauty Rest mattresses, decadent Frette bed and bath linen, 37" LG flatscreen television, business desk with ergonomic chair, LATHER soaps and amenities, and wireless internet in every room. ... more   less 
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