This hotel was really nice! I had a wedding to attend this past Friday and simultaneously needed to send an urgent item by e-mail the same evening. The wireless internet in the hotel worked flawlessly and I was able to send my file before going to the wedding, which helped alleviate a lot of the day's stress.
The hotel staff were very knowledgeable, answered questions (like how long it would take me to get from the hotel to the wedding location at rush hour), and were very polite - all the way from confirming and updating my reservation, to check-in, to the bar and restaurant staff to checkout.
The bartender in the evening was helpful in answering questions about tourist sites and the staff for breakfast the next morning were equally accommodating. I was even able to get a hot breakfast for a very reasonable $12 (plus tax and tip)! That's tough to find in a New York City hotel. The menu had hot and cold breakfast choices, along with a buffet, and appeared to be accommodating to both North American and European tastes. The breakfast room / bar had a sleek almost Asian feel. It reminded me a bit of the breakfast room of a Japanese ryokan I stayed in once near Tokyo - only more modern - very nice.
The rooms were very clean and well-designed - kindof Scandinavian / Pottery Barn look. The room itself and the bathroom were very clean - the latter having good water pressure and hot water. The clock, TV, and closet safe all worked well (and I mentioned earlier that the internet access worked well). The TV was nicer than what I have at home - and no annoying hotel marketing channels like you see in some places. I got to the hotel a couple of hours before I had to leave for the wedding, so was able to hang out my clothes beforehand and didn't have to use the iron and ironing board in the room - but they were there if you needed them. I had some work to do while in NYC and so booked on an upper floor that worked out well in terms of not having traffic noise being a distraction.
The weather was good, so I walked from the train station to the hotel and then to the wedding on 52nd St. without any trouble. I think if I had wanted to take a taxi though, I would have walked out to 8th or 9th Ave instead of trying to get one right in front of the hotel as the traffic on 40th St. seemed pretty congested.
The lobby area was nice - coffee there in the morning if you didn't want a full breakfast - along with newspapers and computer workstations for quick internet access, and a small seating area for waiting for friends, or whatever. Security seemed to be appropriate with a discreet security guard in the lobby as well as special key card access for the elevators and rooms. The hotel didn't have a fitness center per se, but offered passes to a nearby club, which unfortunately I didn't have time to check out.
Staying at this hotel really helped make my visit enjoyable and as stress-free as you can get when going to NYC. Thanks for a great stay.
- 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 and 4* amenities. Fresh cuisine with locally grown ingredients offered in the bistro as well as complimentary hors d'oeuvres in the bar for Happy Hour. 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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