I am not a fan of the W hotel chain, for some reason I was booked by my secretary into one in Boston and New York this year.
When I arrived at the New York one, I got to reception and couldnt hear myself think as the loud dance music thumped away, and gave me the worst headache.
I just wanted the run out of the building with my hands on my ears, I mean I felt like a rat near a rat repelling siren.
What was the need to play such loud dance music? What was the need to dim out the reception area and make the whole place feel like a tacky nightclub?
I am not old I am 32 so the hotel is aimed at travellers like myself, but I am not interested in staying in hotel where the reception cannot decide if it is a hotel lobby or a nightclub.
When I went to my floor, the corridors were dark and dingy, initially I wondered if this was to keep in tune with the club theme but I later realised they make keep the corridors dark so that you dont notice the poor finishing in the hotel.
When I got to my room, I put the lights on to see the poor paint work, poor craftsmanship over the whole room.
The room was tiny although it was dual aspect, having spent some time looking at hotel design and how to best utilise space for budget hotels, I noticed that the W capitalised on every aspect, every space saving trick they could use.
I asked reception if I could borrow a travel adapter for my phone charger to which they just told me I should buy one, which I didnt find very helpful.
At night the windows are not very well insulated from the ambient noise levels of time square so you can pretty much guarantee yourself a pretty awful nights sleep, especially if you are in a room with a dual aspect.
All in all - the W chain is not one for me, while they are going for the 30 somethings, I prefer my hotel lobby to be more like a hotel lobby, I like well lit lobbys with nice background music, or no background music, and I like brightly lit rooms that are well insulated to sound.
This particular hotel had a really seedy feel to it- avoid.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- W New York - Times Square is located in the heart of Times Square & the theater district, with museums a few blocks north and sultry downtown just a quick subway ride away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- w New York - Times Square Hotel New York City
- w New York City
- w Hotel Times Square
- w Hotel Nyc
- w Hotel New York City
- w Times Square