The Martime falls into the category of hotels that can be easily underestimated from the outside. Firstly, it still resembles the former port authourity building it once housed and the entrance is small and dark with quite a few steep steps up (not sure what wheelchair users would do). The lobby is dark but decorated with great thought and attention and the whole hotel retains the nautical theme throughout. Although the hotel is small, it's a real boutique and rather eccentric - refreshingly it has none of the hall marks of a NYC hotel chain. The rooms are small - the kind that you can walk in, walk around the bed and that's pretty much it, but this is NY and one starts to accept that space is a major extravagance in this city. However the room is well appointed and has a great comfortable bed. All the essentials are provided plus the power shower is pretty refreshing. Loved the alternative toiletries.
La Bottega, the Italian restaurant is excellent, serving great breakfast and lunch at good prices. Matsui, the downstairs Japanese restaurant is superb and the sashimi was fresh and well cut. The restaurant itself is massive and feels like being in Tokyo. The gym is pretty small, slightly airless and has one running machine and bike and some free weights - to be honest, I never met anyone else in the gym so it was fine for me, although the basement floor is stuffy. At the weekends, actually from Thursday night onwards, the hotel is ovetaken by crowds of scantily dressed 18 year olds partying with friends. This is fine, but the associated noise is ridiculously loud and at 4am I could still hear revellers departing the hotel club, Hiro. The plughole that's provided by management is a good temporary solution to the noise, but it is large and cumbersome and nearly knocked me on the bed when I tried to place it at the window. Once attached, the room does indeed become soundproof but also becomes pitch black resembles being in a bunker. However, that is the most negative I can get about the Martime, as the overall hotel is a real gem. The staff are friendly and accomodating. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who likes the nightlife of a city, but also wants something a little different. If I compare this hotel to the pretentious and gauche Hotel Gansevoort down the road, I think Martime wins hands down.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel resembles white cruise ship with portholes overlooking Ninth Avenue - West Chelsea neighborhood - 4 blocks to Chelsea Piers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maritime Hotel New York City