We just returned from our trip to New York, which was overall magnificent. Although are stay at the Gansevoort was not perfect, we enjoyed our time there. My first complaint, we had specifically asked for connecting rooms since our 2 daughters and a friend were going to be staying in the room next to us. Upon entering our room, there was not a door connecting to the next room. Next, we went to the room our daughters were staying in, and discovered a king bed, when we asked for two doubles. So we went downstairs to try and switch rooms, but nothing that matched our request was available. They did offer to move us the next morning, but what a pain that would have been after unpacking. Luckily, the couch turned into a sofa bed so our daughters and our friend were able to have enough sleeping space. My biggest complaint is the noise. If you want a good night sleep, bring ear plugs. The sound of horns and sirens are constant. At one point, during a restless night, I started counting moments of silence; I did not get past 5 seconds without hearing a horn or siren. Lastly, the rooms are really warm at night. When my husband complained they told him they turn off the air during the winter and we need to open our window. This is impossible to do if you want to sleep. The noise was so loud with the window closed, I could not imagine leaving it open and getting a moment of sleep.
Although, there are a bunch of negatives, the hotel had its positives qualities as well. First, the sizes of the rooms were nice compared to other hotels in New York. The bathrooms were clean and nice. The location is great. The hotel is in the meatpacking district, so there are a lot of great places right next to the hotel. A 10 minute walk will get you to Soho, and a 20 minute walk to Little Italy. There is a bar down in the lobby area that gets pretty busy at night and has a pool table.
Overall, my biggest complaint is the noise. The Gansevoort is nice hotel. I mean, we did spot Richard Branson there, but he probably did not have an issue with the noise in the penthouse.
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