I love industrial buildings and this former hat factory in NYCs Garment District was different. We had researched online and requested a room on the 9th floor to the rear. This meant we got a quiet room. Though to be honest, you don't go to mid-town in NY if you want quiet as you will be aware of traffic and sirens 24/7. Choose the upper West Side if you want silence. I'd not complain if I heard the fabulous jazz that emanated from the hotels bar in my room! The doormen are so funky in their dark jeans with denim shirts and braces. They look like they could break into dance moves to the jazz at any given moment!. The room we got was huge. The decor fabulous. Monochrome, simple lines, demure lighting. Attention to detail is superb. The furniture recycled from factory elements and solid brass shower fittings. Spotlessly clean, and super comfortable beds. Sumptuous dressing gowns (I would have purchased one, but it would have required an extra suitcase to itself on the return flight). One tiny thing that could be improved is the towels were a tad small. This is something that you seem to get in America, but not so in Europe. Just saying. Now back to the praise....there is the most fabulous rooftop bar with views of the Empire State. It's clearly busy with New Yorkers after work, who queue up outside to reach it. There is a separate elevator to the rooftop, which means non-guests are not given access to the residents floors and everyone is escorted by a member of staff to the bar. There are increasing media articles about this place - some rooms have views of the Empire State, some are quiet, others less so. Those in the know, know what to request. I'll definitely return next time I'm in NY.....if there's room, because this place will become the place to stay. I even considered giving it a rotten review, just to ensure that there would be availability next time I go. But it's just not possible. Finally thanks to the wonderful Raymond (you were right, Brooklyn was great!).
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