My wife and I stayed here for a week from Dec 31, 2013 to Jan 7, 2014.
The rooms at Room Mate Grace were pretty small, as is expected in NYC. However the rooms were cleverly designed so that the bed was slightly raised on a platform and we could slide our bags under the bed. This worked fine for us, but I guess the bed being raised could pose problems for older or less mobile guests.
I don't think all the rooms have this, but we actually had a small balcony in room 1301. There were iPhone docks and a small fridge. We had free Wi-Fi which on the whole worked pretty well. However there was a bit of a glitch where one device would work but another would not, until you took it down to Level 2 (the breakfast room) where you could always get a good signal. Then it would work fine up in the room.
There was an indoor pool downstairs near the lobby which we did not really use. Also a bar in the pool area which we never really worked out. It was open some nights but not others. Sometimes there seemed to be a private party in there - other times it was not open at all, or was open to hotel guests.
The hotel is very well located in West 45th Street, just half a block from Times Square. There are delis nearby such as the Cranberry Deli a few doors down where you can get breakfast and basically most things you'd want, 24/7, including beer and wine. Connolly's Irish Pub is next door.
The staff we dealt with were friendly and helpful. They mainly seemed to be Spanish-speaking (I think the chain might be based in Spain) but were fluent in English as well. The room wasn't particularly cheap, but for NYC around NYE we figured it was reasonable value...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A hidden gem in the heart of Times Square, Room Mate Grace is located nearby Bryant Park, Broadway, and Rockefeller Center. Room Mate Grace is the stylish solution for the savvy traveler who wishes to experience the sophistication and fun New York has to offer. Room Mate Grace features a unique lobby and event space, complete with an indoor pool, sauna, and steam room. The 24 hour kiosk is stocked with everything from the most basic supplies to the most decadent treats. Stadium stairs lead to the mezzanine level, a haven for VIPs in the evening and early risers heading off to work who enjoy continental breakfast in style and comfort. The mezzanine doubles as meeting space for those looking to work creatively. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Room Mate Grace Hotel New York City
- Hotel Qt New York
- Qt Hotel New York