This hotel is stunning in its decor and design. Stumble through the dark corridors to your bedroom door and you will be amazed by the sumptuous luxury that lies inside. We stayed in a deluxe loft which had vast amounts of space for two people, a huge desk for working and a long couch to pile the shopping on. The red velvet, mirrored mini bar and deliciously scented candles helped me to name the style- "how I would decorate if my mother never came to visit"
The neighbourhood is great and if you have the time you can walk practically anywhere on the island from this location or jump in a cab and you'll be there within minutes.
The doormen and housekeeping staff and service were truly 5 star. We had a few issues with dopey reception staff, but nothing major. Luckily we declined their offer to hurriedly charge everything to the credit card on file, instead insisting on a printout; despite handing back the iPod two minutes previously and reminding the girl to cancel the deposit, the extortionate $750 was still lurking on there. For a iPod from the 90s! Seriously, you should be giving them out in the cornflakes! Which brings me to the other hiccup- breakfast. We were told we had continental breakfast on the terrace included, after seeing the lame selection I should have insisted on the room service breakfast we should have had with our booking. Sadly I was too polite and English to complain but if you are paying for it, don't bother! There are a couple of cute cafes across the park with a much better selection, where you can find something much more appetising. Especially if you want breakfast at 10am when sweaty cheese and melted muffins were on offer on the semi- outdoor roof terrace. Yes it was hot, so get a chiller cabinet or do a la carte cheese...
Our room was noisy from the air conditioning units clustering around the internal courtyard, a downside of NYC in summer. Buy earplugs or cough up top dollar for a park view room seemed to be the solution. I chose earplugs and a cognac from the minibar helped too!
Overall only a couple of negatives throughout a very happy week here. Can't recommend it enough if you want extravagant escapism in the heart of the city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Gramercy Park Hotel's Haute Bohemian heritage represents a sensuous vision of artful diversity. Bohemia reinvented for the 21st century with an original combination of styles, with great pieces of furniture and artwork and the extraordinary use of color. It is still the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City, but honored and renewed in a glorious transformation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Gramercy Park