This hotel is very smart, smooth and sophisticated. Also very dark. I always say that the darker the lobby, the trendier the hotel. This is true of the Gramercy Park Hotel, although the design is more old school (roaring twenties) than anything you might expect at, say, the Standard. That said there are some amazing contemporary paintings dotted around the ground floor lobby and bar, such as Damien Hurst and Warhol. Quite impressive!
There is one more point to make regarding the said darkness, however. On arrival it seems that the outer brickwork is being inspected and so there was a scaffolding construction around the building, with translucent sheeting. This covered up all the windows somewhat, making the atmosphere perhaps a little more gloomy than intended by the interior designers.
The room was very nice, beautiful furniture. Air conditioning unit tended to become noisy at times, but only for a short while. Breakfast was served on the dining table in room (no dining room downstairs). Bathroom was very smart, with cool contemporary lighting, traditional bath and fittings. All very smart.
The facilities at the hotel appeared somewhat limited. There was a cafe/eatery, which seemed rowdy, which we didn't use. We had a drink in the bar downstairs around mid afternoon, having been turned away from the top floor bar owning to a private event. Returning again around 7pm we found both the lobby and the bar packed with (seemingly) non-residents. We were ready to walk out to find a drink elsewhere when luckily two seats at the bar became free. Not impressed that residents have such difficulty in using the hotel facilities like that. Nevertheless the experience, once seated, was enjoyable.
Overall I like the hotel, but I get the impression that guests are a secondary concern to private events and non-residents. Too many people, so not really a quiet hideaway style. It's a boutique-style hotel, I think. Just too busy.
Quirky, modern-traditional fusion. I would return, perhaps once the outer covering has been removed and the top floor bar is open for use.
- 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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- Hotel Gramercy Park