We stayed here for 3 nights. I love Renaissance hotels because it fits our travel style. My husband and I explore the city, and we come back to a clean, comfortable, stylish hotel. It's what you can expect from a Ren hotel. Service is awesome. The lady who checked us in took care of us, and remembered us (well, my husband's quirkiness, anway :) )the next day. I booked one night with Marriott points, and another 2 nights via Priceline. SInce the reservations were two separate room levels, we upgraded the Priceline rooms (to stay in the same room) for a nominal fee. A nice tip for whose who Priceline rooms like I do - do "Name your own Price" when you book, and ask how much for an upgrade once you get there. We got there early, and she accommodated us to check in prior to 3pm check-in time.
We got a great, quiet room at the 10th floor away from the elevators, and/but with a nice view of the south part of Lexington. The best of both worlds for us. You step out of the hotel and everything is at your fingertips. Shops, restaurants, Starbucks, Duane Reade, Bloomingdales, subway are around the corner or one-two blocks away.
Great service. We get greeted each time we walk by the lobby. There's always people by the door. Free water bottle and newspaper.
Clean room. Comfortable bed. Great shower, nice tub/bathroom fixtures.
Stylish lobby. Chiluly designs, great restaurant to have a nice cocktail or two. There's events at the rooftop bar, although we never got a chance to check them out each time.
Do not expect:
Full amenities. It's only a boutique hotel, not a resort. It does have a nice rooftop to take in fresh air and the NYC sights. We had a nice take out lunch there on our last day before heading to the airport. The gym is a good size, though with all of the walking, we never got a chance to use it. There's no pool.
Modern fixtures. It's an old building. It's being updated here and there, but yes, some of the things are old.
Roomy space. It's NYC. Unless you're willing to pay $1K+, it's smaller than the standard 300 sf room most people are used to. So pack light.
Lastly, if you paid Priceline for a room (which is half the price you would normally pay if you reserve through other sites as it is), do not expect to get top-notch room. You will get the most basic room. The best you can do is ask when you check in for a quiet room, if possible. So it pays to be nice to the lady/guy who checks you in.
Bottom line, it's a great, predictable boutique hotel in a prime location, and a comfortable bed to get a good night's sleep after a day of roaming around the town. Mix that up with un-stuffy staff, and it's a great combo for our lifestyle.
We used the Metro for the 4 days we were there for $30 for a 7-day pass and we made use of it. Traffic in NYC can be hell-ish; so cabs/buses could be a nightmare. Weekend train schedules are limited, so keep that in mind. We almost did not make our flight to Newark airport due to rerouting on F train. Next time, I would fly out of LGA or JFK to avoid extra charge from using NJ Transit.
MOMA has free admission on Friday nights. ESB is $39 by one of those street vendors (you get to avoid the purchase line queue this way) nearby with one more admission, so choose Met ($25 or discretionary) or Top of the Rock. We opted for the cruise, but next time, we will do the one where you get to land on Liberty island. The Highline is free, so buy a cheap wine, meats and cheeses and have a nice picnic there. Take the A or C to get to the other side of Brooklyn bridge and walk back to Manhattan in 30 minutes. Picasso's Pizza near WTC is amazing. If you don't have one in your town, check out Chinatown and Little Italy. Soho/Greenwich Village is my favorite part of the city, Bar Pitti's clam pasta is worth coming back to. Uniqlo is like H&M and Target rolled into one. Check out Groupon for restaurant deals. We took the free Ikea ferry to check out Red Hook Winery in Brooklyn. Check out Eataly in Flat Iron district.
Ask for a high floor, away from elevator, in the back of 57th Street.
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