I'm not a picky hotel guest. All I really need is a place to lay my head, and a hot shower. Still, I've been to a few hotels before, and some things did stand out to me.
First, I'd like to talk about the positives:
Location - This hotel is in the center of Midtown, and is close to attractions like: Fifth Ave., Central Park, MoMA, and Times Square.
Room Size - While not huge, the room was not as tight as some rooms in big cities that I've been in
The Coffee Machine - I have to say, this was my favorite thing in the hotel. It instantly makes about fifty different coffee and cocoa drinks. It was a nice way to return to the room after a night of walking in the cold, or to utilize when I woke up.
Overall, for these things, I would say that is a pretty nice hotel.
There was just one big negative:
The decoration / construction of the hotel was somewhat lacking. The building is an old building, and the solution for the hotel seems to be to slap a facade over everything, giving it a modern look. Instead of new elevators that work well, they put modern metal on the inside to make them look new, but they weren't, and were broken at times.
The rooms have some of the same problems. They look nice, but when I actually needed to do something practical, I found myself wondering why there were no hooks or tables in the bathroom or a place where I could plug my phone in to charge it.
The bathroom was larger than most hotel bathrooms, but they didn't seem to utilize the space well. There was no place in the cavernous bathroom to set anything down. The sink was especially cheap, a tiny stainless steel model with a difficult to use handle. It reminded me of ones I had seen while camping in state parks.
The construction seemed to baffle me at times. The frosted glass bathroom doors, which looked nice and gave the room a Japanese feel, were held up with wood screws, some of which had wire caps (the plastic things you use to couple wires with) to cover the sharp ends of the screws which were sticking out. The recessed lighting above the bed was not covered, allowing you to look up into the ceiling. The paint was sloppily applied to the mirrors...I could go on, but it made me aware of the sloppiness of the construction all around.
I wouldn't say this was a deal breaker, and wouldn't keep me from going back to the hotel, it just lessened the elegance of the hotel. I've been to other boutique hotels, and their care of their property seemed almost impeccable, but this one seemed a bit lacking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SHOREHAM is a fashionable retreat dedicated to the experience of design. Flat-screen monitors throughout the property feature an array of video and interactive art with vibrant images of nature in motion. The hotel offers a variety of accommodations ranging from superior to specialty suites available with king, queen or two queen-sized beds. Signature amenities include invigorating five-head hydro-massage showers in junior suites and select rooms, iJoy massage chairs, Bose Wave® radio CD players, Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Guest room baths are appointed with high-gloss white marble tile, gray slate vanity tops, brushed stainless steel sinks with satin nickel fixtures and Aveda bath amenities. Guests are treated to a champagne toast upon arrival. SHOREHAM is perfectly positioned just steps away from the top shops of Fifth Avenue, Central Park, Broadway and more! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Shoreham Hotel New York City
- Shoreham New York City
- Shoreham Hotel New York City