I have stayed at the Marcel several times over the years since it was refurbished. When I first stayed there it was a relatively quiet (given the location) and undiscovered hotel offering good rates. The upper floors had just been refurbished and although some of the rooms are small they were all furnished to a high standard, with good bathrooms. Since then however I have noticed a marked decline in standards, to the extent that I will no longer stay there. The main problem is the bar and nightclub that operates on the ground floor and basement of the hotel. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights it's impossible to sleep because of the constant thump thump of the music. One night I stayed there the music continued until 3am, and I had to get up at 5am to catch a flight home. On subsequent stays I requested a room on higher floors but even then there's the noise made by clubbers leaving the hotel in the early hours, the taxis and cars that pick them up, and accompanying shrieking and shouting. I've also noticed that the hotel, which was originally marketed as an upmarket business hotel, is now favoured by teenagers and as a result there was a lot of nocturnal thumping, banging doors and running about. On my last stay I ended up going to stay with some friends nearby just to get a decent night's sleep!
This is for me the main issue with the hotel, that the hotel management are trying to run a nightclub at the same time as presenting the hotel as a superior destination for business travellers, which it isn't. There's also the problem that there's only one v-e-r-y slow lift, so you can end up waiting up to ten minutes just to leave the hotel; the staff are friendly enough by New York standards but things often seem disorganised, and the bar doubles as the breakfast room so looks pretty shabby and worse for wear the mornings after the nights before.
My recommendation would be: great if you're under 20 and not looking to sleep, but if you are older and want a decent night's sleep, stay elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our perfect location in historic Gramercy District offers easy access to public transportation and major airports. Within arms reach are the hip neighborhoods of the East Village and Lower East Side, Madison and Fifth Avenue shopping, Baruch College, the Empire State and Flatiron buildings, and Union Square. Midtown, Soho, Greenwich Village and Chelsea areas are just a short walk away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marcel At Gramercy Hotel
- Marcel New York
- Marcel Hotel Nyc
- Hotel Marcel New York
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