I had the exact same dilemma. My shortlist came down to these 2 hotels. I really wanted Bryant Park because their suite is bigger and the bathrooms are larger. It’s also across the street from Bryant Park as well and it gets great reviews.
The only reason we went with the Refinery is we got a really really good opening special rate – I mean virtually half price for the Atelier Suite which is their largest suite. We were really lucky with that. They also gave us a discount on the rollaway bed for our daughter. Bryant would not budge on the extra $100 a night for that so we couldn’t justify that extra $ on top of the suite price.
The other thing that helped was the communication at the Refinery. Lauren in Reservations was fantastic. I even requested a tea/coffee maker which they will supply. The only thing that I’m iffy about is the storage which people have commented on but I’m going to email Lauren closer to the date and speak to her about this as we are there for 10 nights.
Some people have also commented on the bathroom door privacy – it’s like a glass screen so that could bother some but I’m ok with that.
Let me know if there is anything else you want, believe me Ive done (and still doing) research ! :-)
Bryant Park is in a significantly more attractive area if that matters. The 30s on the west side, where the Refinery is, are somewhat grubby and very commercial. (But perfectly safe. And there is an Aussie pub on the same street.) More interesting dining near the Bryant Park, including the terrific Maialino in the hotel.Edited: 7:31 am, September 04, 2013
Aynat, you are perfectly correct. I had the wrong hotel in my head when I posted. All my comments apply to the Gramercy Park Hotel!
Not too much difference in location between the BPH and the Refinery.
phew, thanks! you had me worried there for a minute!
But Kateoz you are still right tho as there is an Aussie pub on the same street as the Refinery, called...The Australian.
I will be staying in one of them, in June 2014. Which one would you prefer?
Hi Kayhany, We loved our stay at the Refinery and even after our stay in Oct/Nov last year, I see they still have great reviews. They service is 1st class and everyone is very friendly and helpful. The hotel itself is just beautiful and the rooms are fabulous in terms of decor which is very different to the Bryant. We really loved almost everything about the Refinery except for storage, only has a very small wardrobe so for 3 people and 4 suitcases and with the rollaway bed put in as well, it was a bit squeezy but we made do. Anything we asked, they obliged. We even got a mini fridge and a tea maker. Its very close to Bryant Park too, easy to walk to. I have no doubt, you will love it! Enjoy your trip. :-)
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