Flew into New York last Friday night on a mileage run, and picked the W New York because it was the closest Starwood property to a restaurant I was meeting a friend at the next morning for brunch. I'm typically a fan of W Hotels, having stayed at many of their properties throughout the United States. W Hotels trade on its hipster atmosphere, and modern designs. Even knowing that, I was still a bit surprised by the W New York.
After a $40 cab ride from LaGuardia, I walked into the lobby (at 10:30 p.m. on a Friday night), and was immediately pelted by the din of an endless sea of people. The lobby and lounge area, and the Whiskey Blue Bar, are apparently where lots and lots of New Yorkers hang out on a Friday night. It was really, really noisy and crowded. Coming off a long day of flying, it wasn't particularly relaxing. However, check-in was very efficient, and I was up at my room on the 14th floor within minutes.
The room surprised me as well. Despite being upgraded (as a Starwood elite), I still was shocked as to how small the room was. It seemed about half the size of a non-New York W Hotel room. The bathroom was no better. A pedestal sink was too oversized, and the toilet was sandwiched between the pedestal sink and the tub/shower. It was a bit uncomfortable. The bed was your typical W bed--very comfortable and soothing.
However, what made up for the hotel room was the W New York's location. (If you read my prior reviews, you'll see how important location is to me.) It's about 3 to 4 blocks easy walk to the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station and Park Avenue. A little bit farther to the UN. And, if you're cabbing it over to Hell's Kitchen (where I was meeting my friend), you pass through Times Square, Rockefeller Plaza and Radio City. Subway stop is a couple blocks away as well.
Would I stay at the W New York again? Perhaps, depending on where I needed to be in New York. It meets the typical W Hotel standards (service, room quality), but as other reviewers have stated, the rooms are shockingly small. Price-wise ($220/night), it was a little pricey, too. But, in the end, the hotel's location made up for that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- W New York, the very first W Hotel globally, delivers high-tech hospitality in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. It is an urban retreat where your options are unlimited with Bliss Spa, Whiskey Blue and our Whatever/Whenever service culture. Our unique Extreme WOW outdoor terrace offers panoramic views of the New York City skyline. W new York has something for everyone. The eclectic collection of rooms and suites appeals to a diverse audience, while the versatile meeting spaces, studios and flexible public areas can adapt to any event or gathering our clients are creating. The newly renovated iconic Living Room is the perfect gathering place to begin your night out in the city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- w New York Hotel New York City
- w New York City
- w Hotel New York City
- w Hotel Lexington