I lived and worked in NYC many years ago and have returned frequently on business. But I've never stayed at the Strand nor was I even aware of it. A colleague and I were in the City on October 1 and 2 on business - she was a frequent guest there in a previous business life and recommended the Strand.
I was very, very impressed with this small hotel. The staff greated my colleague with smiles and open arms - and the same level of kindness and friendliness was given to me, too. The staff is professional, courteous and kind - not something you experience at every hotel in Manhattan. I expected a very small room - I suppose it was small compared to some but it was perfectly adequate for me. Comfortable bed, comfortable pillows, AC worked fine and the room (and entire hotel) was quite modern.
There was a minor glitch with the TV remote but that was taken care of in no more than 15 minutes.
I do suggest that the Strand prepare a simple instruction card for the shower control - it's not intuitive at all. I'm a very (very) frequent global traveler and I couldn't figure it out.
The roof-top bar with a view of the Empire State building is beautiful.
All in all, the Strand is a fine hotel and, when I return to NYC, I'll be staying there.
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- Revel in style when retreating our boutique New York resort located in the heart of New York City's Fashion District on 37th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, New York City offers well-appointed guestrooms coupled with arrays of unique amenities, including an all-weather rooftop lounge overlooking the iconic Empire State Building and the city beyond. Through our centrally situated location between Penn Station and Grand Central Station, top destinations including Times Square, Broadway theater district, and elegant designer boutiques on Fifth Avenue are in close proximity. ... more less
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