I love NYC, but having been there three times in the last twelve months on a mixture of work and leisure, I'm a little beyond seeing the sights, and just want to soak in the vibe of the place, and taste, if but for a moment, what it is like to be a native New Yorker.
The Strand Hotel is the perfect backdrop for that kind of experience. It's well located in the upper 30s between 5th and 6th. No -- let me put it clearly -- it's pretty much in the middle of where you want to be. Close enough to everything, but not in the heart of any one thing.
The rooms are relatively small -- but this is NYC -- but the beds are comfortable, and it's relatively quiet for a Manhattan hotel. In fact, other than the Sofitel, which is about double the rate, this is my (new) favourite place in Manhattan. For a bunch of reasons -- it's small -- we were just at Hilton Midtown, which was a cruise ship of a hotel, and moving here just felt right. The character is modern, the staff welcoming without being cloying, and it feels like one of those charming small hotels, which it certainly is, but without the folkiness.
In the end, it's all about the bed and the bathroom, and in each case it doesn't disappoint. One small tip -- the bathroom door has frosted glass on it, so it's pretty acoustically transparent. So keep the obvious in mind, but other than that -- I'd stay here again. And again. And again.
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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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