Located in a slightly undiscovered corner of NYC near midtown, Murray Hill and Madison Square Park, this modern high rise hotel is a very hip, stylish addition to the neighborhood. Though sort of nowhere specific, it is surprisingly convenient to many areas and subway lines.
My room on the 14th floor was spacious and done in a combination of industrial grey and bright accents of white and magenta. There was an open city view of rooftops, but plenty of light. Decor was very trendy, though over time I'm not sure how well it will age, style-wise. As far as comfort goes, it was great. Great bedding, excellent closet space (especially for NYC) and a beautiful bathroom with plentiful amenities. For those interested in baths, there's a huge tub for soaking, not just the usual shower so often found in the city.
The rooftop pool and lounge deserve mention, as a positive or negative depending on your viewpoint. You can't avoid them entirely, since the club music played on the roof echoes all the way down the elevator shafts to serenade you as you wait for the car to arrive. Both are beautiful, but do draw crowds and lobby traffic to negotiate later in the evening. This makes entrances and exits for the hotel guests at busy times a bit of a challenge. On the (early) evening I was there, the bartender was friendly but seemed overwhelmed by the drinks menu. She had to consult the menu to see what ingredient to add to the shaker. She kind of gave up when she realized she lacked a key ingredient in the drink I ordered, so I opted for the simpler cosmo. She spilled it while decanting it. She cheerfully poured the remainder in a clean glass. Again, her attitude was fine, but this is not really acceptable for the price paid. Despite the views, it was a "one drink and go" experience.
Beyond that, the hotel component was delightful and I could heartily recommend it to anyone willing to stay slightly off the beaten path, but still be in a surprisingly convenient area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Gansevoort Park Avenue offers 249 luxury rooms and remarkable suites, most with lofty ceilings, Juliet balconies, and five fixture bathrooms. The three-story atrium lobby showcases striking herringbone granite floors, an oversized fireplace, and dramatic aubergine chandeliers. There is a signature rooftop pool for sunbathing and city-escape daydreaming and a bi-level rooftop bar + lounge wonderland. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel New York City