My wife and I stayed at the W for the weekend. We booked the reservation through hotwire. The staff was friendly when we arrived. They accommodated my request for a south facing room to avoid the WTC construction. The room, a corner room, which I think is supposedly a bit bigger than their average room still seemed small even for NY standards. Even though the hotel is new, there was something about it that just didn't quite meet my expectations for a 4.5 star. There were pencil markings on the wall, looked like lines drawn for leveling the headboard I guess from when the bed was installed. There were a few patches on the wall, the room and the pillows had a light odor..like there had been a wet dog there before or someone had smoked in it.
The location, while I knew it was not a lively area I did not realize it would be as sleepy as it was. A bit of hike to the areas North (the Village) where the vibe is a little more exciting and there are interesting places to shop, eat and drink. I never ate or drank at the hotel but I did try to get a drink of water from the bar when we got home Saturday night (12:00/12:30ish) but it was closed. I asked the front desk if I could get some water or if there was a vending machine. I was informed that there was no vending machine but that there was some place on each floor that dispensed water, I found the ice maker, but not the water [maybe I misunderstood]. Water was available in the room for a $8 bottle but I was unwilling to fork over that much mula for H2O.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- W New York - Downtown is where the Financial District power action is, rubbing shoulders with the Statue of Liberty, NYSE and Brookfield Place. Power wheel and deal at our sleek and chic Living Room Bar & Terrace with stunning unobstructed north-facing views of 1 World Trade Center. With 217 rooms and 58 floors, explore the signature W bed, innovative technology, fantastic in-room entertainment and more, as Whatever/Whenever(R) makes all big city dreams come true. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- w New York - Downtown Hotel New York City