I stayed in the W Downtown New York for one night on a business trip. It is located adjacent to the World Trade Center site where the Freedom Tower is now being built. This represents quite a dramatic backdrop to the hotel. The drama continues as you step out of the elevator to the 5th floor lobby. I arrived at night and the reflection of the neon, undulating ceiling on the black marble floor was impressive. It was a Monday night so the lobby bar was not too full, but it did look inviting. Check-in was quick and I headed off to my 20th floor room. Two things struck me as I entered. The AC was on full blast so it was freezing in the room. The second, was the size. The room was $300 / night (on my company's discount, no less) and it was tiny. There was barely enough space for me to open my rollerbag. However, the bed was extremely comfortable and the shower (with the Bliss amenities) was great in the morning. Most importantly, it was very quiet and the din of the city did not disrupt my sleep. Overall, I would happily try the W Downtown again for a business trip, but probably upgrade to a larger room. The design aspect of the hotel is much sharper and creative than other W hotels I have been to and the bar options seem attractive.
- 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