Of course, the hotel can't be faulted for its location, but I struggle to find a reason as to why anyone would want to be down here unless you have a meeting in lower Manhattan early in the morning (as I did). The hotel is located directly across from the WTC memorial, and that adds to the unsettling sense. Generally speaking, W hotels are attractive for those seeking a hip, trendy, loungy, party kind of experience...but if you are seeking this, why are you downtown? It's a vacant no man's land. I have stayed at the W on Times Square, and that makes a bit more sense. As for the facilities themselves, the rooms are small, as expected, but chic, and the lounge area is upscale (but empty). The staff was OK...didn't seem to know that much about what was going on. This is not a convenient place to get find a taxi, so unless you are comfortable riding the subways, it will not be easy to the other attractions in Manhattan. So again, unless you need to be downtown, stay else where. If you do need to be down town, then this is worth considering but there are less expensive options than to pay for the "W experience."
- 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