Going back to the same hotel you have liked always carries the risk of getting disappointed. But after a perfect stay in the Distriukt hotel in 2012, I gambled and booked it again for a visit to the Big Apple. This time I paid a little extra for a room on the higher floor with a view on Manhatten and the Hudson River. After the flight and arrival at Newark it took almost two hours to clear immigration. I have never seen a slower process, even in all the third world countries I have visited. There were more than enough immigration desks, but hardly any staff behind them. If you do have a choice of arrival-airport, choose JFK anytime over Newark. Because the airtrain wasn't running, it took another two hours by bus and train to reach Manhatten, so upon arrival in het hotel I was rather exhausted. But the staff at reception immediately made me feel welcome. Their enthusiasm is a trademark for this hotel. The room was large, clean and had the promised view. And the high level of service, I remebered from my previous stay, was still there. The little things that matter were all still there. The warm welcome of the staff everytime you return from exploring the city, the very fast free wifi, the hotel umbrella offered when it rains, the little chocolates and brownies in the room, the turndown service at night, ect. The very friendly barman in the College Restaurant of the hotel is doing a good job and makes rather expensive, but very good coctails. There is free coffee and tea throughout the day and during happy hours for 5 to 7 pm there are free snacks as well. The hotel has a very central location only a couple of blocks away from Times Square. That means that the roomrate is high for a three star hotel. Expect to pay around $400 a night for a deluxe Twin room with a view. But the price-quality ratio is excellent. If they would offer a loyalty card for frequent stays, I wouldn't even consider another hotel while staying in Manhatten.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A one of a kind, upscale boutique hotel, located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, at the edge of Times Square on 40th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. The Distrikt Hotel towers 32 stories tall with unobstructed views of the Midtown Manhattan, the Hudson River and the Theater District; Offering a unique experience with the concept of staying in one of ten neighborhoods of Manhattan within the hotel. The sleek lobby space features a 14 ft. Green living wall representing Central Park and the check-in area welcomes guests to a hand carved wall of wood, detailing the streets of Manhattan. Airport grade 6/8 inch windows keep the sounds of a bustling city where they belong. With dedication to detail and impeccable service, cutting edge technology, comfortable yet luxurious guest rooms and 4-star amenities. Each of the 155 guest rooms are designed for the comfort and needs of the guest to include decadent Turkish bed and bath linen, 43" LG flatscreen televisions, work desk with ergonomic chair, LATHER aromatherapy bath amenities, and an in-room coffee and tea station. Additional complimentary amenities include: Free Wifi, Free Gym Access, Free Lobby Refreshments. ... more less
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