I recently completed a two night stay at the Doubletree in the Financial District.
My first impression of the hotel is that it's an incredibly narrow, very tall building (and it was built in what used to be a location of a parking garage). I vaguely remember the bell guy saying there are just under 400 rooms in the place, which makes sense as there are 44 floors or so. My particular room was on the 32nd floor, and some of the various tall buildings around me topped out just above my floor and some other kept on going up. My room had a lovely view of the rapidly-being-completed Freedom Tower, which replaces the World Trade Center. Wall Street is only a few (2 or 3?) blocks away, but outside of business hours you wouldn't know it because the area gets completely quiet at that point.
The actual room was impressively small (which makes sense, there's a number of rooms to pack in on each floor), but it certainly felt cozy. I was able to easily adjust the temperature via the wall controls and leave a fan on all night (I love to have circulating air and white noise while I sleep), and the windows, even up on the 32nd floor, opened a few inches to let in very fresh air during the day.
In the room there's a cabinet in which you'll be able to hang clothes, there's also a room safe in there, an ironing board and iron, plus a luggage rack. The flat panel TV is above a smaller cabinet with dresser drawers. There's an old fashioned cable TV box underneath the TV, but I didn't turn it on to see which channels were available. I used Internet (available via WiFi) instead, which worked relatively well for my business needs. I didn't see an Ethernet connection available in the room.
In the tiny bathroom I found full size towels under the sink, a bathmat rolled up in the shower. I didn't have any problems with the hot water, once I figured out how to use the shower dial.
Overall I was pretty happy with the room. The only negatives I could see was that the furniture was a wee bit dinged up (which makes sense, since the room is so small, it's easy to accidentally bang or scratch surfaces while going in and out of there) and the bathroom vent could have used a good dusting. I also couldn't get a decent cell phone reception, at least on the Sprint Network, but that might just have had to do with the hotel's location at the extreme south end of Manhattan.
The downstairs "Eightstone" restaurant is a bit overpriced (lunch will be priced between 9 & 15 p.p.; dinner between 8 & 25), but the prices actually seemed somewhat in line with what one would expect to pay in the area. And if you are in the mood for something else, there's a number of low key restaurants across the street, including an "Asian Fusion" restaurant (serving sushi & Thai food), a pizza kitchen and even a steakhouse.
There's a set of computers on the first floor from which you can surf the net or print out your boarding passes (I am pretty certain the machines are free). You can also easily print out documents from anywhere in the hotel to the free printer downstairs (simply e-mail the documents to a "printspots" e-mail address and you get a release code e-mailed back to you). Useful!
If you can score yourself a decent package rate, it turns out this hotel is a great place to base oneself as it's much quieter when business isn't happening and it's close to a number of sites one would want to visit, easy to get to the subway and to the ferries that go all over the place (I did a ~10 minute walk to a ferry which took me to the park on the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bridge in about 3 - 4 minutes for a total cost of $4). The Heliport is a easy 5-10 minute walk from the hotel as well, where I saw a line of tourists waiting to get a scenic ride from the many helicopters that utilize this waterside pier. There's a few subway stops in a short walking distance, including the Bowling Green subway station about a block or two away as well.
Would I stay here again? Most likely yes, as it certainly beats the loud noise and craziness of Times Square. The front desk staff were universally nice to me and friendly, a nice change of pace from the usual snooty or too-busy-to-be-bothered staff at other hotels.
Hopefully this information helps you out. And if you did find useful information in my review, please let me know by clicking the "Helpful" link down below. Have a great stay!
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