If I could, I'd give The Court 3 1/2 stars: they're better than "average," but not quite "very good." Ultimately, they provided a spacious room for two people in a good location at a solid price - definitely a good value, and so I'll round up.
The only real issue came at check-in; we arrived at 3:30, 30 minutes after check-in, but the room wasn't ready. The desk clerk was more matter-of-fact than apologetic about it, but we negotiated the wait from "about an hour" to "give me ten minutes." Unfortunately, she was the only desk clerk available and there was a constant flow of people checking in, and she never acknowledged when the room was ready until I approached her. The lobby was small and the only place to sit was not comfortable, a wrap-around bench right next to the desk as people stood in front of us waiting to check in.
Once we did get to our room we were generally pleased - the room is really big by New York standards, and had plenty of space in addition to the two beds (I believe their website says it's 400 square feet). The room was clean and the desk and nightstand along with a TV stand all had a modern look to them, but while staying in it for 2 nights, the paint and carpet began to seem a bit worn and it felt more like an older room they were dressing up with a modern, trendy look rather than out-and-out updating the rooms. But still, it's a clean, comfortable and spacious room, just one that could use new carpet and paint (and a TV remote with a working Channel Up button). The bathroom was spacious, clean and had adequate water pressure in the shower and good lighting and the WiFi was good enough for checking email and general web surfing.
We were ultimately heading to the Upper East Side for the weekend, but it was tricky finding something around $200 a night with two beds; with its location close to Grand Central and the 34th/35th Street Pier this was the best match of value and location. We got a clean and comfortable room with more than enough space for two people in a good location at a price that met our budget, and I would recommend it for if you're looking for the same.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ultimate New York experience awaits you at The Court. While many hotels leave you feeling claustrophobic, The Court’s 199 spacious guest rooms (Superiors begin at 350 square feet) allow you to spread out in comfort and style. Signature Suites include the Empire Suite, the Chrysler Suite, and our fabulous Terrace Suites, featuring outdoor terraces with views of the city skyline. When you venture out, you will find yourself just steps away from Grand Central Terminal and the iconic Chrysler and Empire State Buildings. Icon Restaurant serves a variety of breakfast options each morning, while Court Bar mixes handcrafted cocktails by night. ... more less
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