We were prepared for the size of the rooms, although they were perhaps a little smaller than imagined. They are functional, except for the built-in design flaw of needing to step over the toilet bowl to exit the shower for average-sized Westerners. Also, if you are self-conscious, do make sure your roomie puts on the tv - and draws the shower curtain(!). Curious? Yes, well, in a laudable attempt to increase the light in the internal bathroom (merely a misnomer because nope, no baths here, only showers), there is a glass wall divider between the shower and the bedroom, with a white muslin curtain over it that isn't quite opaque enough when the bathroom light is on!! Also, the sliding door is pretty loosely fitting. Nothing that isn't surmountable with a little volume and tolerance though!
The bed was extremely comfortable with a chunky blanket in case the noisy but efficient air con does too good a job. The pillows were also lovely, soft and plumptious and the bedside iPod/iPhone docking station-come-alarm is a nice touch! Lots of mirrors - but definitely space-enhancing rather than too odd.
The public spaces are funky but generally extremely dark... If I were cynical, I would suspect a handy camouflage for a less than thorough approach to cleaning (based on the idiosyncratic chambermaid service - more later). They seem to aiming for comfort with discretion in a funky but traditional way. Mostly it works - although the flagship bar on reception level was permanently empty during our 5-day stay, which seems a waste. The library bar was interesting and quirky, as was the downstairs restaurant bar with the medieval-style refectory table complete with wooden throne at either end and bench seating down the sides. Again, the latter was generally not overly busy at any time, though well staffed and welcoming. A bit pricey, but a reasonable place to sit and chat.
The best place for atmosphere is the 15th floor roof terrace bar. If you like that sort of thing there are hostesses wearing translucent white shirts and for chilling there is a choice of everything from double divan seating; a double hammock to more formal garden chairs in pairs discreetly in bays. The advice would be: get there squeaky early!
There were some minor housekeeping issues (eg. having to ask for things twice and the strange bed-making, which involved the bottom sheet ending a full foot before the end of the bed so your feet constantly rubbed the rough mattress protector underneath.), which were balanced by the extremely helpful super-late checkout assistance we were given, the help with wine we brought in and the fantastic position right next to Columbus Circle/Central Park. It couldn't have been simpler to reach anywhere in Manhattan from here. A great base in fact, so please don't be put off by the overall rating!