We stayed here for 4 nights in April. The first day, I did not really have my bearings and got a real surprise when I went to the pharmacy a block away and found myself inside THE Empire State Building! It was a great location for all of those tourist spots - walking distance to 30 Rock, Empire State, Macys, Madison Square Garden etc. We walked back often at night and felt totally safe.
It doesn't look like much from the outside and the rooms are tiny (not much luggage space but they will store your bags for you if you need) but the beds are SO comfy and the rooms and hallways are cleaned impeccably, you could smell the disinfectant when the cleaners were around. All we wanted was a quiet room, comfortable bed and a bath to soak in after a day of walking around and The Herald exceeded our expectations. We were in a renovated room on the 1st floor and I was a bit worried about noise being so close to the street level but there are block out shutters on the windows which kept out the light and the noise so in fact I had trouble waking up in the morning! We were so settled that even though the lovely person at Reception offered us a free upgrade to a bigger room, we didn't bother to take her up on it, which is the first time I have ever declined an upgrade!
The ONLY downside I would say is that the shower water did not seem to heat up very well (sometimes freezing) and then all of a sudden it is scalding. Sometimes it was fine and sometimes not, which kept us on our toes. I didn't report it as an issue though as really we were happy to have a bath, which did not have the same problem and was great.
The staff were super nice and accommodating. We will be back next time we are in New York for sure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Life Hotel, centrally located in midtown in the NoMad neighborhood between the Emipre State building and world-famous Flatiron building,. From nearby Pennsylvania Station, we’re minutes away by train from the United Nations, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, museums and shopping. In the original building that once housed LIFE magazine, the 98-key hotel has been restored to its former glory with the additions of an intimate namesake restaurant Life Restaurant, lobby bar and basement speakeasy. Inside the newly renovated guest rooms, ranging from “Classic Queen” to “Premium King” and multi-room “Suites,", features include; Pillow top Beautyrest® Simmons mattress voted “best hotel beds 2016”, offering amenities and services like all-natural, socially conscious LATHER bath products, access to a 24/7 fitness facility outfitted with Peloton stationary bikes, and a pet-friendly policy, a stay at Life Hotel is easy. Need a restaurant recommendation or reservation? Forgot your toothbrush? Craving a bacon-egg-and cheese after a night out? Life Hotel’s awesome, friendly staff is only a text message or call away. Come for the night, stay for Life. Life Restaurant, by veteran restauranteur Stephen Hanson and seasoned NYC chef Michael Vignola offers a vegetable-centric, seasonally-driven menu of sustainable and wild-caught seafood dishes and pastas, much of which will be prepared in a wood-burning oven. Chef Vignola focuses on locally-sourced ingredients from the New York area as well as from the hotel’s own rooftop Chef’s Garden where the menu will include playful riffs on classic dishes paired with a beverage program offering handcrafted cocktails, and an extensive, thoughtful “wines by the glass” program. The basement bar will offer classic cocktails harkening back to the days LIFE magazine staffers used this space as their own speakeasy. The space can also be utilized as private dining or meeting space for up to 60 people. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Herald Square
- Herald Square Hotel New York