I stayed one night at The Inn at Irving Place to check it out before booking a room for my boss for a lengthy period. I am so glad that I did.
I arrived at the hotel in the early afternoon. The staff was VERY friendly and VERY attentive. My room - the Gramercy - was ready, so they let me check in. The bellman took my luggage and we legged it up to the top floor (2 flights).
After the bellman left, I began exploring the room. The more I explored, the more disappointed I became. Here is a list of problems:
1) There are two swing-arm lamps above the bed. The installation was very shabby (in a place like this, they should have cord covers). One of the lamps had a big dent. The arms were loose. The housings (where the lamps connect to the wall) were loose.
2) There were candelabra-style wall sconces on two of the walls. They were shabby and loose. And one of the sconces had a "candle" that was held on with electrical tape. It was leaning at a curious angle.
3) The radiators could use a coat of fresh paint.
4) There was plenty of upholstered furniture that looked was very nicely done. Unfortunately, none of it was comfortable.
5) There was no desk. I had to use the coffee table for my laptop.
6) The shutters were flimsy at best. There were 6 sets of shutters in the room - upper and lower for each of the three windows. Only one set would latch properly. I ended up using rubber bands to latch the others.
7) The dresser was an old Empire-style behemoth with drawers that had gaps in the bottoms. The drawers were very loose and I had to be careful to make sure I pulled them out carefully so that they wouldn’t fly out and land on my feet.
8) The mini-bar was out of order. There was a printed sign in a frame, which makes me think that this is a frequent occurrence.
There were some bright spots.
1) The room was very spacious and faced a courtyard. Even though the restaurants that border the property were hopping that night, I was not bothered by any music or noise. As a matter of fact, that was the first night I ever spent in Manhattan where my sleep was not interrupted by garbage trucks or sirens.
2) The queen-sized bed was very comfy and the linens were what I expected from a luxury property.
3) The closet had an extra blanket, iron and ironing board.
4) The bathroom was roomy. The outlets were right next to the mirror. They had a side table that was big enough to hold all of my toiletries. The towels were thick and thirsty. The shower was roomy. And the water pressure was great.
I did not eat at the inn, so I have no comments on the restaurant or the food.
I own a 130-year old farmhouse, so I can deal with a bit of shabby and I wasn't expecting the slickness of a modern boutique hotel. But for $325 a night, the room should, at the very least, be properly maintained.
I will not be staying here again. And I will not book a room here for my boss when he comes to the city later this month.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Originally built in 1834, three single family brownstones sat at the corner of 17th and Irving Place. Over the years, the corner brownstone was torn down and a small apartment building was built in its place. The two remaining brownstones have stood the test of time, and they now create The Inn. While once combined as a single family home, the brownstones also housed everything from apartments, The Ingersol Mens Club, a Speak Easy, and a Beauty Parlor and Day Spa. After completion of a three year renovation, The Inn at Irving Place opened its door in December of 1994. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Inn At Irving Place Hotel New York City
- Hotel At Irving Place
- At Irving Place Hotel