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Cool Places to Stay in NYC

A travel journal to New York by jim

Quote: These are my favorite places (although not necessarily the cheapest) to recommend for friends who visit NYC.

Cool Places to Stay in NYC

Overview

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I have either stayed in or visited the following and would recommend them all: Hudson Hotel (very trendy / scene) Giraffe (very cool / classy yet luxurious) Palace (luxurious and very traditional) Embassy Suites (great for extended stays) Ameritania (next to Times Square and good bargain for Eurostyle) Royalton (cool / trendy and good bar) SOHO Grand (very cool and elegant, great location, nice bar scene) Roger Williams (very cool and a relative bargain) Marriott Financial Center (good location and nice if you horde Marriott points)Quick Tips: You can get a really great deal on these hotels by going through Quikbook.com (whic...Read More

Hotel Roger Williams

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Hotel | "Roger Williams Hotel"

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The best way for me to describe the Roger Williams is very modern and elegant. The phrase "less is more" definitely applies. It has an exceptional version of everything you need and nothing more. A few things I really liked: - the complimentary breakfast, bottled water and espresso - the terrace for my room - the business center (I had a lot of work to get done) - access to the in-room fitness center and access to a New York Sports Club - the very comfortable bed - the location (very convenient for nice restaurants and shopping) - cool design (lots of maple, brushed steel and backlit screens) This isn''t a huge hotel where things are done fo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 7, 2001

Hotel Roger Williams
131 MADISON AVENUE
New York, New York 10016
212 448 7000

Hotel Giraffe

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Hotel | "Hotel Giraffe (le)"

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I still laugh at the name, but the hotel is perhaps my favorite in New York City. Most importantly, the rooms, the service, the amenities, the location and everything about this hotel are fantastic. For lack of a better word it is very classy...not over the top, not ostentatious, just very elegant and well adorned. You immediately sense that you are in for a wonderful stay from the moment you walk in the door. The registration desk is small and does not detract from the comfortable feeling of the lobby. Everyone is polite and I couldn''t ask anything because all of my questions were anticipated. Some of my favorite things: - You don''t get nickel and dimed: you get complimentary water and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 7, 2001

Hotel Giraffe
365 Park Ave South
New York, New York 10016
(212) 685-7700

Hudson Hotel

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This is a classic case of ''be careful what you ask for''. If you are looking for something that is very trendy and buzzing, then the Hudson is great. On the other hand, if you are looking for relaxation, space and low-key, you are way off. Personally, I really enjoyed the Hudson. Yes the rooms are tiny and you might laugh at the size of the bathroom. But everything is very well done and a lot of thought was put into creating a more interesting atmosphere than at your typical big chain hotel. Having said that about the room, I don''t think it is the main reason people do or do not stay here. Downstairs, the scene at the different bars is quite electric and the people watching is excellent. In f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 7, 2001

Hudson Hotel
356 West 58th Street
New York, New York 10019
(212) 554 6000

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If you want to stay at a more modern feeling hotel in NYC, but don''t want to pay a fortune, the Ameritania is a pretty good choice. The decor is pretty minimal with lots of clean lines and a Scandinavian elegance. It is a little rough around the edges compared to some of the higher profile trendy hotels, but you don''t really notice. The rooms are relatively large and you have all the amenities you need. Also, you are only about five blocks south of Central Park and eight blocks north of Times Square. Further, the Late Show with David Letterman is taped next door and Bar 54 (next to the hotel) is a good place to grab a drink before you hit the town.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 7, 2001

Ameritania Hotel
230 W 54th Street
New York, New York 10019
(212) 247-5000

Paramount Hotel

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I like to stay at a hotel with a little personality, and in New York, the Ian Schrager hotels (i.e. Paramount, Royalton, Morgan's, etc.) always deliver. This was my first stay at the Paramount, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a hip hotel. The lobby, the hallways, the elevators, and the bar are all highly designed. Unique touches abound (i.e. the mirror outside the elevators has the up-to-date weather forecast embedded), and you forget that the rooms are tiny. Our room was all white, with a checkered carpet as the only real color break. The chairs were straight from Alice and Wonderland (large backs and funky curves), and the bed was low-to-the-ground and comfortable. Other p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 31, 2004

Paramount Hotel
235 West 46th Street
New York, New York 10036
(212) 764-5500

60 Thompson

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If you don't like 60 Thompson, I'm not sure you can be pleased by a hotel. Everything about the hotel is sophisticated, well-designed, and cool. My first introduction to the hotel was the restaurant (which is always fabulous and worth visiting during your stay or in general). My second introduction came when a friend stayed at the hotel and invited me to the roof deck (for guests only). It has some of the best views of the city and a very intimate and hip vibe (plus good drinks). My third introduction came when I stopped by the bar that is open to the public. It was a pretty hot scene and very crowded. Finally, I had a special occasion, so I decided to book a room for the weekend as a special t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 31, 2004

60 Thompson
60 THOMPSON STREET
New York, New York 10012
212-431-0400

Mercer Hotel

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Hotel | "Mercer"

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If you want to feel like a star, then the Hotel (The Mercer) is perhaps one of the best choices. First, it is located in the heart of SoHo, so you can partake in some high-end shopping and dining. Second, you are very likely to actually see more than one famous person. While we were sitting in the guest-only lounge area, we saw several famous movie stars. The Hotel does a great job of creating a space for guests only and making you feel special. Third, the rooms are amazing. Let's forget about the price for a second, because our room was one of the coolest places I have ever stayed. It had about 1,000 square feet, which included a sitting area, a huge bathroom, and an ultra-cool bed area that w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 31, 2004

Mercer Hotel
147 MERCER STREET
New York, New York 10012
212-966-6060