A March 2002 trip
to New York by Catherine J.
Quote: Read on to learn about a great hotel my daughter and I stayed at in New York City this March. My thirteen-year-old was wowed by this experience.
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Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 27, 2002
17 Mott Street
New York, New York 10013
New York, New York
Having grown up in small town Wisconsin, I moved to New York City in 1983 and lived there until I married and started having children. Now my husband, a native of Staten Island, and I return to New York City often to see family and enjoy the great diversity and culture of New York.
During my most recent trip to New York I took my thirteen-year-old daughter into the city for a stay at the Hotel Royalton. As we walked West on 44th Street from Times Square in search of our hotel for the evening, we walked right past the very quiet entrance to the Royalton Hotel. No flags or awnings mark the entrance to this very beautiful, modern, small hotel.
After backtracking and entering the lobby of the Royalton, my daughter and I were wowed by the beautiful lounge to the left of hotel's lobby as we aproached the registration desk. The lounge was full of interesting 30-40 year olds, and the atmosphere was buzzing with people enjoying each others' company. The drink menu had twelve martini possibilities for $10.50 a piece, an extensive wine, beer, scotch and bourbon selections menu, and light eating fare and interesting desserts were also available. You can also play board games in the lobby while visiting or waiting or eating or imbibing. A nice restaurant is also on the first floor, and although we didn't eat there, the menu looked bery interesting and not outrageously expensive.
The check-in clerk was extremely nice, and treated us as though we were really paying the $438.00 for our room, and weren't there with IgoUgo's deal! The only thing he asked us to do was to spread the word about the Royalton. I was very happy to tell him upon checkout that I brought my travel agent friend into the hotel and into our room and she indicated she would most definitely recommend the hotel to her clients.
After checking in we stepped into a very dimly lit elevator and searched for our floor number, which was hard to see because of the poor lighting. The hallways were similarly very dimly lit, and I had difficulty getting my key in the lock. Aside from those minor problems, we were please to open the door to our room to a very modern and well-appointed room.
We had a queen-sized bed which was lavishly covered in white cotton sheets, comforter, and about nine plush pillows. My daughter saw the bed and flopped onto it immediately.
Opposite the foot of the bed was a windowseat lined with more nice white pillows, and although the view was of nothing more than the back of a building, it was so quiet that it was great.
Our bathroom was appointed in modern chrome and glass--the shower was all glass and I appreciated the orchid in a modern vase on the make-up spot. There were lots of neat toiletries to try, most for an extra charge, as well as a stocked refrigerator and desk accessories, all for a fee.
We truly enjoyed the quiet respite, and would definitely highly recommend the Hotel Royalton. Its location was great and it was a wonderful New York experience in itself.
We were told upon check-in that the Hotel Royalton is due to get some major renovations within the next year, including making some changes with the lighting. My only suggestion for the Hotel would have been just that--to increase the lighting in the elevators and hallways somewhat.
What a great retreat. Thanks!