There are 1765 hotels in New York City (Google it!) and yet every time I’m there, I choose to stay at Gild Hall. The reasons why start as soon as you walk through the front door. It’s more than the warm wood floors or comfy leather appointed furniture that greats you; It’s the home away from home with friends feel you get from the glass of Prosecco welcoming you or the checkers board in the living room’esque lobby waiting to be played. But just a nice environment does not a great hotel make; it ultimately comes down to the staff. I’m not going to list all of the Gild Hall persons who consistently go above and beyond as it would literally be a reprint of the entire staff directory. Rather, I’ll list the adjectives that come to mind when I think of everyone I’ve met: attentive, warm, professional, attention to detail, conscientious, accommodating, welcoming, friendly… I’ll stop now before I run out of space, but these are the attributes that sets Gild Hall apart from a cold, sterile, corporate factory hotel with an ever changing staff. Instead, it’s a boutique hotel that you enjoy coming to as much as the city itself. In essence, that’s really the key to my love for Gild Hall. I just really like coming here because of the staff as much as I love coming to NYC. Which I do. A lot.
The great location doesn’t hurt either. Gild Hall is about a 15 min subway ride, straight shot, from Penn Station. It’s close to the Fulton station which is a hub for the 2,3,4,5,A,C,J,Z lines and walking distance to the PATH train at World Trade Center and to the south ferry terminal. If you’re there for business, it’s perfectly located in lower Manhattan. If you’re there for pleasure, it’s quietly nestled away from all the hustle and bustle crowds and tourist masses so you can relax and decompress at the end of the day.
I will end my love letter to Gild Hall with a recount of one of the many incidents that keep me coming back. I had been away for several months, long enough to have been forgotten by any chain hotel, and I decided to pass though NYC at Christmas on the spur of the moment. Someone saw my name on the register that day and when I arrived to my room there were cupcakes and a note saying welcome back waiting for me. Cupcakes! Not some pillow chocolates, but cupcakes! Waiting for me on Christmas Eve. That’s the warm feeling I get here and nowhere else. And that right there sums up why Gild Hall is my home away from home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aspen meets Wall Street at Gild Hall, Thompson Hotels' Lower Manhattan luxury lifestyle design property. Located on Gold Street in the heart of the financial district with nearby landmarks such as the 9/11 memorial, Freedom Tower, Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty, Gild Hall brings a new level of design savvy and service to Manhattan's most historic neighborhood. Designed by Jim Walrod, the unpretentious yet luxurious hotel offers 126 rooms and suites including meeting space for up to 15 people. Our rooms feature oversize leather-tufted headboards and elegant custom-designed furniture, topped with rich flannel throws and mahogany details, some adorned by dramatic chandeliers. Felice Ristorante & Wine Bar offers authentic Tuscan fare complete with one of the best Italian proprietary wines - bottled from Fattoria Sardi Giustiniani, the owner's vineyard in Lucca. Effortlessly blending classical European sensibility with American contemporary style, Gild Hall serves as a modern-day gentleman's club for the kings and queens of Wall Street. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gild Hall New York City
- Gild Hall Hotel