Choosing this hotel was relatively simple since we are familiar with the W Brand. We first experienced W in Washington with its very cool vibe, and very friendly experience. Using priceline, we purchased our stay for the Canadian Thanksgiving/Columbus Day weekend. This W is easy to get to from LGA Airport (as any other destination in Manhattan) using the subway (via taxi to get to the subway - but I digress). Check in was longer than expected. This was not the hotel's fault since the gentleman in front of me had just under 1000 questions feeding our wait time. Thinking back, perhaps another associate could have been called to front desk check us in.
Our room was a pleasant surprise of high level, spacious corner room. The corner room was a known, but the spaciousness of the "cool corner room" in Manhattan is a treat. This is a 3 year old hotel overlooking the 9-11 memorial. Probably the best view of the memorial in the immediate area (see pics below). All the furnishings are in perfect working condition and shape. The bathroom fixtures are also noticeably "different" which reminds you are at a the W. Soaps, shampoos, creams are excellent quality and worth "grabbing a couple extra". The bed was a comfortable queen with a duvet on top which added to it being comfortable. Pillow's a little too soft... different strokes, I guess.
One pain in design - the reception and check in are located on the fifth floor. In order to get to your room, you had to take the elevator off street level, proceed to the fifth floor, navigate yourself through the lobby traffic and THEN get into another elevator to your suite. If you were in a bit of a rush, it would be frustrating. Thankfully the elevators are relatively quick.
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- W New York - Downtown is where the Financial District power action is, rubbing shoulders with the Statue of Liberty, NYSE and Brookfield Place. Power wheel and deal at our sleek and chic Living Room Bar & Terrace with stunning unobstructed north-facing views of 1 World Trade Center. With 217 rooms and 58 floors, explore the signature W bed, innovative technology, fantastic in-room entertainment and more, as Whatever/Whenever(R) makes all big city dreams come true. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- w New York - Downtown Hotel New York City