I stayed here for business, but was joined by my wife for a little "weekend in the city."
The location is convenient to all downtown activities and sites, and there are plenty of subways nearby if you need to go further uptown (or to Brooklyn). The weekend vibe at the W is "volume up to 11" - the lobby seemed to double as the bar, so the DJ was pumping high volume tunes.
The lobby is very attractive high tech Euro-styled, and fairly small, unlike some of the larger uptown properties (this ain't the Marriott Marquis!). During summer months, there is a outdoor balcony that overlooks the Freedom Tower/World Trade Center site. The balcony was closed now due to winter, but the windows look out at the expanse of the Freedom Tower construction site which is directly north of the hotel property.
It's nice to see lower Manhattan come back to life in the aftermath of 9/11, and the W is one of the properties that have opened since 2001. There are still not a ton of restaurants in the area, but, hey, this is New York... you are within a short subway ride (or walk) of EVERYTHING!
The room itself was small, but it was fine for a couple of days. If I were to be living out of a suitcase for more than a couple of days, I might get claustrophobic. I read a couple of other reviews that mentioned the staff... I have no complaints about the service at all. In fact, my wife arrived before I did to check in (I was at work); and I had called ahead to make sure that she would not have a problem, since the room was not in her name. I guess it pays to have status...
- 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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