We were in NYC for the first time in 11 years and we wanted to stay somewhere different than our previous visits. After a lot of checking we decided to say at The Distrikt Hotel. It is centrally located near The Port Authority Bus Station, but don't let that throw you. The hotel is incredibly quiet. We never heard the traffic from the street. There is some scaffolding on the exterior that makes walking a bit dicey when trash is piled up on the sidewalk, but we never felt unsafe or inconvenienced in any way. The room is nicely appointed and the bed was comfortable (which was good because after a day or walking around town you need one). We would have preferred a bath/shower instead of just a shower, but trade-offs are part of any hotel and this is one you must accept at The Distrikt. Love the Macs in the lobby where you can check your e-mail, map your next stop in the city or just update your Facebook status. The staff was friendly, patient, and always helpful. This is a new hotel, less than a year old and is still building its reputation. The price fit in our budget, our room was pleasant and restful and the staff first-rate in every aspect.
Here's the only sour notes. We asked for an 8:30 am wake-up call on our last day and we did not get one. Fortunately, we woke up ourselves, but that is kind of a basic request so for it not to happen was disappointing.
The other problem is I am a diabetic who carries insulin injections that must be kept cold. We flew in with the insulin injectors wrapped in a cold pack. In the room I kept the insulin in an ice bucket. One afternoon I returned to the room to find the ice bucket gone and the insulin sitting on the dresser, exposed to room temperature. The cold pack was gone. I complained to the front desk who sent up both another bucket of ice, but an electric cooler unit. It never did get cold though and I just stuck my insulin injectors in the ice. I don't think they went bad, but I don't know for sure. The Distrikt Hotel should let the room cleaners know they shouldn't remove items from the ice bucket even if the ice is completely melted. Cold water still works better than a table top.
And they owe me $5 bucks for the missing cold pack.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A one of a kind, upscale boutique hotel, located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, at the edge of Times Square on 40th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. The Distrikt Hotel towers 32 stories tall with unobstructed views of the Midtown Manhattan, the Hudson River and the Theater District; Offering a unique experience with the concept of staying in one of ten neighborhoods of Manhattan within the hotel. The sleek lobby space features a 14 ft. Green living wall representing Central Park and the check-in area welcomes guests to a hand carved wall of wood, detailing the streets of Manhattan. Airport grade 6/8 inch windows keep the sounds of a bustling city where they belong. With dedication to detail and impeccable service, cutting edge technology, comfortable yet luxurious guest rooms and 4-star amenities. Each of the 155 guest rooms are designed for the comfort and needs of the guest to include decadent Turkish bed and bath linen, 43" LG flatscreen televisions, work desk with ergonomic chair, LATHER aromatherapy bath amenities, and an in-room coffee and tea station. Additional complimentary amenities include: Free Wifi, Free Gym Access, Free Lobby Refreshments. ... more less
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