This is a very nice hotel with a lot of floors (44) that is located right in the heart of the financial district, just blocks to Battery Park, The Staten Island Ferry, The NY Stock Exchange, Trinity Church, and Stone Street pubs. The hotel is half a block from the R train, 1 block from the 4/5 train, 2 blocks from the J/Z train, and about 4 blocks from the 1 or the 2/3 trains making it very easy to get into other areas of Manhattan or the outer boroughs as well, being only one stop away from the trendiest parts of Brooklyn. The hotel has a very small footprint which means that the lobby / reception is on the 2nd floor while the restaurant and bar are on the first floor. This is a little awkward, but not anything that is bad. The hotel has modern furnishings and some of the friendliest, most helpful staff members you could ever hope for. Although the rooms are small (it is NYC after all), they are well designed and laid out for maximum efficiency. The bathrooms are modern and have all of the needed amenities.
The only negatives to this hotel are:
- The heating in the rooms is less than ideal (we visited for a cold weekend in February). It is a unit under the window which never seemed to regulate the temperature properly. Either the room was too warm or too cold and typically the side of the bed near the window was very warm at night, while the side away from the unit was cool.
- The elevators in the hotel are very fast, but there are simply not enough of them for a 44 floor hotel (there are 3 elevators). The waits for elevators was consistently too long and was, at times, bothersome.
Other than these two negatives, the hotel was really wonderful. Of course, the bottom line question is would I stay here again? The answer is a whole-hearted YES, especially if the price was right (which it was for our visit).
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