I stayed at the St. Giles Hotel in August and was both impressed and disappointed.
Their location is awesome. You are two blocks away from Grand Central Station yet in more of a neighborhood area. There are also great restaurants within walking distance.
This hotel was ranked as a 4-Star Hotel, but what I saw was less than 4-Star quality. While the rooms are gigantic (600-700 sf) and seem like apartments, the furnishings were on the cheap side and the carpets were worn and threadbare. Our air conditioning didn't work when we first arrived and the handyman told us that if we switched on a floor lamp, it would cause the air to turn off!
The Master Bedroom had a very comfortable bed but for some reason, every time I laid down on the covers, I started sneezing.
The bathroom was nice but very small. There was a mini fridge but no microwave or sink.
We had a corner room, that faced Lexington, but the traffic wasn't bothersome at all.
The Valet's and doormen were super helpful and they went out of their way to hail cabs or give directions. There is also a bar attached to the hotel right off the lobby.
You get free Wifi in the lobby area but it is very, very small with limited seating. The St. Giles has two locations, right next to each other (The Court and The Tuscany ). You can use the spa or business center at The Tuscany and we even received food vouchers for $30 per day, that could be used at the restaurant at The Tuscany. We didn't ever make it there but the vouchers could also be used for the mini bar items.
The rooms are HUGE in the St. GIles but after staying at the Affinia Dumont, which is only five blocks away, the St. Giles isn't even in the running anymore. The Affinia Dumont's rooms were much nicer and much more upscale. There are more and better restaurants all around the Affinia Dumont and they also have full kitchen's which further push them higher up the rating scale.
If your choice is a regular hotel room in Manhattan or a suite at the St. Giles, then I would book the St. Giles for room size alone.
A safety precaution yet a detriment - At the St. GIles, you have to use your room key in the elevator, each time you go up. That is great for security but a pain if you are carrying a lot of items. It got to be really annoying after 2-3 days.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ultimate New York experience awaits you at The Court. While many hotels leave you feeling claustrophobic, The Court’s 199 spacious guest rooms (Superiors begin at 350 square feet) allow you to spread out in comfort and style. Signature Suites include the Empire Suite, the Chrysler Suite, and our fabulous Terrace Suites, featuring outdoor terraces with views of the city skyline. When you venture out, you will find yourself just steps away from Grand Central Terminal and the iconic Chrysler and Empire State Buildings. Icon Restaurant serves a variety of breakfast options each morning, while Court Bar mixes handcrafted cocktails by night. ... more less
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