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City Club Hotel
Ranked #246 of 467 Hotels in New York City
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great place to stay in the middle of everything!”
Reviewed 12 March 2006

Five (40 something) adults stayed in the family suite for one night. There was a queen and daybed in one room and a king and daybed in the other room. Each room had a very nice shower or combo bath/shower. One bathroom had a very large shower and a bidet in the bathroom. Very nice decor. The beds were extremely comfortable with featherbed toppers. Guest robes were provided, full size hair dryer, Hermes toiletries and even a little jar of cotton balls and cotton swabs. The 2 rooms became a suite by opening room doors and closing a common door in the hallway. The rooms were very small. Just walking room around the beds, but you're not going to New York to hang out in the room all day. The staff was extremely attentive and responded immediately to requests. We got a great price, $399, through express-res. The rooms were very clean and in good shape. Nice sound system in the room with a dvd player and complementary movies. TV was kind of odd, as it was placed behind the mirror. There was some glare when the lights were on in the room but it was still pretty viewable. Overall we were very satisfied and would definitely stay again!

  • Stayed March 2006
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4 Thank Cheryl C
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2006

I usually stay higher up in midtown but due to the crazy prices in NY these days, booked at the City Club Hotel for $255/night on quikbook. This price point is very good value for what you get considering other available rates at other hotels.

The most remarkably good point was the service. The bell- and doormen were all young-ish men (not so much the groomed and plucked Calvin Klein ad types with attitude that you find at, say, the Mondrian in LA, but more Gap-ad types -- but with none of the immaturity) and I was floored and amazed at how professional and helpful they all were. How have they made people this young so professional?? I would really like to know. They grabbed a cab for me and pre-loaded my luggage in the cab without my having to ask for assistance. They were energetic and "hop-to-it," an unusual quality in a city and profession where it's easy to present an exhausted or weary demeanor. The front desk is also run by a very professional gentleman. When I checked in the night staff presented me with an Internet password automatically.

Of course, I started off with a good experience, because I was upgraded to a large king room from a queen deluxe. I would pay between $250 to $300 for a room of this type, but probably not above $300. The Hermes amenities are delectable and really set the City Club apart from other hotels. I was at first a little put off by the thick plastic sheet that serves as a shower curtain, but subsequently realized how functional it is -- it really serves to keep steam in the tub area and creates a lovely little sauna effect. I thought that was extremely well-considered and designed. The bathroom in the king room is quite large. Free internet is lovely. I thought the projection TV behind the 2 way mirror was also a thoughtfully designed space saving touch (although I couldn't get the thing to work after my gracious bellman Paul demo'd it for me).

True that the fake cork stick-um tiles are a bit off putting and the closet is miniature, even in the king room. The elevator smelled positively rank/dank. But for $250-$300/night for this size of room, I had a lovely experience and would definitely return.

  • Stayed March 2006, travelled on business
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5 Thank hanainjanuary
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Reviewed 3 March 2006

This was the smallest hotel room I've ever seen in the U.S. Stayed there on business last fall and wasn't really impressed for the price.

The only upside was the in-room snacks - Dean & Deluca.

  • Stayed September 2005, travelled on business
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Reviewed 9 February 2006

Quality and room size should be better for the price.

  • Stayed January 2006
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2006

we (3 people) stayed in one of their duplex suites. the suites were gorgeous....2 floors, with a living room and 1/2 bath downstairs, and a bedroom/loft with a great big full bathroom on the 2nd floor.

the only problem: temperature control. on the lower level of the duplex, the temperature was fine, and that's where the thermostat was. upstairs, though, it was sweltering hot, like a sauna, even though the balcony window was open and the 40 degree outside air was blowing in. the upstairs doesn't have its own temperature control, so the bathroom and the bedroom was just unbearably hot. for $1000 a night (with tax, etc.), i'd like at least the temperature in the room to be bearable. the minibar was well stocked, and the toiletries were nice, but the temperature control wasn't.

and, we were a bit loud, and had complaints from the neighboring rooms....but, we could hear them too and we didn't complain. the walls are a bit thin (or, at least, not thick enough...you'd think there'd be better sound proofing).

the room service was adequate, though over-priced. staff was friendly and helpful.

don't think i'd stay again. for the price, i'd rather get two big rooms across the street at the royalton.

Stayed February 2006
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5 Thank Nicholas C
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2006

Just returned from three nights at the City Club. I find it difficult to believe that this hotel is ranked #74 on tripadvisor.com out of over 300 hotels in Manhattan. I guess there are City Club moles on this site voting for their hotel.

The bathroom was a good size with wall to wall brown marble. Hermes bath products are a cheap grade found in most Marriott Courtyards. The shower was large enough for a small orgy but was the same level as the bathroom floor so there was water spillage outside the shower and into the room.

There are touches throughout the hotel to evoke a boutique and trendy feel, however most of it was done on the cheap. Overall, it feels like an old building with a dimestore makeover. Laminated cork floors show wear after only four years, chipped paint, pealing wallpaper, dim lighting to hide the flaws. Mattresses feel old but are covered with a nice featherbed and decent linens.

Staff was good at providing restaurant and nightlife recommendations and went out of their way to do so. Midtown Location is good on W. 44th street between 5th and 6th Aves. I'm not an expert on NYC hotels but $350+/night for this hotel outside of New Years is not a good value when you have the Regency and SOHO Grand available for $30-$50 more per night.

  • Stayed December 2005
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5 Thank dinocrocetti
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2005

Just back from 4 days at the City Club. First off, I must admit that I am terribly fussy, so you may wish to consider that when reading this review. I traveled extensively and have been to New York several times. I love the feel of a smaller property and realize the amenities will not be as extensive as in a larger property i.e. swimming pool, spa, etc.

Had a king room with a bath. Nice decor, the daybed is a really nice touch. The room was cozy, which is typical of New York. Not a great deal of room to maneuver, which I suppose is the product of the king size bed. Storage is at a minimum, which came into play with the winter clothing.

Room is nicely equipped;
•dvd/cd player,
•IPOD audio system (at least in the room I was in),
•large bathroom.

I'd give the "Television cleverly hidden behind mirrors" a miss if possible because the glare from the lamps makes viewing virtually impossible.

Like noted in other reviews, the common areas and rooms are looking a little worn;
•cork flooring with big gouges from dropped items,
•tiles peeling off ceiling and elevator,
•wall paper peeling off the walls

These are minor irritations at best, but they do diminish the overall look and feel of the property.

However, the real problem was the service. Staff seemed to be far more interested in posing rather than being of any real service. Upon check in, there was no one to greet us, and no bellman to be found. Taxi driver helped with our luggage in the rain.

Front desk really couldn't be bothered explaining the features of the property. Limited knowledge of restaurants in the city, always seemed the person I spoke to had to "ask someone else" for information.

Best of all, on our final day when we were trying to flag a taxi down, which was extremely difficult because of the rain. Finally the doorman from the hotel next door grabbed an umbrella and helped us, while our bellman (no real doorman at the City Club) stood inside and watched the whole thing ! Guess he didn't feel the need to get his ultra cool City Club toque wet.

Overall the hotel is okay; great location, and the restaurant, DB Bistro Moderne is excellent. Generally speaking what usually sets smaller properties apart is the personalized service, and it just wasn't there. This is made all too glaringly obvious because there are essentially 4 other hotels right next door.

Next time, I'll give the Sofitel a try !

  • Stayed December 2005
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4 Thank LiverpoolCanada
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Property: City Club Hotel
Address: 55 W 44th St, New York City, NY 10036-6609
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Region: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#164 Luxury Hotel in New York City
#168 Business Hotel in New York City
#174 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#213 Family Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — City Club Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shaping the future of Hospitality in the spirit of the past, the City Club Hotel combines the scale and tradition of a private club with the first rate services and amenities of a modern luxury hotel. Located near the Theater District on vibrant West 44th Street between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas, it offers the neighborhood and city nothing less than an urban cultural oasis for the refined traveler.db bistro moderne,from award-winning chef Daniel Boulud, is situated in the hotel lobby. The eatery serves its sought after French-American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, whilst also providing room service to hotel guests. ... more   less 
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