To end our Honeymoon that took us to Grand Cayman Island and Miami, my wife and I checked into the City Club. To best describe the hotel, I'll describe it's neighbors. Across the street is The Royalton, an Ian Schreggar property that is consistent with the quazi-club feeling of the lobby, complete with ample seating, hip crowd, and drink service. A few doors down, The Sofitel guardian of the epi-european inspired lodging experience. If you are can't envision the feeling of the City Club, make note that this block also includes the Harvard Club, Yacht Club, New York Bar Association, and Princeton Club. OK....now you're getting it. The most priveledged little street in NY, with it's requisite understatement.
The City Club has amazingly taken in all of these accounts as its' own. It's non-descript signage ( a visiting friend couldn't find it having walked past the entrance twice) and cozy loby with a front desk that should only accomodate one, but always seemed to hold three-ready to accomodate staffers, give the feeling of a very private place to be. Yet, don't think heavy wooden beams and shelving, and superflous cabinetry. Rather the design of City Club is neat, soft, and airy. It seems to have the cool feel of the Royalton, just not the space. It soon becomes evident that this is by design.
I booked our room directly through the company site, and indicated that this was our honeymoon. We were given a wonderful room overlooking 44th St. which easily was the most lodging space I've ever experienced in Manhattan. The design while efficent is not actually modern, but more transitional. Cool guy features include Ipod Docking alarm clock, a television that shows through wall mirror, and the ultimate answer to in-room entertainment, a complimentary list of DVD's to be delivered from the front desk.
A courtesy bottle of wine and cookies awaited us in our room. We quickly felt torn between exploring the city or soaking up this unique experience. We decided to go walk-about, which is the second reason to stay here. Cool things are steps ahead. We did take a drink at the Royalton which confirmed our suspcicions great place for cocktails, probably not a place to lay your head. We attempted to hang at the Sofitel, but the place seemed to be oover run with families, and fuddy duddies. Of course neither group is bad except if you're looking to kick it in NY to round out your honeymoon.
OK back to the City Club....we decided to go in and reqroup. We saw our favorite bellman. A breif aside explains why. We drove up to NY from DC in our White Yukon Denali. Upon arriving at the Hotel, while my wife remained in the truck I got the attention of the bellman, and explained that we were checking in, needed help with baggage, and inquired about valet parking. However, each of my requests seemed to be a slight disconnect for him. After asking if all of the luggage needed to be collected, he informed me that I could park in front of the door. Which if you know NY is the craziest thing ever suggested. While he showed my now disembarking wife to the room, and managed the bags, another staffer said nothing about parking on the street, but directed me to a garage, and even held traffic so I could make the manuever. When I arrived to our room, my wife was laughing with tears in her eyes. Apparently, my odd interaction with the bellman was because he thought she was a celebrity and I was her driver. Apparently, Yukons are now the fleet of the chic, my all black outfit appeared more uniform then stylish, and her waiting in the truck with sunglasses and fur coat all communicated something different to someone who obviously has gotten used to a very different clientle. We got the biggest kick out of it, and shared laughs with the staff about our new found celebrity for the rest of our visit.
If there is an achilles heel for this place it is only that room service appears to come from a diner a few doors down the street. In winter this almost gurantees that your food can not be piping hot. Although, since it i s adiner it seems almost any request can be satisfied.
I know this isn't a traditional hotel review, about towels, and high speed internet, but that's because this is not a traditonal hotel. It's a place that serves as base of operations for hanging in the city, and returning to a quiet, comfortable, and upscale environment to recharge your batteries only to do it all over again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- City Hotel New York