This new, trendy hotel in New York's garment district has a historic feel and look with all the modern updates you could envision. This former hat factory incorporates some of the hat making tools at the front desk, displayed in an artistic fashion.
The staff was extremely friendly and attentive. From the front desk, to the bellman, to the wait staff, we experienced an 'at your service' mentality. They were eager to help and tried to accommodate where possible. While the restaurant, Parker & Quinn was not open yet (we were there for the “soft opening”), we had a lovely, free continental breakfast of coffees, teas, juices, fruits, croissants, yoghurt and other pastries. Opening soon, also, is a rooftop bar which will serve artisinal beverages, a lobby bar, "Winnies", and a fitness center.
A few tweaks are needed. After you hit your shin for the third time on the corner of the bed frame you get more than a little irritated. A motion detector in a corner of the ceiling turns on with every movement, even in a darkened room. A bath robe hung on a hook at the entrance to the bathroom prevents the occupant from completely closing the door. The entry doors to the room are so heavy and well made that if you have any physical limitations, or are in a wheelchair, you will have difficulty getting into your own room. If they aren't already doing it, we would recommend that staff and management "live" in the rooms a day or two to see for themselves rather than waiting for guests to complain.... or worse, say nothing except to their friends. I know this sounds negative but only reflects a few pointers and overall we did very much like this hotel.
We can envision this hotel becoming a favorite location for not only out of town guests but for locals who want to enjoy the city after work. The $219. price point makes is an exceptional value, but it looks like that is as temporary as the soft opening phase of this historic hotel site.
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