The lobby is scary - I felt like I had stepped into a hotel in Eastern Europe during the Cold War. The hotel staff sits frighteningly behind glass, like at a cheap motel. The front desk staff was efficient, if a bit cold. They did answer any questions I had, but definitely, they work under the "no frills" policy also.
The elevator is slow, though it works fine.
I was on the fifth floor. Hallways are maybe 4' wide, but didn't mind - that's part of the NY charm. The room, which the woman at the front desk described as an "upgrade" was as bare bones as bare bones come. I have no idea what other reviewers are talking about when they describe wonderful rooms or granite countertops. The main room had 2 full size beds - which were great - VERY comfortable. Otherwise, basic old green carpet, and an old laminate shelf ran along the other wall holding the TV. No alarm clock, no waste bin, no desk, no closet door, no mirror. Bathroom was basic - one sink. Generally clean except for a few odd hairs. Tub/shower was happily very clean. No shampoo, no conditioner, so make sure to bring your own.
Since I only slept there and was out and about most of the time, it was just fine for me, but if you're looking for any luxury at all, or trying to impress somebody (family, honeymoon, romance), I would not recommend here. If you're young, on a budget, spending minimal time at hte hotel, then it's just fine.
$2 lockers in the lobby let you store your bags on the day you check out if you're not immediately running to the airport. I used them on my last day - very convenient, though I'm accumosted to hotels holding your bags for free. Oh well. Maybe they can use my $2 and buy some shampoo and lessons in customer service for the staff.
Oh, and no doorman or concierge, so have fun wandering out to 5th Ave to flag down your own taxi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Life Hotel, centrally located in midtown in the NoMad neighborhood between the Emipre State building and world-famous Flatiron building,. From nearby Pennsylvania Station, we’re minutes away by train from the United Nations, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, museums and shopping. In the original building that once housed LIFE magazine, the 98-key hotel has been restored to its former glory with the additions of an intimate namesake restaurant Life Restaurant, lobby bar and basement speakeasy. Inside the newly renovated guest rooms, ranging from “Classic Queen” to “Premium King” and multi-room “Suites,", features include; Pillow top Beautyrest® Simmons mattress voted “best hotel beds 2016”, offering amenities and services like all-natural, socially conscious LATHER bath products, access to a 24/7 fitness facility outfitted with Peloton stationary bikes, and a pet-friendly policy, a stay at Life Hotel is easy. Need a restaurant recommendation or reservation? Forgot your toothbrush? Craving a bacon-egg-and cheese after a night out? Life Hotel’s awesome, friendly staff is only a text message or call away. Come for the night, stay for Life. Life Restaurant, by veteran restauranteur Stephen Hanson and seasoned NYC chef Michael Vignola offers a vegetable-centric, seasonally-driven menu of sustainable and wild-caught seafood dishes and pastas, much of which will be prepared in a wood-burning oven. Chef Vignola focuses on locally-sourced ingredients from the New York area as well as from the hotel’s own rooftop Chef’s Garden where the menu will include playful riffs on classic dishes paired with a beverage program offering handcrafted cocktails, and an extensive, thoughtful “wines by the glass” program. The basement bar will offer classic cocktails harkening back to the days LIFE magazine staffers used this space as their own speakeasy. The space can also be utilized as private dining or meeting space for up to 60 people. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Herald Square
- Herald Square Hotel New York