We stayed one night the weekend before Christmas to see the Seurat exhibit at the MOMA. We had stayed about nine months before in early summer. At that time the hotel was completing a much needed renovation. We were not lucky enough to get a renovated room that time and the room showed its wear. I remember feeling quite disappointed that the room was much more drab and worn than the display photos showed. This visit the renovations were finished and the hotel was transformed. The lobby and reception area are tasteful, comfortable, and (particularly welcome in December) features a sitting area with a gas fireplace. The person at the reception desk was friendly, helpful, and happy to explain to us that while the hotel no longer offered free espresso in the lobby, they did offer free coffee in the tenth floor lounge. Our room, this time, was on the tenth floor. The hotel now has two elevators, one larger and one very small. I only remember one at our last stay. On the tenth floor were several rooms and the lounge. This area had the promised free coffee, a large flat screen TV and two computer stations offering free internet access (one was not operational). When we entered our room we were shocked. It featured a sitting area with two white leather arm chairs, a white leather lounger seat with a footstool, a snack bar and stocked refrigerator, and a flat screen TV. The carpet was new, clean, and with a simple narrow black and white stripe. Pushing our way through a set of double frosted glass doors we found a room with a king sized bed, another flat screen TV and a closet. Peeking into the bathroom we saw new modern fixtures, a hand-held shower, and the deepest bath (with jets!) I'd ever seen in a hotel. Nervously we called down to the front desk to make sure of our rate (a fantastic rate, prepaid though Expedia) and to make sure there'd been no mistake. The person apologized for frightening us and said that he gave us a free upgrade to the best room available, he thought we'd like it. Well, we did. I know that we were in an atypical room, more deluxe than one we would usually stay in, but the entire hotel was clean, tastefully decorated in a simple black and white theme, and staffed with friendly, helpful people. There were only a couple of issues that could be improved. There was an issue with the cable TV in our room and while we had many of the channels we could not get the pay-per-view to work. That was a disappointment. One of the computers in the tenth floor lounge was not operational and it would have been helpful if there was a sign on it that informed of this fact. Our room and bathroom was spotlessly cleaned, but when I filled the tub and used the jets it became obvious that they had sat unused for quite a while because they shot out some black flecks that looked like mold had developed in the jets. No big deal, and fixable by filling the tub and operating the jets on a more regular basis. So, a clean, safe, well staffed hotel in a safe neighborhood two blocks from the subway with some very minor maintenance issues. We'll be back!
There is a 24 hour diner a block away and a coffee shop just across the street from that. There is also your typical small NY market that sells just about everything; we were able to buy the toothpaste we'd forgotten to pack and the bottled sparkling water we prefer to drink.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just steps from the historic and exclusive Gramercy Park, the Marcel at Gramercy Hotel is far enough away from the bustle of Midtown Manhattan, but within walking distance to many of NYC’s most exciting neighborhoods. Take a break and stroll through our nearby neighborhoods; Gramercy Park, East Village, Chelsea, and SoHo. Find boutique amenities throughout each of the 136 guest rooms at this Manhattan hotel. The hotel features a 10th floor business lounge with free WiFi, TV, coffee and tea service along with a rooftop terrace with lounge chairs for relaxing and sun bathing while basking in the view of the Empire State Building. Whether your stay is for business or leisure, the Marcel at Gramercy Hotel offers everything you’ll need for an enjoyable stay in Manhattan. Come stay with us while you discover all that NYC has to offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marcel At Gramercy Hotel
- Marcel New York
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- Hotel Marcel New York
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