For my recent visit, NYC hotel room rates were staggeringly high-priced and inventory was scarce. The Gershwin piqued my interest due to its convenient location and the fact that it was approximately $100 a night cheaper than other mid-range hotels. I prepaid my room at the time of reservation so as to avail myself of a substantial discount. Then I read recent reviews of the property and concluded I had made a terrible mistake. However, since my reservation was non-refundable, I was stuck with my decision and checked-in with low expectations. Perhaps those low expectations helped somewhat, but I was pleasantly surprised.
The Pros: Throughout my stay, the front desk staff were friendly, helpful, and efficient. My room was on one of the remodeled floors and was well-appointed and clean, quiet, and had a comfortable bed, free WiFi and great AC. Everything in my room appeared new. The location is hard to beat—close to many subway lines and within walking distance to many attractions and businesses.
The Cons: The property is undergoing an extensive renovation. Consequently, the lobby is a “work in progress” as is true for other areas of the hotel. Due to construction, only one passenger elevator was available for guests, which made for occasional delays. By modern standards, the rooms are small, but designed in a way to maximize space.
Considering the price and the fact that the pros outweighed the cons, my recent stay helped to dispel my preconceived concerns. I had wanted to rate The Gershwin as “Good” but there is no choice between “Average” and “Very Good.” I gave The Gershwin the benefit of the doubt and rated it “Very Good.” That said, my four-star rating does not mean I think The Gershwin is a four-star hotel. It earns its stripes for what it is, a mid-range hotel in a decent location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Evelyn formerly The Gershwin Hotel is now offering newly residential inspired rooms with references to an Art Nouveau Style. Our NoMad hotel is inspired by the musical and art heritage of the neighborhood, which was the epicenter of the popular music industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The music theme is reflected throughout the rooms, corridors and bathrooms. The NoMad District (now also known as "NoMad" - North of Madison Square Park) is now one of Manhattan's most popular neighborhoods, characterized by its beautiful and historic architecture, exceptional bars and restaurants tucked away on quiet side streets, and many other attractions. Centered around Madison Square Park, the NoMad District is within walking distance of Midtown, Union Square, Greenwich Village, and NYU. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gershwin Hotel New York City
- Gershwin Hotel Nyc