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Hotel Giraffe by Library Hotel Collection
Ranked #2 of 468 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 April 2014

The Hotel Giraffe was our first stop on a 3 week whirlwind trip across the USA and the best of the 6 places we subsequently stayed in. Beautiful hotel,we had a balcony room which was perfect. The breakfast,cheese and wine in the evening were all great. Position for us was ideal,we are walkers, and never once used the subway!! Times Square one way,Union Square the other! The staff were perfect but the lady who served the wines& cheese was exceptional(never got her name,unfortunately) Would highly recommend this hotel to anyone.

Room Tip: We paid the little extra for a balcony but was worth it watching the world go by!
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

What a wonderful find - it was our first trip to NYC and what a great impression the staff made - polite, helpful and attentive, but not overly pushy or in your face, which we liked.. All the staff were friendly and helpful - booked restaurants and helped us with the subway and gave great advice. The breakfast and wine and cheese are a great way to start and end hectic days and the rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable, what more could you ask for. You thoroughly deserve your Tripadvisor rating - and we will definitely be back to enjoy the hotel again - we are NYC converts.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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3  Thank fabatforty
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

I love this hotel! The rooms are always clean & comfortable. The complimentary breakfast is very enjoyable, as is the evening reception. They staff is very courteous and helpful. One of my favorite hotels un NYC!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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Thank KYWildcats1
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

My wife and I came to NY from San Francisco to celebrate our anniversary. The facilities were very nice, but the staff was less than enthusiastic... Although they knew we were visiting from out of town and we were a bit tired upon check-in, not a word about the neighborhood or where we might get dinner in the area. No mention of the restaurant in the hotel. During our entire stay, with a staff of at least 2-3 people at the front desk, not once did any staff member ask if they could be of assistance in finding or suggesting something interesting to do or see in The City. No proactive interest at all. Everyone was polite, but uninterested. We don't expect tour guides, but showing a little interest in your visiting guests goes along way.
On our last trip in 2007, we stayed at the Tribeca Grand Hotel. Whenever we passed through the lobby either the desk staff or the doorman made it a point to ask if there was anything they could do for us that day. Having been an owner in the Hospitality Business, a little genuine attention goes along way....

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Rick P
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HotelGiraffe, General Manager at Hotel Giraffe by Library Hotel Collection, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2014

Dear Rick P,

Thank you so much for your feedback. I am truly sorry you were disappointed in your recent stay with us. Our # 1 objective is to ensure that every guest feels CARE – Cared for, Appreciated and Respected at Every encounter; we are deeply saddened you did not feel this way. After reviewing your comments, we are now looking for ways to improve our interactions with in house guests. From the front door to the Sales Department, we are going to begin to establish new best practices that allow us to check in with our guests during their stay.

This particularly pains us because our Guest Service Agents all agree that their favorite part of the job is to share their love for New York and their extensive knowledge of the city with travelers from around the world. We are overjoyed when they are able to provide personalized recommendations to guests. It is our general practice to make sure to invite guests to contact our front desk staff if they need assistance planning their stay in our confirmation and pre-stay emails, and reiterate this upon check in. Now due to your feedback, we will make sure everyone understands the importance of asking this question periodically during the stay when any guest approaches us. Because of all the initial steps taken, we have relied on guests to approach us with inquiries as we do not wish to impose, but let us know if you feel that a mid stay call would have been appreciated. We would love for you to visit us again in the hopes that with our new service procedures implemented, you will have the wonderful experience you deserve. I would be more than happy to handle your reservation personally, please do not hesitate to contact me directly, peter@hotelgiraffe.com, when you wish to rebook or If you have any further suggestions on how we can improve in the future.

Kindest Regards,
Peter Velk
General Manager

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Reviewed 18 April 2014

I recently spent one night at the Hotel Giraffe on very short notice. I chose it due to the location (and because of the funky name), and left the next day a huge fan.

Making the online reservation the day of arrival worked incredibly well (not always the case, since some reservation systems block you, or make it impossible to process online), the correspondence with the front desk was friendly and incredibly helpful, and check-in upon arrival easy and uncomplicated. My room was spotless, comfortable, and the bathrobe so incredibly comfortable that I ended up purchasing one for my mother.

Breakfast in the lobby is all you need, the staff available at all times for special requests, and the value for money great (all the more considering you are in New York). I will definitely be chosing the Giraffe, if I ever need a hotel room again while in NYC.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Our daughter is a big fan of giraffes so once we'd found this hotel when looking for somewhere to stay in New York then there was probably no other alternative. Hotel Giraffe lived up to our expectations though and our daughter was excited & delighted. From the decor to the facilities to the giraffe statue on the roof terrace everything was a hit. The beds are comfy, wi-fi is fast, breakfast and other refreshments through-out the day delicious. And if you want something to eat when you've arrived late into town and don't want to start exploring then Bread & Tulips is excellent too.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Particle
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

This was the second time we stayed at the Giraffe. We returned because what I felt the first time was that this was a hotel with personel that were honest and helpful, rightly proud of the work they did, and simply service minded and in a friendly way always wanted to make sure the guest was happy.

Our feelings are exactly the same after this second time. We arrived jet lagged and tired, and I was grumpy and disappointed that we didn't get a high floor as requested. The personel at the desk were very friendly, (despite my awful mood), and reassured me they would try to do a change. Next day they called me on my phone when we were out, and asked for permission to do a "room-move", and when we got back later that day we had a higher floor and my son was happy. (I also apologized for my behavior when first arriving).

We also feel the location of the hotel is perfect. A rather quiet street, but still 1 minute walking to the Gramercy area where lots of things are happening, and there is a play-ground, 5 minutes to Union Square, and lots of buses near by that goes at least every 7 minutes uptown.

It is not cheap to stay at the Giraffe, BUT, everything is simply included, a nice breakfast with fruits, bagels, marmelade, croissant, cereal, all sorts of coffee etc, the WIFI works great, lots of complimentary things in the room, the wine and cheese in the afternoon/evening etc.

We had dinner in the hotel restaurant next door, Bread and Tulips, twice during our 9 night stay. Very nice and cozy italian restaurant, and as a guest of the hotel one gets a 20% discount. Highly recommend it.

Again, highly recommended hotel!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Marcus L
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Address: 365 Park Ave South, At 26th Street, New York City, NY 10016-8801
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Region: United States > New York > New York City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in New York City
#2 Business Hotel in New York City
#2 Family Hotel in New York City
#5 Romantic Hotel in New York City
Price Range: £201 - £438 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Giraffe by Library Hotel Collection 4*
Number of rooms: 73
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Giraffe's elegant public spaces and award winning guestrooms create an immediate sense of effortless luxury and unparalleled comfort. Guests enjoy free WiFi and complimentary refreshments including the Library Hotel Collection's signature Continental Breakfast Buffet each morning and wine & cheese receptions every evening from 5PM-8PM, and coffee, tea, cookies and fruit around the clock served in the Grand Lobby. You can also customize your room to suit your needs with special features offered such as coffee/tea making facilities, featherbed mattress toppers or memory foam pillows to name just a few options. If we don't have the date, room or location you need, try our sister hotels, the Casablanca, Library Hotel or the Hotel Elysee all ranking among the top hotels in NYC by members of TripAdvisor. ... more   less 
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