570 10th Ave., at 42nd St. New York, New York 10036 USA
Look beyond the gimmicks (a luggage-storing robot, a futuristic white design scheme) and you’ll find one of New York’s best-run, most functional lodgings. The self check-in lobby works like a dream, and while rooms are a bit tight on space, the expansive rooftop provides enviable common space. In exchange for the remote 10th Avenue location, guests get serious value.
Though rooms may seem too small at first glance, they are surprisingly comfortable, with giant flat-screen TVs, loungers that morph into beds with the touch of a button, and plenty of nooks and crannies for storage. Larger cabins and suites have outdoor terraces and hot tubs.
A galley kitchen on each floor has free coffee, tea, water, and ice. That's right, free ice and water.
Smartly designed bathrooms have glass walk-in showers, a heated towel rack, and small vanities.
The sleek, futuristic lobby is bright white with moody purple lighting, self-check in, and a luggage-storing robot. It’s a large, open space--but it's not the type of lobby that invites lounging (there’s a rooftop and restaurant for that).
YOU SHOULD KNOW At popular check-in and check-out times, the lobby can be very busy and a bit chaotic.
The Green Fig is a bright, airy restaurant serving Mediterranean fare for breakfast, brunch and dinner.
An enormous rooftop space, The Terrace and Club Lounge, is one of the hotel’s best features. By day it is perfect for reading and drinking coffee, and on summer nights it becomes a buzzy club with guest-celeb DJs.
Located at 10th Avenue and West 42nd Street, this hotel is in the far western edge of Midtown. Subway service is two long avenue blocks (or a 10-minute walk) away at 8th Avenue and 42nd Street (A, C, and E trains). The 1, 2, and 3 trains are one block further at 7th Avenue and 42nd Street. Expect to walk a bit to explore midtown attractions, including the theater district. Taxis and Uber are widely available, though traffic congestion can be a problem.
Gotham West Market (7-minute walk) is an upscale food hall with several options for affordable, quality eats including Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop and Choza Taqueria. Comfort food is made with healthy, farm fresh ingredients at Friedman’s (6-minute walk), a casual all-day spot for the perfect breakfast sandwich or tasty fish tacos. Seafood and southern Italian fare is served at Esca (4-minute walk), Chef Mario Batali’s Midtown trattoria.
A cozy wine bar with brick walls, Wine Escape (6-minute walk) also serves cheese and small plates. Craft beers are served in an unfussy space at Smith’s Bar (10-minute walk), known for its live music.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The giant rooftop is spacious, unpretentious, and offers gorgeous skyline views. We love the airy restaurant, the smart use of space in both rooms and bathrooms, and the convenient galley kitchens on each floor with free coffee. While some affordable hotels are bare bones, this futuristic property offers value and fun amenities, too.
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