In this beautifully transformed 1906 office building, rooms feel smartly contemporary, though they've retained some period details; request one that doesn't overlook noisy 27th Street and isn't too close to the bar on the ground floor—ask instead for a view of the Chrysler Building. Historic New York flavor is the design focus in the mezzanine library, with black-and-white photos of city scenes from the 1880s through 1950s. The Black Duck bar and restaurant is a good
standby and especially appealing in winter with its wood-burning fireplace, though there are plenty of excellent Indian restaurants just around the corner. The Murray Hill location may disappoint hipster guests.
Aug 7, 2003
We booked online and got a room for 3 nights at a very good price! The room was small & next to the elevator BUT very quiet, and the decorating was calm & sophisticated. I loved the EO toiletries. Drawbacks included no full length closet & no in-room refridgerator/mini-bar. (however the Lex/28th corner store had the BEST fresh fruit & seemed to be open all night) The location was highly useful, with a subway stop on the corner & hiking distance (within
15 blocks) of all the neighborhoods we wanted to visit: Greenwich village, soho, 5th avenue shopping. In addition, the proximity to the Indian neighborhood "Curry Hill" was a bonus - the lovely smell of incense greeted us on the block as soon as we arrived. A great value - we would definitely go back.
Jul 30, 2003
On our honeymoon, my wife and I paid a paltry 129 a night for a wonderful room. No floral print bedspreads or faux art here - instead finely styled red walls in the bathroom concluded the wonderful visual experience the black and white photgraphy throughout the hotel began. A friendly staff and fun rooms, this is certainly where I'll stay next time I'm in the city.
Dec 5, 2002
We got a great deal here from Quickbook ($159/night) through Thanksgiving week and were very pleased. The hotel is new, very clean, and has a lot of high-end touches that we appreciate. The rooms have a modern style--no frou frou here. They serve a complimentary continental breakfast every morning from 7-11 AM and leave not one, but two newspapers (NY Times and USA Today) outside your door. The bed's a little on the firm side, but they make up
for it with good linens, pillows, and comforters. On our first evening, we received a free drink in the bar downstairs and we enjoyed powerful martinis while a jazz combo played in the corner. The bathroom, while small, had a tub/shower combination and they offered free toiletries including, lip balm (a nice touch for cold weather). On the downside, they have somewhat limited closet space and there's no honor bar in the room (we like to have a fridge). The location is somewhat removed from things, but with a subway stop just outside on the corner, getting around wasn't a problem. The neighborhood is close to some very good restaurants (Artisanal and Tabla are within walking distance)and only a couple of subway stops from Union Square. You really can't beat it for the money.