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Fodor's Expert Review The Paul

32 W. 29th St., between Broadway and 6th Ave., New York, New York 10001, USA See on Map

Julie Baumgardner

If Fairfield Inn & Suites decided to go boutique, the Paul might be the result. This small hotel in the reformed wasteland, currently trendy ‘hood of NoMad is a bit confusing in that it has all the makings of a cute, chic boutique hotels but its well-worn Ikea-looking furnishings suggest that it’s more a budget option than destination.


Whether doubles, kings or bunks, the rooms at the Paul are rather small with bed frames often only an inch or two away from walls or doors. Fluorescent light shoots from the headboard, a wood-veneer furnishings make up this rather simple room. There are no frills around here, minus a digital photograph on the wall.


Black and white subway tiles add some edge to this otherwise blank slate of a bathroom. Glass-enclosed showers and compact marble-topped vanities are the most luxe detail in the rooms.


More of a passageway to the elevators and the large-but-fallow dining space hiding in the rear. To the side of the lobby, all day coffee-and-tea sits besides tourist brochures.


The hotel provides complimentary passes to Blink Fitness down the street.


Currently there aren’t any dining options on site. There is a food & beverage space behind the lobby and down in the basement, where the $10 continental buffet is served. Otherwise, however, the dining space is often occupied by travelers awaiting their accommodations or taxis. The Hotel allows for food delivery to the room from outside establishments.


Getting Around

Located within the Herald Square transport hub next to N/Q/R/W and B/D/F/M lines. Penn Station with the 1/2/3 A/C/E an NJT, LIRR and PATH trains a few blocks away.


The Penn Station area is a bit of a culinary wasteland, but luckily Koreatown on 32nd Street is a savior in a sea of bad diner food. Kang Ho Dong (5 min walk) and Jongro (5 min walk) are the top winners around here for authentic festive fare, but if you’re well versed in Gochujang and Bulgogi want more of a dining experience, try Atoboy (5 min walk), refined Korean small-plates in an industrially chic setting.


Bars around here serve mostly a functional purpose: drink off the day. Some bars even have the NJT and LIRR schedules posted in large TV screens for their largely commuter clientele. However, the area on Broadway known as Nomad has ushered in tremendously chic hotels, such as the Nomad (2-min) and the Ace (1 min), and both their drinking establishments, the Nomad Bar and the Breslin offer the utmost sophisticated cocktails and savory snacks without the fuss of dining in their proprietary luxurious restaurants.


For the price and last minute ease of booking on the apps, the Paul offers a clean bed in one of Manhattan’s last areas to scrub off the grit and grow up.


Trendy, Views
122 rooms, 3 suites
Breakfast Yes
Lunch No
Dinner No
Bar No
Cafe No
Room Service No


Phones: 212-204–5750

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