As we arrived 8.30 pm we were checking in in reception and the lights started to dim, to near dark, apparently this happens every night at this time..... ok... We then went to our room on the 16th floor, which had ambient lighting......clunky heating but a comfy bed. Breakfast was different, although the location seemed popular it wasn't to our taste and thought the waitresses and staff looked untidy. We found the door staff extremely helpful and have helped this hotel get three stars instead of one, we found all of the other staff arrogant and extremely unhelpful. To the point of the reception staff being nothing but rude. They were more interested in star spotting than helping paying guests - it was fashion week and we should be honored to be there!!! The location is amazing and at weekends music pumps out of the hotel as if you are in a club .... this even includes the strong smell of....... the bar area is small and obviously a hang out for trendy youngsters... Easy to walk to much nicer bars and restaurants.
"Step Back in Time and Enjoy!"
The minute you walk into the lobby of the Gramercy Park Hotel, you can feel the history of the building. The front desk is tucked into the back corner allowing guests to enjoy the cozy lobby area. Small elevators take you up to your floor where there are a limited number of rooms. We had a wonderful king size bedroom with a nice couch and table. Love the lighting in the bathroom. The staff is impeccable and be sure to say yes to their turn down service. Couldn't get into the lounge that night as it was somewhat busy. But an enjoyable stay nonetheless.
"Came in Out of the Snow"
It was a case of stay warm or out in the cold and face the snow that wasn't letting up. My first thought was cinema and popcorn, but the queues' Well, it seemed like all of us tourists had the same thoughts. So, I continued walking up Broadway towards Lexington and opted to sit by the fire in the Gramercy Park Hotel. drink in one hand, book in the other, I settled down. Very atmospheric. You can you the WiFi free of charge (just ask the people at the front desk), read the dailies on the coffee table by the open fire, which is a real one with logs and watch the dancing flames! Alternatively, move on into the bar (opens at 1.30pm) on the right hand side or simply brunch, lunch or have dinner in the hotel's restaurant on the left hand side of the entrance. The restaurant may require booking beforehand if you go during their busy times. The scenario reminds of Christmas back in the days.
"Great Art! "
I loved the ambiance in the lobby and bar. Dark, homey, gorgeous hearth and super cool Damien Hirst art everywhere. Rooms are tiny, typical NYC/London like. Be sure to check the brakes before you take out one of the free and very convenient bikes. Staff could not be sweeter. The access to the private park is novel, but pretty boring in practice. Lobby bar is hip, restaurant is great for brunch.
This is a great hotel in a fine location, and so special to feel intimate in the heart of NYC. Guests become part of the neighborhood. Decor is great, all the common areas nice, restaurant is a star and the bars are lively and very popular. Service is understated but perfect.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard - American Express - Diners Club - Japan Credit Bureau (JCB) - Discover
Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM