The Gotham Hotel is a precious jewel in the crazy crown of NYC hotels. It must be said at the beginning, I am very particular when it comes to choosing a hotel and have stayed at some of the nicest hotels in the city in the past. Common areas were always nice, but rooms were small or worn or worse. (I always throw the bedspead immediately off the bed because one can never be sure if they are laundered.)
From the moment I called to inquire about a room, I was made to feel very special- a rare commodity in NYC lodging. Chet listened patiently to my request, answered my questions thoughtfully and truly seemed to care that my needs were met. He had a warm smile in his voice that was evident and his enthusiasm made me look forward, even more, to my stay at the Gotham Hotel on St. Patrick's Day weekend.
Though the day was gray, wet and misty, we were warmly greeted by a gracious doorman. He offered us a glass of water or wine and we sat for a few short minutes while he went off to check us in. He ushered us to our room, gave us an overview of the hotel and offered his services should we need anything.
Our skyline room was truly stellar! First of all, it was immaculate. The fresh flowers on the nightstand and coffee table and the cloud soft down comforter and sheets were just the beginning. (No question as to hygiene!) The mini-bar was well stocked and a cross selection of glassware was available to suit one's libation tastes. The bathroom gleamed and came outfitted with nice toiletries, blow dryer and pedestal magnifying make-up mirror- a great touch for someone like me who applies makeup in natural light. The flat screen television, iPod docking station and free and easy Internet connection were put to very good use during our stay. The closet housed plush bathrobes and, had we needed them, umbrellas. We loved sitting on the private balcony and watching the activity on 46 Street, Fifth and Madison Avenues while enjoying our wine before dinner. The turn down service with fresh oranges was a most elegant touch.
The location was perfect, too. In the same block, we found Tom Collichio's 'wichcraft sandwich shop, a quaint Mexican restaurant and a charming coffee house. We walked to Rockefeller Plaza, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Times Square. A short cab ride to and from Anthony Bourdain's Brassiere Las Halles on Park Avenue was a must for us. We didn't have time to take in a play, but they are also a quick cab ride away. We enjoyed a great continental breakfast offered at the hotel's intimate restaurant/bar, Ten Penny. Late Saturday evening we ordered a cheeseburger and chips from room service that was out of this world and was delivered within 15 minutes.
The entire staff could not have been more cordial or accommodating. Whether hailing a cab for us or storing our luggage for a bit post check-out, it was clear to us that gracious service are the watchwords at the Gotham Hotel and they take their guest's comfort most seriously. As note, we were visited by some NYPD friends after the parade and they were awed at the size, comfort and understated elegance of the hotel. The Gotham has elevated the modernist boutique hotel bar several notches!
In short, we felt as if we had "a place in the city" as opposed to a "hotel room." Sincere thanks goes out to the proprietor, manager Anna, Chet and staff for making our stay most enjoyable. I will NEVER stay anywhere in the city but the Gotham Hotel and am recommending to my friends with discerning tastes.
Looking forward with pleasure to the next visit!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Each of Gotham Hotel’s 66 unique guestrooms offers style and comfort. The guestrooms are luxurious and stylish with European touches in an elegant and pragmatic manner. These spacious rooms feature distinctive terraces, loft-like ceilings, dynamic windows, vast bathrooms featuring Italian glass mosaic tile, workspace/desk, lavish linens, generous closets, custom accessories, and thoughtful amenities. Come stay in luxury and style with guestrooms that feature a balcony or large terrace encompassing a range of views and inspiring unlimited possibilities. ... more less
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