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“Fabulous boutique hôtel in midtown east”
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The Gotham Hotel
Ranked #223 of 470 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 June 2012

We bought a Living Social promo weekend to The Gotham and I am so glad we did. We were welcomed by Frank the doorman (from Cameroon who is studying to be a translator and speaks 4 languages!) who greeted us with a big smile and a glass of wine at the door. He showed us to our room which was a sizable room with a king size bed made up with lovely soft linens, down feather bed and comforter and loads of soft pillow (they had to switch it all out for my husband's allergies which they did quickly and without hesitation). I had requested a separate bed for my 7-yr old daughter which was made up and ready to go as promised. Our room had a bottle of Prosecco chilling on ice for us and a plate of cookies ready for my daughter - they thought of everything! Loved that the room had an iPod docking station making it easy to play some tunes while we unpacked and enjoyed our "snacks." Loved that they had umbrellas in the room as we walked to dinner that night and brought them in case and were caught in a deluge.

We never ate at the restaurant, TenPenny, for dinner but we did have breakfast there both mornings, a simple continental breakfast which worked for us just fine. The hotel staff were all very friendly, from the manager to the repairmen we encountered in the elevator. The location is fantastic and central for all site seeing in NYC. I don't know what the full rate is for this hotel as I had a deal but I thought it was a great stay. Only disappointment was the much touted balcony which was a tiny area looking out at the exterior walls of the adjacent buildings and into a dark alley. We were on the 18th floor and there was nothing to look at but the brick walls of the other buildings. But we weren't in the room much so it didn't matter. Bathrooms all furnished with contemporary fixtures and a shower with an overhead "rain" fixture or the option to use a handheld shower head. I would definitely return - the staff are lovely and want you to have a great time.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 June 2012

My partner and I were coming to New York for 10 nights, and being our first visit, wanted to stay someplace central and within good proximity to all the sights and attractions we planned to see. This boutique hotel is located on East 46 Street (between Madison and 5th) and so is a stone's throw from Times Square, Broadway etc. We found it perfectly located for walks both uptown and downtown (we walked 43 blocks uptown to the Gugg on one day). You'll find cabs going downtown on 5th and uptown on Madison (if you can get one to stop for you!) and Grand Central is a few blocks' stroll away on 42nd.

Upon arrival, the friendly doorman seated us in the lobby entrance (which is more like a plush reception area than a lobby as there's no desk etc) and gave us each a glass of complimentary wine. We checked in and were shown to our room. I'd requested a room with a balcony before we left and we were pleased to see this request had been accommodated. The room was small (for Australian standards!) but a good size for New York standards. The bed was comfy, the room was spotlessly clean, and everything felt brand new. The bathroom continued with this theme, and the C.O Bigelow toiletries were just divine. Another nice touch was the piece of fruit left in your room each day.

On the ground floor was the hotel's restaurant/bar, Tenpenny. We ate dinner there on our first night and were impressed with the quality of the food. It was delicious, well presented and generally gave off the impression of being from a restaurant that was worthy of it's own reputation (as opposed to just being a dodgy in-house dining option for the hotel's guests that serves up the usual unimaginative tat). We noticed some fellow diners appeared to have actually come in off the street to eat there, so took this as a good sign of the quality and standard of the food. The menu was great, plenty of choice and some interesting dining options. The wine list was also impressive (but not cheap!). The ambience of Tenpenny was probably a little flat, there are no windows and so even in the middle of the day, it tends to feel a bit "dungeon-esque", as though you are eating breakfast in a nightclub or bar. By night this dark, dungeony feeling is definitely less noticeable. I personally found some of the staff at Tenpenny a little awkward too, sort of hedging on friendly but a little strained? It made me feel a bit edgy, as though it was hard to relax and feel completely welcome. In a country where waitstaff work for tips, it was probably the only place I encountered somewhat unenthused service.

Tenpenny also offers breakfast, but at $13 per head (plus taxes), it's not great. Just the usual offerings of cereal, toast, some ham, brewed coffee etc (no bacon and eggs!). We bypassed this after the first morning there and just headed next door to Gregory's for some real coffee and a muffin and some fruit salad.

We found the doormen amazingly friendly and always happy to chat and give us tips on how to get around in the City. They were hip, cool types you'd probably otherwise be friends with, not stodgy or dour at all. I have to agree with another reviewer's comments surrounding the security at Gotham. We too misplaced our room key and simply asked for a replacement at Reception. There were no questions beyond "What room are you in" or request to see some ID. I never felt unsafe at the hotel, but it is a potential risk should someone unscrupulous decide to exploit this loophole.

As far as costs, we found Gotham's prices were the best of its like. That said, our stay was not cheap ($3.7K for 10 nights, but that included some room service/meals at Tenpenny/mini bar action). Still, it's not for the budget-conscious traveller. If you're looking to do New York on a shoestring, or are in town for more than a couple of nights and would rather save your pennies to spend on shopping, eating, drinking and Broadway shows, then Gotham probably isn't your best option. Having stayed there and gotten a feel for the City, I would probably opt to stay somewhere else. The cost was definitely a little off-putting (although I wouldn't say it's over priced as the hotel is very nice and you get lovely service/assistance there) and, having got all the "touristy" things out of the way, we'd probably not opt to stay in Mid-town again as it's not the most exciting location (felt very businessy/work-like).

Still, the staff at Gotham go out of their way to make you feel welcome, comfortable and at home. For a first time visit to the City, it's a great little boutique hotel in a location that makes it easy to get around and see all the sights.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 June 2012

We might have high demands when it comes to hotels, but i don't think noisy ac (had to turn it off when we went to bed), lack of street noise insulation, slow elevators, no safe in rooms and a promised balcony that really was a storing place for the gigantic (noisy) ac is what makes a great hotel.

We booked 10 nights because of the good reviews and promise of a design-hotel. Not much "design" here, just an average modern room with a nice and big shower (thumbs up). Bed was big and comfortable. Free wi-fi was free (as promised) and fast. Big TV with plenty of channels. Umbrellas in the rooms (nice touch). Balcony was [--] (4th floor). Only four rooms per floor, which is nice (little noise from hallway). Fully stocked minibar (not free). Lamp on desk didn't work.

We did not get the free glass of wine that everyone talks about. No lobby, so one of the doormen met us with our room card, which was a nice touch, since we didn't need to sign papers and go through all that hassle (common in most hotels). Staff was helpful and all smiles during our ten day stay (nice).

We stayed at room 41 on the fourth floor.

All in all a decent hotel, but a bit overrated at the price we payed. Expected more. Will try something else the next time we're in the city.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 June 2012

We booked for three people and once we reached the hotel we realized that the room had just one bed. We asked for an extra bed and the looked surprised about that, then when we checked out, we were charged $ 50 more per day for the extra bed. Adding taxes and charges, we paid over $ 600 a day for the room, without even having breakfast. For that price, there are many better hotels in NYC, such as the New York Palace Hotel, with real professional workers, and very close to this, in fact better placed and with better views too.

The only thing good is the Gotham Hotel is the location. Moreover, there is no reception, workers do not wear uniforms and when you do check in, literally, you don’t know who you'll meet or where. The workers are young and good willing but lack the professionalism of a hotel of this price.

Trust me, there are many better hotels in NYC for that price.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 June 2012

When we arrived at the hotel we were super stressed and it was pouring down with rain. The lovely man who greeted us popped us down on the couches, gave us both a glass of (complimentary) wine and had a lovely chat about what we wanted to see and do whilst in New York, and he marked out all the good stuff on a map for us. There is no “formal” reception, but it was really nice to sit and enjoy the feel of the hotel.
The room was as described, we were on the 21st floor, so there were only 2 rooms on the floor and a shared terrace at the front of the building. There was no noise whatsoever from the room next door apart from the door closing from time to time. The daily turndown service was wonderful and the room was beautifully clean. I must also point out that the room also had its own private terrace. (Oh, and the bed was a beautiful marshmallow of bliss)
The location was central to all the great stuff we wanted to see, Times Square, Rockerfella Centre, Grand Central Station. We went out for breakfast each morning and there are 3 really great places for coffee etc. on the same street.
If you stay there you MUST check out the restaurant off the lobby (Tenpenny) Having grown up watching REALLY cool TV programmes where the beautiful people go for diner and drinks after work – The people watching opportunities were fantastic, and the food (baring in mind we’d traveled by car from Washington DC to NY) was the first meal we had that we could have 3 courses as the portion sizes were sensible.
We’d stay there again in a New York minute.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Gotham Hotel

Address: 16 E 46th St, Between Fifth Ave and Madison Ave, New York City, NY 10017-2471
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Region: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #223 of 470 Hotels in New York City
Price Range: ₹ 9,706 - ₹ 35,544 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Gotham Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 67
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, work-space/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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