Arrival/Check-in: I arrived midday and was pleasantly greeted by the counter agent and the general manager. In a matter of minutes, I was checked in and on the elevator, en route to a penthouse suite. There are two penthouse suites in the hotel; mine was expansive, with sweeping views of midtown Manhattan. (29/30)
Guest Quarters: The penthouse suite is spacious and impressive, with beautiful wood floors throughout. From the entrance off the elevator lobby, a hallway with coat closets leads to an expansive wet bar with barstools facing a wall of windows. The living room beyond features a large flatscreen TV built into the marble wall, a modern sectional and coffee table. The large bedroom has a comfortable king bed - complete with white duvet and gray blanket - raised on a platform with built-in cabinets providing plenty of storage space. Another flat-screen TV hangs on the opposite wall. The bathroom is spectacular, featuring a huge shower with a long, built-in bench and a sophisticated shower system. Bath amenities include Bvlgari soaps and hair products. An outside wrap-around patio with fireplace provides space for entertaining a significant number of guests - in fact, the hotel can combine both suites to host events for approximately 200 guests. Weather can be a dampening factor, and I was unable to enjoy the patio during my stay due to rain. (29/30)
Services/Amenities: Although there is no restaurant, the property offers a complete continental breakfast. Muffins, coffee, tea and other beverages can be grabbed on the go or enjoyed in the lounge. There is also a state-of-the-art gym with spa services. There are so many restaurants and bars in the surrounding area that on-site dining isn't really missed. (30/40)
The Experience: If you can live without a restaurant and other amenities, this is a perfect location for short or long hotel stays. Guests will appreciate the homey feel of the suite; it's as if you are in your own apartment.
Total Score: 88/100