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157 W. 47th St., nr. Seventh Ave. (Midtown West)
New York, NY
(1) 212-768-3700 | www.stayhotelny.com
FOODAspen Social Club - tapas, Rocky Mountain-themed surrounds; 24-hour room service
DRINKAspen Social Club - rooftop cocktail lounge, open seasonally
ROOMSSmall; neutral decor; feather beds and 300-count linens; plasma TVs with 200+ HD channels
PRICE (STANDARD DOUBLE)USD 250
# OF ROOMS210
CONNECTIVITYYes - Wi-Fi available
FREE INTERNET?Yes - only in the lobby and public spaces
GYMNo - but complimentary access to New York Sports Club
SUBWAY49th St. (N, Q, R); 47th-50th Sts.-Rockefeller Ctr. (B, D, F, M); Times Sq.-42nd St. (1, 2, 3, N, Q, R, 7, S); 50th St. (E)
Vikram Chatwal’s hotels are known for their outrageous flamboyance, but perhaps the international party hopper/hotelier has mellowed. Besides the eye-popping Rocky Mountain-themed Aspen Social Club and the neon-colored live fish swimming inside the glass column aquariums in the lobby, the latest addition to his collection actually plays things pretty cool. The neutral rooms are a plushed-up version of standard hotel fare, with enough high-tech treats to keep any scenester very well connected. Amenities are thin on the ground (there’s no spa or fitness center and only one restaurant), but guests are given preferential access to many of the facilities at Chatwal’s other three NYC properties.
GO HERE WITH
Shopping or theater companion
WHY WE LIKE IT
Ok, fine, the rooms are pretty small with no views to speak of, and aside from the "Wild West" scene in the Aspen Social Club, there’s not much going on here. (Expect to be passed off to the concierge at nearby sister hotel Dream for most amenities.) That said, if you’re in town to see the town and you only want a cozy bed to curl up on after your day’s adventures, this is a good pick. The Midtown location is convenient for shopping, theater, and sightseeing, and although diminutive, the rooms are ultra-comfy. The plethora of wired amenities means you won’t have to venture out from under your duvet once you’re in for the night–everything from snacks to Skype is a button-push away.
AMENITY WE LOVE
Aspen Social Club. When we just can’t take city living anymore, there’s no better escape than a pine-framed, antler-bestrewn lounge with a fire pit.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Room size. They may be ultra-wired, but they’re also ultra-squishy.
GOOD TO KNOW
If you want more space, try to book one of the king rooms–they far outsize the standard queen rooms (and by far, we mean they leave more than three inches of space between the foot of the bed and the wall). Meeting planners, valet parking, personal shoppers, and laundry service all available. Business center on site. The Aspen Social Club can be rented out for private functions.
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