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49 W. 44th St., nr. Sixth Ave. (Midtown West)
New York, NY
(1) 212-840-3080 | www.iroquoisny.com
FOODTriomphe - sophisticated French; Le Petit Triomphe - private dining; 24-hour room service
DRINKLantern's Keep - cocktail salon; Triomphe - cocktail lounge
ROOMSClassic, handsome rooms with comfy wing chairs and spacious desks; Italian marble bathrooms with Molton Brown toiletries and Frette robes
PRICE (STANDARD DOUBLE)USD 300
YEAR OPENED1923 (renovated in 2007)
# OF ROOMS123
CONNECTIVITYYes - Wi-Fi available
GYMYes - open 24 hours
SPANo - but Finnish sauna in gym
SUBWAY42nd St.-Bryant Park (B, D, F, M, 7); Times Sq.-42nd St. (S, N, Q, R, 1, 2, 3, 7)
This quaint early-20th century property started life as a luxury apartment hotel for some of New York’s most moneyed residents. Later in the century, as residential hotels went out of fashion and the industrialists began to drift away to private residences, The Iroquois still managed to attract glamorous stars like James Dean, who were drawn by the signature discretion and copious creature comforts such spacious accommodation offered. A 1990s overhaul broke many of the apartments into standard-sized hotel rooms and brought in sleek new amenities like a fitness center and gourmet restaurant, but The Iroquois’ dedication to old-school luxury and impeccable service remain.
GO HERE WITH
Parents; colleagues; children; significant other
WHY WE LIKE IT
The service is wonderful. The staff lavishes individual attention on each guest, and perks like a welcome drink, complimentary morning coffee, and chocolates at turndown are delivered with a certain grace that makes each guest feel special. Also, though there are fewer public spaces than at other properties in this price bracket, the stately lobby and library are both welcoming, flawlessly restored hangouts.
AMENITY WE LOVE
Triomphe–it’s been garnering praise for its fab French eats since it opened in 2000, and we’re not surprised. Leave plenty of time (and space in your tummy) for indulging.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
There are no views to speak of, and the standard rooms are on the small side.
GOOD TO KNOW
If you’re looking to splash out, check out the newly remodeled (and much more spacious) suites, which have Japanese jacuzzis and great views of 44th Street. The concierege is Les Clefs d’Or certified. This is a great place for families with kids; child-centered perks include complimentary strollers, a games and DVD library, cribs and toddler beds, childproofing services, childcare, kid-sized robes, and a family activity pack from the concierge. There’s a boarding pass printing station and updated flight data for all NYC airports available in the library.
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