There is no lack of places to stay in New York, its hotel industry is incredibly competitive. One hotel that is making its mark is the Viceroy on West 57th Street in Manhattan, just a short distance away from Carnegie Hall.
The Viceroy opened in 2013, and has carved out an unique identity in the bustling city.
The 29-floor hotel stands tall among other skyscrapers in New York’s skyline, but it is a slim building, thus offering pretty small rooms.
I stayed at the Park Suite, on the 26th floor, with a splendid view of Central Park. It was a tad small for a suite, but rather spacious by New York’s standards.
There is a living room with dining area and bar, stocked with a Nespresso machine, sink and dining table with high chairs.
The lounge area has a leather sofa that can be converted into a bed, coffee table, large widescreen television, and a desk where you can comfortably do your work.
For those who wish to hold formal meetings, the hotel has two meeting rooms. Unusually for New York, Wi-Fi is free at the Viceroy for up to 10 devices and internet speeds were decent.
Leading into the bedroom, the king-size bed, although comfortable, took up far too much room in the restricted space.
The bathroom, however, was the star attraction, with marble from floor to ceiling and golden taps.
Rooms are equipped with a smartphone, which acts like a digital butler, providing access to concierge service and information about the city.
Breakfast can be taken at the The Kingside restaurant on the ground floor, while The Roof bar is proving to be a popular spot for New Yorkers who want to enjoy great views of the city.
q&a slumber in the city that never sleeps
The National tells you a bit more about the Viceroy:
What are sample room rates at the hotel?
When we checked, the hotel’s website had rooms available for a stay late this month at prices from US$319 to $349 a night, plus taxes and fees.
NYC is the city that never sleeps – how good is the soundproofing in the rooms?
It is near impossible to completely drown out all noise in New York, but the Viceroy does pretty well. The sheer height of the hotel helps in this regard.
Is there a gym?
Yes there is a gym. It is small, but it is open 24-hours so you can enjoy a workout no matter the time. Despite its size it is kitted out with very modern equipment including pilates machines. With an array of balls, weights and mats you can also fit in a solo yoga session.
What’s the deal with breakfast?
Like the majority of hotels in the city, breakfast is not included in the price of the room – that you have to order separately, either through room service or head downstairs to the hotel’s only restaurant – Kingside.
Other eating options?
Given the hotel’s location there is a whole host of restaurants and cafes to choose from if you fancy something different. Next door is Norma’s Café, an establishment notorious for American-sized meals including pancakes, waffles and omelettes.
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