Two Lexington Avenue, New York, NY | Directions 1001040.738546 -73.985772
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Gramercy Park
Citysearch Editorial Review – In 2006, hotel mogul Ian Schrager revamped this 80-year-old New York landmark, collaborating with artist friends such as Julian Schnabel. The result is a luxury boutique hotel that mixes modern amenities with old world opulence. While the hotel’s Aerospa offers treatments du jour, the lobby retains its rich Haute Bohemian roots (a 10-foot wood burning fireplace, a modern art collection that includes paintings by Warhol, Basquiat and Hirst, a stunning Venetian chandelier, Moroccan tiled floors and red velvet curtains). Guests lucky enough to spend the night in one of the 184 rooms will sleep soundly, snuggling under 400-thread-count linens, featherbeds and velvet throws.
Luxury! – Everything about this place was fantastic. We were so hungry when we arrived off our flight from London and the team at Wakiya made room for us when the place was completely packed! You really do feel like royalty here. From the decor to the comfy rooms and attentive staff, its a great pick if you want to stay at an upscale hotel. I loved it!
Nothing Special, Horrible Service – Who wants my membership card? Seriously. I've been coming here for over 6 months and the place has gone absolutely downhill. The staff is horrible to those who don't have cards, drinks are way too expensive and it may be the most pretentious place in the city. I do like a pretentious place, it can be sexxy, sometimes fun, but Rosebar/Grammercy takes it to a whole new level. it takes about 40 minutes (on average) to get a drink and the coked up Asian "host" is appalling. The space is really lame once they close the roof. This place will implode with b&t sooner rather than latter.
Reservations? um, no. – Great bar, interesting drinks, but in many ways just a typical high-end hotel bar like the Gansevoort, W, Royalton, or Hudson (hmm, some coincidence). Some very interesting Warhols and Schnabels on the wall, big plush chairs, and a warm fire. The B&T don't quite get the modern art stuff, hence a few bad reviews here.
Don't worry about "reservations" on a quiet weekday night. Tonight (Monday) they closed Rose Bar at 10PM and told my late-arriving friends it was a "private party." No, in fact, the place was pretty well emptied out and they closed it. Also I don't understand the comments on the wait staff's attire. It was perfectly acceptable to me and they were very friendly.
Best Ian Schrager Hotel – I've been a Schrager fan for a long time, and although time has caught up with the older NY properties and the one here in LA, the Gramercy is the best Ian Schrager hotel yet. While the scene is as always very happening, this Schrager version has great rooms with lots of space. I was also pleasantly surprised by the intimacy of it, excpeting it to be more along the lines of the huge Hudson. Didn't eat at the restaurant but it was packed. Coming back for more in Dec!
Sweet escape – Hubby and I decided to indulge for our anniversary and booked a long weekend at the new Gramercy Park Hotel. It was cozier than I expected with lots of deep colors, velvety chairs and hardwood floors (and a fireplace in the lobby!), and the room was bigger than what I saw on the site, so that was a nice surprise. The Rose bar really is crowded, but we found a nice corner and had a fun time people-watching (we saw Uma Thurman which made Hubby's weekend). All in all, a great escape and definitely worth the price.
Best View in Town – Though there are some great views in New York Ciy (empire state building, etc), the award has to go to the Gramercy Park Hotel's new roof terrace as it isn't slammed with tourist busses or annoying shutterbugs but rather is a calm respite from the rest of new york city where my husband and i enjoyed champagne to celebrate our anniversary. Though New York City has certainly changed from when we met, it was very special to get away high above the honking horns and enjoy the views and a celebratory drink at this hotel. I would recommend to anyone but especially for a romantic weekend trip!
Highest end Dive bar – The Rose Bar is one of those rare places where everyone inside is goregous, rich, yet not pretentious. Well, once inside, there's no pretention. Even on so-called "bad nights" the people are 8s or better. Sick artwork frames the space and there's rarely a line to engage in a free game of pool. DJ spins eclectic tunes ranging from classic hip-hop to the newest euro house. Celeb sightings are so regular there that they never make Page Six, unlike the meatpacking cluster f's that regularly pump out Page Six mentions. The only negative: Price. Ian Schrager is clearly keeping out certain tax brackets from indulging. Even rich people complain about the drink prices. I guess Rose Bar is not for the rich, but the wealthy. Beg, borrow, and steal to check it out at least once. You won't be disappointed.
Great New York City hotel – Recent stayed at Gramercy Park hotel and it was a great experience. Bars and new restaurant, Wakiya, run by the owners of Nobu, were amazing and once again Ian Schrager, super hotel guy, created the place to be. I highly recommend this hotel and would definitely go back again. Lobby smells great, too!
Well, got there a little after 10pm with a friend. We had no problem getting in. Extremely beautiful waitresses, a bit intimidating if you ask me, for us common girls.
We only stayed for a drink, but we were treated nicely, drinks were decent and such a beautiful room! Cute and courteous doorman!
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