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Historical Traveler Reviews City Club Hotel New York City
Great location, service and rooms
Just stayed here for two nights while on business. The staff was very gracious and we were even upgraded to King Suites upon arrival - I think these rooms were the "end of the hall" rooms as noted in previous reviews. The rooms were great - very spacious compared to the Hudson hotel (which I stayed in on my last visit). Because of the relaxing and cool decor of the rooms I actually wished I had more time to stay inside them.
The tea service on the 2nd floor was nice and the tea was delicious and the hostess very sweet. I would highly recommend this hotel and absolutely plan on staying there during my next visit.
My favorite hotel in NY
I have stayed at the City Club three times in the past two years. Each time it gets better and better. What a an amazing and friendly staff, cozy rooms, excellent amenities, and prime location. I will only stay here in the future! Thank you City Club!
Would not be my first choice
My girlfriend and I stayed at the City Club over Thanksgiving 2003. The room was small but very tastefully decorated. The bed was fantastic, and my girlfriend crooned over the quality of the sheets and feather-down pillows, however, the bathroom or shall I say the tub was dirty upon our arrival. After a 20 minute debate with the hotel staff, the reservationists finally decided to clean it for us- after offer us a smoking room (we are not smokers). Our stay which was to be six nights ended at two, we moved to the Sofitel where the rest of our trip was simply excellent and we had a view of the Chrysler Building.
Great great great
I have stayed here on 2 occassions and both times were just great! Don't let the tiny lobby fool you--the room I stayed in on my first visit was HUGE. All the rooms have gorgeous black marble bathrooms. Way Way cool decor. Great room service--great food! Great service. On my second visit, I had a smaller room--when I discovered the TV was not working, I was moved to another room by the helpful, attentive staff. Heck, this place even had business cards printed for me and gave them to me upon my arrival. Without a doubt, my favorite place to stay in NYC.
Great Location, good value for Money
My wife and I stayed at the hotel just before the Christmas break. We read a previous posting regarding the rooms at the end of the hallways that had the bathtub instead of a simple shower stall, and opted for those rooms.
Overall, I agree with the reviews:
Positives; 1. Excellent location on 44th st. I did not realize how close the hotel was to the centre of Manhattan; 2. Very quiet. It was almost as if we were in the hotel alone. We did go to New York to get away from the kids, therefore the hotel to prvide peace and quiet; 3. The beds were fantastic. The mattress, duvets, etc were great, as was the room decor. Above average. I was not bothered by the size, as all Manhattan hotel rooms are smaller than the avereage of most major US cities; 3. Staff very friendly, helpful.
4. Contrary to the previous posting, a major highlight were the Hermes bath products.
A single major, the TV. The design idea may be great of hiding a TV behind a two-way mirror, but is it impossible to watch TV in the room with the lights on. Impossible. The glare from the room lights make viewing impossible.
Overall, we enjoyed the hotel because we were looking for a nice, quiet boutique hotel, close to the action. This fits the bill nicely. If you are not going to spend any time in the hotel room, I would just as easily recommend staying at a major chains hotels (Hilton, Marriot, Holiday Inn, etc) that might be bigger, but could do the job.
Ok, but just ok
I tend to agree with the review above.I found the rooms to be T-I-N-Y but I must admit I am quite spoiled. I did like the coziness of the place, it almost felt residential.The elevators were VERY slow and the stairs led to the restaurant kitchen. They asked that we NOT use them but we hated waiting 10 minutes to go one floor down!Our room had a great king bed with about 1 foot of space on 3 sides. There was a day bed, too... thank goodness because that is where all our stuff was stored.I HATED the TV arrangment. HATED IT! The glare was horrible and the sound was hard to control.The bathroom was fine in our unit. I did have a nice bathtub and shower. I love the way the Hermes stuff looks in the bathroom but it is not a good product for everyone.I have sensitive skin and allergies and it is just very harsh... I prefer L'Occitane, Fresh or Aveda.Love the cork floors, colors and decor.The only other thing I hated was the room was directly above the kitchen vent and around 6pm everyday the room filled with the odor of clarifying butter, which is ok for a few minutes but gross for hours.
Then it smells of whatever they are cooking for the special. Seems to be seafood most of the time. Argh... Location is great, staff is nice.I doubt I would stay there again with all the other options.
Just got back on 12/3 and really loved this hotel. I have stayed in New York many times and I am a self proclaimed "hotel snob". I don't mind spending more money for a nice hotel, but expect the experience to be perfection, especially in NYC. Except for the front desk staff on the day we arrived, the service was top notch. The rooms and amenitities were supurb, expecially the feather beds and wonderful linens. My favorite thing about the room was where the TV was concealed. Behind a two way mirror, in front of the bed. Clever! Omar, the bellman told us that the hotel's restaurant serves one of the top four hamburgers in the world. We thought the comment was rather random and that he was kidding. We later found out that it was true, the hamburgers are world renowned and $30. We walked by the restaurant many times and it was always full. We should have tried it. Anyway, a great hotel, excellent value, lovely amenities, the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in and the staff was terrific. A really nice change from the "trying to hard" chic hotels in Soho, Tribeca and Union Square. This is the real deal and a great location, too.
Stylish hotel, nice stay!
Better location than I first imagined. Helpful staff. Great dining at the hotel. Rooms were great and even included HERMES bath products. A couple suggestions, the hotel hallways smelled a bit strange (I was not the only one who noticed), and the restrurant was very, very fancy. Overall great hotel!
This is a small client oriented midtown haven on 44th Street between Avenues 5 and 6 and within walking of the theaters. The staff provide European style individualized service and demonstrate creative problem solving (e.g., we felt like afternoon tea sandwiches and the front desk figured it out). Room was large enough with all comforts (king size bed, feather topping, internet connection, refrig, TV etc., free newspaper daily). Terrific restaurant run by 5 star chef! Fair rates.
Hmmm, good, but could improve
Having read rave reviews everywhere about the Cuty Club (Conde Nast Traveller Hot 25, Evening Standard etc.), we were really excited to stay there on business. It's in a unbeatable location, sounds great, looks great in the photos, has had good reviews...does it live up to it?
Well, yes and no....the doormen are fab, very informative, friendly (handsome!), they wear funky camel leather bomber jackets (very un-doorman like) and can't do enough to help. Top marks. The same goes for the front desk dstaff who were happy to help not only with dinner reservations, but also check out movie times, find the telephone number of some shops, sorted out express dry cleaning, they also rented a cell phone for us, so on arrival, the cell phone was ready and waiting and charged etc. etc. Very impressive, not at all service with an attitude.
On entering the hotel, you find yourself in a tiny lobby area - now, the PR spin on this is that the hotel owner didn't want to create a "lobby as catwalk" scenario, a la Ian Schrager hotels....but honestly, I think the truth is that they didn't have any space on the first floor (they have put in a swanky restaurant next door) so there was simply no room for a spacious lobby! It means there's nowhere to sit whilst you wait for your friend who has gone back up to the room to fetch her gloves, or even rest a moment as the doorman gets you a cab.
Next the hotel bedroom: they are beautifully designed; the look great, all beige and caramel tones, very pared down, without being minimalist, very easy on the eye. One huge problem, though: the designer has obviously not considered what you actually NEED in a hotel room...like drawers to unpack your clothes into! There's a wardrobe (not enough coat-hangers) but no drawers, no cupboard, no bedside table with build in cupboard. Instead there are two tiny white raffia baskets, where you can put your underwear, but it's really not enough. So you end up with a really messy hotel room, as all your stuff (maps, gloves, notebook, mobile phone, sunglasses - basically everything you carry around with you) has to live on the table, you can't put anything away. Maybe it's OK if you're only there for one noght; we were there for 3 and by the end of it, the room covered with our stuff.
Also, there are some really irritating things, especially when the idea is that this hotel has been "designed" by an "architect":
1. the safe is completely inaccessible
2. there's a high shelf where the two raffia baskets sit, but you have to stand on the day bed to reach them
3. there's no bright light in the bathroom (if you're a girl, you need a bright light!)
4. the lavatory roll holder broke (twice) - very inconvenient
5. the lavatory wouldn't flush (once) - very unpleasant
6. worst of all, the TV is concealed behind a double mirror (on first glance, it looks like there is no TV in the room, which is good) but this just means that when you're watching TV, the lights from the room and reflected in the mirror so you can't see the TV screen properly. I'm sorry it's hard to explain this phenomenon, but let me assure you, when you're watching TV, it is really annoying and you end up wishing the TV was visible all the time, rather than cleverly concealed.
As for maid service - it was terrible:
1. The shampoo and shower gel were not replenished, even though we had clearly used them.
2. We were charged for drinks from the minibar that we had not drunk.
3. We were not given a third set of towels, even though there were three of us in the room.
4. the day bed for the third member of our party was not made on any day.
5. the maid actually knocked and then let herself in to our room when the DO NOT DISTURB sign was clearly visible hanging outside the room
One final thing, which is not necessarily a complaint, but merely a warning, the rooms have showers but not baths.
There's good stuff to report too: a great list of New York movies are available free from the front desk, lovely breakfast and the most amazing location.
All in all, we enjoyed our stay, and we liked the feel of the place, it is very friendly. But we all felt that they need to smarten up the basics: maid / room service and address the lack of basic necessities in the room.
We would go back again. Looking forward to it, for the doormen alone!