Gramercy Park Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Gramercy Park Hotel New York City
I had been giddy weeks on end about knowing I'd be staying at an Ian Shrager hotel. Maybe I had built the experience to an unattainable end before going, but I have to say the whole experience was quite disappointing. You'd think at such a high-end boutique hotel the service would be impeccable, but even average it was not. This is clearly an establishment built on exterior superficiality with nothing to support it. I had called in before my stay to make sure I could check in early and they replied with "Of COURSE" but when I came to check in only an hour earlier than the regular check in time of 3pm, my room was still not ready. I had to wait 4 hrs until I could check in! Without so much as an offer of compensation for my inconvenience. I even had to work at getting an insincere apology out of the staff. Even after waiting hours on end for my room to be serviced and inspected, there were fixtures missing from the bathroom and I had to call the front desk several times for documents I had requested at check-in. When it was pouring rain outside, they gave me a BROKEN umbrella to use to boot! Sure, come to check out the decor, but it is not worth your money or time to spend the night here.
A visit to the GPH bar via the stunning lobby is about all one really needs to experience of this hotel. The doorboys are great, the checkin efficient, the DJ in the bar fantastic to get the room going, but......
The all new Gramercy Park (opened mid 2006) is a real treat for the vsitor to NYC with some real money to spare. Very impressive lobby with wood burning fireplace, beautiful bar (which requires reservations), young helpful friendly staff, and a superb location at the bottom of Lexington at the park. Quiet yet convenient, with the subway just around the corner at 22nd-23rd.
Since early in the 19th century, Gramercy Park has been a New York landmark. Impeccably maintained and watched over by an organization of people, mostly women, from New York society, the largest (only?) private park in Manhattan is a gentile reminder of the days when going to the opera required attire more formal than simply tucking one's polo shirt into one's jeans. Gramcery Park is inviting in its beauty and yet almost always to be seen only from behind it's beautigul iron gates and fences.
This hotel will not be for everyone. If you disdain contemporary art and don't find joy in small aesthetic details, find another place. The decor is edgey : our room was Tiffany box blue with rose colored curtains. The photos decorating the walls were wonderful and the fresh flowers by the bed matched the curtains. Everyone from the valet who took the car to the front desk staff were friendly and helpful. We found out that most were models-an extension of the decor. The "loft" room we had was blissfully quiet even though we were facing Lexington Ave and we had a peak of Gramercy Park. Having paid the "intro" rate of $340.00, I don't have any major complaints. However if I had been paying full price I would not be very pleased with the lack of space in the breakfast room. There was no place to sit and the buffet table was difficult to access with the number of guests trying to get to it. Also, A DVD library is offered but not obtainable unless a concierge is there. We were initially asked if we had a reservation to have a drink in the Rose Bar but were granted admission after showing our guest pass. Overall, a wonderful time was had. And if you are allergic to wood smoke, definitely pass as it permeates everything. (There is a huge fireplace in the lobby and the bar.)
What a comeback! From the decor to the amenities to the furniture!
I will recommend the new Grmercy Park Hotel to anyone traveling to NYC.
Nice job Mr. Schrager!
As a travel journalist, I was excited to stay in the legendary Gramercy Park Hotel now that it has been reborn as an Ian Schraeger property. I used to live in the 20s on Lex, and would always walk by the old, run down hotel. What a legendary place it was--with its rock 'n' roll history, proximity to the Factory and Max's Kansas City. How could a refurbishment go wrong? Even the notion of staying in a Julian Schnabel-designed space was exciting. The art in the lobby and bar alone (pieces by Schnabel, was that an original Warhol I spied?) was worth the price of admission.
I spent the weekend at the newly re-opened Gramercy Park Hotel. It is certainly a step above a business hotel, but given all the buzz, I was disappointed. While I want to cut the hotel some slack because it's only recently opened, for a hotel claiming 5-stars, it's got quite a ways to go. I'll list some negatives and positives:
Closed the Summer of 2004 for a refit, there was very little evidence of anything new at the GP. The rooms are the same in everything except price, which DOUBLED: same crappy decor, furniture, same venetian blinds (No CURTAINS; the old rockers used to pull them down!), threadbare linens, flat poly-pillows (which should be BURNED in my opinion), stained carpets, tragic bathrooms with no hairdryers and taps with no filters so water sprays everywhere if turned on too hard. No improvement in the windows either; on the 12th floor park side it is still incredibly noisy at night. The elevator interiors have been tarted up but still function like always ... too few in operation and those too slow. The queue in the lobby is ... you got it ... for the elevator! No room service and breakfast of o.j., coffee, and a stale Danish will set you back $10+ in the lobby. The staff seem to be almost wholly Russian now and can be inCREDibly aggressive. If you're not used to operating NY style and holding your own, they will eat you alive! So, still the old rock n roll hotel of the 60's & 70's and for almost $400 p/suite/room p/night, that's a little steep!!