Hotel Check: Archer Hotel New York
By Ramsey Qubein
HOW MANY ROOMS? 180 rooms and suites
PROPERTY HIGHLIGHTS This design hotel is within walking distance from Times Square, Bryant Park, Broadway, and much of midtown’s most famous shopping and tourist sites. It is also popular with business travelers looking for central location without forgoing a bit of creativity in hotel design.
PRICE Internet rates for a traditional room in the building start at $379
CONTACT Archer Hotel, 45 West 38th St., New York, NY, 10018 tel +1-212-719-4100, http://archerhotel.com/new-york
VERDICT The vibe here is as if you’re staying at your friend “Archer”’s house, which is what designers were going for when launching these hotels. Little notes at turndown and throughout the hotel add that personal touch, but the biggest surprise comes with the $20 credit that guests receive when they check in to use anywhere in the hotel. There’s a lot to love here from direct views of the Empire State Building to the fine dining restaurant.
BACKGROUND As part of the small Archer Hotel group (Austin and Napa Valley are among the other locations), this boutique design hotel has a style all its own. It pairs contemporary guest rooms with friendly service, but it’s the quirky style touches that help it to stand out from the pack of other boutique NYC hotels.
WHERE IS IT? On West 38th Street, it is within a short walk to Broadway, Bryant Park, Fifth Avenue, and Times Square among other places putting it in perfect position for both business travelers and tourists.
WHAT’S IT LIKE? The small lobby and bar are not overwhelming like larger NYC hotels, and guests here seem to love the laid-back feel.
ROOM FACILITIES There is a residential overtone of the guest rooms here that is quite nice. From brick accent walls to clever closet space, the rooms feel cozy and chic. Leather headboards back the oh-so-comfy beds with pillowtop mattresses and thick duvets. On either side of the bed are power outlets and USB ports. Windows open for fresh air, but the powerful air conditioning is ready and waiting to be used. Minibars are tucked into a cabinet with Nespresso machines and Fiji bottled water available in all rooms. Mirrored closets open to reveal complimentary his and hers slippers while built-in desks have more power outlets and ample space to make use of the free wireless Internet access. Sliding doors help to save space and open to tiled bathrooms with ample vanity space, makeup mirrors, and large glass shower stalls stocked with Malin+Goetz toiletries. Framed prints of the city, nifty accessories like a copy of The Little Prince and a deck of playing cards, and black out curtains round out the amenities. Rooms that have full-on views of the Empire State Building are the most popular, especially on the higher floors.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS Charlie Palmer Steak is the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant that is well-known among locals and other tourists (reservations are recommended). Chefs Charlie Palmer and Ryan Lory have put together a creative menu of traditional favorites with some artsy twists. Weekend brunch is a favorite here, but Ryan’s signature chopped salad with avocado, seared tuna with citrus ponzu, braised short rib tagliatelle, and Japanese or American Kobe beef steaks all come highly recommended. The bar faces the street and even has an outdoor terrace for people watching in season. The same chef-designed menu is available for room service if you can’t get yourself out of bed.
One of the most prized spots here is the Spyglass Rooftop Bar where talented mixologists shake and stir colorful cocktails with an excellent backdrop of the skyline behind you; yes, that’s the Empire State Building that seems close enough to touch.
LEISURE FACILITIES There is no onsite recreation, but reception gives out free passes to a nearby health club that comes with the works.
BUSINESS AND MEETING FACILITIES The rooftop lounge can be used for group functions, but there are no large ballrooms in the hotel (that helps to keep the crowds away). Free wireless Internet is available throughout the hotel.
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