“Funky ‘70s-inspired no-frills boutique off Times Square, with a film-set pool, a late-night bar and a fun-loving crowd”
It’s a strange melange, a hostel-inspired budget bunk-up turned all-mod-cons boutique hotel. Egyptian cotton sheets on pillow-top mattresses, rainwater showers, hairdryer, WiFi and flat-screen TVs are standard. Rooms are categorised by size - both bed and square footage.
In-room space is limited but beautifully managed, with inviting platform beds and wheelie tables showing you just how bijou living can be done. The stark bathrooms are disproportionately large with ample counter space - the walk-in rainfall showers clearly a priority. Some come ‘open’ (have no door) which may mean listening to your real-life room-mate while nature’s calling, so check before booking if this bothers you.
Other distractions include iPod and DVD players, while Jonathan Adler wallpaper tastefully diverts attention from the otherwise bland colour scheme and rain mac curtains. Blackout blinds are a boon for late risers.
Decked out in honey-coloured woods, felt banquettes, leather ottomans and trendy illuminations (even the strip lighting is groovy), the bar is a cool spot to gather for cocktails. But if you’re wondering why your margarita has just arrived in a plastic glass, take a stroll up the ramp to the left of the bar and start hanging poolside.
Strip off and jump in if you dare - there's even a swim-up bar (hence the plastic cups) - but it's not for the self-conscious as you're very much on view. Rainbow-coloured set-lights make the pool an irresistible haunt - or they would if it weren't for the occasional chemical whiff of chlorine and, after one drink at a (dirty) poolside table, we headed out.
Room Mate Grace has no restaurant to speak of, but there is a breakfast room on the mezzanine level (also linked to the pool). Pop down for a continental breakfast and find everything from yoghurt and berries to bagels and boiled eggs, meats and cheeses. Do note the slightly processed nature of the food, but a huge plus for us were the constantly beaming staff.
You don’t need to wander far to find the cuisine of your choice. A couple of blocks away on 44th and 10th is 44 & X Hell's Kitchen, widely recommended for its spiced up American cuisine.
Children are welcome, it's in a great location and the fun décor will definitely appeal. Bear in mind that it's a no frills-style hotel: no restaurant, no room service and so on.
Children (4-12 years)
All rooms can hold a baby cot and most can hold an extra bed, but the Triple is the best option for a small family.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kids should be supervised around the pool. Although there are plenty of child-friendly places to dine nearby, it's not ideal if you have young children or babies.