1 Hotel Central Park
What We Love
- The floor of the fitness center was once the University of Wisconsin’s basketball court
- The eco-conscious ethos can be seen in details like the bathroom’s hourglass for timing your showers
- Newspapers and magazines come pre-loaded on the Nexus device in each room
- There’s valet parking…for your bicycle
What To Know
- There’s no food or booze in the in-room fridges, just juice and coconut water
- No extra beds are available
- Rides in the hotel’s Tesla are free within a 15-block radius
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
1 Hotel Central Park, a haven of greenery in the middle of the concrete jungle, doesn’t hold back when it comes to bringing the outdoors inside: rooms have terrariums, the entrance doors are made from twigs, the key cards are wood chips, and plants are everywhere. But while the hotel takes its commitment to sustainability seriously, it’s not without a sense of humor: rather than a notepad by the bed, there’s a small chalkboard instead. Luxury has its place, too—the hemp-filled mattresses are made by Keeta and the bathrooms are visions of Breccia Capraia marble and copper. The emphasis on nature is a delightful change from the aesthetic of most urban hotels, and it carries through to Jams, the hotel’s flagship restaurant, which is helmed by Jonathan Waxman, a pioneer in the farm-to-table movement. The dining room feels like a greenhouse, and there’s outdoor seating, natch.
In the Area
The hotel’s Midtown location is close to pretty much everything one could possible want to get to in Manhattan. Within a few minutes’ walk you’ll find the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Just to the east is Serendipity, a New York landmark and the ice cream parlor with what might be the biggest (and most delicious) ice cream sundaes in the world. The biggest lure, though, is Central Park, just steps from the hotel—meaning easy access to the zoo and the Hallett Nature Sanctuary. Fuel up beforehand at everyone’s favorite NYC brunch spot, Sarabeth’s, conveniently located just around the corner.
How to Get There
We wanted to love this hotel after reading positive reviews but sadly have to advise...never, ever stay here. The staff is friendly enough but there was one issue after another. Just a sampling: couldn’t check-in at 5:30pm because room wasn’t ready, calls and knocks on door at all hours of day and night even though privacy/do not disturb light was on, broken hair dryer that took 30 mins to replace (in towel post shower!), and more. Avoid at all costs.
1 Hotel is the best. We stay in both 1 Brooklyn and 1 New York. The people make it the best! The hotel is beautifully designed and the rooms are superb. But, I must reinforce that the staff are simply incredible.
I think the best part of this hotel is the service. Concierge was remarkable (especially Richard and Lorenzo) - extremely service-oriented, constantly calling to get us a reservation. The front desk staff were friendly and accommodating. There was always someone to hold open the door and grab us a cab. We only used the car service once but that too was efficient and the driver very friendly.
The hotel is in an excellent location. Very clean.
Eco-conscious, which we very much appreciate, yet did have one noticeable drawback for us which was the shower water pressure. Sorry, I appreciate good water pressure!
Gym was excellent. They have Peloton bikes which I LOVED as I have one at home and could use during our stay.
The restaurant was disappointing. Prices are expected for New York...slightly a bit overpriced for what you get. Service was terrible. Only ate there once on the first day and did not go back.
Overall it is a solid choice.
Loved the property. The employees are the added bonus. I enjoyed my day and will be staying there again when I go back to New York. The location is great as well. A block from central park while still walking distance from time square.
Loved this hotel! Great location within walking distance to Central Park and numerous shops and restaurants. Beautiful room with super comfy bed and amazing restaurant on property. Will definitely be back!