Archer Hotel New York
What We Love
- Empire State Building views from many of the guest rooms
- David Burke’s creative American fare at fabrick restaurant
- Cocktails with knockout city views at rooftop bar Spyglass
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- The restaurant and streetside bar attract a lively after-work crowd
- Pets are permitted at an additional cost; there is a weight limit of 15 pounds
- Guestrooms are on the small side, but have lots of style
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The 180-room Archer hotel is right at home in Manhattan’s increasingly hip Garment District neighborhood. The 22-story property sits in the shadow of the Empire State Building, with interiors styled after the dapper city digs of “Archer”—an all-seeing characterization of the hotel’s Man Friday–esque service and exacting style. Think exposed brick, classic NYC imagery, mismatched leather furniture in poppy colors, statement chandeliers and a bold, modern art collection. The hotel squeezes 180 guest rooms into its skinny footprint, so expect small spaces with big style. Sliding doors, mirrored surfaces, and custom cabinets maximize the (mostly) under-200-square-foot rooms, while soft cotton linens and thoughtful turndown treats ensure a good night’s sleep. Bathrooms are stunners in mahogany, white and chrome, with subway tiles from floor to ceiling, walk-in showers with Malin + Goetz products and Frette towels and robes.The dead-on views of the Empire State Building through floor-to-ceiling windows in some rooms don’t hurt. With a lobby lounge that spills onto the street, a celeb chef–helmed restaurant, and an insta-hit rooftop bar, Archer designed its public spaces with the Garment District’s increasingly young, hip locals in mind. Ask the concierge to book you a table at David Burke’s fabrick restaurant and feast on creative American fare, including the must-try avocado panna cotta appetizer and the pork shoulder with basil ricotta or the “Angry” lobster Bolognese. Round out the night at Spyglass, the hotel’s 22nd-floor indoor/outdoor bar, where you can sip an expertly crafted Empire State cocktail in the shadow of the Art Deco icon itself.
In the Area
Walk two blocks north to join the year-round crowds of tourists and locals making the most of leafy Bryant Park. During the summer months, claim your patch of grass early for the popular outdoor movie series, sign up online for morning yoga classes, catch a Shakespeare play, take a bird-watching tour and much more. First timers are within easy reach of the classic Manhattan sights, including the New York Public Library, Grand Central Terminal, Times Square and the Empire State Building. On the dining front, head downtown to the burgeoning NoMad neighborhood for top eats at Ace Hotel’s John Dory Oyster Bar and the Breslin, or at barbecue favorite Maysville. Keep going south on Fifth Avenue and look for fashionable finds at Club Monaco, Madewell, J.Crew and Comptoir de Cotonniers, homewares at Marimekko and all things Italiano at Mario Batali’s Eataly.
How to Get There
We were out all day and upon coming back the room hadn’t been cleaned! - literally out for 5 hours. I wouldn’t mind but the room was tiny - you couldn’t have swung a hamster never mind a cat. Front desk staff functional - nothing stood out. The hotel is well located if mid town is what you want. Air conditioning rattled all night. Poor.
I choose Archer Hotel as a go-to for business travel while in NYC. It's a couple of blocks away from my office (which is in the Empire State Building - so good for tourists too). The staff is kind and accommodating and although the rooms are small, they're clean and functional for business travel especially. The showstopper of this place is their rooftop bar -- a lot of fun and beautiful views.
The Archer Hotel has a great location on 38th Street and was surprisingly quiet, given the busy location. The room was very pleasant and very clean. All staff members I encountered were very friendly and went out of their way to be helpful. All around, an excellent experience.