Cassa Hotel NY 45th Street
What We Love
- Less than a block from Times Square and some of the best Broadway shows
- Free passes to the Equinox gym at 43rd and 5th are available Monday through Friday
- Celebrity-chef restaurant Butter is located downstairs
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What To Know
- Opened in 2010 and became a Viceroy property in 2012
- Deluxe rooms start at a rather cozy 200 square feet
- The hotel occupies 27 floors of the 45-story building; the other floors are residences
- Popular with business travelers
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Convenient Midtown sleep with a celeb-helmed restaurant steps from buzzing Times Square
Concrete floors and black lava rock walls in Cassa’s small lobby set the tone for the hotel’s unfussy approach to design. A curved lipstick-red check-in desk and three large, bright yellow floral prints adorning an adjacent wall bring pops of color and some character to this Viceroy property.
Bed and Bath
The 165 guestrooms are furnished with low-slung beds and upholstered headboards, snow-white Frette linens, flat-screen TVs, olive and chocolate-brown patterned carpeting and nail-trimmed leather couches. The accommodations are business-friendly: There is a spacious work desk and ample bedside outlets. Subway tile bathrooms offer Neil George toiletries, rainfall showers and comfy bathrobes.
Be sure to book a table at the midtown outpost of celeb-magnet restaurant Butter. Tucked downstairs, the clubby dining room, all polished woods and soft leather banquettes, is headed up by Chef Alex Guarnaschelli (of Iron Chef fame). Expect inventive seasonal dishes like pan-seared branzino with charred romanesco and caper berries, and grilled baby octupus with lady cream peas and black mustard seed. There’s also a charming outdoor bar just off the lobby that serves tapas and drinks.
In the Area
The TKTS booth in Times Square sells day-of performance tickets discounted up to 50 percent. Download their app on your smartphone (for free); if a show catches your eye, walk just a block or two to stand in line and purchase. Evening tickets go on sale at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and at 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and Sundays. And for a pre-theater dinner, skip Times Square and walk west to Hell’s Kitchen. Ninth Avenue is filled with restaurants; try Esca for Italian seafood, or go for traditional Thai at Pam Real Thai. Rather go for a stroll through Central Park’s 843 acres? The south end of the park is just 14 blocks north of the hotel.
How to Get There
I tried to stay at this hotel when in NY in May.
Could not check me in as the system was down. Fair enough, but staff was apathic (and quite rude) and could only offer me to wait in the reception. Would not let me into my room and would not let me register my credit card whenever the system was back up.
After waiting 10-15 minutes I tried to cancel my booking which they could not do because the manager was not there (which they consistently called "the leprechaun" for some reason).
Overall poor service, rude and condescending staff. Stayed at Royalton instead - completely different experience
Stayed briefly in the residential section of the Cassa building in a NY summer. ????
Located in a very convenient part of Mid Town with groceries, souvenirs, restaurants and entertainment all quite close to the building, and don’t forget the crowds.
Our apartment, 28A, was in need of some desperate TLC. We found the layout of the apartment to be completely impractical. Tiny combined kitchenette, lounge and meals area with the television, an afterthought that made the whole room even more impractical.
Compared to the adjoining vastly oversized bedroom with miniature en-suite , someone in the design team really stuffed up. ????. I don’t know how anyone could stay here for any length of time.
This apartment desperately deserves new paint, blinds and flooring but more importantly than all of these basic amenities - the air conditioning doesn’t work properly! Can’t simply open all the windows in a modern hi-rise building. Even if you could, the city noise would prevent most human functions.
Staff were lovely but this apartment really let the building down ????
I only hope the hotel accommodation is better.
Rooms might be a bit larger than average NYC, but just a bit, and that doesn't say much. Horribly inadequate lighting to get work done, there's a box for a fridge but you'll find the actual appliance in the closet - still welcome and almost a must for me. Décor is modern melamine mixed with mid-century 'teak' and tufted leather - it's a look. The bed is comfortable (low, if that's an issue). Shower is decent, towels are not. There's a bag of nuts (nice) and two robes (superfluous - who hangs around in a closet sized room?). Lobby basically isn't and the desk clerks are preoccupied with their own perceived hipness. This was a well discounted stay, so priced about right: but at standard rates, sigh. Welcome to midtown.