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
We were greeted by very friendly staff when we arrived who made us feel comfortable and were genuinely interested in why we had come to New York and where we are from. We were upgraded to a suite free of charge which was a great surprise.
The room itself was very clean and well presented with complementary water bottles and coffee (for a coffee machine) in the room which were replaced every day. The bathroom was spotless with a very nice bath and strong shower. When we came back to the hotel our room was cleaned very well and they even laid out our toiletries neatly by the sink, separated for myself and my partner which was a nice touch. Checkout was very quick and easy, as was leaving our baggage to explore the city before we left.
Location wise, the hotel is perfect. It is a few minutes walk from Times Square and a subway station, with everything you need nearby. As it is in such a busy area, it also feels safe to walk nearby late in the evening.
We would thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting New York.
Cassa is located in a very central position, within walking distance to Central Park and Empire Stat Building etc.
However, the hotel itself is not that pleasant a place to stay. The bed is uncomfortable, and there is no facility for making a cup of coffee. There was a tea making machine, but no coffee. The hotel itself was a bit grotty, that’s includes the room.
My Girlfriend and I stayed in Cassa over the Halloween week. The staff were on the front desk 24 hours to help. Which came especially in use when we could not sleep for running water outside our room at 3:00am. Stephanie on the front desk was only too happy to help use once we had identified the issue, she moved us immediately to a room where we could get some sleep and then moved us completely to that room in the morning once we had recovered! Thank you Stephanie! We were very happy with our stay. The hotel was positioned suitably in walking distance to multiple major tourist spots! I suspect we'll be back in future!