City Club Hotel
What We Love
- Free WiFi and access to New York Sports Club
- Located near Fifth Avenue shopping and Midtown’s famous landmarks
- Fresh-baked cookies during turndown service
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What To Know
- Some rooms are dimly lit and run on the small side
- The hotel is calm and quiet — not a place for people looking for a wild Manhattan night
- Discounted garage parking across the street for $41 per day
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Built in 1904 as a nonpartisan political club, the hotel retains such turn-of-the-century details as brass mail chutes and ornate crown moldings, but overall the look is serenely modern. The small double-height lobby almost feels like a spa, with low lighting, potted orchids and a shell-like swirl of a spiral staircase flanked by a two-story bookcase filled with history, art and design tomes. And despite its name, there’s no club onsite, a welcome relief from the relentless crowds and throbbing soundtracks at other Manhattan hotels.
Bed & Bath
There’s a homey warmth to the 65 guestrooms, which feature Honduran wood, bronze and limestone details that blend with with black-and-white Giglio art, framed LPs and vintage books. At turndown they deliver fresh-baked cookies. Bathrooms are more overtly luxe, with chocolate marble, Bigelow amenities, fluffy bathrobes and built-in speakers.
Aside from the small lobby, the only common space is the restaurant. But it’s quite a restaurant. Run by Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud, DB Bistro Moderne offers a contemporary take on traditional bistro fare with dishes like crispy duck confit with savoy cabbage, wild mushrooms, bosc pears and a sweet-and-sour duck jus. It also has one of the city’s best burgers, which is stuffed with braised short rib, foie gras and black truffle and served on a parmesan bun. Enjoy the fare in one of two dining areas flanking a decadent wine bar.
How to Get There
Came here for business, and was upgraded to the nicest Grand Duplex suite at the hotel. What a surprise! This suite is to die for! Overall, the rooms are a little outdated but it only adds to the charm. The bed was super comfortable, very clean, location is truly unbeatable and the staff was overly friendly and helpful. Definitely a great place to stay steps away from Times Sq!
Visited with our 21 year old son for a week. Simply amazing. The room was spacious for three adults. Close to most attractions and transport. Staff could not do enough to help. We loved our stay here. Clean. Polite, friendly, helpful staff. Would definitely stay again.
I reserved a duplex suite. Prepaid in January for an October visit. At check in I was given a normal King room. Front desk said none of my room types was available. Very disappointing for a trip to New York for my wife's birthday. We'd been looking forward to this for 10 months.
On the plus side the bathroom was quite nice with good water pressure and a deep bathtub. The restaurant attached to the hotel is really quite good. Perhaps the best eggs Benedict I've had.
I won't be going back. They had one chance for their first impression. With plenty of choice in NYC, my wife and I will go elsewhere next visit.
I struggled whether to give this hotel a 3 or a 4 rating, and decided on a 4 because of the quality to price ratio -- i.e., the hotel is a very good value and I have done a lot worse in New York City at similar or even higher price points (I'm looking at you Yotel and Algonquin, two of the most horrible hotels I have ever had the displeasure to stay).
I was in New York during a week with very high hotel rates and was despairing about whether I would be able to find somewhere semi-reasonably priced when I stumbled upon a last minute deal for City Club. 44th Street is a great location - right in the heart of things, but a relatively quiet street -- and I have previously stayed at the Algonquin (horrible), the Sofitel (was once nice, but I have refused to stay there for a couple of years after I got a horrible room, badly in need of refurbishing, for over $500 a night) and the Royalton (another hotel not showing its age well). However, despite being a 44th St. veteran, I had never previously stayed at City Club.
Given the price I paid, I opened the door to my room expecting the worst, but was pleasantly surprised to see that the room was not a shoe box and was nicely laid out with a huge bathroom. There were a number of nice details, like an ironing board that popped down from the closet, a nice mini-bar hidden behind an attractive painting, a robe in the bathroom, a full length mirror in the bathroom and plenty of space in the bathroom to lay out toiletries (the latter being hard to find in New York except at very high end hotels).
The problem with the room -- an interior Queen -- was that there were only two small windows, both of which looked out at air shafts, so the room was quite dark and the interior lighting was not bright enough. One afternoon I tried to read in the room and even with the windows open and all the lights on, there wasn't enough light and I had to add a flashlight in order to see the text. (However, on the positive side, because the room looked out on air shafts, it was dead silent at night and you would never know you were in the middle of Manhattan). The shower in the room was heavenly, but rather than a glass door, there was a half door/shower curtain arrangement which did not contain the water, leaving the bathroom a wet mess after my shower.
I'm a person who generally likes to spend a lot of time in my hotel room when I travel, but on this particular trip, I had meetings from morning until night and thus didn't spend a lot of time in my room. So the room turned out to be fine for this particular trip, but I wouldn't have been as happy if it were a trip where I wanted to hang out in the room during the mornings and afternoons and work or relax.
I stayed 7 days and for the last 2 days asked if I could move to a room with more light. For a $25 nightly upgrade fee, I was moved to a King room facing 44th Street, but that room turned out to have some downsides as well. The King room was bigger and since it was not an interior room, did have more light, but it still wasn't bright and sunny because the smallish window had scaffolding in front of it and just looked across the way at the building across the street and 44th Street is a fairly narrow street. Surprisingly, the bathroom and shower in the King room was smaller than the bathroom and shower in the Queen room, although the King room shower, despite also having only a shower curtain, didn't flood the bathroom when I took a shower.
The King room also had the downside that instead of the mini-bar being tucked behind a painting, it was placed in the closet, which made it awkward to get to and which cramped the closet space. The other problem was that you couldn't open the closet all the way because of where it was placed in the room -- when you opened the door, the door was blocked by the angle of the day bed in front of the window. It was the final two days of my trip and I had moved from another room so I didn't bother unpacking and instead lived out of my suitcase, but that closet would have been an issue for me if I had been placed in that room initially. Also, the angle of the closet made the ironing board on the closet door unusable. I didn't need to iron anything for my last two days in the hotel, so it wasn't of consequence to me, but still something to note.
The biggest problem with the King room was that it was much noisier than the dark interior room and you could hear street noise from 44th St. This particular room was also right next to the elevator, so you could hear guests loudly returning to their rooms late at night. I didn't think the room was worth the $25 a night upgrade and asked to be moved back to an interior room, but alas none were available.
Housekeeping at the hotel was great and I loved the turn down service and the delicious chocolate chip cookie they bring you each night from the db Bistro restaurant downstairs. If you leave housekeeping a tip, they write you a nice handwritten note thanking you, which was not something I had ever seen before and which I thought was a nice gesture.
I tried laundry service and it was good and efficient.
The staff at the front desk was very pleasant, as was the doorman who helped me with my luggage both coming and going.
Some neighborhood tips -- the Red Flame diner is a door away. I have seen people on TripAdvisor rave about what a find the Red Flame is and I guess it is okay if you are a family of 5 looking to save money, but the omelet I had there was horrible. If you are by yourself, do yourself a favor and pay $3 more for an omelet at db Bistro, the restaurant attached to City Club, and you will get a delicious, properly made omelet. db Bistro also has excellent "Reserve" wines by the glass which they serve using the Coravin system, so you are getting pristine wine. Pricey, but worth it for a splurge. I also had breakfast one day at Gaby Brasserie next door at the Sofitel because I love Gaby's egg white, asparagus omelet. Again, if you like good food, much better than the Red Robin diner.
All in all, I would stay again at City Club despite the room issues because the location is great and I would rather spend my money in New York on good food and wine than on a super high end hotel room. Yes, you can get a much better room in New York, but be prepared to spend a couple hundred dollars a night more for it. So far, City Club is the best hotel I have stayed at in New York at its price point.
Great position and close tobTimes Square. Very comfortable beds and a decent room. Fresh cookies left in the room each day. Fresh lined similarly. Great staff. If I had o e wish, it would be s nice bar to relax in, ad opposed to the restaurant with room to just about sit at the Bar!