Executive Hotel Le Soleil
What We Love
- Suites are large by city standards and feel more like mini-apartments, with as much as 400 square feet of space
- Easy walking access to Midtown Manhattan’s riches, including world class shopping, theater, restaurants and bars
- Some rooms feature commanding city views of the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center
What To Know
- An on-site restaurant/bar setup is expected to open in early 2016; until then a lobby-level espresso/pastry bar can get you caffeinated for your morning meetings
- Pet-friendly: You can bring Fido along for a nominal fee
- Easy access to Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
A brand new entry to the Midtown hotel scene, the Executive Hotel Le Soleil opened its 22-floor tower in August 2015, an East Coast sister property to the original Le Soleil, in Vancouver. The spacious suites are large by city standards (starting at 300 square feet) and have stylish flourishes without giving up a button-down utility. All accommodations feature ample work space, Keurig coffeemakers and down pillows and duvets for peaceful slumber. The bathrooms pamper guests with Italian-based Acca Kappa products, marble countertops and plush robes and slippers, while the 24-hour fitness center helps keep business travelers stay on track anytime. Some rooms on the upper floors feature commanding city views of the nearby Empire State Building and, far downtown, One World Trade Center. The hotel’s restaurant and bar setup is still in the works; expect a full-service operation (including room service) to come online in early 2016. Until then a lobby-level espresso/pastry bar can get you caffeinated for your morning meetings.
In the Area
Located in the heart of Midtown, the Executive Le Soleil NYC is as centrally located as can be. It’s surrounded by the attractions and energy of the city’s most tourist-friendly neighborhood, just a few blocks from the theater district, Bryant Park, Times Square and the shopping near Herald Square (home of the vast original Macy’s) and along Fifth Avenue. Grab dinner and a nightcap at Keen’s (a storied New York steakhouse) or hop over a few blocks to chef April Bloomfield’s trendy bar/eatery at the Breslin. Koreatown is a few blocks away; try Mandoo Bar for dumplings or Gagopa for late night karaoke.
How to Get There
This hotel is in an excellent midtown location close to almost all the major sites (we walked everywhere apart from the financial district).
The staff are really quite excellent and housekeeping was immaculate. The room was clean and modern. We had a qeen suite which consisted of a queen bed and a pull out sofa bed for our 15 year old son, separated by a 'two thirds' wall, which afforded us both some degree of privacy. There was a large flat screen tv across from both beds. The room is - for New York - generously sized. The bed and bedding were very comfortable and we slept well, helped by black out curtains. As we were on the 12th floor, the noise from the street (which we faced) was minimal (although it is NY so you expect some noise!). I'd agree with other reviewers regarding lack of hanging space. After getting additional hangers form house keeping we did manage, but only just!
Unfortunately we experienced 2 negative issues. The first - which the hotel could do nothing about during our stay - was with the bathroom door, which is a pocket door which slides into the wall. As there is no handle on the door, it's almost impossible to close it properly. You have to slide to close it, but if you slide it with too little force it stays relatively open, and too much force it simply bounces back open! This may be fine if you're single or a couple who don't mind listening to one another in the bathroom... (definitley not us!), but we loathed it and found it a major annoyance.
We also had a second, more serious issue around health & safety. However, the hotel management dealt with this well and to our satisfaction, so I won't mention the detail here, other than to say it was a one off and highly unlikley to happen again to another guest.
Despite this incident (and our hatred of the bathroom door!), we've given this hotel 4 stars. It would have been 5 stars if the bathroom door was 'normal'!
In summary, we'd recommend this hotel and would definitely stay here again, and you can't say fairer than that!
Stayed in Executive Le Soleil for a recent trip to NYC and what an absolute gem of a hotel. From the moment we walked in, nothing was too much trouble...our room 1705 was just amazing...had the most superb view of the Empire State and as it lit up at night it truly was a sight to behold.
Even in the shower, you had this amazing view....it just made our whole trip so memorable. Also in the room was a little kitchenette area incl microwave and fridge and sink,,,Complimentary water every day without fail....we didnt use kitchen area much but could be v useful for some.
We opted for breakfast package and it was great. Had Turkey sausages and fried potatoes,juices, a pancake station, fruit and yogurt, bread, cheese, jam and coffee/tea/..we really thought it was great....
But for us it was the staff that stood out...at reception they helped by confirming our dinner reservations at local restaurant, sent us a lovely card and wine for our Anniversary....honestly they were the friendliest people we met in the US....the Management of this hotel should be very proud of its staff! Cleaning staff impeccable with superb linen changes and towel changes - I love extra towels and there were plenty here even for me.
Outside the hotel on the street about 5 doors down is THE KEG ROOM Irish bar and across road MCGETTIGANS IRISH bar and near that is the famous KEENS STEAKHOUSE - all on the same street so all amenities nearby.
Times Square a leisurely 10 min walk, Macys a 5 min walk or less, Empire State 3 mins walk, Subway nearby but we didnt use that, we just got a cab or walked
if you're thinking about this hotel - GO THERE...spend a bit extra for superb nice room!
We spent a week here with our grandson is a room perfect for the three of us: a separate alcove with a sofa bed for him and a nice space and queen bed for us. Great location in midtown, close to everything including a mainline subway stop. Staff was very friendly and quite helpful. Restaurant left something to be desired for breakfast, but we didn’t try other meals but had a nice cocktail in the lounge one night. fast, free WiFi. Delightful experience.