What We Love
- The televisions embedded in the bathroom mirrors
- Quirky design touches like the hypnotic, cylindrical fishtank in the glitzy lobby
- Guest rooms are spacious for New York
What To Know
- A daily resort fee covers continental breakfast, WiFi, and bottled water
- Rooms on lower floors can be noisy
- The bar and music venue, Toshi’s Living Room, hosts live performances almost every night of the week
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The Flatiron is a quirky boutique hotel with a fabulous location in Manhattan’s eponymous Flatiron District. Rooms, decked out in a mood-enhancing palette of red, pink, and orange, are carpeted with vaulted ceilings and generous windows that offer panoramic views. We suggest asking for a “Toshi’s Corner” room, so light filters in from two sides and you can maximize the sights down on the street. One particular highlight is the bathrooms, which are equipped with either rainfall showers (and six adjustable shower heads) or Jacuzzi tubs. Party animals and live music aficionados might find themselves spending most evenings in the “Living Room,” where hip-hop, jazz, and rock artists fill the crowded and diverse calendar.
In the Area
The hotel is next door to the Flatiron Building, the landmark triangular edifice that qualifies as a sightseeing stop in itself. The Flatiron District is also a handy jumping-off point for visiting New York’s most appealing neighborhoods: gallery-filled Chelsea, offbeat Greenwich Village, touristy Midtown, and Times Square are all within walking distance. The Flatiron branch of chef Mario Batali’s much lauded Eataly (an Italian food mecca, with cafés, restaurants, shops, and a rooftop microbrewery) is a four-minute walk—a great place to stock up on provisions for a picnic at Madison Square Park, right across the street. Or, take your snacks to one of the tables on The High Line, New York’s elevated rail line turned public park, which is less than a mile away. Nearby subway stations are abundant.
How to Get There
Had to change rooms multiple times. First room, toilet didn’t flush, second room the heat was stuck at 80 and windows painted shut. Third room adequate. Location was great but that was about it for plus’s. Hotel run down and musty. Don’t stay here.
Staff is incredibly rude. They don’t even say Hello when you arrive nor did they say Goodbye! Air conditioning broke in the middle of the night and I had to move rooms. Place smelled like gas and the breakfast was cereal boxes and bagels. For the price we paid (even at a corporate discount) I expected more. This is my second stay there and the place is definitely going down. I will never come back.
Had a terrible experience here. During the first night of stay, a squealing sound sets off when the heat kicked in at 6am in the morning.
The beds are super hard - ending up giving me some back pain. maybe good for back sleepers but really uncomfortable for side sleepers.
I asked to see if there is a room available with a softer bed for the third night. The receptionist promised me 1) she could move me to a room with king size bed with foam mattress - it will be a lot softer 2) she will move my luggage in the morning.
When I came back in the afternoon, the luggage is not moved and the new room still had the crappy hard bed. I called the front desk and they weren’t even responsive to solve the problem - I gave up and went elsewhere.
The place is old and full of problems. With super limited service.
LIMIT YOUR DOWNSIDE AND GO ELSEWHERE!
We stayed here last weekend and it was thoroughly enjoyable. The room was small but adequate. Nice accouterments and a very comfortable bed with drapes that keep the light out. The breakfast provided is nothing to write home about, but with a Starbucks across the street, no worries. The place is clean and very efficient. Front desk persons were very pleasant and we think we received a fair value for NY pricing and the location is perfect.
What's not to like.
I recently stayed for business and whilst the location is great there was very little else to be positive about. Staff appeared abrupt and there was very few of them. The room had no mini bar etc, the carpets looked grubby, the entire hotel looked tired and run down. We ran out of hot water and ended up having to shift hotels. Wouldn’t recommend.