What We Love
- The three infinity hydropools in the Exhale spa, each set at a different temperature
- Located smack dab in the buzzy Meatpacking District, there's no dearth of on-site nightlife: Choose from a lobby bar, rooftop lounge, or full-blown bottle service nightclub
- Haute comfort food (plus 24-hour room service) from The Chester, an American Brasserie
What To Know
- Clubby décor and cheeky amenities may not be for everyone
- Rooftop bar is focused more on scene than mixology
- The rooftop pool is for guests only, but Plunge Bar is open to the public
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- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
On the corner of Gansevoort Street and Ninth Avenue, this enduring A-lister is impossible to miss above the district’s cobblestone streets, with its 14 stories of metal and glass glowing disco pink and purple after dark. Inside, the look is sleek and sceney in a palette of white, gray and pink, with a clubby two-level glass lobby that’s anchored by leather lounge chairs, a Buick-size pool table, and Andi Pepper’s custom braided light fixture.
The 186 rooms have feathertop mattresses dressed in 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets and love seats featuring the same raspberry hue that’s found in the padded headboards. The stock nightlife photographs lining the walls look a tad dated, but modern fixtures like Bluetooth Thumper speakers and LCD HDTVs keep things feeling fresh. Cheeky amenities — a “get in/get out” do not disturb tag, a rubber ducky bath massager — and a fully stocked mini bar (Grey Goose and Patron, naturally) are de rigeur in each room category, and roomy bathrooms are stocked with cushy bathrobes and fragrant Cutler bath products infused with prosecco grapes.
Above it all (literally), the sceney rooftop Plunge Bar lures a sexy Euro clientele who perch around the pool (open year-round) and sip $19 cocktails with names like Morning Squeeze and French Kiss. Ground-level Chester restaurant dishes up all-American comfort food and craft cocktails — try the Hellfire, made with jalepeño-infused Don Julio and agave nectar — as late as 4 a.m. on weekends. It’s the perfect stop-off before or after a night at the hotel’s models-and-bottles Provocateur Lounge + Café. Recover the next day with a spa treatment or core fusion workout at the Exhale spa.
Grab LA-approved tacos from Los Tacos Number 1 in Chelsea Market and then catch the sunset over the Hudson from the High Line, a park built on abandoned elevated railway tracks. Rub elbows with locals at Spice Market, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s high-end take on Southeast Asian street food (think lemongrass-steamed mussels and onion-and-chili-crusted short ribs). Exercise your credit card at seminal boutiques like Jeffrey (all associates here are trained as personal shoppers) or at the flagships of Diane von Furstenberg and Carlos Miele.
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Can't say much more than A+ or 5-star. From the minute you walk in the lobby, until the time you check out, everything (and everyone) is first-class. Met Matthew (manager) upon arrival, great guy who took great care of us on our anniversary weekend. Meatpacking district is such a prime location, people and entertainment so close by. Never left the facility without stopping at the lobby bar...
This is New York... it is loud and there is always construction some where. However the staff at the Gansewoort did the extra mile to make my stay memorable.
They relocated my room to a quieter floor, left a bottle of Proseco for my birthday, (thank you Matthew!), and help me to find the right tool to fix the wheel of my bicycle suitcase. This hotel was the only hotel in this part of NY that did allow me to put my bike in my room for security reason. Also the Green line cycling route is two blocs away. A staff member at Rapha New York recommended this hotel to me and he was right on.
I might not be attracted to the roof pool party but the staff made me feel I was at the right place. Thank you!!! Two Canadian cyclists in New York for a weekend.
Stayed here for 6 nights. Beforehand I emailed the hotel saying we were looking forward to our visit and would love a room on a high floor with a view. I also mentioned that this would be a special wedding anniversary trip.
On arrival they didn’t make us feel particularly welcome (not a cheap hotel so expecting a bit more in the hospitality dept). The room wasn’t on a high floor and we had a view of the street. I would’ve thought they might have done something a little special for us but no - nothing. No half bottle of champers or roses on the pillow :)
The rooms were very dark and the lighting in the bathroom ( which is girls like) was practically non existent.
I also requested a late checkout as a genius member of a particular website - that wasn’t honoured either.
There was no kettle in the room. There was a coffee machine - which you had to pay $2 a cup for! So I asked for a kettle on the first morning......waited an hour and called again... finally got it but we wanted to head out by this time.
On a plus side the rooms were very clean and regularly serviced. And the decor was nice.
Staff could be more welcoming. I doubt there are many return visitors.
I was blown away by how outdated the hotel was. I had my assistant call ahead and request a high floor with a view as well as a suite. When I arrived they gave me keys to my room and we went up. The room smelled like smoke. I went down to ask for another room and they said they did have anything else expect a Lower floor or a smaller room. I agreed to check out the smaller room. The staff was in no hurry to help fix the situation. I had friends that were waiting for me at the lobby bar so I was in a hurry. The woman at the front desk escorted me up the room. When we arrived her key didn’t work so we had to go back downstairs. I told her on the elevator ride down it was totally ok and that mistakes happen. I could tell she was tired and stressed. She told me she had been working for 12 hours(btw I had no issue with her. She was trying her best). We got downstairs and got the other key and went up. The room was fine...smaller but better. We go back down and she said she would make me keys. I went to have a drink with my friend(1 hour into this check in disaster). I came back to get the key and move our bags and the manager told me that they had made a mistake and couldn’t give me that room. This guy was a complete jerk and was rude from the start. He started blaming the mix up on the women who had showed me the room. I found that offensive as that might be a coaching moment but don’t trash your staff in front of customers. He went on to tell me that he could do anything because his job is to maximize the revenue at the hotel. Now mind you I’m paying $600 per night for this outdated suite. I stay in over 50 hotels a year and I rarely seen a more incompetent leader and managers. He’s a terrible brand ambassador. After he and I got in a very heated discussion he finally agreed to give me the room they showed me. He tried to “smooth” things over but it was pathetic. If upper management is interested in further discussing this issue please let me know.
I had the pleasure of staying at the Gavensvoort recently with my family and had an incredible visit. The experience began with the privilege of being greeted at check in by Malick, who was professional, responsive and went out of his way to ensure our family felt welcomed. In addition, Paul Li, the manager, was accommodating in helping us plan our future stays, and responded to our email requests within minutes!
The hotel is located in what I consider the best area of NYC- access to great restaurants, shopping and highline. The Gavensvoort is that very rare hotel which matches hipness, great location, incredible staff and great accommodations. We look forward to our return visit in the very near future