Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC
What We Love
- New York City's only indoor-outdoor heated rooftop pool
- Free WiFi
- The salon by celeb stylist Rodney Cutler
- Exhale Gym's popular core fusion classes
What To Know
- The hotel hooks you up with in-room preloaded iPods upon request
- Guest rooms and suites are spacious for NYC standards
- Valet parking is available for an additional fee
- Pets are permitted for an extra fee of $100
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Sure, this celeb-fave stay has serious style—just take a look at the three-story atrium lobby, with its manly, herringbone granite floors, black-and-white plaid wingback chairs, and mod fireplace—but you’re really here for what’s on top. A buzzy tri-level bar drips with crystal and marble and becomes the summer’s hottest scene thanks to an indoor-outdoor pool overlooking the Empire State Building. The spacious guest rooms and suites have floor-to-(high)-ceiling panoramas of the city, but even that can’t detract from interior designer Andi Pepper’s wild decorative fantasies, from chrome-framed headboards to fuchsia curtains and cobalt throws. Deborah Anderson’s sensual photographs up the hotel’s highly erotic charge, as do the bathroom’s deep soaking tubs. Tech amenities reign, with flat-screen TVs and Bowers and Wilkins sound systems that (upon request) come with hotel iPods loaded with apps, local info, and a custom playlist. High above the street, the heated indoor-outdoor rooftop pool and tri-level bar add serious wow factor, with glass floors protruding over Park Avenue and offering a bird’s-eye view of the city’s chaos. Recover the next day with a yoga class or spa treatment at the Exhale gym and spa.
In the Area
Walk your credit cards two blocks west and then north on Fifth Avenue, home to affordable chain stores, designer flagships and such tony department stores as Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and Tiffany. While you’re up there, grab lunch at The Modern before heading next door for an afternoon at the Museum of Modern Art. Six blocks from the hotel is Mario Batali’s sprawling monument to Italian food, Eataly, as well as some of the city’s best burgers and shakes at Shake Shack, in Madison Square Park.
How to Get There
We chose the Royalton Park Avenue for our trip to New York to celebrate my 60th birthday and our 35th Wedding Anniversary. When we arrived at the hotel the young man on reception upgraded us to a suite from a Queen room which was a lovely gesture. The suite was gorgeous and very comfortable.
All the staff were very helpful and polite at all times. The facilities at the hotel were really good. We didn't use the gym or pool. We had a small problem on our last night which was dealt with very quickly and efficiently and the hotel could not apologise enough. The hotel is really well situated with bars, eating places and the subway all within a minutes walk.
We had been wowed by the photos on the hotel website but the ‘deluxe king’ room was disappointing. With old and sparse furniture (not the advertised four poster bed), gaudy curtains, holes in the walls and mouldy shower grouting, it was drab and in need of a refresh.
The saving grace was the front desk team. The manager, Lee, apologised for the website being out of date and gave us breakfast vouchers. Dion was friendly and went above and beyond to help us with our bags and taxis, and Zoe gave a great welcome.
Stayed at the Royalton for the second time on business and couldn’t have been happier both times. Service is amazing, rooms are clean and comfortable, and location is perfect. And just when I thought my stay couldn’t get any better, Cherry generously upgraded my room. All in all one of my best hotel experiences, will definitely return.