Gild Hall, A Thompson Hotel
What We Love
- Large rooms by New York standards
- Attentive but not intrusive service
- The cozy, Tuscan-style wine bar (open to guests during the day but sometimes closed at night for events)
- Gild Hall brings modern design savvy to Manhattan's Financial District
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What To Know
- Taxi or subway required to reach midtown or uptown attractions
- Free basic WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Equal parts hip and homey, with buttery leather couches and warm wood details, Gild Hall feels like a combination Old World London clubhouse and swinging ’70s lounge. From the antler chandelier in the lobby to the many books lining the walls to the Slim Aarons photos in the hallways, it works. And the masculine, moneyed vibe feels just right in the heart of New York’s Financial District, an area not previously known for stylish boutique hotels.
Bed & Bath
The 126 rooms are large and inviting, some with 12-foot ceilings, a rarity in New York. Graphic wallpapers mix with such classic bachelor pad touches as antique brass chandeliers, plaid flannel throws and leather headboards with belt-like detailing. Marble-floored bathrooms spoil guests with oversize Sferra robes and C.O. Bigelow toiletries.
The happy hour crowd unwinds at marble café tables lit by single tapers, or in nailhead-trimmed leather booths, flanked by a sophisticated selection of wines at La Soffitta, the hotel’s wine bar. Downstairs, Felice Ristorante and Wine Bar serves hearty helpings of Tuscan fare for power lunches and business dinners. Think classic bolognese, carbonara and vongole. There’s also a great menu of aperitivo and antipasti if you just want a few bites before heading out on the town.
How to Get There
This was the second time I stayed at Gild Hall. The people working there are extremely service oriented. Very friendly and really eager to please. Rooms are very clean and are decent for the price range. Food at Felice is expensive and the quality can vary. However, the wait staff are excellent as is the bartender. The good thing is that you can walk to so many other great restaurants and bars so you aren't tied down to the Felice.
Tucked away in the financial district, with an unassuming exterior, Gold Hall delivers - excellent rooms, with excellent beds. The Thompson Hotel experience is here in all its warmth and efficiency. The restaurant has excellent food, and the bar certainly met my offbeat expectations too. Proximity to subways and landmarks added to the positive experience.
If you're planning on doing a lot of sightseeing in Lower Manhattan this is an ideal location. The staff is very welcoming and reception/check out were both smooth experiences. It's also down a small side
street which makes for a very quiet stay especially on the weekend.
Rooms are small but efficient and nicely laid out. Reading lamps are provided on both sides of the bed. I would like to have seen more easily accessible outlets for charging all the electronics I have to schlep from city to city. Also missing? A full length mirror.
Plenty of storage space in the bathroom, but only one washcloth and one hand towel? That just seems stingy.
Excellent hotel for an easy friwndly informal approach. Around wall Street and close to the ferry to the statue of liberty. A cab ride uptown to central park time Square etc, or easy to get familiar with the subway. Cab is best, expect some characters in the subway, not please try but got us there.
Hotel was great, would recommend. Pillows were soft, would have liked a firmer option. Bed was comfortable. Environment great. Rooms do not have air, which was not an issue because we visited in November, although I am not sure how you could stay here in the summer.