HGU New York
What We Love
- Sleeping in a historic building imbued with 21st-century New York glamour
- Exploring the surrounding NoMad district, a hub of chic restaurants and shops
- Admiring the hotel’s contemporary art collection, presented in collaboration with a local gallery
- Live jazz, wine tastings, and movie nights offered regularly at the lounge
What To Know
- The hotel provides "cheat sheets" for what to do in NYC's top neighborhoods
- Eco-conscious property with efficient LED lighting, water conservation systems and recycling policies
- Standard Queen rooms are on the small size; opt for a Queen Deluxe or King room for extra space
- Free WiFi, in-room iPads, USB ports, and wireless charging stations for tech-savvy travelers
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Thanks to a multimillion-dollar renovation, the landmarked HGU maintains its 1905 Beaux-Arts grandeur while featuring modern interiors inspired by New York City’s eclecticism. Designers Peter Guzy of Asfour Guzy Architects and DD Allen of Pierce Allen Design were tapped to create pared-down contemporary interiors with just a touch of old-school glamour. In the 90 rooms, clean-lined wooden cabinets and light grey fabrics create a serene atmosphere, while custom patchwork Turkish rugs, beds layered with Frette linens and soft blankets, and padded headboards add a sense of luxury that extends to the all-white bathrooms stocked with luxe C.O. Bigelow products. Communal spaces include a restaurant serving locally sourced American classics, a lobby bar doling out craft cocktails and coffee, and 1905 Lounge, arguably the hotel’s heart and soul. This space, decorated with a marble fireplace, warm leather chairs, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, and tweed couches feels like the private salon of a gregarious local—anchored by a rotating series of jazz jams and movie nights.
In the Area
Nomad, a formerly overlooked area bordering Midtown Manhattan, is now the purlieu of young entrepreneurs and fashionistas thanks to a host of high-end shops, design hotels, and superb restaurants—most of them housed in refurbished century-old buildings. Browse the vast collection of gorgeous books at the recently unveiled flagship store of Italian publisher Rizzoli. Then pamper yourself with a lusciously scented body lotion at Le Labo, the luxury perfumery that’s taken the industry by storm. Don’t miss the lamb burger at The Breslin, a fashionable gastropub helmed by celebrity chef April Bloomfield, or the Roman-style pizzas at Marta, run by acclaimed restaurateur Danny Meyer. Madison Square Park, a lovely tree-shaded square that hosts public art exhibits and is home to the original Shake Shack is also worth a visit.
How to Get There
I stayed here with my BFF in May 2018. From the moment we arrived until the moment we left we were very well looked after. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. The room (909) was very nice, not huge, but perfectly formed and after all, we only slept in there. The beds were incredibly comfortable (I suffer with a bad back) and I had no issues at all during our stay. The room was cleaned and made up daily. The finishing touches in the room were very nice and in my view of a high standard. The roof top bar is very nice and relaxing with views of ESB, which is a bonus. The hotel is in a great location, very central and easy access to everywhere. The bar area and restaurant area of the hotel is very nicely decorated and I love the style of décor, furnishings and fixtures. Staff were amazing, especially the doormen. Very nice and polite. All in all I absolutely loved it. It's taken me a long time to write the review as I was feeling a bit "sad" when I left and it took me a long time to come back down to earth. I love NYC, I love HGU and I am already planning a return trip for next year and the year after. I will definitely stay here when I visit NYC. Its surpassed any expectations that I may have had and made our stay perfect. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would!!!! Thank you HGU, see you again soon.
It was my first time in NYC, I had just switched hotels. I was with a couple of friends who left NYC early so I would be alone for a few days before I meet my Uncle. Anddd we all know how scary NYC can be, I arrived at HGU in tears from a terrible experience and the staff at HGU were incredible, they made me feel welcomed immediately and did everything in their power to ensure my happiness and satisfaction. Danielle who was at the reception was incredibly friendly and helpful throughout my 5day stay, even the management team were helpful. I loved my stay at HGU the room was kinda small but what room isn't in NYC, it was so clean and cosy I almost didn't leave my bed one morning. I would definitely stay here again oh and location is great it is literally within walking distance of the Empire state building and a subway that could take you all around NYC. I walked everywhere even to time square (that's because I love walking). Hope you enjoy your stay here too :) and say hi to Danielle for me when you do :)
We spent 2 nights here and booked via Small Luxury Hotels using our Invite membership so the rate was super, also included continental breakfast. We were upgraded to a lovely 1 bedroon suite on the back of the hotel. No view but it was quiet. The room quality is a very high standard. Frette bath linens, 100% cashmere throw on the bed, Williams Sonoma sleeper sofa in the living room. Comfy bed, great pillows (they have a pillow menu and I prefer down). Excellent staff. Mo, the valet, was kind enough to point out that the parking on the street in front of the hotel was free for Saturday and Sunday so we saved some money on parking. A couple of small issues. First, the bathroom ceiling was peeling, which is a no no in my book. Probably due to there being no ventilation fan in the bathroom. Also, we wanted some dessert Saturday night after we got back from the theater so we waited until we got back to the hotel to order off of the ovenight room service menu. To my surprise and disappointment, i was told by the front desk that there is no longer an overnight menu. Very bizarre for a full service hotel in New York. Overall, though, highly recommended.
I did not want to have to write this review. . . .
My daughter and I stayed in HGU Hotel this Saturday, June 23. After a restful night, there was a flood in the bathroom -- while my daughter was bathing. Water flowed form the vent in the ceiling, wet the floor, vanity, towels, and my daughter's clothing. She had to rush out of bath and dress quickly for the engineer to come. We had to wait for that and then I had to dry to bathroom, as best as I could b/c it was continuing to leak, while I showered. This was an inconvenience to say the least and frankly unacceptable -- we should NOT have been put in the room as a simple glance at the bathroom vent, revealed it had leaked in the past (why put a guest in such a room?).
Upon checking out, I was expecting an apology as well as courtesy discount on our room for this problem. I received neither from the gentleman checking me out. When I requested one, I was told that the Manger would be contacted, and I would hear back via email. When I picked up my bags, I was similarly told that I would hear back via email (although this time, the woman at the desk, did offer a sincere apology for the leak, which I did appreciate). I never heard back, even after reaching out by email. Like I said, I wanted to like HGU and gave the hotel and an opportunity to remedy the situation with a token discount but I received no word back.
And now since I’m writing, I’ll raise my other issues. First, it would helpful to remind guests that there is coffee in the lobby in the morning and as well as about the roof deck (I regret forgetting). A welcome to the hotel and a simple acknowledgment to enjoy the stay would have been appreciated, too. To be sure, I found the reception ice cold. Our room also lacked soap, and I had call and request it. These issues would certainly have been overlooked and quickly forgotten had the issue with the leak been appropriately acknowledged – but as I’m writing a review, I might as well mention these issues.
The most helpful person I encountered during my stay was the gentleman who hailed me cab on Sunday morning -- super helpful, asked about my stay, and wished me well. I did love the decor, art books, and extremely comfortable bed, too.
Had the pleasure of staying in this lovely hotel, part of SLH community. Rooms are delightful and well decorated to modern and stylish taste. Spontaneity and slightly more loose in the communication around the hotel facilities could be wished for, by the closed up receptionists, having their hide-out isolated behind a closed counter.
The rooftop bar & restaurant is a fantastic oasis to wind down at and with friendly staff. Thank you Yoanne for your great hospitality and sharing of a wonderful life story - greetings from Sweden!!
I’d probably visit this cutie place again, when I get the chance.