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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Good location - Friendly staff - Service not good enough - To pricy for what you gets - nice room but small with no view even though view is mentioned when you booked - a general lack of service and not enough personal attention
A lovely hotel with pleasant staff and amazingly comfortable and humongous beds!
We arrived at HGU and were checked in quickly. We were about half an hour early for check in but this wasn’t an issue and we were given our room straight away.
We had a standard king room which was small but we had enough room to move around the bed, reach the bathroom and store our suitcases without falling over them. When we were looking to book we found this was the largest room for the best price on booking.com.
The rooms were cosy and we didn’t have any noise from other rooms which was ideal, especially as we needed lots of naps as we found exploring NYC veryyy tiring. The peace and quiet and comfortable bed made napping possibly a little too easy! We almost missed dinner one night ????????♀️.
We didn’t have a view but that was fine. The window looked out onto a small outdoor space. I think it was just used for the generator and pipes. There was some noise from this but it was only a distant humming and, even as a light sleeper, it didn’t bother me.
The only thing that I would say was disappointing was the lack of drainage in the shower. The shower worked perfectly but the plug hole seemed blocked as water swamped around our feet rather than draining. Nevertheless, this would not put us off staying here again. The friendly staff are really pleasant and with a subway on the street corner and Fifth Avenue and Maddison Avenue literally a minute away I think it’s the perfect spot.
We loved our stay with HGU and we decided to extend our stay in nyc and asked if there was a room Available. We were eager to change our room, not because there was anything wrong with our room itself however we didn’t like the very small window letting in hardly any natural light. Our new room is much better and let’s in lots of natural light. The beds were very comfy and big, very comfy pillows which I normally find a struggle to find in other hotels. Bathroom was a good size and the hotel staff very friendly. We did have breakfast once in the hotel and weren’t that impressed, we think our breakfast was forgotten maybe under a heat lamp as both our poached eggs were nearly hard boiled and Hollandaise was dry but were willing to give the breakfast another go to see if it was just a bad day. I’m a tea drinker and normally expect there to be tea/coffee station in the room but we just asked at reception, sadly they only had two tea options and charged us $5 a cup which is a bit ridiculous. Overall we would stay again, the location is amazing.