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
This might be an historic building, and it may be listed as a small luxury hotel of the world, but I’m sorry the only truth in that statement is the word “small”.
There are no windows to look out. The bed takes up the whole room (very comfortable by the way which was a plus), the wardrobe is at thigh height with a small fridge under it so you can’t hang anything successfully in it at all (had to use chair and picture frames around the walls).
No cups or tea/coffee facility in the rooms either which was frustrating
The positives were the comfortable bed, as mentioned, and the powerful shower.
Downstairs in the main entrance there is a comfortable bar with good service.
This hotel is in a good location. It has everything you need except size. It’s clean but not well appointed. The admin staff are not friendly or engaging (bar staff were excellent).
The price is ridiculous but that’s New York!
A good Hotel member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World chain, meeting the expectations and with nice rooms and friendly staff. Meals onsite are a very good addition to your stay and should not be missed.
Guy at check out had a terrible attitude. First I had to wait for him to finish a phone call for 10minutes. Then he charged me for in room minibar items which I did not confuse. When I pointed out that the charges were erroneous he was effusive and made it seem as if he was doing me a favour by waiving the fees. Then I asked for a bill showing the total cost. The invoice shows all sorts of line items and I wanted a simplified summary. He told me that this form was the only one available. I said to him that because of it’s complexity that I may have trouble submitting it for expenses. He said that no clients ever complained. Basically we went back and forward until I just decided to give up. Then I asked about how I could get my SLH benefits for my next stay. He told me that I needed to boom directly with the hotel or with SLH and that I should stop booking via a third party site. His attitude was petulant.
I made my mind up there and then, if this is the type of attitude that I would be subjected to, then I won’t be coming back
When I first arrived, there was no man opening the door or waiting outside to help with the luggage. So I needed to do it all by myself. After I entered the hotel, there was a strange man who started to introduce me the lobby, the bar, the useless stuff, with a very fast but not very welcoming tone. It was weird and I didn’t enjoy it.
I booked at HGU and was allocated a nice room which was clean but small. The staff were friendly and helpful, in particular I would mention Briana at the front desk who was wonderful. When I asked her if they had a larger room, she did her best to accommodate me and whilst she wasn’t able to upgrade me immediately, she arranged for an upgrade two days later to a wonderful room, all done with efficiency, a lovely smile and a handwritten note, thank you Briana for making my stay so much the better!!! I will be back and it will be because of your super customer service.