Park South Hotel
What We Love
- Free daily breakfast with pastries from Brooklyn’s Colson Patisserie
- Chrysler Building views and handcrafted cocktails at the hip rooftop bar
- Free evening wine reception (5 to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday)
- Prime NoMad location close to high-end shops on Fifth and Madison Avenues
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Relaxed vibe—not for guests looking for a scene
- The hotel’s Japanese restaurant offers just two fixed tasting menus
- The fitness center is on the small side
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- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Set in a Victorian building dating back to 1906, the Park South Hotel is every bit as glamorous as its stately exterior. A recent multimillion-dollar overhaul has breathed new life into the historic property, marrying turn-of-the century accents (cherry wood coffee tables here, satin and velvet furnishings there) with all the comforts modern travelers have come to expect, including cutting-edge in-room technology and fast, efficient service.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms are small at 200 square feet, but feel larger thanks to picture windows, high ceilings, mirror wall panels and space-conscious furnishings. They uphold the hotel’s old New York glamour with classic black-and-white prints from the New York Historical Society and light-reflecting Swarovski crystal chandeliers while offering mod cons like free high-speed WiFi, smart TVs, docking stations and bedside inputs for laptops, gaming consoles and tablets. In the large slate-tiled bathrooms, find Grohe fixtures, heated towel racks and doorless showers stocked with luxurious Beekman toiletries.
Fuel up on free coffee and handmade pastries (from Brooklyn’s Colson Patisserie, no less) in the lobby’s breakfast nook, then get in a workout at the small, but well-equipped fitness center. After a day of exploring, you can join the hip after-work crowd for craft cocktails and small bites (we’d recommend the eggplant involtini and truffle pizza to start and a peaches & cream popsicle for dessert) at the hotel’s rooftop cocktail lounge. Or skip the rooftop altogether and opt for inventive East-meets-West cuisine at the critically acclaimed O Ya restaurant, which offers two fixed tasting menus at $185 and $245.
In the Area
Walk two blocks south to Madison Square Park to check out the rotating display of outdoor art, then stop for a burger and a shake from Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack (trust us, it’s worth that around-the-block line). Home to seven restaurants, an espresso bar, a gelato counter and a bustling rooftop beer garden, Mario Batali’s sprawling Italian food mecca, Eataly, is not to be missed, nor is the nearby Strand Bookstore, where you’ll find 18 miles-worth of new, used and rare books. Get your culture fix in the free Museum at FIT, which houses more than 50,000 garments and accessories, from the 18th century to the present.
How to Get There
I had high hopes for the Park South Hotel. After my first visit, I felt as if I had finally found my NYC home away from home. Since my first stay, however, the hotel has started charging a "facilities fee." Fees such as these drive me crazy. Why not add them to the basic cost of the room? Is it to "game" the online booking sites so that the visitor thinks she is getting a better deal than she actually is?
When I asked the front desk why the hotel instituted the fee, the answer was that all the hotels are doing it. Well if you want to be average and just like all the other hotels, you deserve an average rating.
And for the record, not all of the other hotels are doing it. I will stay at one of the many hotels that don't.
The first time I stayed at this hotel it was a couple of years ago. At that time, I thought it was quite nice, but I recently stayed there with a couple of friends and it is even better. The room was gorgeous and appeared to be updated. The beds and pillows were so comfortable. Everything was clean and bright. We asked for a room with a window with a view and were lucky enough to get one. The lobby area was cozy and welcoming. All of the staff were very nice and friendly and welcomed us each time we came back from our adventures for the day. Located conveniently to the Subway. Looking forward to staying there again in the future.
Everything was great. O Ya food and service were amazing, Jenna and Jordan are amazing servers. The chef came out and checked on us and the maganager did also. Everyone was super. I recommend O Ya to anyone that enjoys real quality food. The Waygu was superb.
About to spend my fourth night at this lovely small NYC hotel... comfy, clean, small rooms, updated.... with controls for air conditioning you can actually read!
But, I mean big BUT... I returned today and my clothes were gone...personal hygiene products...everything gone! I could have made a scene!
I Packed extremely light for this trip so I had my backpack with me, with my computer all day. The front desk person seemed a bit clueless and not very reassuring (concerned, but not reassuring... this is a teaching moment!) when I told her my things were gone. Earlier she was super nice recommending a yoga place nearby.
It took about 40 minutes to solve the case and a very friendly manager brought two bags of things by my room, all jumbled up. If I was a fussy man with finely pressed clothes I would be rather pissed off. The manager asked me if I was all set, as he handed me the two small garbage bags that were ripped open and not really that well-managed. I responded, “I don’t know I’ll have to go through them.”
No offers or apologies, no free cocktails at their swank roof top bar, no free nights in NYC. Oh well nobody died!
This was my first stay at this hotel an I have to say it was one of my best hotel experiences in all of the years I've been traveling to NYC. Great location, very personal boutique setting with attentive and professional staff. I highly recommend it...amazing value for the high quality of the stay!