Room Mate Grace Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- Location on 45th Street near Sixth Avenue, a prime patch for sightseers who enjoy being in the middle of the action
- A pool, pool bar, gym and sauna
- Just 139 rooms, but myriad room configurations, including petite pads for one, exec-friendly suites and options for up to four guests
- The guestrooms, though on the small side, are stylishly done up
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- The hotel is currently undergoing renovations to the upper floors
- Triple and quad rooms are on the small side and accommodate guests in custom bunk beds — so know, or expect to know, your roommates well!
- The breakfast buffet is available until noon and approximately $15 per person
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
In the heart of Times Square, on 45th Street near Sixth Avenue, the Gotham outpost of the Madrid-based Room Mate chain is in a plum spot for exploring the best of movie-set New York. The hotel’s namesake “Grace” is your fictional friend in NYC, who makes you feel at home while giving you the keys to the city. All 139 guestrooms are done up in loud, colorful wallpaper, comfy beds dressed with Egyptian cotton linens, abundant closet space and mod cons like free WiFi and flat-screen LCD TVs. Light sleepers should opt for a room on a high floor, while groups can request the small but cleverly laid out triple or quad rooms, which feature custom bunk beds. Room Mate Grace is much more than her sleeping quarters, however. The hotel’s most famous feature is front and center in the entrance: a clubby, aquarium-like swimming pool that’s on show to everyone in the lobby and the blond-wood paneled bar. Join the young crowd here until the early hours, then hit the continental breakfast buffet late (it’s open until noon) or work off any overindulgence in the gym before hitting the busy New York streets just outside.
In the Area
It wouldn’t be a trip to Times Square without a Broadway show. Score same-day discount tickets a few blocks away at the TKTS booth. Afterward, catch a casual izakaya meal alongside in-the-know locals at the subterranean Sake Bar Hagi. Revel in the Old New York glamour of Grand Central Terminal over martinis at the speakeasy-style Campbell Apartment bar or dinner at the Grand Central Oyster Bar. Bryant Park, a short walk from the hotel, offers some welcome green space in the middle of Midtown. Depending on the time of year, you can ice-skate, catch an alfresco movie or challenge a local to chess or petanque.
How to Get There
Great boutique hotel. Personal and friendly. Very Clean. Rooms are compact but very comfortable. Hotel very clean. Wait staff friendly. Breakfast was good. I would recommend. I will definitely stay there again.
The front desk staff were efficient, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. When checking in we notified Frankie that we were traveling with a couple who was visiting New York for the first time and celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary. I asked if there was anything special the hotel could do for them and Frankie immediately offered to place a bottle of champagne and flutes in their room! In addition, when our friends checked into their room the AC wasn't working and Julianne the Desk Manager was nice enough to upgrade their room making their NYC experience and anniversary all the more special!
Our room on the 10th floor was quiet, well appointed, clean, comfortable and reasonably spacious for midtown and room rate. The location, on 45th Street between 6th & 7th, was amazing; just steps away from Time Square, all major Broadway theaters, Rockefeller Center, Radio City and subway stations to quickly go up and downtown to all must see sites, museums, parks, clubs, restaurants, etc. If you need help deciding what to do, how to get around or where to eat, be sure to ask the front desk staff, Frankie and Loida are always willing and happy to suggest options and help with details. We would definitely stay here again and/or recommend to others.
This is my 5th time staying at Grace, and it keeps getting better and better. Heavily design-oriented, especially appealing for young hip travelers. Since it's a Spanish chain, hospitality is the staff's priority. Location can't get any better: On one of the blocks of Times Square, and walking distance to all theatres. Not only gay-friendly, but very focused on diversity. The best part: It's THE cheapest hotel around. You won't get a better deal. I don't even look for other options anymore each time I travel to NYC.