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
- 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
Just checked out of this fabulous hotel, had a brilliant time. I know some reviews have commented about the size of rooms. We found ours to have plenty enough room for us two and ample storage and although the platform around the bed could be hard to navigate for less mobile people or the elderly, we enjoyed the quirky feel of the room a lot. It had almost an apartment feel and it added to the trip just to sit on the bed with a book with the backdrop of a rainy NYC in the window - fabulous!! Perfect central base for all the touristy stuff you want and for walking around. GORGEOUS helpful, lovely staff. Great value for money and having stayed in various NY hotels over the years including the Waldorf Astoria back in the day, this is now by far my favourite visit. Highly recommend :)
This is our second time doing two nights at the Room Mate Grace a block and a half off of Times Square, and we will be staying every one of our thrice yearly trips to Manhattan.
The rooms are small, that's the trade-off, but for fifteen a night we upgraded to a standard king and found it more than sufficient - still for a cost of less than 275 a night... and for our end of January trip coming up, the price will be under 175 a night, how can you beat it?
Then there is the hotel itself, which is luxurious in its appointments, and wonderfully quiet amidst the NYC hubbub.
Lastly, I must mention the staff who are always genuinely cheerful and helpful, from the front desk to the people courteously dropping off your ice bucket, to, well, everyone.
I want to mention one person especially, Pearson, a wise gentlemen who found me seated on a bench in front of the delightful if small pool (there's also a large sauna) because I'd thought it opened earlier than it did. Though there was a half hour left to opening, he changed his own schedule, opened the pool, supplied it with towels and such, and favored me with a few minutes of wise and enjoyable conversation, being, like myself, of some years.
All I can say is Room Mate Grace encapsulates everything we come to New York City for...
Loved this hotel, the rooms are very spacious with massive beds and a nice wet room. They also very clean and well maintained.
The location is superb being surrounded by 2 Irish bars and a 100 yard walk to the centre of Times Square.
Would highly recommend.
My pre-teen son and I went on a mother son trip to NYC and I wanted to stay in Times Square for the sights and sounds. Took a chance on the Roommate Grace Hotel and boy did we luck out! Loida and Frankie at the front desk were so kind, attentive and super helpful with tips and locations in the city. Always a smile on their faces and willing to go the extra mile by listening and helping. The hotel is right next store to a great Irish Pub and within a quick walk to Times Square, Rockefeller Center, 5th Avenue and Central Park. We only took an Uber to Pier 83 and back due to the cold; and then again to the airport. Other than that, everything was well within walking distance. The rooms are super cute, sophisticated decor and comfortable beds. Our bathroom on the 13th floor (1302) was very large and the king bed was very comfy with two huge windows. We didn’t swim, nor do the breakfast but lovely options. This is one boutique hotel that won’t dissapoint! We will definitely be back!
Stayed here for 2 nights with 2 other adults and my 4yo niece. We just wanted a central place to get some rest in and explore. Staff reception was ‘ok’, nothing special, pool tiny. They got rid of all of our water bottles when cleaning the room which as you can imagine is very annoying with a child to take care of. We could feel a cold draft coming from the windows, we let the reception know- they just came to our room and put the temperature up to boiling conditions, the draft was still not fixed! One of the reading lights wouldn’t switch off, we had to sleep with the light on the whole night. We complained about the light the next day, their answer? To push some paper in the light as a make shift solution!!!
With such fierce hotel competition in NYC, I would struggle to justify staying here again! It’s basic at best!