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.
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We have stayed 5 nights. At first , the room we have was not great . But the wonderful Spanish Fatima from the front desk did all the efforts to make us happy. She changed our room and everyday checked if we pleased . She is most valuable employee for this hotel, no doubt.
The breakfast is good . The rest of the staff were also helpful .
The location is great, just a couple of blocks from Times Square, perfect for first time visitors to NYC. The rooms were clean and well kept, and the staff were welcoming and friendly.
I would give the hotel 3,5 if I could, because the pool on the ground floor makes everything unbearably humid. The air conditioner dealt with the humidity in our room after a few hours, so we could live with it for a week, but the rest of the hotel is very, very humid.
We booked the "Grace Suite" because we had our 18 month old with us for our week vacation in NYC. We love the Room Mate Chain of hotels in Europe and we wish there were more in the US. The only issue we had was that they didn't have a highchair for breakfast, even after we requested one. BUT they did have a crib for us for the room, so we thought that was a bit odd. They could've gone to a restaurant next door and asked to borrow one for 7 days or something. Instead it was a challenge for us every morning. But as far as the customer service and the room goes everything was amazing. We really enjoyed our stay.
Had a great stay at Roommate Grace. Located a block away from Times Square. Lots of restaurants nearby, easy walk to Theatres and subways. We payed extra for the breakfasts and definitely worth the money. Our favorite was the heated pool and sauna after walking all day. Room was small but adequate, only complaints was the platform around the bed made it hard getting in and out of. Also there was no privacy when you showered, no shower curtain and glass shower was open to room. Go next door to Hyatt bar on the 54th floor for fantastic views of the city without the crowds of Empire State Building.
We returned to this hotel having stayed four nights last August. Another great stay - the hotel is spotlessly clean, staff are friendly and helpful, and you couldn’t beat the location, steps from Times Square. I doubt I would stay anywhere else in NYC now, highly recommended.