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
What a lovely clean friendly place to stay. We stayed 5 nights in March and had a wonderful time and a great experience at the hotel. Lovely pool, lovely rooms and lovely staff. Thank you room mate Grace for a lovely time. Very well situated for everything too. Beds were extremely comfortable. Room and hotel very clean.
Don’t be fooled by the photos. Their Booking.com and Expedia pics were probably taken 10 years ago. This place is now a worn out and tired looking version of its previous self.
The one positive thing i have to comment on is the staff. We found them to be friendly and helpful at all times. We did however feel let down by the bar staff, who seemed to treat their domain as more of a social between their own friends. The advertised “swim up bar” is an outright lie. Yes you can swim up to the back window of the bar... but knock or stare all you want... you ant getting served unless you dry yourself off, walk round to the front of the bar, interrupt the gossiping barmaid who will look at you like you just stamped on her pet hamster. Then, just maybe, you’ll get a drink.
The room we had was on the top floor. Air con utterly useless. A bed that slopes to one side. Zero storage space for the smaller things.. ie no drawers or side cabinets. No master light control... yep, it’s time to go round and switch off 6 or 7 lights individually each night. And to top it all off, the one time that we decided to used the television to watch a film, the damn thing kept shutting itself off randomly every few minutes for no apparent reason.
This could be a great hotel again. Location was very good, if a little noisy (even at the top floor) . But some thought needs to be put in to giving it a facelift.
Me and my husband stayed here for the second time at the start of March. A lovely boutique hotel in the best location just steps from times square. The staff are friendly and efficient and the hotel has a great heated swimming pool, perfect for relaxing after a cold day walking the streets of Manhattan.
The rooms are small but bed is a good size and very comfy and shower is amazing. The room we stayed in 1004 had a pillar in the middle of it though which was quite awkward and a few more lights in the room would help too because there was no main light above the bed, just lights above the bed.
WiFi is fast and you can also borrow a portable WiFi device for out and about which is very handy.
Really enjoyed our stay and no doubt will return.
We booked this hotel out of a choice of many and it didn’t disappoint. The hotel is perfectly situated and the rooms clean and tidy. We had breakfast in the hotel as we found the choice excellent and you could choose what you wanted and the staff were very helpful. Eating breakfast out the portions were far too big for us so the hotel was perfect for what we wanted. Thoroughly recommend.
This was our 2nd trip to New York city and our first time at this hotel. And WOW. We were so impressed.
I chose this hotel when planning a surprise trip for my husband's 30th birthday.
The front desk staff Loida and Frankie were so friendly and helpful. Frankie helped us with our trip to Brooklyn to walk over the bridge. Our room was gorgeous. Clean with everything we needed. Bathroom was lovely I especially liked the shower. And bed was comfortable which makes things even better.
As a personal touch I had asked to have a card written our for my husband's birthday. The manager also added a complimentary bottle of bubbly!!
On a rainy day we made the most of the pool and sauna. Which was a really lovely change from the busy city, I chose this hotel for the pool as I liked the idea of something a bit different on a rainy day.
We included the breakfast in our stay. Breakfast was delicious. A large selection of hot and cold foods and a coffee machine to use as much as you liked.
We will definitely be recommending this hotel to friends and hope to stay here again when we visit New York in future.