The Bryant Park Hotel
What We Love
- Bryant Park location where NYC publishing, business and cultural elite converge
- Proximity to a bustling restaurant and nightlife scene — without added room noise
- Open bar for hotel guests weeknights from 5-6 p.m. at Cellar Bar
What To Know
- Free WiFi throughout the hotel
- Free valet parking for hotel guests on Friday and Saturday nights
- Fitness center is open 24 hours a day
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- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Though Fashion Week no longer unfolds at its doorstep (the Tents now go up in Lincoln Center), the Bryant Park Hotel has sought to maintain its glitterati vibe at the crossroads of this business and tourist friendly neighborhood. The once white-hot Asian restaurant Koi has chilled a bit with age, but its sexy atmosphere attracts romance-seeking night owls and magazine staffers sipping post-work cocktails. Cellar Bar lives on as a dark cave for late-night cocktails, frequently hosting fashion and culture industry events and the occasional after-party for the on-site screening room. Rooms are brighter and more serenely designed and come with sound machines.
In the Area
There’s always something cooking in Bryant Park, whether it be summer night movie screenings and carousel rides for the kids, or ice skating and holiday marketplace shopping come wintertime. Tourists will enjoy proximity to the beloved Stephen Schwarzman building of the New York Public Library (AKA the main branch) right outside, as well as Grand Central Terminal to the east and the Theater District to the west.
How to Get There
I have been to New York as a tourist and business traveller from London several times, and this is the only hotel in the city I have liked. It’s a really lovely hotel. It’s at the upper end of mid-range in pricing, and worth every cent (or penny). The rooms are spacious, well appointed and well maintained. Staff are friendly and helpful.
It’s in an architectural landmark building overlooking the compact Bryant Park - a short walk from Times Square, from the Broadway theatres, from Fifth Avenue, from the Rockefeller Center and from the Empire State Building. Bus and subway (metro) links across the city are excellent. There are lots of cafes nearby, but surprisingly few decent restaurants in the neighbourhood (although a short bus ride takes you to any of the city’s many eateries).
The only minor drawback is that, if you are travelling as a family, there is no real lounge area in the hotel - there is a cocktail bar but those under 21 are not admitted, and there is also a sophisticated and pricey Japanese restaurant.
This minor quibble apart, it’s a truly excellent hotel. I’d definitely come again. Highly recommended.
We celebrated our anniversary at the Bryant Park Hotel, which not only gave us a free bottle of sparkling wine but also kindly upgraded us to a corner room with a great view of the park and the surrounding area. The hotel is close to Hudson Yards, the High Line, and Central Park. The staff couldn't have been nicer and the free coffee in the morning was much appreciated.
The staff at this hotel is top notch. I was pampered and treated with great respect and care. The location is perfect for access to all the sightseeing tours as well as great shopping and dining opportunities. I’m definitely booking this hotel in my return trip.