The Gotham Hotel
What We Love
- Home-away-from-home vibe and stellar Midtown views from most rooms
- Only three or four rooms or suites per floor, which means limited foot traffic and noise
- Popular with the business crowd for its friendly staff and homey apartment building–style lobby
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What To Know
- There’s no gym, but the Gotham gives out free day passes to Equinox
- This is a nonsmoking hotel except on rooms’ private terraces
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In a skinny black and gray tower on 46th Street between Madison and Fifth avenues, the stylish Gotham Hotel is a popular business sleep during the week and Midtown crash pad for city trippers and sightseers on the weekend. The petite lobby has a homey vibe, with simple white marble slabs on the walls, clubby walnut paneling, a small seating area and a welcoming staff; the atmosphere is more apartment building lobby than business hotel. Hidden out of view from passing foot traffic is the Wolfgang Steakhouse.
Bed and Bath
The Gotham has just 66 guestrooms, and its skinny footprint means there is a maximum of four rooms per floor. Those at the front of the building give up some square footage for floor-to-ceiling windows and street views, while guestrooms at the back have foyer areas and private terraces. Interiors have a sleek, masculine look, with buttery leather chairs, white marble-topped work desks and warm wood furnishings. Stacks of hardback books give a nod to the Gotham Book Mart, which once stood at this address. All rooms have minibars, free WiFi, Bluetooth speaker systems and spacious marble bathrooms (showers only) are stocked with Molton Brown products.
There’s no gym, but the hotel provides passes to Equinox.
In the Area
You’re just a quick taxi ride from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney, and the Museum of Modern Art is just a short stroll. Make MoMA your last stop and cap off your day with the bold French-American fare at the Modern restaurant. Take a nighttime stroll through Times Square, only a few blocks away, to feel the crazy neon energy (you’re in Midtown, after all, and every tourist has to do it). Afterward, revel in the Old New York glamour of the grand speakeasy-style Campbell Apartment, a haute cocktail lounge tucked into Grand Central Terminal.
How to Get There
The Gotham Hotel is the perfect hotel for NYC, centrally located, beautiful atmosphere and spacious rooms. Julian Emanuel, manager, is truly one of the most amazing people you will ever meet. He went way above and beyond for us and made our stay the best we have ever had in New York. The rest of the Hotel team are equally as wonderful. Everyone was highly customer focused, friendly, and helpful. They too went out of there way for us. The rooms are spacious and really beautifully appointed. I cannot recommend this beautiful boutique hotel enough. I will never stay anywhere else in NYC!
I read some of the negative reviews, so I didn't know what to expect, but it was a great stay. The room was good size by New York standards and nicely furnished with everything I needed: King-sized comfortable bed, large flat-screen TV with hundreds of channels, sleek bathroom, bright with windows on two sides as it was a corner (I think all of the rooms are like this. There is a large shared balcony with a table and chairs and a view over 46th street below. There was only one other guestroom on my floor and I never saw anyone else, so it was like having a large balcony to myself in addition to the small private balcony in the room (This one faced the dark inner courtyard of other towers behind so there wasn't much to look at, but it was nice to have it). It was very quiet in terms of other guests, but the large fans from the buildings behind are quite noisy and midtown rumbles as you would expect from dawn to dusk.
The location is awesome, possibly too much in the heart of midtown. A half block from 5th ave and a couple of blocks from Grand Central station it is a great spot if you want to be in the heart of the action. Times Square is a short 5 minute walk away. Some staff were indifferent, others friendly, but they were helpful when needed. The only real cons were that it might not be a good place for younger kids because of the easily accessible balconies. With light chairs that could easily be pushed and climbed on, there is a 20 or whatever storey drop and the door to the outside could be opened by a small child. Otherwise it was a clean, and secure hotel. Its is not 5 star and you will notice little things like the toilet does not flush right away (you have to hold the handle for 5 seconds), they didn't have those little complementary extras like bottled water, and the temp control on the water was finicky, but overall I was very happy with my visit. Also, there is a fantastic deli/lunch/breakfast bar right next door.
I would stay again.
We really liked our recent 5-night stay at this hotel. The Hotel staff, from Reception to Doormen to Housekeeping were all excellent. Tina, at the front desk, was a real standout and went our of her way to help us enjoy our visit. Our room was large (by NY standards) and fairly priced. Breakfast is not included.
The hotel's location was perfect for us. It is away from the tourist crowds and noise of Times Square but not a difficult walk to quickly go there. It is within steps of the shopping on 5th Avenue. Grand Central Station is a 10-minute walk where you can find great food and convenient connections to the subway. We would definitely go back to The Gotham on our next visit.
PSA!!! IF ANYONE IS THINKING ABOUT VISITING NYC NEVER STAY AT THE GOTHAM HOTEL!!! Last week on Monday, March 4, 2019, my friend and i stayed at the Gotham hotel for a week. We checked reviews and pictures online beforehand and nothing gave us a bad feeling about booking our stay with them. We arrive at the hotel to check in early and they tell us our room won’t be ready until 3pm (standard procedure not the issue). After we return to the hotel we get ready to sleep and pull the comforters back to find urine and blood stains everywhere on the blanket!!! We took our complaints to the assistant manager (the general manager avoided us during our entire visit) and they moved us into a higher room the next day but we were still forced to sleep in the same room until they could get the second room ready. We told the staff we appreciate being moved but even that room wasn’t clean. Well we finally come into contact with the general manager this morning ,March 14th, almost a full week later and she basically goes on record to call us a liar and insisted on not compensating us for the horrible and gruesome experience on the first night. The view is also not what they promote online!
This is a wonderful place I'm so happy me and my husband chose to stay here. Check in process was very fast and friendly. The front desk lady Cynthia that attended us was very helpful, and very sweet. It was my first time in the city and everything was perfect. The rooms were clean and spacious. Beautiful design. Everything was close by, and very convenient. I will be back to stay here again.