What We Love
- Opened in spring 2015, the Gregory is the revamped and rebooted version of the original 1903 Hotel Gregorian and retains many of the building’s original features
- All 132 guestrooms have an elegant, masculine style in muted grays and midnight blues
- Mod cons include free WiFi and bath products by Apotheke, and King Rooms have dead-on views of the Empire State Building
- The lobby is part café (free coffee is served from 7 a.m. to 12 noon) and part cocktail bar (after 4 p.m.), and the next-door Brendan’s Bar and Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
What To Know
- The guestrooms are snug, but they use the space well
- Brendan’s Bar and Grill, a classic Midtown Irish-American pub adjacent to the lobby, serves as the hotel restaurant but does not supply room service
- Dogs under 50 pounds are welcome (one per room) for a $250 refundable deposit and a $50 fee
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
In the heart of New York’s Garment District, just blocks from Herald Square, the Empire State Building and Madison Square Garden, the Gregory Hotel reopened after a tip-to-toe revamp in spring 2015. Formerly the Gregorian, a historic New York property dating back to 1903, the Gregory now has a sleek but timeless interior style, a library-like lobby and 132 elegant guestrooms. The rooms are New York–snug but use the space well, done in unfussy white, gray and inky blue shades, with raised platform beds, leather-wrapped side tables and work desks. All of the rooms have flat-screen TVs, full-length mirrors and simple bathrooms that sport a cool NYC mix of white subway tile walls and black-and-white mosaics on the floors, as well as bespoke Apotheke amenities. Downstairs, the gorgeous, masculine lobby does double duty as the morning coffee shop between 7 a.m. and noon and a clubby lounge with a must-go cocktail happy hour beginning at 4 p.m. The hotel doesn’t have a restaurant as such, but Brendan’s Bar and Grill, right next door, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
In the Area
You’re just a short walk from all the restaurants, galleries and nightlife in Chelsea and the lights of the Times Square theater district. For a dose of retail therapy, take your plastic downtown to the Meatpacking District and hit Diane von Furstenberg’s flagship as well as such designer stores as Yigal Azrouël, Carlos Miele and Alexander McQueen. If you prefer culinary indulgence, head to Chelsea Market and gather picnic essentials among the cheesemongers, lobster purveyors, bakers and gelato makers before checking out the sunset views over the Hudson from the High Line, an elevated park.
How to Get There
My stay at The Gregory was very bad. Upon getting in to the room, which was very late at night due to a delayed flight, I immediately messaged my company's travel service to cancel the second night of my stay, and left at 6am the next day in order to relocate to another hotel. My room overall felt very grimy and made me uncomfortable to say the least. I am glad to say that the bedding itself was clean and I felt comfortable sleeping on the linens, though the mattress was very uncomfortable. There was chipping and water damaged areas on the clearly very old popcorn ceiling. The furniture was all scuffed and the lower section of the radiator cover was propped up on some old wood. The radiator began to clank so loudly in the middle of the night that I woke up at 3am (and then every 20-45 minutes) to what sounded like someone was being attacked with a metal pipe 6 inches from my head. The plastic baseboards were literally peeling off the walls. The carpet felt generally damp and matted. The bathroom was insanely small, with the toilet being installed so close to the wall that if you were to sit on the seat, your bare skin touches the wall. The inside of the windows were smudged and dirty. There was old plumbing fixture attachment points and valves sticking out of the bathroom wall next to the sink. The "DND" signage available for the room was an old embroidered mens neck tie, which maybe was seen as cheeky and modern 10 years ago but just felt gross in 2019. I routinely use hotel Do Not Disturb signs when I travel, as I don't need turn down every day as a solo traveler and I like to not waste the housekeepers time. The fact that the hotel is providing an unsightly necktie for me to place outside my door just comes off as incredibly tacky at best, and in the wake of #MeToo extremely very tone deaf. Though the front desk staff who checked me in was kind and gracious, there's nothing he could've done to make up for the room. It was absolutely awful.
The front of house staff in the lobby were mostly kind, but were not presentable in their dress. The gentleman's suit who checked me in was visibly dirty, the young woman who I believe was the bell staff was also a bit unkempt in both her dress and her hair. She was slouched over in a chair when I came in with my luggage and proceeded to interrupt the front desk agent as he was checking me in to shout that she was cold. It was very cold in the lobby, but that just seemed like an inopportune time to bring it up.
This is a boutique style hotel. Although the rooms are small, like most hotels in NYC, but this hotel was very clean. Beds very comfortable, good size bathroom. Front desk staff are friendly and helpful. Complimentary morning coffee in the restaurant. Excellent location! Would definitely return.
My sister and I have been staying at the Gregory Hotel twice a year, in all its name changes since 2005. There are many hotels to choose from in New York, but only the Gregory has the kind, professional, efficient staff who always go above and beyond to make our stay the best it can be. Yes the hotel is not slick and it has its quirky elements, but it is real. I can't say enough about the helpfulness and graciousness of the staff. We always feel like we are coming home each time we return to the Gregory. We are octogenarians and appreciate the safe neighborhood as we often walk down 35th from the subway station at midnight. And the convenience of the subway - just great. Kudos to the staff - they show what hospitality really is. Thanks to all of them.