The Marlton Hotel
What We Love
- Breakfast—Greek yogurt, pastries, avocado toast—is included
- Aperitifs by the fireplace when it's chilly out
- Being steps away from all the fun of the Village
What To Know
- As always in NYC, rooms are compact
- The lobby can get so full with the laptop crowd it can be difficult to find a seat
- Free WiFi
- No room service, but you can order delivery from nearby restaurants
Elegant, old-fashioned, atmospheric: these are bywords at Marlton House, which feels like the brownstone of a classy friend who loves monogrammed, high-thread-count sheets and wood-burning fires. Rooms here are beautiful, with crown moldings and oak herringbone floors, but they’re tiny. Still, the location is so central you won’t be spending much time in them, though you will want to hang out in the lobby, with its wood paneling and leather chairs, and in the bar, which is so timelessly beautiful you’ll find yourself snapping photos while the ice melts in your (lovingly crafted) cocktail. Being a guest bumps you to the head of the list for a table at the hotel restaurant, Margaux, which has a Parisian bistro feel with a Cali-inspired menu that’s heavy on kale and salsa verde as well as handmade pastas and artisanal cheeses. The sun room is the perfect spot for a leisurely lunch with a bottle of white.
In the Area
Snugly tucked into the heart of Greenwich Village, this hotel is exquisitely positioned for exploring New York on foot (though it’s just a couple of minutes from several subway stops). Caffeinate first: there’s a Stumptown Coffee Roasters just down the block and the cute, sunny Third Rail café on the other side of Washington Square Park. The Park itself is terrifically accessible, just a block away, and good for a jog, too (the hotel has no gym). Make time for happy hour at Analogue, a wine and cocktail bar across the street that also offers lively cocktail-making classes. If you prefer beer, Arts & Crafts Beer Parlor is steps away, and it’s for die-hard hops enthusiasts: think 24 beers on tap and extremely knowledgeable staff. High-end shopping on Fifth Avenue is 10 minutes from the hotel, but the quirky boutiques of the Village are closer and more fun. Or save your money for a dinner at Blue Hill, a townhouse with a much-lauded New American menu of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, and a spectacular wine list from artisanal producers.
How to Get There
There were so many good things about The Marlton Hotel that it's just a shame that the room was so bad! Let's start with the good, and there's a lot to cover: the staff was great: friendly, efficient, professional and ready to help; the restaurant served me a great meal accompanied by a very nice Pinot Noir; the wait staff, housekeeping and bartender were terrific; the eclectic lobby area was buzzing with guests and patrons from morning to late night which made the area quite exciting and fun; the physical structure is kind of interesting as it is a converted college dorm; and, the best thing that happened for me was that my room was available early. Everything was perfect until I got to the room. For a business traveler it was a nightmare. The really small room consisted of a bed and TV- no chair, no desk and absolutely no light- they must use 25 watt bulbs, no tissues and no clock. Yes it was clean and there were slippers, a robe and an in-room bar but the room can't compare with other hotels in the same price range. There's only 1 elevator that takes forever, the hallways are skinny and dark, West 8th Street is exceptionally noisy all night long; and, there's no business center. The scary thing was that on check-out I mentioned that the room wasn't to my liking and the desk clerk that he was shocked because my room was "the best room in the hotel". Although he welcomed me back-I'll never return unless I want to go for a drink or dinner.
Bed was only furniture in room, no where to sit or put away luggage. Rooms like this show how ridiculous some NYC hotels are becoming. Don’t bother staying here unless you like Tiny accommodations and barely enough room to walk around bed.
Also had a blinking light above bed that kept me up all night...ok for JFK but not my tiny room....
Small but gorgeous rooms, great breakfast and heaps of old world charm, but the communal space just doesn’t work as a hotel. The lobby is completely open to external guests, so you have zero chance of being able to have a drink in the cocktail bar at night (despite it saying on the tables that guests get preference), or a seat to have a coffee in the afternoon. We were waiting 20 minutes for a taxi after checking out, and all 4 of us were stood up with our bags while being tutted at by a heaving lobby of non-guests with their MacBook pros and comfy chesterfield sofas. Gutting that there is all this gorgeous space that you can’t enjoy. This needs to be a hotel first and foremost to their $250 a night guests, and a WeWork overflow second. That said, great location. Okay first time experience but won’t stay again.
The Marlton is a small and hip establishment close by Washington Square in NYC.
The Reception was old fashioned with wooden checkin counter and keys in pigeon holes. The keys,however, were electronic and opened the room door but failed to operate the lift on more than one occasion. In fact it was not unusual to step into the lift and find a fellow traveller experiencing key difficulties.
The rooms are small, as advertised. They are very well appointed with the most luxuriously comfortable beds, pillows and linen. The bathrooms are well sized and the products provided are superb with towels and bath robe soft and fluffy.
Breakfast was included and it was simple good food served in the hotel restaurant .., excellent value.
The Marlton has a lounge bar, bar and a coffee bar as well as the restaurant. The lounge bars tended to be very crowded with non-hotel guests at all hours of the day. Now that might be acceptable if the accomodation was spacious and one could retire to the comfort of a good size room. As this is not the case the hotels public rooms were a necessity ... guests had no priority and I felt this to be a major flaw.
I loved this hotel. Built in 1900 renovated in 2013 but maintains old world charm. Rooms are small but very clean and comfortable. Staff was super friendly and eager to please! I honestly dont know if we could last a week in the small room but for a weekend or 3 or 4 days its doable. I will definitely go back.