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Very Good 2023 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Free coffee, fresh fruit and coffee cake in the lounge from 7 to 10 am
  • In-the-know staff rolls out the red carpet for guests
  • Sweet Midtown location steps from Carnegie Hall, MoMA and Central Park
  • Free WiFi

What To Know

  • There’s no gym, but guests can use the free fitness center at sister hotel Ameritania, a block away
  • On-site dining is replaced with room service, and the friendly staff can make reservations at the area’s best restaurants
  • Parking is $25 per day for cars and $35 per day for SUVs in the garage conveniently located next to the hotel

Amenities

  •  Eco friendly
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Room Service
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Overview

Artsy boutique sleep with contemporary style, top notch service and a prime Midtown perch

The Look

Quirky ultramodern digs inspired by 1950s art and design. The lobby has a clubby throwback feel with leather armchairs and polished wood walls topped with a wink thanks to electric yellow ceilings and a graphic print border. Zebra carpets and primary colored wallpaper printed with floor-to-ceiling picture frames set a whimsical tone in the hallways.

Bed and Bath

The 37 guestrooms are less eccentric, styled in toned down charcoal and grey hues with pops of color (thanks to mod red chairs) and pattern (the dotted carpets reference modernist icons Charles and Ray Eames). Tufted white leather headboards hover above pillowy beds dressed in Belgian linens and houndstooth throws. Sleek slate bathrooms come equipped with rainfall showers, stainless steel appliances and C.O. Bigelow products.

Beyond

Curl up on a funky zebra-print chair or chrome-colored sofa with a cup of java, some fresh fruit and coffee cake served daily at the second-floor lounge. After the morning pick-me-up, work on that fitness routine at the free gym a block away in sister hotel, Ameritania. The supreme staff has service down to an art and can give you the insider scoop on the best eats and must-sees.

In the Area

Pay tribute to the hotel’s design theme by checking out the galleries at the Museum of Modern Art. Next, wander through the exhibits at the Museum of Arts and Design, then stroll across the street to Columbus Circle and Central Park for a breath of fresh air. Those more musically inclined should catch a show at Carnegie Hall, a few short blocks from the hotel. Wrap up by tasting your way through the wealth of foodie favorites in the neighborhood, including the swoon-worthy swine at BarBacon gastropub, Brasserie Cognac’s classic French fare, McGee’s Irish bar (the model for How I Met Your Mother), and Frank Sinatra’s signature spot, Patsy’s Italian Restaurant.

How to Get There

The Moderne
243 W 55th St
New York, NY 10019 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 2023 Reviews
Perfect hotel in Manhattan
Reviewed 5 hours ago

Fantastic hotel in fantastic location: 5 minutes walk to Central park. 8 minutes walk to Times Square. 5 minutes walk to several Subways lines. easy access if arrive from/to JFK or Penn station.
The hotel have only 8 floors.The King size bed rooms located on the back and the Suites at the front. mine was on the 4th and was very nice and very quiet.
Rooms at the back have no view, but who cares.You came to travel the city, not to seat near the window.
The hotel's corridors are designed with special colors.
The front desk staff are very friendly and helpful. They offered me a late check out (on 1:00 pm) which was awesome as I could check out and go straight to the airport.
The room maid, Beatrize, did a great job and was very nice.
Great value for money.

Just perfect
Reviewed 12 hours ago

We stayed at the Moderne Hotel for 6 days for our elopement wedding and it was perfect

We were given a complimentary room upgrade on arrival and nothing was too much trouble for the many staff we encountered.

The rooms are comfortable, super clean and the hotel is in a perfect location for getting out and about.

It's an absolute gem and if we're lucky enough to return to NYC it would definitely be to stop here again.

Thankyou.....your staff are all a credit to you

A Hotel With a Heart
Reviewed 1 day ago

I stayed at the Moderne for two nights because a family member was having surgery at NY Presbyterian Hospital. Both the Moderne and the Ameritania are perfect for this type of stay because of their proximity to the A Express Subway. When I needed to extend my stay for additional night, the Moderne had no availabilty. Robbie at the front desk of the Moderne was kind, helpful, and sympathetic to what was going on with me. He told me he would figure something out. He did everything he could to keep me at the Moderne, but he could not. He did, after numerous calls to management, arrange for a room at the Ameritania - only one block away. He was so apologetic about the move to the other hotel and told me he would take care of moving my luggage. Robbie told me to take care of my family and he would take care of me, and he did. Robbie along with Cesar Arriaga from the Ameritania went above and beyond to help me during a stressful and difficult time. Not only did they arrange for me to have a room when both hotels were totally booked, but they also always asked how my family was doing and how I was doing. Robbie and Cesar turned an upsetting and difficult experience into one of compassion and empathy. The rooms were wonderful, clean and comfortable. Both the Moderne and the Ameritania are hotels with hearts because of the kindness of the staff - Robbie and Cesar thank you.

Decent enough, with fantastic location, but claustrophobic
Reviewed 3 days ago

We stayed at the Moderne for several days, and ended up with mixed feelings about it. The tl;dr is that the staff were personable and accommodating, and the accommodations were clean but claustrophobic and somewhat ill-conceived.

The general feeling we had when first finding our room was one of claustrophobia. The lobby is small, the hallways feel like they're closing in on you, and the rooms themselves are crowded and tiny. The décor is modern I suppose -- but not aesthetically-pleasing to us. In particular, the wallpaper in the hallways is hideous. But it was the physical size of things that we were constantly aware of.

Perhaps "tiny" is standard for Manhattan hotel rooms (although we didn't feel this way in the Westin Times Square a few years ago). It really did pose a problem. It was hard to find surfaces to put things on, particularly in the bathroom. If you, say, have toiletries that you want to set down as you step up to the sink, the only real place for anything is either on the toilet (yuck), or on the tiny shelf above the toilet ... although the latter only works for a few small items, and the mirror is a bit in the way, and the shelf is positioned so that if anything falls off its precarious perch, it falls into the toilet (yuckier).

There were small nighttables, a modest desk (partly consumed by a mini-bar), and a chest of drawers that we didn't use. If you travel lightly and don't need to juggle stuff, perhaps it would not bother you at all.

In our case, the one window in the room faced a close-by brick wall, such that even during a bright sunny day, hardly any light filtered in. That contributed to the claustrophobic feeling.

One the positive side, the staff were very engaging, helpful, and warm. There were no staff issues whatsoever. The room and hotel seemed clean and reasonably well-maintained. The location is fantastic. There is a [small] Guest Lounge that is handy if you arrive early or leave late, and offers some free tea/coffee etc. The Lounge also offers complimentary pound cake in the morning. Do not mistake pound cake for breakfast, even continental. While it's nice to be offered anything for free, I felt a little sad looking at a lonely plate of thinly-sliced pound cake.

Setting aside the size of our guest room, I don't understand why hotel room designers are so bad at their job. It's not just the Moderne; we've seen many of these problems at other hotels, including the upscale St. Regis on Kauai. I find myself wondering if hotel designers and furnishers ever stay in their own hotels. What follows are some of the issues we encountered.

The bed was a nice size, but the bed frame was larger than the mattress, projecting out perhaps an extra 6 inches (?) in the front of the bed. Since the mattress cover was white, and the bed frame and carpet were dark, we initially kept walking smack into the frame. I jammed my foot against it about five times before we learned to put bright objects on the frame so we'd remember it was there.

There were four little bottles in the shower (Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash...). The person who designs these bottles must be someone who has excellent eyesight, able read 9-point colored (not black) text on a white background while taking a shower. For those of us who need reading glasses (and don't shower with them on), these bottles are impossible to tell apart. Why they can't print a big letter or logo on the bottle to make it possible to distinguish them is a deep mystery. The shower in the bathroom was decent, but there is zero privacy for two people using the bathroom simultaneously, and if you open the bathroom door, the person taking the shower is on display to anyone else in the room.

On the sink, the little bar soap sat in a soap dish designed with no thought to drainage. The soap would sit in a little puddle of water until, after one day, it was a gooey mess. Apart from being a little disgusting, hand-washing took longer than necessary and wasted water, since the soap would shed pieces onto our hands, and it took effort to rid our hands of the excess soap. There is always the option of just touching the soap gently to get some on your hands, but for hygiene it's best to rinse off the soap after hand-washing, and that requires picking up the blob and even more rinsing.

The room was also deficient in hooks, which can help compensate for a small hotel room. Being able to hang up clothes, towels, umbrellas, bags, et al. would have helped. There seemed to be sufficient wall space to add a few hooks in our room. I suppose we could have used the closet for some of that, but it's a bit less convenient, and who wants to hang a wet towel in a closet to dry?

There was no nightlight in the room, or the bathroom. The bedside alarm clock could be a nightlight, but it was so bright that we had to cover it up. We had a choice of either being able to see the time during the night, or sleeping in darkness. With no nightlight in the bathroom, we had to either navigate very carefully, or turn the lights on, but they were too bright to put on during a nighttime trip to the loo.

The ventilation system was loud, but at least we had the luxury of turning it off, because the thermostat worked. I forgot to check to see whether there was a "low" setting that might have been quieter.

There was one of those tiny safes in the room, literally on the floor of the closet. We would have had to scrunch down to use it. I love nothing better than a close encounter with hotel room carpets to give me that fresh, clean feeling!

The TV worked, except for the Guide feature, so we couldn't see which channels were which, or what was on at the moment.

Would we stay at the Moderne again? If we needed the location, and it was a short visit, and we came prepared for the room's shortcomings, and the price was right, then Yes. Otherwise, we'd want to try out other hotels.

great place
Reviewed 4 days ago

wonderful staff, clean , modern, well designed and comfortable rooms. Great location, convenient to midtown, Central Park, Times square and transportation. Staff is very helpful and friendly and capable. Terrific little place.