What We Love
- Your Secret Hotel is a stylish luxe property near Grand Central and Bryant Park
- The library lounge’s extensive collection of single malt whiskeys
- Haute nouveau British fare in one restaurant, gastropub grub in the other
- Some rooms have spacious terraces, a rarity for New York hotels
What To Know
- You'll find out the name of the hotel 72 hours after the reservation is confirmed by the property
- Many rooms can be set up for long-term stays thanks to kitchenettes, spacious closets and extensive tech perks including Apple TV and sound systems
- Free WiFi
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- Free WiFi
Entering this stately stone mansion near Grand Central Terminal, you’d be hard pressed to say that this is a hotel. A dapper doorman welcomes you, directing you either to the cozy wood-paneled salon to your right, the stately library and whiskey bar to your left, or back to the stunning dining rooms of the haute-Brit restaurant, with its Wedgwood china and a Waterford crystal chandelier that once hung in Westminster Abbey. Tucked discreetly off to the side is a small door that obscures the elevator up to the guestrooms.
The elevator opens onto an entirely different scene, a Swinging ’60s riot of monochromatic design inspired by a series of abstract paintings. The luxe, loftlike pads feel almost like self-contained apartments thanks to mod seating areas, fully stocked kitchenettes with Nespresso machines, mini-fridges and two-burner convection stoves, and a full suite of tech amenities that help integrate your devices with the HD Smart TVs and sound systems. This tucked-away pied-à-terre feels like your little secret, the perfect hideaway in the middle of the city that never sleeps.
In the Area
Revel in the Old New York glamour of Grand Central Terminal over a martini at the speakeasy-style Campbell Apartment bar or over dinner at the Grand Central Oyster Bar. Or sample the excellent beer selection, from stouts to IPAs to cask-conditioned ales, at Ginger Man. 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 in the winter.
How to Get There
The William is in an ideal position to visit all of the New York sites you want to see, our room was comfortable and the Hotel staff were friendly and helpful. Unfortunately we were there at the same time as another recent reviewer and suffered the first 3 of our 6 days without hot water. This was for a reason outside of the hotels control and in fairness to them they offered a full refund so we could find an alternative hotel or they would arrange a discount and offered complimentary breakfasts and the use of showering facilities at a local gym (another New York adventure). We stayed and our compensation has been confirmed by Virgin Holidays.
Have to say that location wise you cannot fault the William, its a stones throw from the likes of Grand Central, Fifth Avenue, Time Square etc. What would have been nice on the ground level would have been a chill out area as this was all allocated to around 3 or four bar areas that we incredibly busy and loud.
Our biggest bone of contention though is the fact that we are now in the 3rd day of having no hot water and the management have no idea currently as to when this will be resolved. There is the option of walking a couple of blocks to a gyn to have a shower but you don't want to be doing this for the most basic of facilities.
The rooms are lovely and spacious although have to say that the bed is rather small for two people and when we got there the room was only setup for one person so not enough towels etc in the room and house service decided it was a good idea to deliver extra towels to use after 11pm at night when we were asleep
Centrally located comfy and stylish hotel,,close to many places of interest and restaurants.Friendly staff.Spacious room with balcony. Room well equipped. I believe we would stay again during our next visit
Our son arranged for us to spend his graduation week at The William Hotel in Manhattan last week. It was a great experience. The rooms were beautiful and large with a small kitchen. Staff were always friendly and professional. It is only a short walk to Radio City Music Hall were our son's graduation took place. We look forward to our next stay and highly recommend this modern, high quality hotel.
A lovely hotel in an excellent location in Manhattan.
The rooms are modern and comfortable with toiletries (l'occitaine), and there is a complimentary coffee in the morning as well as tea and coffee in the room.
The hotel gives you passes for the gym down the road as well.
The Raines Law Rooms cocktail bar is highly rated and was a lovely experience with unusual cocktails on offer. The Shakespeare Pub was also a fab little piece of Britain in NYC.
There are excellent places to eat near the hotel including the whole dining concourse at Grand Central as well as some great diners. Broadway and other attractions are nearby - easy to walk to.
We got there easily (and for only 7.25 each way) via Air train, then E to Lexington and 53rd and then walked - it's 14 blocks and we managed with luggage, but that's up to you to decide on!
Would definitely recommend.