W New York – Downtown
What We Love
- Complimentary coffee and tea in the lobby in the mornings
- Bathrooms in the lobby are, progressively, gender-neutral
- Free headphones are provided at the fitness center, in case you forgot yours at home
What To Know
- There’s a fee for WiFi (waived for SPG members)
- None of the rooms have bathtubs, just showers
- Ask for an upper-story room facing 1 World Trade Center for the best views
- There are two elevator rides between the street and the rooms
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
This limestone and glass hybrid in the heart of Manhattan’s Financial District is, expectedly, home to plenty of Wall Street denizens, so it’s got lots of conveniences: a well-equipped gym, work spaces in the rooms, and a lounge with an outdoor terrace that’s perfect for getting some fresh air without having to hit the streets. The chic fifth-floor bar has an eye-catching ceiling installation made from thousands of LED lights that reflect off the black granite floors; the cool atmosphere and open-air seating draw a crowd, especially on weekends when DJs spin. The rooms are efficiently designed, with almost no moveable furniture, white walls, and the occasional pop of color, while the bathrooms, as in all W hotels, are fully stocked with Bliss products, rainforest showers, and plush bathrobes. Not to mention those views of the shiny new 1 World Trade Center, which are spectacular.
In the Area
In a neighborhood more thronged with businesspeople than tourists, the W is a good choice for anyone headed to Wall Street, the Stock Exchange, or 1 World Trade Center—though sightseers who hate to be surrounded by other tourists will also find this a handy base. Battery Park, with 25 acres of greenery, bike paths, and river views, is a half-mile stroll south—head there for views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, as well as ferry access to both. The area is heavy with chain restaurants and upscale dining establishments that cater to busy/networking finance workers, but a half-mile stroll south brings you to The Dead Rabbit, whose standout cocktails and gussied-up pub grub have earned it the coveted title of “World’s Best Bar” for consecutive years. Access to the rest of Manhattan couldn’t be easier; there are a dozen subways stops within ten minutes’ walk.
How to Get There
Nice New York hotel. Great view of the world trade center and the financial district. Small rooms, but that's pretty typical in New York. The hotel restaurant is under renovation which is kind of disappointing. Also, the concierge was very helpful, and check in with Roxy was a breeze she’s very friendly and helpful. Will definitely stay again!
I have stayed at this place several times. It amazes me that the restaurant is constantly closed year after year. Reception is as cold as the decor. Do not expect any requests to be honored. My "spectacular" room smelled musty and was tired and sorely in need of a refreshing-like an old Fairfield Inn. There are plenty of nearby hotels for the same price or less that are way more appealing than this hotel.
Hard to get too excited about a hotel with rooms a small as the W downtown. Always a concern with the W brand, this location is a particular problem.
The staff are normally pretty nice but the location makes it hard to find cabs and isn't ideal for anything other than downtown business.