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
We spent a weekend at this hotel and were extremely pleased. They were very attentive and responsive to our needs. The rooms are spacious with an unbelievable view of the 9-11 Memorial and the new World Trade Center. It was very easy to hop in a taxi for a quick ride to mid-town. Highly recommended !
Stayed here as part of our one year wedding anniversary.
Hotel is in a great location for exploring lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.
The first thing you are presented with is the restaurant being closed, which is evidently opening soon. This is a big drawback as there is no food in the hotel or room service beyond very basic room temperature items, which feels very sub-par for a W.
Lobby is visually stunning, and all staff is lovley and very accomodating. The woman at the front desk was great and when I mentioned it was our anniversary- she took my keys back, made some adjustements and gave us a great room with a view of the world trade site with very cool window seating built in. So nice of her.
Housekeeping staff in hall was excited to welcome us and gave us some free water bottles, which is always a nice touch.
The room had a great view and bed was very comfy. Most W's I've stayed in have had some kind of ambient or indirect lighting and this one seemed like it should, but room was quite dark at night even with lights on.
The bathroom is the saddest part of this experieince. I don't think the whole hotel has been renovated since it opened, but you can only tell in the bathroom and the hallways on guest floors. It has no counter space, and the shower, which should have a rainfall head and be lush, was weak in water pressure and kind of had an odd smell. Very dissapointing.
Guest hallways were scratched up and felt more like a sad Sheraton than anything else.
Due to staff I gave four stars as the hard product isn't their fault. Hopefully a reno is coming soon.
One last thought is my worry about the W Hotels brand. What was once a vibrant brand with personality and quirkiness has kind of turned into what feels like a drunk party girl vibe judging by the lobby and such. It feels to have lost is place amongst some stronger brands in Marriott's portfolio like Edition and AC... Hope she can find her way again.
Stayed here recently for 3 nights on a business trip. 420 bucks a night for a small room. No restaurant or breakfast facilities and the last evening an event meant no bar either. Although close to the office, for that price I expected far more. Not recommended and will not stay there again.