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 had a great time at the W Hotel Downtown. Typical NYC hotel small but friendly staff. Walking distance to new WTC, Westfield Mall and Eataly - loved their gelato! Small park nearby, and close to tourist attractions in the lower Manhattan and Financial District area. We were in the 16th for corner room nice view.
Where to start, the rooms are old, musty and very tiny. The bathroom is incredibly small and poorly lit. There is little to no privacy from the bathroom to the bedroom. The “full size” mirror is in the closet and again, the lighting is so bad in this room I had to use my iPhone as a flashlight to do my makeup for the evening. The elevators are a huge hassle. You have to take 2 separate sets just to get to the hotel room floors. The noise from the hallways was as if there was no wall or door separating your bed from the guests walking down the hall. The bar terrace was closed for no apparent reason the entire 2 days we stayed, even under perfect weather (which is the whole reason we booked this hotel). Very disappointed. The W brand should be ashamed. The only thing going for this hotel is the Starbucks located across the street in the Marriot hotel building and the bed was comfortable.
Beautiful hotel two steps to WTC and surroundings. .
We stayed at 8th floor with the magnificent day and night view of WTC.
The lobby is very stylish and has balcony - again with the view.
The check in and out was a breeze and receptionists are very friendly.
The room is big enough and beautifully designed (the design looks like sixties which I love). We stayed at "Spectacular Room, Room, 2 Double Beds, View, Tower - Spectacular Double"
Also we didn't here any noise from outside whatsoever
They offering some snacks and water - obviously for the price, but you can grab some free water in the lobby.
Bottom line: We loved it and would stay again.