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
- 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
I had a very enjoyable stay this past weekend at the W Downtown! I was in town for a wedding in Brooklyn and the location was excellent for everything I wanted to do. It was quick walk to the Freedom Tower, Oculus, Eataly, and plenty of shopping. It was also pretty conveniently located to Tribeca, Soho, and Little Italy and easy to catch a cab. We had a corner room and the views were lovely! The bed was very comfortable and the staff was helpful and accommodating. I called down for additional water bottles and slippers and they were delivered in a very timely manner. I also appreciated the free coffee in the morning and Photo Booth! Overall, I'd definitely stay here again!
What major or minor hotel does not have a coffee/tea maker in their rooms - W Downtown. Yes they have coffee in the lobby but you have to get dressed for that - no bottled water. Room upgrades are substandard vs what u could get at a Marriott or Westin or Sheraton property. Overly dark lobby bar - a design theme throughout this chain. The other theme is small rooms even with upgrade and being nyc! Many other options in the area - would not recommend or be back.
The decor is nice, very chic and modern. The atmosphere is definitely more for adults, the lounge is very open and connects to the front desk, has a bit of a club like vibe just a bit more toned down- music always playing. Surprisingly the roof top bar was quiet (at least when I was there).
Fantastic stay from check-in to checkout. Highly recommend the Ultra Cool Corner Room as the views of the WTC memorial are spectacular. Free coffee served daily at the bar and it was delicious. The Living Room bar was so relaxing and sexy for a pre-dinner drink or evening night cap. The happy hour is reasonable. Convenient walk over to the water and Brookfield Place (a high end shopping center). Only complaint was that the bed kept sliding off the frame. Other than that, I would absolutely stay here again.
So the w in nyc proved every thing I had felt about the merger takeover. While it’s a nice property the rooms just are not as well finished as Marriott hotels are. More important lily not one staff member said good morning or good evening to me as I walked into the hotel. I write this on my 4thnight. Tonight I even said good evening an the 2 receptionists dove deeper behind their screens. When u get to the details the sheets are not fitted and are too small leading to a rucked mess after a night the bathroom walls and floor are stained.
My advice turn the lights on and stop hiding dirt inadequate housekeeping poor construction fix the issues and get back to quality
Let’s hope the Marriott management kick the complacent w team into touch. Until then I’m back to Marriott PropertyS