W New York – Union Square
What We Love
- The well-equipped gym is open 24 hours
- Mingling with New Yorkers in the trendy Living Room bar
- Ordering almost anything that you can buy in New York straight to the room with the hotel’s “Whatever/Whenever” service
What To Know
- There’s a daily fee for internet
- The hotel is surrounded by excellent restaurants and markets
- For benefits like free or cheaper WiFi, upgrades, and breakfast, you need to be an SPG member
- Parking On Site
Smack in the middle of uptown and downtown, this W has one of the best locations in the city: it’s handy to get almost anywhere from Union Square, a historic intersection in central Manhattan, but the neighborhood has so much to offer in terms of food and shopping, you might not even need to leave. A mix of original details from the 1911 building, like the grand staircase and oversized windows, work perfectly against the trademark W details of modern furniture jazzed up by the occasional pop of bright orange or glittery gold. Rooms also follow suit, with the W’s signature pillowtop mattresses and headboards made from stylized maps of Union Square—a fun touch. Unusual for a hotel bar, the Living Room draws a healthy lot of locals: the Midtown crowd loves to stop by after work to lounge on the cushy couches and throw back cocktails made with freshly squeezed juices.
In the Area
There’s tons of drool-worthy food options within minutes of the hotel: this neighborhood has some of the best spots in the city. Try the Union Square Greenmarket, a gourmet marketplace open four days a week and home to some of New York’s most exciting, locally produced treats—stop by and pick up some cider, cheese, and bread for a picnic in Union Square itself, which has grassy areas and plenty of cafés for finding a post-lunch espresso. Half a mile from the hotel are two outposts of the Momofuku empire: stop for modern Korean at Ssam Bar, followed by a sweet treat from the Milk Bar bakery. The downtown location of the W also means quick access to the nightlife of the East Village, and eight different subway lines are within a three-minute walk, so all of Manhattan is at your fingertips.
How to Get There
Boys weekend with my 13 year old son to celebrate end of school year and visit with family in from Ireland.
From the guy who met us at the curb on Friday afternoon to set up the valet for our car (Lewis) to the guy who brought our car around on Sunday morning (Jose) the staff at this hotel (and the hotel itself went way beyond expectations.
Check in was smooth. Helpful and polite front desk staff.
Security in the elevators was very reassuring - access to floors is by room key only and your key ONLY allows you access to your floor.
Room was super clean, really well furnished and appointed.
Bar and lounge were lively - with great hotel team in both.
The rooms are a bit dated and there was an odor that filled the room. We asked the staff about the smell and were told it was their signature scent. I have stayed at many other W hotels, and they didn't smell like lemon Pledge.
We chose this hotel because we were looking for a place to stay near the Peloton studio and Dylan's Candy Bar. This hotel was in a central location near both places. The room we had was a little on the small, but the beautiful city view more than made up for it. The front desk and valet team were helpful and friendly. Would definitely return.
We had a great time last weekend. We were celebrating my daughter's 21st birthday and stayed here. Fabulous attention to detail, warm and friendly reception, prompt service etc.. I can't recommend this hotel enough!
I stayed at this W on points. The person who checked me in was just flat out rude and impersonal. No information given no questions asked. We checked in at 5pm. The woman who checked me out was not rude but definately not personal. I have been staying at W hotels around the world since 2000 and this was a first. I was quite surprised. Don't know what it is about the front desk staff at this place.... That said, the room we had at this W was well-sized and the views on the Grammery St. side of the building were wonderful. The lobby was more intimate and comfortable than the pictures. The location is central. I would pick this hotel based upon location alone.