WestHouse New York
What We Love
- West 50s location is a short stroll to sights like Central Park, Carnegie Hall and Columbus Circle
- Smart, eager-to-please staff
What To Know
- The staff refers to guests as residents
- There’s no spa onsite, but staff can arrange for in-room treatments
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Designed by award-winning firm Jeffrey Beers International to evoke a luxurious pied-à-terre, the home-away-from-home vibe at this contemporary New York townhouse begins just off the lobby with the Den, a comfortable, clubby space stocked with books guests can borrow to curl up on the tufted sofas with. The public spaces are also scented with an exclusive fragrance created for the hotel by olfactive branding company 12:29 (other clients include Opening Ceremony and Lady Gaga). The 172 rooms and suites are decorated in blues and grays with velvet and leather upholstery, dark woods, and 1920s photos of performers at nearby Carnegie Hall, while large windows mean lots of light and views of Central Park, Times Square, or Midtown Manhattan. Splurge for a Terrace Suite and you’ll not only get a private balcony, but also a Sleep Studio bedding system with an adjustable mattress and turndown chocolates made especially to promote sleep. Breakfast, cocktails, and happy hour nibbles are all served on the 23rd-floor terrace, an indoor/outdoor guests-only space with sweeping views of the city (self-service alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are also available until 11 p.m.). The attaché concierges who are stationed in the lobby from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. know their stuff, so take advantage of their savvy and have them arrange daily itineraries, dining reservations, tickets to shows, and more.
In the Area
Start your day with a walk north to Central Park. Stroll along East Drive past the Central Park Zoo and Loeb Boathouse, and you’ll find yourself at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s easy to spend an entire day taking in the collection of more than 2 million works, but Museum Mile also includes smaller exhibit spaces well worth a visit, like the recently reopened Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. For lunch, head to Café Sabarsky in the Neue Gallery, inspired by turn-of-the-century Viennese cafés (warm up with a Glühwein—hot spiced red wine with orange and cloves). Take in a ballet, opera or play at Lincoln Center and, for a sweet ending to the evening, stop by Momofuku Milk Bar for their infamous “compost cookies” and milk.
How to Get There
The hotel was a pleasant surprise in busy midtown Manhattan. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. The hotel was quiet and clean. The morning breakfast and evening snacks and drinks were excellent. The room was well decorated and clean with very efficient maid service. The only minor negative was the lack of space in the bathroom for storage of personal items. Overall, I would highly recommend this hotel.
My husband and I stayed here for a night out in NYC for his birthday. We were so happy with our hotel choice. Tarik, the front desk agent was very helpful and super friendly at check in. We were also really surprised at how huge our room was. It was really nice and had beautiful modern decor. Our favorite part was that the hotel has a happy hour from 5-7pm on the 23rd floor with free hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine. It was a great location and was within walking distance to our show. Would highly recommend!
Fantastic Hotel in a great location. We don't care for those "super trendy" hotels that tend to be cold. The Westhouse is trendy and hip but with a very warm vibe! I loved everything about this hotel! We travel to NYC 2-3 times a year and we always stay at a different hotel for various reasons, however we have finally found our hotel! The lobby, halls and room were all great! I have never seen a bed made (with gorgeous linens) so beautifully! The staff especially Alyssa at the front desk were all courteous, helpful, knowledgeable and overall the highest quality of staff in any hotel in NYC in my opinion! Peter the GM was around constantly and called many guest by name, myself included! Wonderful experience! Cannot say enough good things about this lovely hotel!