The Marcel at Gramercy
What We Love
- Prime Gramercy location close to high-end shops on Fifth and Madison Avenues
- Empire State building views from the roof deck
- Comfy beds with upholstered headboards
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What To Know
- Minimal facilities: No on-site gym, restaurant, spa or bar
- Rooms are on the small side — starting at 150 square feet — and street noise is audible
- Hallways are dim and lack the contemporary design of the common areas
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
On a residential street in Gramercy, Hotel Marcel is a playful, conveniently-located crash pad with 136 rooms. The lobby is all 70s whimsy with a massive circular black patent leather couch, shag carpets and a two-sided gas fireplace.
Bed & Bath
Standard rooms are seriously teeny but come with beds dressed in Frette linens and, in some, framed mirrors that enlarge the space. Headboards upholstered in chartreuse or cream leather and vintage-style bedside tables provide an elegant counterpoint to the otherwise youthful decor. And the zebra print throw pillows may not be for everyone. Energy-saving controllers power everything, from the wall-mounted 32-inch LCD TVs to the bedside iPod docks. Bathrooms have fragrant Lather bath products, square Kraus wash basins and glass-encased rain showers (although water pressure leaves something to be desired).
This is more of a place to sleep than a place to hang. Aside from the lobby, the only other common space is a casual 10th-floor lounge, which serves free tea and coffee all day and an underwhelming continental breakfast each morning. It adjoins a roof deck with lounge chairs and photo-worthy views of the Empire State Building.
How to Get There
We have been staying at this hotel for the last 3 years as my wife is doing her advanced studies at NYU.
Still, aside from the excellent location, this hotel has been consistent in its service, cleanliness and reasonable price.
With an advanced notice, we are always given our preferred room to our delight every time we are there.
The staff is great and worth mentioning is the doorman, Abdellah who has been very very helpful to us with our luggages and transpo. Very warm. Same with his counterpart in the morning.
Will continue patronizing this hotel.
The location of this hotel was perfect. We stayed in the standard room which was a little tighter then expected but I know most rooms in New York are like this so can’t complain too much here.
Staff were very friendly and helpful we arranged a car service back to the airport via the hotel which was great.
The hotel also provide drinks and nibbles in reception between 4-6pm which is a nice touch.
We found this hotel many years ago because we liked the location in Gramercy and also the affordability. Over the years since we have become very loyal customers and we literally only stay here when we visit NYC once or twice a year. The hotel is not over the top or luxurious but it is very comfortable and the staff is very professional and warm, and we have known many of them since our first visit. We like the fact that the hotel is not too large - it makes for a more intimate and familiar experience, which is always nice to come back to at the end of another hectic day in NYC. Highly recommended ...