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
- 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
Hands down one of the best stays in Manhattan. Very professional, the staff were friendly and attentive. Front desk associate Carolina helped me check in early and was very informative about the area.
We had heard that New York hotel rooms were tiny but nothing prepared us for tripping over the bed as soon as you opened the door! Our room was impossibly small. There was nowhere to hang clothes apart from a couple of hangers attached to a pole, nowhere to put shoes and we had to use a suitcase as a bedside table as a: there wasn't a bedside table and b: there was nowhere to put a suitcase. This room might be suitable for a single person staying one night but not two of us there for nearly a week. I have never before been in a hotel bedroom without a long mirror or even a mirror at all. There was one in the bathroom but if one of us was in the shower it was misted up the whole time. The air conditioning was a mystery to all of us staying at the hotel, coming on randomly during the night and extremely noisily. We were encouraged to use the Executive lounge on the top floor - this consisted of a few plastic dining room chairs and a coffee machine. The patio windows on to the terrace were misted over as the double glazing had blown and the terrace itself needed a great deal of TLC. WiFi was very intermittent but the staff were helpful in trying to connect us. Very cheerful and helpful doorman. We had serious doubts that anyone from the hotel had ever spent a night in one of their own bedrooms.
I had a great experience here and was warmly welcomed by Scott and Caroline who gave us a complimentary upgrade to a cozy corner room and free wi-fi to boot. Plus, it's conveniently walking distance to Eataly and Shake Shack :) The room was clean and comfortable, and one of the most affordable in the area.
This hotel is a hidden gem. It reminds me of boutique hotels in France. Staff are kind, caring, and helpful. Hotel beautiful, upgraded with nice finishes. Nice rooftop terrace and guest lounge area which was quite a surprise. Staff upgraded my room.
3 minor issues were noted— but staff / management rectified any issues I reported. It should be noted that when WiFi is listed as included there is actually an additional fee for it. Secondly, a couple areas were less than clean (phone in general; bathroom sink between my days of stay). Lastly, light switches in my room were difficult to operate and bathroom lighting is dim.
All issues I had were minor, correctable, or possibly a matter of personal preference. Most areas of room were clean and nicely appointed. Therefore, I highly recommend hotel and would definitely stay there again if I were looking for lodging in Gramercy Park area.
We enjoyed our stay at The Marcel, The only challenge we faced was keeping the temperature regulated with the air conditioner in the room. It would increase randomly during the night. Other than that we liked this property very much.