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.
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The location of this hotel is excellent, the room was spacious and clean, and the staff are so so friendly and helpful. I will definitely stay here again next time I'm in ny. The only thing I'll say is, the doors (because they're metal) close loudly so sleeping in was almost impossible. But because all the print materials in the hotel are so hospitable, I wonder if they couldn't also just ask guests to be more mindful about how loudly the doors close to respect their sleeping neighbors?
We stayed 2 nights on a trip we specifically booked for a show at Irving Plaza. It was within walking distance of the venue, nice hotel at a reasonable price.
Our room was slightly dusty and the elevator was slow. Otherwise no complaints. The staff were very friendly and professional.
View was as to be expected in a place like NY. No coffee or tea available in the rooms but a communal area on the top floor provided good views of the Empire State Building and refreshments were available there free of charge. The east-side, mid-town position of the hotel was perfect for us as it was far enough away from the constant noise of the city’s main streets but very convenient for all the main tourist destinations, particularly, if like us you enjoy walking. Grand Central Station and Empire State only a few blocks away and subway nearby.
Marcel is a no brainer.. great value, great location, cool style, comfortable bed, clean and inviting room. The breakfast option is overpriced for the selection, so opt out of that... but otherwise the free happy hour and 24 hour coffee/tea available is wonderful. The rooftop patio and lounge is a huge bonus and I didn't find any other place with a similar option around. You can see the Empire State building very close and clearly up there! Staff was all very friendly and kind. I would certainly stay again.
I visited the hotel for work, the staff was great especially Bella, Abdellah, Lui and Nabil.
The only problem is that I was suorise about the 100 usd I need to pay when I left for the "free" coffee and water they have.