Some of the rooms are tiny with little or no space between the beds and walls
The room decor is dated and dull
Noise from air conditioners and busy streets can be bothersome in some rooms
Not all of the bathrooms have been updated
Daily fee for valet parking (typical in New York)
Armoires instead of closets in the rooms
Set on the border of Manhattan's trendy residential TriBeCa and the buttoned-up Financial District, the 131-room Cosmopolitan is a mid-range hotel with a stylish lobby and a boutique vibe. While the hotel lacks big amenities such as a restaurant and bar, it delivers on location and offers rates that are decisively lower than nearby competing hotels (the Hilton Garden Inn Tribeca and Duane Street Hotel usually cost significantly more). Rooms are small and lack panache (as well as minibars), but great restaurants and bars can be found nearby.
Small, affordable boutique hotel in trendy TriBeCa
The cloistered lobby, awash in federal blue, is a soothing respite from the bustle of busy Chambers and West Broadway. Light gray velvet tufted benches line the hallways and a similar style sofa and a duo of cream-colored chairs finished with nail-head trim surround a mercury glass table set with a perfect white orchid. The lobby walls showcase vintage photographs depicting the history of the neighborhood while the latest technology is showcased at the nearby business station, outfitted with sleek desks and two oversized iMacs.
Guests, mostly tourists and a smattering of businesspeople, meander in and out of both exits and into the low-lit space, stopping to check email and Google maps at the computers and to chat with the helpful front desk staff for advice on what to do and where to dine. A framed flyer lists the daily walking tours offered at the six Triumph hotels throughout the city, offering guests the chance to explore a variety of neighborhoods.
On the busy corner of Chambers and West Broadway, steps to the subway and close to the World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum
While the hotel is technically located in the fashionable residential neighborhood of Tribeca, it also borders the Financial District, home to bustling businesses, skyscrapers, and One World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
The Chambers Street subway station is steps outside the front door and other subway lines, including the PATH, are within close proximity. Major shopping at Century 21 and an array of chic boutiques selling everything from children's' clothes to lingerie can be found within walking distance of the hotel.
When the daily bustle of business ceases, visitors and residents turn to TriBeCa's restaurants and bars, many of which are trendy hot spots.
9-minute walk to One World Trade Center
12-minute walk to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum
13-minute walk to SoHo
20-minute cab ride or 10-minute subway ride to Times Square
20-minute cab ride or 15-minute subway ride to Grand Central Station
30-minute drive to Newark Liberty International Airport
40-minute drive to LaGuardia International Airport
A variety of tiny to medium-sized rooms with high ceilings, ho-hum decor, modern bathrooms, and plush Frette linens
The Cosmopolitan's 131 rooms vary in size and shape, ranging from tiny spaces with barely enough room to squeeze between the wall and bed to good-size rooms with two beds and exposed brick-walls with original (non-working) fireplaces. Tall ceilings are centered by ceiling fans and trimmed with dark wood molding. The light blond furniture, including desks, side tables, headboards, and armoires (instead of closets), shows some signs of wear and tear. The rooms lack expected amenities found at other hotels in this class such as coffeemakers and minibars or mini-fridges.
The overall color palette of the rooms is somewhat autumnal with pale gold window treatments and accent pillows in shades of gold, rust, and pumpkin. Modern touches include wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, safes, and iPod docking stations.
The renovated bathrooms (in some rooms) are sleek and stylish, featuring chrome fixtures, subway tile floors, and large vessel sinks set in dark wood vanities. The walls of the bathrooms and showers are finished in gleaming white subway tiles and glass tiles in rich hues of blue and brown. Other niceties include oversized showerheads, glass shower doors, C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries bath amenities, and thick, bright white Frette towels, an amenity usually found at pricier hotels.
It's all about the location and the reasonable rates at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Originally built in 1838 as a Gothic Revival structure, the property lacks major amenities such as restaurant, bar, and meeting facilities found at better-equipped hotels, yet guests don't have to venture far to find services.
There's a Starbucks next door or guests can walk the extra blocks to Laughing Man, the world-conscious coffee shop co-founded by Hugh Jackman. The celebrity-rich neighborhood of Tribeca is flush with historic and notable restaurants such as Tiny's (1810), the Odeon, Bouley, and Nobu.
There's not much on-site, aside from a computer station in the lobby and a small (but decently equipped) windowless gym.
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