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A trendy-looking hotel that aims to bring downtown nightlife to sleepy midtown
The original Hotel Gansevoort in New York's nightlife-heavy Meatpacking District was a smashing success when it opened in 2004, so its creators are trying their luck again, a bit farther uptown this time. The Gansevoort Park, on Park Avenue South at 29th Street, sits among office buildings in a bit of a no man's land between Union Square and and Midtown East. The idea is to bring a slice of glamour and nightlife to an otherwise sleepy (at nighttime) neighborhood, though this hotel is slightly more mature than the original (think fewer neon lights, a separate entrance for those arriving only to party, and the classy Italian restaurant, Asellina). It's hard to say just how many bars this hotel has, because many of the nightlife areas run into one another, but suffice it to say there's an impressive amount of space in which to party -- the Plunge lounge that runs across the top floor of the hotel and out onto the pool deck; the rooftop sundeck-cum-event space; the Blue Room and the Red Room -- the list goes on. The hotel has been hosting A-list events since before it even fully opened.
In a neighborhood full of office buildings, but close to several of New York's best sights
The immediate area surrounding the hotel is full of office buildings and take-out lunch joints, and the hotel provides some of the only nightlife in the neighborhood. It's also only close to one subway line, but the hotel is walking distance to sights including Union Square, Madison Square Park, and the Empire State Building.
- One block from the 6 subway line
- 5-minute walk to Madison Square Park
- 9-minute walk to the Empire State Building
- 12-minute walk to Union Square
- 10 to 15 minutes by subway to Times Square and the Theater District
- 15 minutes by subway to Central Park
- 16 minutes by subway to the Museum of Modern Art
- 17 minutes by subway to Wall Street
- 20 minutes by subway to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Comfortable beds, splashes of color, iPods with music, and large bathrooms
Grand Deluxe Room
All rooms have:
- Free Wi-Fi
- Minibars that include treats from the popular Dylan's Candy Bar
- Minibars include Mophie juicepacks for charging batteries on the go (deposit required)
- iPod docking station with an iPod touch (pre-loaded with music)
- Safe big enough for a laptop
- Beds with down pillows, down duvets, and featherbeds
- Flat-screen TV
- Bath amenities by Cutler, made for the hotel
- Bathrobes and slippers
- Superior Room: 350 square feet; king or queen bed.
- Deluxe King Room: 370 square feet; one king bed; living area; pullout couch in most
- Deluxe Double Room: 370 square feet; two queen beds; includes a living area.
- Grand Deluxe Room: 525 square feet; king bed; living area with pullout couch; narrow balcony
- Gansevoort Suite: 775 square feet; king bed; separate living room, two bathrooms; pullout couch; dining area; 42-inch flatscreen TV in the living room; narrow balcony
- Park Avenue Suite: 900 square feet; king bed; separate living room; two bathrooms; pullout couch; large wetbar; 42-inch flatscreen TV in living room; narrow balcony
- Presidential Suite: 3,800 square feet; two levels; fireplace; terrace; dining area; living area; floor-to-ceiling windows
- Italian trattoria, Asellina
- Windsor, an upscale sports bar, serves beer and custom drinks in a sophisticated, sporty atmosphere
- Other bars include Plunge lounge, Red Room, and Blue Room
- The hotel is attached to a Lacoste retail store
- Cutler Salon
- Exhale Spa
- 24-hour fitness center
- Plunge outdoor heated pool with views of Empire State Building
- 24-hour business center
- 24-hour concierge
- Hotel has a Porsche Panamera that can drop off up to three guests anywhere between 57th Street and Canal Street. Car operates on a first-come, first-serve basis and is available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
An Italian trattoria and 24-hour room service
- Asellina is a spacious, refined trattoria run by Italian chef Marco Porceddu. The menu includes Italian cured meats ($16), pizzas and pasta ($12-$16), and main courses like veal chop milanese and simmered branzino (entrees $20-$42).
- 24-hour room service
- Neighborhood is home to many take-out lunch spots, casual Indian restaurants, and a few nice restaurants including Park Avenue Bistro and Dos Caminos.
This 249-room hotel with flashy decor, an outdoor pool, and lots of bars is the uptown sister to the original, once wildly popular Hotel Gansevoort. The new trendy-looking Park Avenue South outpost adds lots of nightlife to its largely corporate neighborhood, but only time will tell if the owners can successfully reprise their hotel homerun.
Things You Should Know About Gansevoort Park Avenue
- 420 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016
- Deluxe Double Room
- Deluxe King Room
- Gansevoort Loft Suite
- Gansevoort Suite
- Grand Deluxe Room
- Park Avenue Suite
- Penthouse Suite
- Superior Room