Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
A hip, modern hotel better suited for a younger crowd
The entrance to the hotel changed in recent years from 30th Street to 29th Street. This can cause confusion for newcomers and taxi drivers. Signage can be hard to see, but tall doorways are telltale and lead to a dark and atmospheric lobby with murals and contemporary furniture. Circular sofas create the centerpiece of the room that sits below the piece de resistance -- an awe-inspiring chandelier from Tom Dixon. It’s a neat space to enjoy a cocktail, with lounge music playing in the background. In 2012, Zana Café opened off the lobby, serving up Mediterranean fare. This hotel will not appeal to traditional types who seek outstanding service and amenities. Instead, King & Grove is better suited for young, hip types who are ready to hit the town running.
A central Midtown location near Times Square, Fifth Avenue, and Gramercy Park
King & Grove has a fantastic Manhattan location with entrances on both 29th Street and 30th Street. The Midtown address is within walking distance to classic neighborhoods of Gramercy Park, Murray Hill, and Union Square. The hotel is also blocks away from Times Square, the Empire State Building, Macy's, Madison Square Garden, School of Visual Arts, Fashion Institute of Technology, NYU Medical Center, the Garment Fashion District, the Toy District, and many other NYC Attractions.
Rooms include high thread-count sheets and modern bathrooms
There are 276 rooms and suites that come in a variety of sizes ranging from Single to Junior Suite to Family Room. While standard rooms are typically small (expected in New York City), the suites include comfortable seating areas and extra living space. Each unit features modern bathrooms with backlit mirrors, glass-enclosed walk-in showers, and slate tiling. Amenities include down duvets, 300 thread-count sheets, as well as 37-inch HD flat-screen TVs, iPod/iPad docks, and Wi-Fi. Bright contemporary accents liven up the space, and windows look out onto classic New York City building/street views.
King & Grove’s most prominent feature is the stylish lobby for pre- and post-dinner drinks
This mid-range Midtown hotel, formerly known as LOLA -- and formerly, formerly the Hotel Thirty Thirty -- boasts a hip and atmospheric lobby and lounge area, as well as 176 rooms and suites stylishly renovated in 2011. Sizes vary, and all units include modern amenities such as duvets, flat-screen TVs, iPod/iPad docks, sleek work desks, and slate bathrooms. The lobby is by far the place to be, with designer lighting installations, contemporary furniture, and black-and-white murals plus a small bar. The hotel offers the requisite business and fitness centers, and a cafe, but not much else in the way of features. It is, however, a suitable choice for those who want to plop down the bag, have a drink, and get out and see the city.