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Martha Washington 4.0

Gramercy and Murray Hill, Manhattan, New York City

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Pros

  • Popular Marta restaurant and bar on-site
  • Great Midtown location close to restaurants, transportation, and shopping
  • Stylish, contemporary public spaces and rooms
  • Cozy lobby lounge with craft beers on tap
  • Small but modern fitness center
  • In-room dining from Marta, the lobby restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • No spa or pool
  • Gym is small
  • The lobby can become noisy, and offers little space for lounging and meeting
  • Some rooms are tight on space
  • Some rooms receive noise from the street
  • Some rooms have armoires instead of closets, offering little space for storage

Bottom Line

Set in Manhattan's fast-growing NoMad neighborhood, the Martha Washington Hotel (to be renamed the Redbury Hotel in the spring of 2016) is an upper-middle-range boutique property with a historic facade, a Danny Meyer restaurant, and 265 sleek and stylish rooms. The hotel completed a $30 million renovation in 2015, and offers a variety of room types, a cozy lounge, and a small fitness center, but its greatest asset is its location -- close to the Empire State Building, Macy's, Grand Central Station, and Times Square. While it serves as an ideal hub for exploring the city, the hotel lacks such plush amenities as a spa, and the lobby can get noisy during the restaurant's prime hours. Those seeking a quieter vibe might try The Roger or the pricier Hotel Giraffe.

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A stylish boutique hotel with a popular restaurant, lively lobby, and a variety of room types

The lively lobby of this boutique hotel is quite noisy, but Veronica's lobby lounge provides a stylish oasis from chatter

Opened in 1903 as the first all-women's hotel and residence, the Martha Washington Hotel has seen many changes and owners over the years. Most recently, the hotel underwent a $30 million renovation headed by architect Annabelle Selldorf that included the refurbishing of the rooms and public spaces and the addition of a flagship restaurant, Marta, a Rome-inspired pizzeria by New York restaurateur Danny Meyer.

From the street, red flags bearing the hotel's name add a burst of color to the stately stone facade, hinting at what to expect inside. Two steps in the door and guests are confronted with a soaring two-story space and the chatter of a lively restaurant. A long hallway with blue cement-tile floors, custom chandeliers, and borders of thick, white fluted columns mark the way to the front desk.

The space offers guests room to relax, socialize, and observe, but it's not an atmosphere that's conducive to getting work done or for holding an important meeting. The vibe is lively and somewhat noisy, with diners' voices carrying throughout the space and guests parading down the long hallway to check in and get to their rooms. Along the main hall, clusters of mid-century modern style accent chairs and gray velvet banquets provide space for waiting and watching, while adjacent to the front desk a wide stretch of stairs leads to the cozy Veronica lobby lounge, a quieter more private spot for cocktails and conversation.

The hotel caters mostly to travelers looking to explore the city for fun, rather than those in town on business. There's a small fitness center on the fourth floor for those who need a cardio fix, and a ground-floor meeting space, but the hub of the hotel are the lobby, the restaurant, and the lounge.

Location

In Manhattan's trendy NoMad neighborhood, close to Fifth Avenue, Madison Square Park, and the Empire State Building

Map of Martha Washington

Centrally located in Manhattan's NoMad neighborhood, the Martha Washington is close to attractions such as the Empire State Building, Penn Station and Grand Central Station, and Macy's. Set in the middle of the block along East 29th Street, the hotel is across the street from Campanile restaurant and next door to a tarot-card reading business and a parking garage. Within walking distance are the classic New York neighborhoods of Gramercy Park, Murray Hill, and Union Square.

  • Five-minute walk to Madison Square Park
  • Seven-minute walk to the Empire State Building
  • 11-minute walk to Macy's
  • 14-minute walk to Penn Station
  • 15-minute walk to Union Square
  • 15-minute walk to Grand Central Station
  • 12-minute cab ride or subway to Times Square
  • 14-minute cab or subway ride to Central Park and Columbus Circle
  • 25-minue cab or subway ride to Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • 25-minute subway ride to the 9/11 Memorial Museum
  • 20-minute subway or cab ride to Museum of Modern Art
  • 30-minute drive to LaGuardia Airport
  • 40-minute drive to JFK International Airport

Rooms

Stylish rooms with twin, queen, or king-size beds, Italian linens, and flat-screen TVs; some rooms get glimpses of the Empire State Building

The Standard Two Twins features fun accents such as the modern coat rack and framed silhouettes of Martha Washington; mounted flat-screen TVs are a nice perk

The Martha Washington's 265 rooms all completed a renovation in 2015. The stylish makeover is sleek and minimalist, with a color palette of white, ruby red, black, and gray. Bright-white walls create a canvas for wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, modern black coat racks, and collections of playful framed silhouettes. Arranged over the headboards, the artwork depicts Martha Washington smoking, drinking, chopping down a cherry tree, and images of such objects as vintage shoes, hatchets, and keys.

Beds are finished with crisp 300-thread-count white sheets, down duvets, two sets of pillows, and bright-red accent throws. Most rooms feature bedside tables with bottles of Voss water and iHome docking stations, as well as desks topped with small reading lamps and a tray of minibar items ranging from Pop Chips to Coke to tiny bottles of premium spirits. While some of the rooms have standard closets, most are equipped with free-standing armoires with drawers on one side and hanging space, as well as irons, ironing boards, safes, and umbrellas. Bathrooms are tidy and uncluttered with slate tiles, glass-enclosed showers, and white-marble single vanities. Plenty of plush towels and an arrangement of Ciel bath products are also included.

The rooms range in size from tiny 140-square-foot Martha Twins with one twin bed to 175- to 375-square-foot Standard Rooms with one queen, two doubles, or one king bed. The largest accommodations are the Martha Flats, two-room suite-style units with up to 400 square feet of space.

Features

A vibrant lobby with a popular restaurant, a cozy lounge, and places for gathering

Danny Meyer restaurant Marta serves upscale pizzas from chef Nick Anderer in a chic space with an open kitchen

Located on the ground floor of the Martha Washington Hotel is Marta, a Roman-style pizzeria headed by chef Nick Anderer, formerly of New York's Maialino restaurant. The two-story space features wood tables with traditional caned seating and modern chandeliers as well as a balcony that overlooks the main dining room. The highlight of the room is the open kitchen with a duo of wood-burning ovens, an open-fire grill, and a bar that lets diners watch the chefs in action. While the restaurant is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, the main attraction of the menu is the selection of thin-crusted pizzas featuring locally sourced and seasonal ingredients.

The hotel also has a small fitness center, and free Wi-Fi throughout.

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Address

29 East 29th Street, New York City, New York 10016, United States

Phone

(800) 804-4480

Also Known As

  • King & Grove New York

Room Types

  • Classic Single Bedroom
  • Family Bedroom
  • Junior Suite
  • King Bedroom
  • Queen Bedroom
  • Superior Queen Bedroom
  • Twin Bedroom

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