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ONE UN New York is housed in two towers, coming in at 38 and 40 stories. The east tower is hobbling along on a renovation from 2000, but the luxury West Tower reopened in September 2012 post-facelift. Renovations are much-needed throughout the hotel -- its lobby was designed in an earlier era when thick green marble columns and gold kidney-shaped couches once bestowed a rich, luxurious feel. The armrests of what surely must have been pristine black-and-gold honeycomb upholstery are now covered in black pieces of fabric to hide the wear beneath. Some of the couches are stained, and the thick black and gold rug that's reflected in the mirrored ceiling is also showing signs of wear.
But the hotel's features still best the great majority of Midtown East business hotels. Its indoor pool comes with a stunning view from the 27th floor, and this is the only hotel in Manhattan with an indoor tennis court, one in which the Williams sisters were spotted warming up before a U.S. Open. The equipment in the fitness center is outdated, but the view of the East River and the U.N. headquarters from the perch of a treadmill is hard to beat.
The hotel's massive renovation is coming in three parts, and are set to be completed by 2013. Phase I debuted in 2012 and featured luxury amenities and a better view of Manhattan's East River from the West Tower. The panoramic 30th floor Skyline Club in the same tower is available for breakfast, snacks, and cocktails throughout the day. Phase II, of the lobby and restaurant, and Phase III, of the less luxurious (and less expensive) East Tower, will be completed in late 2013.
It's all suits and no shopping on the easternmost edge of Midtown East, but the hotel is just a frisbee throw away from the U.N. headquarters.
Between 30 and 40 consulates are located within a three-block radius of the hotel, including the Kuwaiti consulate next door and the Mexican consulate across the street. In fact, the bottom 28 floors of the hotel's two towers actually house many U.N. offices. Security is among the tightest in the city, and a bomb-sniffing canine is permanently on-site at the hotel.
The hotel is located on the easternmost outskirts of Midtown East, four long blocks from the subway hub at Grand Central and 10 minutes by taxi to Central Park. The sidewalks in the neighborhood are packed with office workers during the day, but everyone clears out once the consulates, embassies, and UN offices shut down for the night. The advantage is that it's really quiet in the evenings, and very safe, but unlike at the Midtown West or downtown hotels, there's no nightlife.
Rooms in the ONE UN New York are split between two towers, the east and west. The hotel began a massive three-phase renovation in 2012, with the West Tower reopened in September 2012 featuring luxury amenities and better views of Manhattan's East River. The panoramic 30th floor Skyline Club in the same tower is open for breakfast, snacks, and cocktails throughout the day. Phase III, covering the less luxurious (and less expensive) East Tower, will be completed in late 2013.
Standard rooms start at a respectable 250 square feet, which is a bit bigger than the rooms at many of New York's boutique hotels, but smaller than the comparably priced Westin or Hilton in Times Square, and considerably smaller than the rooms at the nearby Kimberly Hotel. Standard rooms come with a either a king, queen, or two double-size beds, and a choice of a view to the East River and Queens, or to Brooklyn.
Rooms are big, cribs are free, and rollaways are a nightly fee, but the location is not the most kid-tastic part of town.
The hotel is debuting new dining options throughout 2013
Steps from the UN headquarters on the eastern edge of Midtown East, ONE UN New York offers an indoor pool and the only indoor tennis court in NYC. As of now, the property is showing wear and tear since its last renovation in 2000. However, guests can expect big changes at the hotel with a three-phase renovation of the entire property through 2013.