Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
An exceptionally stylish Residence Inn featuring rooms with kitchens
The Residence Inn impresses upon entry with its contemporary, expansive lobby area and "Hearth Room" -- a lounge space with televisions, books, couches, and work areas. A free breakfast buffet is also served here daily. Though many associate the Residence Inn brand with mid-range properties, this brach is decidedly upscale and not as generic as some chain hotels. Common spaces have bright pops of color (such as the yellow seats and red pillows in the lobby area).
The hotel is a good option for business travelers, with 24-hour business and fitness centers on site, as well as multiple meeting rooms. Rooms feature full kitchens, making them well-suited for longer stays. Families or groups will also likely appreciate the kitchens and large suites with separate bedrooms.
In business-focused Midtown East, near Grand Central Station and a few tourist sights
The Residence Inn is located in Midtown East, a part of the city where many New Yorkers come to work. Iconic skyscrapers such as the Chrysler Building (which can be seen from many hotel rooms) dominate the skyline. Restaurants, shops, and hotels in the area cater to well-heeled businesspeople.
Fifth Avenue, home to famous stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany & Co., is a five-minute walk from the hotel, as are the restaurants that line 2nd Avenue. Nearby, pubs dive bars can get lively if the right game is on, or after work on Thursdays and Fridays, but this area isn't known for its nightlife. Popular tourist attractions such as Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station, the Museum of Modern Art, and the New York Public Library are all within walking distance.
The rest of Manhattan is easily accessible via the 10 subway lines nearby.
Contemporary rooms with kitchens; some have Chrysler Building views
Rooms at the Residence Inn are spacious, especially by New York City standards. Amenities include large flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi. Many rooms feature lovely views of the Chrysler Building (which is just a few blocks away). The East Side Story Suite also offers an outdoor terrace. Room configurations include both studio and one-bedroom options, and some rooms have separate living areas with sofa beds, making this an attractive choice for families.
Every room has a kitchen (those in One-Bedroom King Suites have ovens), so guests can easily save money on dining out costs here. But rates can sometimes be on the pricey side for this hotel category, so it's worth comparing prices with the Wyndham Midtown 45 or the Kimberly Hotel, both of which also offer rooms with kitchens.
Expansive business facilities, but no restaurant
With a 24-hour business center and over 1300 square feet of meeting space, the Residence Inn is well-suited for business travelers. The 24-hour fitness center is large and has modern machines, but no windows. The free breakfast buffet is served daily in The Hearth Room, a large lounge area featuring couches, work spaces, and flat-screen TVs. There is no full-service restaurant on-site. Laundry facilities are available, and free Wi-Fi is offered throughout the hotel.
This stylish Residence Inn has a distinctly homey vibe: Guests are encouraged to make use of the expansive Hearth Room lounge area throughout the day; all rooms are big, stylish suites featuring well-equipped kitchens; and a free breakfast buffet is served daily. The 24-hour business center and free Wi-Fi will appeal to business travelers, while families will likely appreciate the larger suites with separate living areas and sofa beds. Still, it's worth comparing rates with other properties in the area, such as the Wyndham Midtown 45, Kimberly Hotel, and Hyatt 48 Lex.