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Located just a half-block from Fifth Avenue designer shops like Gucci, this 177-room boutique hotel appeals to the fashion-forward crowd. Like an intimate art gallery, the lobby has low ceilings and white walls with touch-screen TVs featuring words that cascade down the screen. Mirrored columns, stainless-steel surfaces, gray marble tile, black-and-white portraits, and modern, lime-green love seats complete the look. It's cosmopolitan, it's chic, and it's in perfect keeping with the high-fashion scene in the neighborhood.
There are trendier hotels, sure, like the celebrity-magnet Bowery, but most of them are downtown. For serious shoppers and business travelers who want to be close to midtown offices, the Shoreham is a good option, especially if you pay a little extra (up to $50 more) for a room with a massage chair. But be sure to check the rates at similar boutique hotels in the neighborhood -- like the Michelangelo and the Library Hotel, both of which one-up the Shoreham by offering complimentary snacks.
In the middle of Midtown, near luxury boutiques and Central Park.
Sharing a stretch of West 55th Street with such upscale hotels as the St. Regis and the Peninsula, the Shoreham is in Midtown West but right near the Fifth Avenue dividing line into Midtown East -- sort of the middle of the middle, as it were.
For subway transport: the E/M trains are two blocks south and the N/Q/R trains are five blocks north. Visitors can also hail a cab -- there are plenty on the corner of both 5th and 6th Avenues (a half-block in either direction). The hotel can also make car-service arrangements, for a higher cost than flagging a taxi.
Aside from a string of high-end emporiums only a half-block away -- such as Prada, Gucci, and Tiffany's -- this section of Midtown is populated with corporate offices like the nearby Trump Tower. Other upscale department stores like Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys New York are a short walk away.
Excellent dining is all around the neighborhood, though it tends to be on the expensive side. Check out New York magazine for excellent restaurant listings and descriptions in Midtown East or Midtown West.
There is no valet parking. A self-parking garage called Gotham 55 Street Parking is next to the hotel, and it offers discount rates for Shoreham guests. For other parking options, check out Best Parking.
30-90 minutes from three airports.
New York City has three nearby airports: JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark (in New Jersey). Getting into town from JFK or LaGuardia is usually more convenient than from Newark, but travel times are heavily dependent on the time of day and traffic conditions. From JFK, a taxi to anywhere in Manhattan costs a flat rate of $45 and takes around an hour in average conditions. From LaGuardia, a metered cab ride to midtown Manhattan costs about $40 and can take 30 minutes if traffic is light, three times that if it's bad. Rides from Newark cost at least $40 plus tolls and can take more than 90 minutes. It's customary to tip your driver 15 to 25 percent.
Those looking to save some cash can use the privately run shuttle buses that are available at all three airports for about $14 per person. For more information on the shuttles, go to Super Shuttle or New York Airport Service. Public transit is also available for as little as $7 per person, but travel can take up to two hours and involve a lot of lugging bags up and down stairways.
For mass-transit directions right to the hotel, check out HopStop.com.
At 175 square feet, the standard rooms (called Superior) are a touch smaller than most NYC boutique hotels. Still, the Shoreham manages to infuse enough style into its rooms to make them feel luxurious. While it's not the same brand of luxury as the opulent Plaza, rooms have a tasteful, minimalist design. The recessed lighting is amplified by a back-lit, black-and-white photograph of a lily, framed by a velveteen headboard.
The hotel's 177 rooms are spread between two buildings, and all rooms were renovated in 2006. The east side of this pre-war building has bigger rooms and higher ceilings than the more recently constructed western building. Since the price for a Superior -- the standard room -- is the same in both buildings, be sure to request a room on the east side.
A good -- not great -- family option. Families can fit in the larger rooms, and rollaways are available for a nightly fee. The hotel can provide an Xbox 360, a PS2, or a DVD player upon request. Central Park and the famous FAO Schwarz toy store are both nearby.
Standard rooms, called Superiors, either come with a king- or queen-size bed. These rooms are small -- between 175 and 210 square feet -- so they would only fit a couple and a small child. Of the hotel's 12 room types, the Deluxe 2 Queens with two queen beds is the first level that can accommodate a family of four or five. Other types of accommodations include suites and apartments, including the penthouse. Some of the suites have adjoining rooms, ideal for families.
Rollaway beds and cribs are available for a nightly fee, but they can only fit in the larger rooms (225 square feet and up), starting with the Deluxe rooms.
The location is great for families, and the famous FAO Schwarz toy store is just five blocks north. Beyond the toy store is the entrance to Central Park, which has an ice-skating rink in the winter and a zoo that's open year-round.
Pets are welcome at no extra fee, but there is a weight limit.
There is no pet fee for Fido, but your pooch must be under the hotel's weight limit. Dogwalking and petsitting services are available by request.
Everything is kept spot-free in this hotel -- a good thing, with all its shiny and reflective surfaces.
The rooms are tidy and neat, and the bathrooms are immaculate. The hotel was renovated in 2006, and the fixtures have held up well. Even the massage chair, which has probably rubbed many bodies in its time, looked new. The carpet felt clean under my toes.
Amuse restaurant has delicious but expensive food.
The 177-room Shoreham is a stylish boutique hotel located only a half-block from 5th Avenue's high-end shopping and five blocks from Central Park. Standard rooms are a bit small, but their modern, minimalist design makes best use of the space. Plus, room upgrades include unique treats, like the iJoy massage chair.