Shoreham Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Midtown West, Manhattan, New York City

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  • Smaller than average rooms

Bottom Line

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.

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 Scene

This stylish 177-room Midtown West boutique attracts 5th Avenue fashionistas and the occasional business traveler.

Welcome drink in the lobby
Welcome drink in the lobby

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.

 Location

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.

Central Park is five blocks north on 5th Avenue. The Museum of Modern Art is two blocks away from the hotel. Also within walking distance are Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall.

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.

 Airport Transportation

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.

 Rooms

Smaller-than-average rooms with modern, minimalist design. Room upgrades come with snazzy treats, like the iJoy massage chair.

Massage chair at The Superior Plus Room
Massage chair at The Superior Plus Room

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 fully stocked minibar and a mini-fridge in all rooms
  • Aveda bath products
  • Gray-marble bathrooms
  • Cotton robes
  • Bose Wave Radio and CD Player
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
  • Superior Plus rooms have either a king- or queen-size bed with 300-thread-count linens, a pillow-top mattress, and six soft pillows.
  • 32-inch flat-screen TV with on-demand movies and premium cable, including TNT and the Discovery Channel.
  • The hotel has 12 different room types. Superior Plus room, one step up from the Superior has literally one difference: the iJoy massage chair, a unique and very relaxing feature that can be well worth the slight splurge (in my case, only an extra $10 per night).
  • Deluxe rooms (between 225 and 275 square feet) come with multi-head massage showers; Executive rooms have a separate work space; junior spa suites have a Jacuzzi tub; and one-bedroom suites and two-bedroom apartments come with a separate living room.
  • The Penthouse Suite and the Atrium Loft Penthouse -- a three-room, 800-square-foot living area and event space with a balcony -- both overlook MoMa's glowing glass facade at night. Smoking floors are available, though the majority of floors are non-smoking.

 Features

A great gym, free Wi-Fi, a small business center, plus plenty of fashion and city magazines.

24-hour modern Fitness Center
24-hour modern Fitness Center

 Family

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.

Pull-out sofa at the Atrium Loft Penthouse
Pull-out sofa at the Atrium Loft Penthouse

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.

Xbox 360 and PS2 video-game systems are available in requested rooms, as are DVD players. However, the hotel doesn't offer any DVDs, so you'll have to bring your own.

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

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.

 Cleanliness

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.

The gym equipment looks barely used. The only things that seem a bit past their prime in the hotel are the two computers in the business center.

 Food

Amuse restaurant has delicious but expensive food.

Sea bass and the "Pear"fect Martini at Amuse
Sea bass and the "Pear"fect Martini at Amuse
  • Amuse serves international cuisine, and has a tendy bar/ lounge space. The signature -- the Shoreham Happy -- is a lime-green concoction exactly like the furniture.
  • Room service is availble 24 hours
  • Outside the hotel, excellent restaurants abound

 Bottom Line

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.

Things You Should Know About Shoreham Hotel

Address

  • 33 West 55th St, New York, NY 10019

Hotel is Also (or Was Formerly) Known As

  • Shoreham Hotel New York
  • Shoreham Hotel New York City
  • Shoreham New York City
  • The Shoreham

Room Types

  • 2 Bedroom Apartment
  • Atrium Loft Penthouse
  • Deluxe 1 Bedroom Suite
  • Deluxe Executive King Room
  • Deluxe Executive Queen Room
  • Deluxe Room
  • Junior Spa Suite
  • Penthouse Suite
  • Superior Plus Room
  • Superior Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 177
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Midtown West, Manhattan
Address: 33 West 55th St, New York, NY 10019
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