- Small lobby
- No spa on-site
The London NYC isn't so named because it has a sister property near Buckingham Palace, though it does have a sister property in West Hollywood. The Union Jack flies out front, next to a flag bearing the hotel's name in a stylish sans serif, but the hotel doesn't feel distinctly British -- at least not in the "God save the queen" and "tea time while reading Jane Austen" sense.
Rather, the hotel's name seems intended only to make it feel hip and international, or at least more unique than, say, the W Times Square, with whom it shares a bright, modern aesthetic. While it's managed by LXR Resorts & Hotels -- a large company with properties in the US, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean -- the London brand isn't a "chain" in the sense that the W or the Marriott is.
The hotel's guest rooms are all large, 500-square-foot suites, stylishly decorated by Irish designer David Collins with mod velvet couches and bathrooms shimmering with white mosaic tiles. Despite the hotel's massive size, it feels more like a boutique property thanks to all the stylish touches both in and outside of the guest rooms.
A number of celebrity guests have reportedly graced the hotel with their presence, including Halle Berry, Jennifer Hudson, and Usher. Non-celebrity guests typically include style-conscious business travelers during the week and style-conscious leisure travelers on the weekend.
Hotel staff is friendly, attentive, and ever-professional but not over-the-top. Expect 24-hour room service and turndowns.
The hotel is centrally located near many of the city's top attractions. Times Square is close, but not too close -- about a dozen blocks away. Better yet, Central Park is just five short blocks north. The Broadway theater district begins a block and a half to the west of the hotel and stretches south down Broadway.
An all-suite hotel, the London's standard suites are amazingly spacious and stylish for the price.
The 500-square-foot standard London suites -- twice the size of many New York hotel rooms --- are some of the biggest and best rooms for the buck in NYC, at least since the hotel dropped its rates by a couple of hundred dollars in early 2009.
With curved velvet sofas, mirrors and modern lamps aplenty, and a mix of carpet and oak floors, the decor asserts that London (both the hotel and the British capital) equals groovy. The feel is young and fun, upscale but not over-the-top luxurious.
Suites are spacious and easily fit rollaway beds, but the hotel does little to accommodate younger children.
Dogs, but not cats, under 20 pounds are allowed, provided you pay a $125 cleaning fee.
In addition to the cleaning fee, two-legged guests must sign a pet waiver saying they'll take financial responsibility for any damage caused by Fido. Cute pet amenities aren't part of the deal (try the Muse or the W for that), but the hotel can provide dog bowls if needed.
The London Bar serves breakfast, shared plates, and cocktails; in-room dining
Dining at The London NYC is limited to in-room dining and the chic London Bar. The London Bar is open for breakfast each morning, and in the afternoon and night serves small plates like flatbread and fish and chips.
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