The Refinery Hotel Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Midtown West, Manhattan, New York City

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Pros

  • Chic modern rooms with black-and-white decor and oak floors
  • Flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi
  • Sleek bathrooms with walk-in rainfall showers or shower/tub combos
  • Parker & Quinn, an American bistro with style influenced by English pubs and Parisian wine bars
  • Winnie's Lobby Bar, named for the owner of a historic tea salon run during Prohibition
  • A rooftop bar with both indoor and outdoor space
  • Historic building that was a former hat factory
  • Cool industrial-chic design throughout
  • Convenient location near Bryant Park and the Empire State Building
  • 24-hour room service

Cons

  • Some noise complaints (common in NYC)
  • Wait time for elevators can be a bit long

Bottom Line

This stylish urban boutique hotel in New York's Garment District is located in a historic building that was once a tea salon and hat factory. The property's past inspired its present industrial-chic design, and small details such as decorative milliner's tools pay homage to the building's former function. In the lobby, cool white stone and Gothic arches are contrasted against colorful contemporary art, while in the rooms, a minimalist black-and-white motif is warmed up by the oak hardwood floors. Features include a fitness center, a lobby bar (named for the historic tea salon's owner), Parker & Quinn bistro, and a cool rooftop bar. The location is within walking distance of popular sights such as the Empire State Building, Bryant Park, and Herald Square.

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 Location

In New York's Garment District, near many popular sights

The Garment District (also more flatteringly dubbed the Fashion District) is home to wholesale dress and jewelry shops and the occasional adult DVD store. It's not the prettiest part of the city, but it's extremely convenient for tourists as many popular sights are within walking distance.

  • Within walking distance of 15 subway lines: the 1, 2, 3, N, R, Q and 7 at Times Square, the 4, 5, 6, 7 and S at Grand Central Station, and B, D, F, M and 7 at Bryant Park.
  • 6-minute walk to the Empire State Building
  • 6-minute walk to Bryant Park and the main branch of the New York Public Library
  • 11-minute walk to Grand Central Station
  • 12-minute walk to Times Square
  • 15-minute walk to Rockefeller Center
  • 25-minute drive to LaGuardia Airport
  • 40-minute drive to John F. Kennedy Airport
  • 40-minute drive to Newark Airport

 Bottom Line

This stylish urban boutique hotel in New York's Garment District is located in a historic building that was once a tea salon and hat factory. The property's past inspired its present industrial-chic design, and small details such as decorative milliner's tools pay homage to the building's former function. In the lobby, cool white stone and Gothic arches are contrasted against colorful contemporary art, while in the rooms, a minimalist black-and-white motif is warmed up by the oak hardwood floors. Features include a fitness center, a lobby bar (named for the historic tea salon's owner), Parker & Quinn bistro, and a cool rooftop bar. The location is within walking distance of popular sights such as the Empire State Building, Bryant Park, and Herald Square.

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 197
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Midtown West, Manhattan
Address: 63 W 38th Street, New York, NY 10018
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