- Well-equipped rooms with comfy beds
- Popular bars draw young professionals
- Free Wi-Fi for SPG members (free to join)
- 24-hour room service
- Well-equipped but small gym
- Two-minute walk from 8 subway lines
- Daily fee for Wi-Fi
Business travelers congregate in the offbeat, David Rockwell-designed lobby. Like other W hotels, a boisterous evening crowd of young professionals spills out into the lobby from the bars.
The W chain of hotels is the younger-leaning, more stylish arm of the Starwood Hotel group (which also operates Sheratons and Westins). W has properties all over the world, including five in Manhattan. The hotels are known for their purple, silver, and black color scheme, and an unhealthy obsession with, yes, the letter "W" -- signs read "Welcome" at the front desk, "Whatever/Whenever" at the concierge, and "Woof" by the dog bowls at the entrance. Despite the Sesame Street-style alliteration, Ws around the city often draw decent crowds of young professional New Yorkers to their lobbies. The Irvington restaurant and Living Room at the W Union Square, the most "downtown" of all the Ws, is no exception: It's hip but not exclusive.
The public areas feel are sleek and comfortable, with black leather tufted sofas and pops of color -- as seen in the blue bench with green alligator detailing. The large windows let in a lot of sunlight and afford some incredible people-watching opportunities.
Fittingly, the W Union Square sits on the northeast corner of Union Square, a park in the Gramercy neighborhood of Manhattan. In the daytime and evening, the immediate area witnesses heavy foot traffic. Everyone from skateboarders to dog walkers to well-dressed media types pass through. By midnight, though, the square's well lit but the park and its surrounding side streets thin out considerably.
A major subway station servicing eight trains (the L; the N, Q, R, W; and the 4, 5, 6), Union Square is surrounded by commercial properties, including a Regal movie theater, a Whole Foods, and a Barnes & Noble bookstore. Several dormitories and buildings of New York University and the New School lay nearby. Students tend to hit the area nightspots, and activists and artists often set up shop in Union Square park, but the hub and the shopping bring people from just about every New York walk of life to the area, making for a crowded and busy daytime scene that thins out at night.
Rooms feature great beds, extensive minibars, and high-end Bliss bath products. Much-needed renovations in 2012 revitalized the dark guest rooms.
Rooms were renovated in 2012. The room décor has a bright palate and tones, with modern furnishings. Renovated rooms have bright pops of color and striking accent walls that give a much more contemporary look to the space.
The W Union Square has two requisite amenities for its price range -- a great fitness center and a business center -- but there's no spa.
OK for families, with a children's DVD library and a kids menu for room service. But street noise and a bar scene in the lobby doesn't make it an ideal family pick.
Available through the concierge, the DVD and video library features some kids movies. The room-service menu also includes children's options like mac and cheese, crispy chicken fingers, or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The hotel offers cribs on request and also can arrange babysitting services through the concierge.
Solid family amenities notwithstanding, the hotel generally caters to business professionals, plus Union Square isn't ideally located for visiting kid-friendly New York attractions such as the museums around Central Park.
The W welcomes pets, but there's a weight limit and it can get pricey . Owners pay an additional fee per night above their daily room charge and a nonrefundable cleaning deposit.
With two dog bowls filled with treats and water at its entrance, the W Union Square opens its arms to pets. There's even a room-service menu for them. What's more, the park adjacent to the hotel features a popular dog run.
Upscale Mediterranean-inspired cuisine from Irvington; 24-hour room service, and bar scene in the Living Room
The on-site restaurant Irvington serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes for all three meals.
The Living Room serve cocktails and small bites.
Around Union Square, there's a host of options in almost every direction.
Great food, attentive service, and a beautiful reception space that blends classic architecture and modern design.
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