Free passes to comprehensive gym (including group classes) down the street
Claustrophobic guest rooms (bathrooms are average-size)
Some rooms may get very little natural light
Archer Hotel New York is a 180-room upscale boutique located within blocks of Manhattan's Bryant Park. Archer has taken great pride and care in selecting top-notch amenities and extras specifically made in New York, from the free in-room bottles of water and hand-selected welcome sweets to celebrated artists' work hanging from the walls and ceilings. If you are after in-your-face views of the Empire State Building, a rooftop bar and steakhouse, and a hip, bespoke experience, this is your spot. But beware, space is tight and slightly claustrophobic overall, especially in guest rooms. The price is competitive given the hotel's quality and location, but the nearby Refinery Hotel is also worth considering.
Chic spare-no-expense vibe with nice attention to detail
Opened in May 2014, Archer Hotel seems to have curated a bespoke and exclusive -- yet non-pretentious -- vibe for its guests. The result is contemporary style incorporating dark woods, polished leather couches, and thoughtful details. Unlike some of New York's other upscale hotels (such as The Pearl) that have tried to shave a few dollars off the budget with IKEA-esque furniture, the furnishings and decor at Archer are solid and well-made and most likely selected for a specific reason. This spare-no-expense attitude seems to be found throughout the hotel: unlimited Nespresso pods, gourmet minibar snacks and drinks, premium toiletries, artisan welcome and turndown treats, and even in-room umbrellas from MoMA are provided. You might expect a hotel that places so much emphasis on style and detail to have a snobby or elitist vibe, but this is not the case. Public spaces have a casual and even playful feel that makes it feel like you are a guest at someone's manor rather than at a Midtown hotel.
Midtown West location walking distance to Grand Central and Times Square
Ideally located for independent travelers, Archer Hotel is within walking distance of practically every subway line in New York City (the closest being the B,D,F,M at 42nd Street/Bryant Park) and numerous points of interest. Guests can easily reach Bryant Park, the New York Public Library, Times Square, Grand Central Station, Penn Station, and Herald Square on foot. Hot spots like Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and shops on 5th Avenue are slightly farther, while most people may want to snag a quick cab to Central Park. JFK Airport is just over an hour via an easy, straight shot on the E line located within a five-minute walk of the hotel; LaGuardia Airport is about 45 minutes by a subway-bus combo; and New Jersey's Newark Airport is about 45 minutes via train.
There's no getting around it -- all but one of Archer Hotel's rooms are small, with the Classic King being the tightest squeeze in the bunch. If you don't think you can handle side stepping or constantly bumping into your traveling partner, grab a room with either a queen or two beds, or splurge on the "suite-style" Archer Den. All rooms have upscale, contemporary, and chic style in shades of black and white (typically with purple accents); NYC-themed artwork; Nespresso machines (with free capsules); free water and caramels hand-selected from over 50 NYC candy makers; a stocked minibar with connecting mini-fridge; and a closet with Frette bathrobes, quality slippers (free to take home), MoMa umbrellas, and ironing facilities. Beautiful bathrooms with black and white subway tiles have walk-in showers, premium Malin+Goetz toiletries, and fluffy Frette towels. There are also a selection of Archer's favorite books, MP3 player clock radios, universal cell-phone chargers, beside reading lights, and hidden luggage storage. Empire View rooms are not exaggerating; the famous building is so close, you might miss it.
Well-thought out details, a top-notch restaurant, and stunning skyscraper views from Spyglass
Archer Hotel stands out for its many detailed extras, and these the small things make a big difference in guest satisfaction. These include free reading glasses and color printing at the business center, free treasure chest items for kids, clever interactive games, and seasonal treats left during turndown service (there's a different one for every day of the week). Housekeeping will even stick a bookmark in an open book to help make sure guests don't lose their place. Everything here has been carefully thought out and hand-selected with the idea of making guests feel appreciated and taken care of. Nothing -- from the menu and shop items, to the decor, to furniture -- is here by chance.
On the ground floor is Charlie Palmer Steak and Foyer Bar, both added in 2017. Meals can be served in the restaurant, on the bar couches, or outside on the front patio. Cuisine is modern American and the menu, which focuses on fresh ingredients, changes seasonally. Upstairs on the 22nd floor is Spyglass, a narrow and sleek rooftop bar with indoor and outdoor seating. The main attraction is the up-close-and-personal view of the Empire State Building, especially impressive at night. While the main bar area can feel a bit congested, especially when packed (as it often is), you may find more space in the separate room (which also has a separate terrace, but no Empire State view) to the left of the elevators.
Other features include free tangible and digital versions of the New York Times and free Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel.
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