All rooms are huge two-room suites with sliding privacy partitions
Vast art collection (2,000-plus pieces) throughout hotel
Rooms have wet bars, Nespresso machines, and two flat-screen HDTVs
Huge walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads; some rooms have tubs
Restaurant and wine bar open daily for all meals, plus 24-hour room service
Seasonal rooftop bar has great views of the Hudson River
24-hour fitness and business centers
30,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and permanent registration desks
Direct access to Regal Cinema in the building
Pet- and eco-friendly, with a 1,000-square-foot green roof
On-site barber, boutique, and flower shop
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Far from popular tourist attractions in Midtown
No bathtubs in Deluxe or Superior Suites
No spa (but salon services, massages, and facials offered at the barber shop)
High nightly fee for valet and self-parking; no in-and-out privileges
The 463-room Conrad New York is a stylish business hotel next to the Goldman Sachs building in Battery Park City. Its soaring, 15-story atrium lobby with large art installations makes a dramatic first impression; the restaurant is a buzzing after-work drink spot; and there are 30,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. Rooms are enormous, particularly for New York City (this is one of the few all-suite properties in the city), and all have separate living rooms and sliding partitions. Upscale amenities include Nespresso machines, quality toiletries (several brands, including Aromatherapy Associates, are available), fluffy robes, and wet bars. The location is far from popular Midtown tourist attractions, but there are excellent restaurants in the immediate vicinity and numerous subway stops are within walking distance. As an alternative, consider the historic The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel, which has free luxury car service and celeb-chef restaurants, but no river views.
A sleek, business-oriented all-suite hotel (rare in NYC) between the Goldman Sachs offices and Hudson River Park
Conrad New York's atrium lobby, which is accessed by elevators from the main entrance, effectively sets the tone for the entire hotel: It's massive, sleek, and not a little futuristic. The space is dominated by Monica Ponce De Leon's giant two-tiered sculpture, made of aluminum and hundreds of cables and suspended from the ceiling, and Sol LeWitt's 13-story, 80-by-100-foot "Loopy Doopy" painting, which depicts -- to put it in layman's terms -- lots of blue squiggles. (These are particular pieces are headliners in a museum-quality collection of modern and contemporary art; the collection is comprised of more than 2,000 works, including paintings by Frank Stella and Elizabeth Peyton.) The lobby lighting rotates through moody colors, which enhances the ultra-modern feel.
Opened in 2012, the hotel is owned by Goldman Sachs, and the finance giant's headquarters are located across a covered corridor of restaurants and shops. The proximity helps make the hotel an after-work hot spot for the corporate crowd: The lobby bar buzzes with suit-clad customers in the evening, as does the rooftop bar in nice weather. Since the an 11-screen movie theater is located within the hotel, the lobby sees plenty of non-guests passing through, but elevators can only be used with guest key cards for extra security. Considering the downtown location, high-corporate vibe, sizable suites, and business-oriented features (like ample meeting space and free daily shoeshines), this is a popular pick for travelers in town for work.
In Battery Park City, with views of the Hudson River and New Jersey skyline
Conrad New York is located in Battery Park City, a community on the westernmost side of lower Manhattan. It's a reasonably convenient location for seeing downtown sights such as the World Trade Center, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Trinity Church, and Wall Street, but it's far from popular Midtown tourist attractions. Numerous subway stops (the 1, 2, 3 subway stop at Chambers and Hudson sts. and the A, C stop at Church and Warren sts.) are within a 10-minute walk. The hotel is at the center of a small restaurant hub -- Danny Meyer's Blue Smoke, North End Grill, and Shake Shack are all directly adjacent to or right near the hotel. There's also an 11-screen Regal Cinema in the same building.
Huge two-room suites with lots of luxurious extras
As one might expect after seeing Conrad's Jetsons-esque lobby, the hotel's 463 rooms come with plenty of bells and whistles -- high-tech lighting controls, two flat-screen HDTVs with a good selection of channels (including HBO), plug-in ports, individual climate control, wet bars, and Nespresso machines, among other luxe amenities. The decor is clean and modern, featuring light woods, neutral colors, contemporary art, and fluffy white duvets and excellent pillows on the comfortable beds.
Every room is a two-room suite with a separate living room and bedroom -- remarkable in New York City, where plenty of hotels charge much more for less square footage -- and some even have pull-out couches (not guaranteed). Deluxe Suites and Superior Suites are both 430 square feet and identical in all respects except for the view -- Superior Suites are situated on higher floors for better views. Deluxe and Superior suites have either a king bed or two double beds. Premier Suites and Luxury Suites are larger, at 700 and 750 square feet, respectively, and have bigger bathrooms with soaking tubs.
The bathroom areas in the Deluxe and Superior Suites are designed to maximize space; there is a narrow room with a toilet and sink, as well as an adjacent (and massive) walk-in shower with rainfall showerhead. Both are accessed from the corridor between the living room and bedroom, and there are two frosted glass sliding panels on each end that can be closed for privacy. The hotel offers quality robes and slippers and upscale Aromatherapy Associate toiletries (and three other brands of toiletries -- Shanghai Tang, The Refinery and Tara Smith -- so guests can personalize their experience).
Wi-Fi is free in the rooms and throughout the hotel. Digital concierge services are available for making dinner reservations, ordering 24-hour room service, or requesting amenities for the room; the service can be accessed using the in-room TVs or guests' laptops, smartphones, and tablets. Nightly turndown service is provided, and items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste are free upon request. Handicap-accessible suites are available. Rooms offer either river or city views, but it's worth it to opt for a room on the river side, as city-view rooms often look into the Goldman Sachs building.
More than 30,000 square feet of meeting space, an all-day restaurant, and a seasonal rooftop bar
It should come as no surprise that a hotel owned by Goldman Sachs has impressive meeting space -- over 30,000 flexible square feet of it, including a 6,200-square-foot ballroom. All of the meeting rooms are grouped together in a separate area off of the lobby so that the rest of the hotel won't feel as overrun during big events, and there are permanent registration desks in place. Catering is coordinated by Danny Meyer's Union Square Events -- a major plus -- and non-business guests can sample Danny Meyer's renowned cuisine at North End Grill, Blue Smoke, and the Shake Shack, all immediately near the hotel.
To eat on-site, ATRIA Wine Bar and Restaurant serves all three meals daily, plus brunch on the weekends and room service 24 hours a day. ATRIA is a popular spot for after-work drinks, as is Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar, located on the 16th floor. The seasonal venue is open seven days a week (from early afternoon until after dinner) for cocktails, small plates, and excellent views of the Hudson River.
The hotel has fitness and business centers, both open round the clock, and Wi-Fi is free throughout. Daily shoeshines are free and valet and self-parking (no in-and-out privileges) are both available for a fee. An 11- screen Regal Cinemas is located in the building, and there are a barbershop, florist, and gift store in the lobby.