Part of the design-oriented Morgan Hotel Group, which
also owns the Mondrian brand, the 876-room Hudson Hotel strives to be hip and
fun as well as affordable. Its common areas -- lobby, restaurants, and lounges
-- are spacious and high-design, offering room to party, relax, hold a meeting, and
socialize. The stylish rooms, however, are tiny, accessed by barrack-like
hallways and lacking amenities such as minibars and coffeemakers. But most guests are more interested in spending time at the dining and nightlife hot spots on site than staying in. More cultural pursuits from
Jazz at Lincoln Center to Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera are all
within walking distance.
A diverse collection of lounges, restaurants, and dance clubs geared to a lively crowd that prefers partying to hiding out in the guest rooms
Opened in 2000, the Hudson was launched by the Morgans Hotel Group to be a trendy and affordable hotel. It's immediately clear upon arrival that the Hudson is different -- and far more stylish -- than most hotels in this price range in Manhattan. Steep, glowing chartreuse escalators escort
guests from the hotel's gloomy street-level entrance into an airy, storybook
lobby with soaring glass ceilings, a centerpiece glittering chandelier, and brick
walls covered in ivy.
The tiny Philippe Stark designed rooms are
modern and cozy, yet serve best as crash pads due to their small size. Rather than hang out
in the rooms lingering over a tray of room service, guests migrate to the hotel’s
plentiful common spaces to find their desired ambiance. Those seeking quiet discover dimly lit nooks furnished with antiques for meeting and reading, although
the Hudson is not a settling in with a good book kind of place.
At the center of the
main floor, peaking through the glass behind the front desk, is a chameleon-like courtyard space that transforms with the seasons. During summer
it’s a colorful Tequila Park serving tacos and margaritas. Come autumn the
space shifts to an Oktoberfest beer hall before turning into an urban ski lodge
complete with faux fur blankets, taxidermy, warmed cocktails, and nightly
Dictated by its young, lively audience, the
hotel lacks a fine dining restaurant and instead is anchored by Hudson Common,
a rustically chic, open and bright burger and beer hall with communal tables
and a long list of microbrews on tap. The Library Bar, designed to mimic an old
English club, is the most serious of the public spaces and is attractive by day to
working guests for meetings and laptop sessions. It offers plenty of cushy
leather chairs, a collection of antiques, a roaring fireplace, and a billiards
table. Nightlife happens at Half and Half, a playful and artsy dance club with
a collection of vintage arcade games from pinball to Pac-Man.
One of the hotel’s most attractive assets is on the
15th floor. The seasonal Sky Terrace is a rooftop oasis complete
with trees and vine-covered arbors, plenty of cushy lounge chairs, and skyline
views. Those craving more green space can wander out the front door and walk
two blocks to Manhattan’s playground, the 843-acre Central Park.
On a busy Midtown West block, minutes to the shops and restaurants of the Time Warner Center, the subway, and the entrance to Central Park
The Hudson Hotel’s Midtown West location is
just around the corner to Manhattan’s backyard, the sprawling green space of Central
Park. Also within a few minutes walking distance is the Time Warner Center, a
sleek entertainment and retail mecca with upscale shopping, a Whole Foods, Jazz
and Lincoln Center, and touted restaurants such as Masa, A Voce, and Thomas
Keller’s Per Se. The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall. The Museum of Modern
Art, and the Museum of Arts and Design are also all within walking distance.
The subway station at Columbus Circle, located two blocks from the hotel,
accesses two lines.
3-minute walk to Jazz at Lincoln Center and the
shops and restaurants at Time Warner Center
5-minute walk to Central Park
5-minute walk to the Museum of Arts and Design
6-minute walk to the Metropolitan Opera and
7-minute walk to Carnegie Hall
10-minute cab or subway ride to Penn Station
12-minute cab ride or 20-minute subway ride to
Grand Central Terminal
15-minute walk to Times Square
15-minute walk to the Museum of Modern Art
30-minute drive to LaGuardia International
Tiny but well organized with a smart Philippe Stark design
The rooms at the Hudson were designed to evoke
the feel of trans-Atlantic travel, and that luxury cruise-ship vibe is evident from
the moment you enter through the lime-green door. The walls are paneled in Makore
(African cherry) wood, the floors are also finished in African wood, and the
windows are covered with matching wood blinds. To contrast the darkness, the designer brightened the space with white leather sofas, chairs,
and headboards with brassy nail-head trim. Sheer white curtains are used to
separate the narrow entryways, outfitted with small closets and white cubicle
storage towers, and to hide built-in closet/storage cases within the rooms.
Narrow white desks with white reading lamps and white bedside tables topped
with cool lamps by British X-ray photographer Nick Veasey complete the space. Wine coolers and safes are available but the rooms are missing coffeemakers and minibars.
Rooms range from minuscule 136-square-foot
singles to 1,500-square-foot penthouses and apartments with fireplaces and private terraces. The majority of the rooms, however, fall into the Standard
or Studio (150 to 300 square feet) categories and are equipped with doubles,
queens, or two double beds. Beds are finished with crisp white cotton linens, down
duvets, and gray throws with lime-green stripes. The brightness of the
lime green is repeated throughout the rooms, entry doors, hangars, and drink cups.
Bathrooms are awash in shiny white tile and neatly
organized with small vessel sinks, etageres, and over-the-toilet shelving
stocked with towels and Malin+Goetz bath products.