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Pros

  • Intimate French restaurant, Triomphe
  • Quiet library with vintage books, free coffee, and two computers
  • Twice-a-day housekeeping and nightly turndown service
  • Small, 24-hour fitness center with sauna
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel
  • 19 subway lines within four blocks

Cons

  • Most rooms are poorly lit
  • No rollaway beds available
  • Dated decor

Bottom Line

Perfectly between Grand Central Terminal and Times Square, the Iroquois is an uncommonly quiet, exceedingly traditional 114-room in Midtown West. High-end perks include an elegant French bistro and cocktail bar, an excellent (though small) gym with a Finnish sauna, and a vintage library, but the rooms feel a bit staid, despite their flat-screen LED TVs and free Wi-Fi. For travelers who prefer super-stylish rooms, the London NYC is a solid Midtown pick.

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Scene

No mood lighting, techno music, or boisterous partiers here: this hotel is quiet, old-fashioned, and classy

This old-fashioned, classy Midtown West hotel has a quiet ambience that attracts upscale business travelers

With 114 rooms, the Iroquois is smaller than most of Midtown West's towering hotels. Attracting mostly moneyed, middle-aged European tourists and upscale business travelers, the hotel maintains a comfortable hubbub -- especially during the workweek -- without feeling crowded.

Unlike most similarly priced New York hotels, the Iroquois doesn't have a doorman waiting at the entrance to help hail cabs and open doors, nor are there porters standing by to take guests' bags to their rooms. But all the other services customary at upscale hotels are here: nightly turndowns, twice-daily housekeeping, free morning coffee, room service, and a concierge on staff.

Location

Quiet, safe, and incredibly convenient -- between Grand Central Terminal and Times Square

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Compared to the crowded sidewalks, neon lights, and commercial storefronts that Midtown West is known for, the hotel's block is relatively calm and classy. The Iroquois is situated on a stretch of West 44th Street known as Club Row because of its grouping of posh university clubs for Ivy League alumni. There's the Harvard Club, the Penn Club, and the New York Yacht Club, as well as several historic hotels. Between all the hotels and fancy clubs, more flags seem to fly on this fancy block than do at the United Nations.

With the subway stations at Grand Central, Bryant Park, and Times Square all within walking distance, the hotel is ideally situated near every major train line -- it's just about the most connected location anywhere in the city.

Just a short walk away are the Museum of Modern Art, the famous Fifth Avenue shopping district, and Bryant Park, which in the winter months is home to the city's only free-admission ice-skating rink. Other nearby attractions include Radio City Music Hall; Rockefeller Center, which houses NBC Studios and the Top of the Rock observation deck; and the Chrysler Building, one of the city's most beautiful skyscrapers.

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Rooms

Free Wi-Fi and Molton Brown bath products are highlights of the generally dark and very traditional rooms

The Deluxe King Room features traditional decor in sober tones that looks old-fashioned

The Iroquois's 114 are squarely, staunchly traditional, with old-fashioned furnishings and a mostly tan-and-white color scheme. There are no coffeemakers, but all rooms do have minibars, 43-inch LED flat-screen TVs, digital music players, and free Wi-Fi. Deluxe features include beds with Sealy mattresses and Frette linens.

Dim lamps and wall sconces don't do enough to keep the rooms from feeling dark, but bathrooms are well lit and covered in white marble. Like the rooms, they too are quite traditional -- expect white pedestal sinks, brass fittings, and antique-y mirrors -- but come with lots of towels, bathrobes, and Molton Brown bath products.

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Features

An intimate French bistro and bar, comfortable library, and small gym with sauna

Lantern’s Keep, the hotel’s cocktail bar, is cozy and romantic

The Iroquois' French restaurant, Triomphe, and 25-seat cocktail bar and lounge, Lantern's Keep, are cozy and romantic.

Right by the entrance, the hotel's library has huge, blown-glass windows looking out onto 44th Street and a collection of vintage books, as well as morning coffee and tea and afternoon cider (to compensate for the lack of in-room coffeemakers). There are also two computers and a printer (Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel).

The 24-hour gym isn't very big, but it has two workout stations, a rack of free weights, a treadmill, two bikes, and a balance ball. It's more than enough room -- and equipment -- for one person, but two would be pushing it, and three would definitely feel like a crowd. The gym also includes a decent-size sauna, something rarely seen at most New York hotels. Just be sure to call ahead to the front desk and request that it be turned on.

Amenities

Key Features
Fitness Center
Internet
Cribs
Hotel Services
Transport to / from Hotel
Concierge
Dry Cleaning
Laundry
Room Service
Family Services
Babysitting Services
Cribs
Kids Allowed
Things to Do
Business Center
Fitness Center
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Television
Mini Bar (with liquor)
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
Internet
Address
49 W 44th St, btwn 5th & 6th Aves, New York City, New York 10036, United States
Phone (212) 840-3080
Also Known As
  • Iroquois Hotel
  • Iroquois Hotel New York City
  • Iroquois New York City
Room Types
  • 2 Bedroom Suite
  • Classic Room
  • Deluxe Room
  • Executive King Room
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Superior Room

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