From the curated library to the retro rotary phones in every room, no detail has been left out at this sexy boutique. Its 113 stylish rooms have tasteful decor inspired by the Paris of the 1920s, and feature top-notch amenities, including high-definition TVs, Tivoli radios with iPod hookups, and free Wi-Fi. Society Cafe, a bar and restaurant reminiscent of the old New York speakeasies, attracts a varied clientele with its intimate yet casual vibe and American menu. Walker Hotel Greenwich Village is a great pick for couples and business travelers, but those with kids in tow might find some rooms to be too small and the walls too thin.
A stylish boutique with an intimate vibe and tasteful rooms
The dimly lit art deco lobby, with its heavy dark drapes, working fireplace, and intimate nooks creates a sexy first impression. There’s a lounge area in the lobby with a drinks and small bites menu from the restaurant, and guests and non-guests mingle there during the day and well into the night. A curated library with art and fashion books, and a hidden alcove adjacent to the stairs, help create an atmosphere that’s generally more hushed than lively.
Off the lobby is the hotel’s restaurant and bar, Society Cafe. It has two separate areas -- one with a long wooden bar serving good cocktails, and a dining room with a skylight and an American menu. It’s a good place for after-work drinks, with polished woods and a fireplace that create an appealing speakeasy atmosphere.
The building was constructed from scratch to house the hotel, and there was a lot of thought put into the layout. One of the most important features is that there are no rooms facing a brick wall -- they all overlook the street, and the top floors with south orientation have views of downtown Manhattan and the Freedom Tower. However, some guests complain about thin walls, and a few rooms are a little small. Still, they all come with great amenities, attractive decor, and nice extras, such as free bottled water and upscale Bigelow toiletries.
The hotel’s central location in the northern Village offers easy access to public transportation, attractions and nightlife.
The hotel is located on W 13th Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues. It is a little busier than other streets south of the hotel, but it is lined by four-story buildings and trees, so it is still relatively quiet. Right across the street is one of the buildings that make up The New School for Design, and many of the restaurants in the area cater to students. There are cafes, small restaurants, and bars lining the streets around the hotel, and a wide array of stores can be found within walking distance. The 14th Street subway stop (served by five subway lines and the PATH) is just a block away, and Union Square, with many more subway lines and a great farmer’s market, is just a few minutes east of the hotel.
The Village is a mostly residential neighborhood known for housing most of NYU’s buildings. There’s a lot of foot traffic day and night, and lively bars and restaurants line the streets. The best streets for shopping are located a few blocks south of Washington Square Park, which is just a short stroll from the hotel. Walk a few blocks southwest for some of the best small restaurants in town.
25-minute drive to LaGuardia Airport
40-minute drive to John F. Kennedy Airport
40-minute drive to Newark Airport
7-minute walk to Union Square
8-minute walk to the West Village
9-minute walk to Washington Square Park
12-minute walk to Flatiron Building
14-minute walk to the High Line and the Chelsea Market
15-minute walk ride to SoHo
9-minute subway ride to Penn Station
10-minute subway ride to Bryant Park and the New York Public Library
13-minute subway ride to the Chrysler Building and Grand Central Station
13-minute subway ride to Times Square
13-minute subway ride to Rockefeller Center
13-minute subway ride to Brooklyn Bridge
15-minute subway ride to Central Park
15-minute subway ride to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
15-minute subway ride to Wall Street
16-minute subway ride to St. Patrick’s Cathedral
19-minute subway ride to Lincoln Center
28-minute subway ride to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Stylish and inviting, with high-end amenities and vintage touches
Walker Hotel Greenwich Village offers several room types, all featuring the same upscale amenities and vintage tiled bathrooms. Some units are a tad small, but most are quite spacious by NYC standards, and have large windows overlooking the street. All feature large headboards painted directly on the wall, sliding panels that hide the TV when closed, and closet doors with geometric patterns. Bathrooms, while not big, have a stylish vintage look, with New York subway-style white tiles on walls and a black-and-white mosaic floor.
High-definition flat-screen TVs with cable channels
A lively restaurant and bar with great cocktails and a solid menu
Society Cafe is a sexy restaurant located off the lobby in the back of the building. It has a small bar area serving great cocktails, and a dining room with an American menu by Executive Chef Christopher Zabita. With sleek booths, lots of wood accents, and a golden ceiling, the space is reminiscent of the old New York speakeasies. The candlelit tables and the dimly lit space make is a great pick for a romantic dinner, but it's casual enough to also appeal to groups of friends.
Society Cafe is open for all three meals, plus brunch on weekends. Light food and snacks can be served in the lounge.
Walker Bar has a solid wine and cocktails menu, and is open until late at night daily.