Take Shelter in These 6 Manhattan Hotel Lobbies
Lightning's cracking, it’s 90 plus degrees and you desperately need a cool drink, a clean bathroom, and a chill spot to meet a client or friend from out of town- or just a perch to scroll through email and catch your breath.
These posh semi public living rooms are some of the best-kept secrets in town. You might not ever crash at a Starbucks again…..
218 West 50th Street
The lobby is bright and airy, and easily accessible from the 1-C-E trains at the 50th Street stop. You'll find ice-cold filtered water facing you at the bar, with glasses ready for the taking. The seating is comfortable throughout, and there is a bathroom available downstairs.
This is one of my favorite places to visit and bring my own guests for some quick refreshment. When I'm a daytime-only patron of the hotel I try to take care of the staff as best I can by tipping well on whatever I order.
The Hudson Hotel
358 West 58th Street
Here's a fun spot right off of West 58th, on the South side of the street past the Time Warner Center-
Take the escalator up one flight to this oasis at the north end of Hell's Kitchen and you won't regret it. It feels like another world up there, complete with a pleasant, signature scent that hints of Tom Ford's Venetian Bergamot.
Outside you'll find a spacious patio with beautiful plantings reminiscent of a European beer garden, connected to a great pub on the inside.
Going to the oppose corner on the inside they have a classic Victorian-feeling library with a beautiful pool table and several chess boards.
Throughout the lobby at the Hudson Hotel you'll find comfortable seating, bathrooms, and more than your fair share of beautiful people - especially on a Saturday night!
The Park Hyatt Hotel
153 West 57th Street
Hands down this is the most impressive room you'll encounter in town. If you ever need to make a statement with a client or out of towner- this is THE spot.
Attached to One57 across from Carnegie Hall, say "Hello" to the doormen and take the elevator up to the lobby. If you loop around to the seating area across from the front desk you'll find chilled water with lemons or strawberries to take the edge off mid-summer Manhattan heat waves.
This hotel is the embodiment of modern luxury. It has the look and feel of a (multi-) million-dollar handshake. Sophisticated. It is the natural, perfect counterpart to a building that has attracted many of the highest condo sales prices in New York City real estate history.
The Paramount Hotel
235 W 46th Street
Located on West 46th street just East of 8th Avenue, three words to describe the ambiance here are cozy, cavernous, and comfy. The only natural light in the place comes through the doorways at the front, giving it a nighttime feeling at all times of day. Among all the hotels I regularly visit, the Paramount Hotel has (by far) the most ample and comfortable seating I've found.
There is a street-facing coffee shop attached to the lobby, and if you go deeper into the lobby to the left you'll find a full bar and bathrooms.
The Greenwich Hotel
377 Greenwich Street, between North Moore and Franklin Street
Walk with purpose through the front door of this unassuming TriBeCa hotel and head directly to the left so you don't get mistaken for paparazzi when you enter. The public areas have a decidedly vintage luxury feel to them, and they play host to many a discerning celebrity. Come here for an upscale meal from chef Andrew Carmellini on their spacious (private) outdoor patio area far removed from the hustle and bustle of the street outside.
The Marlton Hotel
5 West 8th Street
One of my favorites around! It’s close to everything and yet far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Washington Square Park. The Marlton offers a pleasant atmosphere for taking a load off, and with table side coffee service in white porcelain this hotel lobby will knock the socks off of any nearby coffee shop you could take your friends or clients to. Ordering a coffee here (at prices comparable to any coffee shop) is a great way to feel like you’re paying for your spot in the Marlton’s lobby without actually renting a room.
The Marlton’s lobby is equipped with free wifi open to the public, and on any given weekday you’ll find a (very small) handful of freelancers working away at the large table in front of the check-in desk. And if you happen to be one of those freelance types, you can breathe easy knowing you won’t have to duke it out for a seat like at some of the better-known hotels whose lobbies cater to nomad workers. They remain a well-kept secret in Manhattan.
Turn the corner to the left of the entrance and you'll find one of the most delightful little hotel restaurants you could hope for - complete with climate-controlled patio area in the back that will feel like you're dining al fresco in the springtime any day of the year.
This hotel has a wood burning fireplace in the fall and winter with a roaring fire and is the coziest lobby in town.
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