I believe this to be one of the nicest hotels in NYC. From when you first enter there are 2 doormen present waiting to not only greet you but do whatever to make you feel that they are at your service. Then to the right is the concierge desk where we were greeted by Sarah, a beautiful, elegant and sweet smiling front of the house presence, whom ensured my friends check in to be exactly what she wanted and then took us for a tour before settling into the room. There is a lovely big room, library style with a fireplace and just a few hotel guests relaxing not making too much noise. it is great to have a new hotel in the city without a bar scene in the lobby. That is left for Ago off the lobby but not intrusive of the hotel. There is a lovely courtyard with tables off both Ago restaurant and the lobby. It makes one feel that they are in a European hotel.The rooms are quite large for hotel rooms.The one my friend stayed in was 425 square feet, a great view of the river, beautifully decorated with wide wood plank floors, king size bed, a desk, a seating area with a couch and a large bathroom with a Moroccan tiled tub.
But the best part about this hotel is their Shibui spa that houses a lantern lit swimming pool and lounge,as seen in the picture, under a reconstructed 250 year old wood and bamboo farmhouse. Take advantage of this amenity for it is hardly used and you will feel transported to Malaysia with the warm kept atmosphere and dim lights. After a dip in the pool take a steam which is housed in the showers of both the men and women’s restrooms and use the products that are from the spa to pamper and clean yourself from head to toe.
The rates here are not cheap starting out at $550 a room but they give you every pennies worth and more!