More about BRYANT PARK HOTEL
Gothic, or just plain funky ?
The 1924 Bryant Park Hotel, formerly the American Radiator Building, is a luxury hotel in Midtown Manhattan, accross the street from the New York Public Library, Bryant Park and Fifth Avenue.
The black brick facade of this striking gothic building is set off by gold-terra cotta trim, the sleek design makes it look taller than its 23 stories.
Still, it is clearly visible from the observatory deck of the Empire State Building, just look to the north... and down :)
address : 40W 40th St
S,4,6,7 to 42nd St - Grand Central
B,D,F to 42nd St - Sixth Avenue
Great 4 star hotel!
I highly recommend the Bryant Park Hotel -- our deluxe queen/park view room was modern, super-clean and large (for NYC), with lots of windows and light. The hardwood floors in the room, and the big marble bathrooms with separate tub and shower were great. Comfortable bed, nice linens. We definitely would stay there again.
Good points and bad
The good: The rooms were lovely - spacious bedroom and bathroom, with great freebie soaps and stuff. Nice to have a CD player in the room. Service was fine, nothing bad to report.
The bad: The Bryant Park is a hotel that thinks it's a nightclub. It's quite noisy if you're trying to sleep and you're facing the park itself, and the breakfasts in the room were really not that great considering what I've heard about NY brekkies.
I read reviews about The Bryant Park before booking a special rate on Expedia, and was a little worried that our stay may not have been worth the price we were paying for a junior suite. Luckily, I turned out to be wrong...
I called the hotel the day before to let them know that I may arrive early and asked, if possible, for an early check-in. When I arrived the next morning, the front desk greeted me warmly, granted me access to my room, and I was even further pleased to discover that my special request had been granted (for a separate tub (large one as well!) and shower stall, plus a view of the park). Overall, our room was simple yet tastefully decorated and I loved the large windows which allowed plenty of natural light (not to worry for those who don't - screens and drapes are on all windows to block out the light).
The location of the hotel was perfect. It's within walking distance to both Grand Central (10 mins) and Penn Station (15 - 20 mins), 2 blocks from the heart of Times Square, and major stores (Macy's, Victoria's Secret, Gap etc) and shopping avenues (Madison, 5th). I also fell in love with Bryant Park - the perfect place to take your breakfast, lunch, etc. or to relax on a beautiful day. I certainly recommend Pax, the cafe/deli on the corner by the hotel, for good food at a reasonable price. Also, if you are a sushi lover, book reservations at Koi, the restaurant in the hotel...a little pricey but well worth it.
All in all, my stay was a memorable one. I will be returning to The Bryant Park...
A real find in the middle of manhattain
We stayed at the Bryant Park in the week leading up to our wedding at the Empire State Building - so we were expecting a lot!
We didn't want to stay in one of the traditional 'New York Plaza' type hotels and opted instead for the Bryant Park which is centrally located but with a fabulous view of Bryant Park and the New York Public Library beneath. It's location means that you are right in the middle of everything without all the noise and touristy bits of a Times Square Hotel. The fact that you can walk out of the hotel in the morning and go and sit in a park is also a huge selling feature - you really get the best of both worlds.
The hotel itself is very popular with fahionistas (which we are not!). We travelled as a couple with our 15 month son, and the 2 mother-in-law's to be - so potentially we could have been very out of place!!! On arrival you are wowed by the big red leather reception desk fronted by some very attractive men (and women according to my now husband!). The staff could not have been more helpful, they will organise anything for you - even if you fancy chocolate dipped cherried with champagne at 3am (don't ask!). They were even fantastic with our son and would happily do baby listening for us if we wanted to have a drink in the bar.
The rooms were very spacious by New York standards with fabulously clean cut decor, the bathrooms were divine.
The restaurant in the hotel was also well worth a visit (bit on the pricey side though). The Cellar Bar is crazy, full of New Yorks finest, you really get to see a different side of things! The key in this hotel is to ask for a Razmopolitan as soon as you arrive, like the entrance, they're red and once you've tried one you'll definately go back - to the bar and this hotel!
The place to stay when visiting the city!!!
For our first trip to New York, I looked at every hotel the city offered and decided upon the Bryant Park. It was everything and more than I wanted in a hotel. It provides the perfect mix of trendy & luxury. The staff was wonderful and very helpful.
It is my understanding that some rooms are small, so I would recommend the suites. I booked a Junior suite and requested a room on a high floor with a view of the park. When we walked into our room, we were amazed! The room was extremely spacious and the bathroom was amazing with a separate tub and shower. Then we walked out a tall glass door and were met with a private rooftop balcony overlooking Bryant Park. Very few rooms have balconies, so I would recommend specifically asking for one. Room 2003 is perfect!
We spent a late night at Cellar Bar - that although not very busy, it had a good scene. Another night we had a drink in Koi - we did not eat, but the food looked amazing.
Every evening upon our return to the hotel, we were met with velvet ropes at the front door and asked to show our key. It was nice to have the extra security.
The Bryant Park far exceeded my expectations. While you felt as though there was definitely a "scene" at the hotel, it was extremely private. Within walking distance to all attractions, but a few blocks outside of the craziness of Times Square. The park itself was wonderful and it provided a great place to sit and rest at the end of a long day.
I can't wait to return!
Modern Elegance meets NYC Flare
TOPLINE: Ultra modern, trendy boutique with large, comfortable rooms. This hotel is ideal for the young and the young at heart looking to experience the flare of NYC. Located on 40th between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, the Bryant Park features modern decor, and is set in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Venture down the hotel steps to be greeted by a wonderful urban park inviting you to mingle with urbanites. Venture further from the hotel and you stumble upon Fifth Avenue shopping, the Manhattan Mall (Seventh and 32nd) as well as the Empire State Builing, Times Square, Rockefeller Center and Broadway. If you're headed downtown, simply jump on the Red line located on 42nd. This is the hotel to splurge on - enjoy the location and modern feel.
The rooms are well sized, and include a CD player, large tub for two, separate shower and soaps and lotions that my wife loved. While we did not have the opportunity to visit the sushi restuarant or the Bar, it did appear that the Bryant Park was the place to be. Having stayed on the 11th floor, I did not encounter any of the street noise that some reviewers note. The gym on the fifth floor is more than suitable for travelers.
If you're interested in catching a broadway show you can purchase discounted tickets (35%-50% off) the day of the show at TKTS. The location in Times Square is the most popular and features lines in excess of 2 hours. The trick is to jump on the Red line and head down to the Southside Seaport. Get off the subway at Fulton and go to the TKTS located on John and Front. Head over there after 2:00pm when tickets are released and wait a mere 5 minutes.
Parade, TV star, Bryant Park
"the famous brooklyn bridge"
YEAH !!!! I got one chair
"I got the chair"
Now, let us eat !
"Parade in Manhattan"
"Puerto Rico ?"
"in the sky"
The crazy friend in the crazy city...
"Love in NYC"
I love NY and NY loves me...
"TV show in Manhattan"
"pic nic in Bryant Park"
I need a chair !
Bryant Park Hotel
the very funky Bryant Park Hotel tower
38th 39th at Sixth quiet at night?
Booked the Residence Inn Times Square for a Saturday night...noticed it's very close to the garment district which is busy by day but I don't see any other hotels or restaurants on the same block.....will it be people busy to walk homeward later in the evening as it is south of the action of the theatre district or should we go home via cab? The reviews seemed good for this hotel which is priced well.
RE: 38th 39th at Sixth quiet at night?
This is a highly populated area at all times of day. Everyplace in Midtown is safe until the wee hours--this part of New York is full of people all the time. Definitely do not take a cab, it's a five-block walk! I doubt a cab would even bother to take you!
RE: RE: 38th 39th at Sixth quiet at night?
There are many nearby hotels. The Bryant Park Hotel is just across the way, and the Library Hotel is a couple of blocks away. If you're going out to the theater, it's just a 5-10 minute walk. You won't find a taxi anyway! Do plan to spend some relaxing time in Bryant Park. There are food kiosks and seating all over the place. I also recommend the Cellar Bar in the Bryant Park Hotel.
RE: 38th 39th at Sixth quiet at night?
As they said. Walk it. Unless its pouring rain like it likes to do these days. The neighborhood is very safe. Be smart of course but you shouldnt be in any danger. There are several bars and pubs and clubs within a block of this hotel.
This is the new tower they just put up on 6th right? There are a couple Marriotts right near there. I am very curious to get your review of the hotel.
RE: 38th 39th at Sixth quiet at night?
Thanks...going there tonight and will give you feedback when I return home. If it is like the Marriott Springhill Suites in Tarrytown where we have been staying, I will be very pleased. I'll write from the commuting in and staying in town viewpoints!