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It was a Birthday Trip to remember!
Though I had only been to NYC once before, I had the opportunity to plan a trip for myself and two of my sisters - one in which would be celebrating her 26th birthday. We arrived at the Distrikt and were immediately greeted with warm smiles and assistance. Our check-in was smooth and painless, as well as welcoming, by Front Desk Host Chris, as we had been returning to the hotel instead of visiting for the first time. We were shown to our room, which was on a high floor based on our request, by Frank who unloaded all of our luggage - yes, three ladies from sunny Cali tend to travel with such - and whom inquired as to our trip to NYC. We confirmed that we were celebrating a birthday and he went on his way.
When we returned to the hotel later that night after dinner we were, again, met with heartfelt smiles. Just as soon as we opened our door did we also notice a box and note, from Gerry in the food and beverage department, waiting for the birthday girl. Inside the box sat a beautiful chocolate and cherry cake with a birthday note so sincerely written and wished upon that not even a five star property could produce. If you have read any additional reviews on the Distrikt Hotel you will know that they do not yet have the ability to create such a dessert and went far beyond to ensure a birthday to remember!
The room is a tad more spacious for New York and complete with luxurious beds, linens and furniture. It was emaculate and tastefully decorated. The bathroom, though deemed for a wheelchair, was quite spacious and included above average amenities. Though we were wiped out from all of the sight seeing and walking we completed around the city, the traffic noise was kept at bay and allowed us restful nights sleep.
On our last evening in NYC, we had the pleasure of experiencing the Distrikt Hotel Bar and it's ever accommodating bartender, Jennifer. While they are definitely still in the wrap up stages of their food and beverage service, they do have plenty to offer at reasonable prices and stay open rather late for those that just aren't ready to end their night.
I would most certainly recommend the Distrikt Hotel to any that ask and will be sure to make my reservations again upon returning to the city. A HUGE thank you to all of the staff we encountered during our four day visit. You made my little sisters first trip to NYC extremely memorable!!!
First trip to NYC
We arrived atthe Distrikt Hotel on a snowy Wednesday and were warmly greeted by Hada, Bellman and Matt at the desk. After a smooth check in we were taken to our 30th floor room, with a wonderful view of the city and Hudson River. Throughout our 3 days Jennifer and her staff treated us like royalty, providing umbrellas for the heavy snow days, pre arranging cabs. The bar is a quaint setting for those late night winddown moments. Special kudos to Jerry and Danny for extra help with guidance and assitance for us newcomers. Overall a very wonderful experience, and a big reason our trip was such a pleasure. We definatley look forward to returning, and staying at The Distrikt
Great service, great rooms, great location: simple, affordable, luxury in Midtown.
I just got back from a 3 night trip with six other people and we stayed at the Distrikt. We were burned last year on our annual trip by a booking through VRBO, so we decided to go the traditional hotel route. I booked it a month ago before they opened. I received a AAA discount on the already low grand opening rate, so I paid less than $150 per night per room over President's Day weekend. I couldn't find a better deal, so despite the unknown aspect of a new hotel, I went ahead and booked it.
I originally booked two 2 double bed rooms for < $150 each. When we got there, they informed us that they only had one 2 double bed room available, so they gave us a queen room and king room on top of the 2 double bed room to make up for it. They honored the over all price, so we ended up getting 3 rooms for < $100/night. I was very happy with how they resolved the situation. Also, I'm a daily reader of the NY Times electronic edition, so I was pleasantly surprised when the print edition was hanging on my door Saturday morning (no Sunday Times though!). There were absolutely no issues once we checked in, so I can't comment on their problem resolution.
Beautiful rooms with flat-panel displays. We took the red eye in, so everybody was tired on Friday night and I everyone raved about the beds. The mattresses were perfectly firm and the pillows were just the right consistency. We got one of each type of room, the double room is by far the biggest with a lot of space to move around, the queen was comfortable, and the king room was very tight. But that is what I come to expect these days from newer hotels in NYC.
The hotel is on 40th St. between 8th and 9th Ave. It is across the street from the Port Authority Bus Terminal and half a block away from the subway (blue line). It couldn't have been anymore convenient. It was close enough to Times Square (as much as avoid it) and Broadway (for the shows) that we were close to the action but far enough away that it wasn't noisy.
This is nitpicking but...
The location - You have to walk passed a section of porn shops to get from the 8th Ave (the subway and Times Square) to get to the hotel. But it could be worse and considering there are three new hotels next to each other (and one more in the works), I would assume it's a matter of time before they go away.
The TV - This is just me but I don't want an HDTV in my room if all I am going to get is 30 analog channels. The TV looks great until you turn it on.
The shower - Other people have commented on the shower door, and because of how it opens, I soaked my hanging towel a couple of times while entering the shower.
The "restaurant" - If I'm going to pay for a $15 breakfast, I expect eggs, bacon and potatoes. Anything less (i.e. their continental breakfast) in my opinion should be free. Their breakfast option is either too little variety, overpriced, or both. No other real food options in the hotel, as it is pretty no-frills.
The grand-opening bugs - They took care of the room gaffe just fine but the mini-bar was still unstocked (not that we would have used it) and there was still a lot of construction going on. Nothing to turn anyone off though.
For the money, best hotel experience I've had in NYC. Everybody had rave reviews when we left on Monday. You can't beat the quality, price, service, and location. I would expect that we will stay their again if we can get a similar deal. I would not hesitate to recommend the Distrikt to anyone.
The hotel is well designed, has excellent service staff, and impeccably clean. Our only two points to note were the elevator service was a bit ill-timed- it was often easier to order an elevator going up from our room and ride it up to go down than to wait for a down elevator. Secondly, there weren't any glasses in the room. We were able to order some but it was odd to not have anything provided to at least rinse your mouth out in the morning.
Again, that said... we had a fantastic stay. It was close to Times Square, the Metro, and plenty of restaurants. We've already recommended it to a few people and we're sure some of the kinks will get worked out!
An absolute gem
Just a fantastic place to stay.
The staff and management should be congratulated for their courtesy and professionalism. They were able to handle all sorts of little requests (tips for getting to places, printing off various documents) with a smile. The front desk staff just have a fantastic, welcoming attitude and I hope this will become the enduring characteristic of the hotel.
The rooms are well appointed and the free wifi is a plus. Extremely clean, and a great bed. Extremely good value for the price, and the location is good, too - close to times square and more importantly, across the road from the Port Authority subway network.
Cannot recommend this place enough.
Need to get service right before opening
The hotel was designed well and location great next to times square. Couldn't find my booking made on kayak. So charged me full price instead of correct amount. Then charged me the wrong amount 5 times on my credit card. The hotel staff fixed it up pretty quickly through sending fax but overall spent About 3 hours in total sorting it out - waste of time and very annoying. The staff lack English skills so it was also difficult for them to understand me correctly. No body wanted to deal with me so I had to wait for front desk manager. The only person in the hotel that said yes we have made a mistake. Overcharged by 900 dollars shouldn't happen.
nice new hotel near Times Square
We arrived in NYC for a friends weekend. Although they did not have a room available for early check-in, they completed our check-in and stored our bags. So we when came back to the room, they handed us our keys right away. Nice new/modern lobby and rooms. Our room was on a high floor with no road noise and a bit of a view. Room was pleasantly roomy for New York hotel room (we had a double-double room). Our room was a handicapped accessible room, so it had a nice/large tiled shower. The only down side is that the hotel is located across from the bus terminal and you have to walk past a few porn shops on the way...but such is New York. All in all, the Distrikt is a nice hotel. Although not directly in path of Times Square, it is a short walk away.
Beautiful Hotel; Great Service; Great Central Location!
Stayed there for one night only in February, shortly after their opening. Although the hotel itself is fairly small, including the lobby area, we found the room (a King Superior) to be very comfortable for 2 adults. It was missing a few amenities like glasses and ice bucket, but that was probably because it was so new and they hadn't gotten them in yet. I am sure that if I had asked, I would have gotten them. Wireless internet worked fine, nice, large flat-screen TV, a very comfortable bed. The restaurant was not fully operational, but it was very sleek and modern-looking and I plan to try it the next visit. Staff was WONDERFUL all around! Major complaint - no hook in the bathroom to hang up the comfy robe they offer their guest to use! The surrounding area is a bit run-down at this point, but looks like the city is attempting to extend what they did to the immediate Times Square area a few years back to this part of midtown. Including the Distrik, there are 2 other brand new hotels right on the block. Across the street from the Port Authority, so as we walked up the street, you could hear the bus engines, but not to the point it was distracting. Walk to the subway was about a block. We never felt unsafe at any time, even walking back late at night (two females).
Amazing hotel! I can't say enough about how much I loved my stay here. I arrived on opening night and needless to say there were a few small details that were still being ironed out, but the staff made sure to go above and beyond in making up for it. The front desk staff and housekeeping couldn't have been more friendlier or helpful! The view was great and I loved the overall design and feel of the lobby/restaurant areas. Very chic! I will definitely stay here next time I find myself in NYC. Plus, this hotel has turned me on to all the great boutique hotels that are part of Ascend Collection like the Distrikt. I'll now look for these hotels everywhere I travel. Love Ascend and Love the Distrikt!!!
By far the best stay I've ever had in NYC
What a place! I've travelled to NY for business for years and stayed at some of the big name high end hotels and my stay here surpassed them all.
The room was insanely comfortable, one of the most spacious NYC hotels I've seen (or heard of), and absolutely immaculate. I have to say it went beyond quiet and bordered on silent. I didn't hear a thing from outside - I opened the window just to see how noisy it really was outside and there was quite a bit of noise - nothing with the window closed. I heard nothing from anyone elsewhere in the hotel, once the door closed, nothing. I'd think I was the only person staying there except I didn't even hear the "ding" of the elevator. I'd love to know what kind of mattresses they have - it just sucked you in and the bedding was excellent - didn't want to get out of bed - crazy plush comforter, excellent pillows. No complaints about the bath, right on par with the rest of the room - great products and I'm not a product person. Everything was very clean - room, bath, bed linens, towels, rug - everything. The room was pretty darn big, I’d guess about 12x15 or so (not including the bath), honestly folks, how many of you have a larger room than that at home? After all what is your hotel room but a bedroom you hang out in when you’re away from home.
Front desk staff was courteous, polite and seemed to like their jobs, real guest-oriented (not too common since customer service seems to have died). Asked for ice and it was in my room in less than 5 minutes. When I was checking out they seemed authentically happy that I enjoyed my stay and got a great night’s sleep.
Location is what it is - this is the last "transition" neighborhood left. The neighborhood is nothing compared to how it was just a few years ago. It'll turnaround in no time, just like the rest of Hell's Kitchen.
Last but not least - value. What a steal. Having stayed in a slew of NYC hotels and I must say this is the best deal I’ve gotten on a NYC room - at this price you usually end up with a double bed with about 2 feet of space between the bed and the wall on all sides. The free WiFi makes this a bigger steal than you might think – most hotels are charging $12, $15 or more for access. Love that they have robes in the room – nobody seems to do that anymore – and the newspaper hanging from your door in the morning – excellent. Meant to take advantage of the overnight shoe shine but forgot – maybe next time.
All said – highly recommended on all counts. Stayed for the night for work and planning on coming back next weekend to actually enjoy staying in the hotel rather than just using it as a pit stop between long work days. I can’t wait to climb back into that bed!
hi guys - hope some of you can help me out (again!) does anybody have any experience/thoughts on the Distrikt hotel?
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