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Love Gild Hall
I have been coming to the lower Manhattan Financial District on business for many years. I was always a little jealous of my friends who got to stay in really cool hotels in mid-town. Well now with Gild Hall on Wall Street, it is my friends that are now jealous of me. Gild Hall has recently been renovated and I have to say it is now one of my most favorite hotels in the country, and I know plenty of them.
I don’t like traditional style hotels but sometimes cool and hip hotels are not comfortable. This is not the case with Gild Hall. It is really cool but also warm and comfortable, no matter where you choose to drop. The rooms are about as comfortable as they come, the beds are to die for with their incredible linens and down beddings. I also liked the iPod docking station and the large cozy robes.
The Gild Hall restaurant is not open yet but they do have 24 hour room service and the food is great.
Take all this and add to it the really personalized and caring service and attention of the Gild Hall staff and this hotel is really a winner. You don’t get any attitude, just warm and friendly interactions with the staff there and anything you ask for gets an immediate answer with a smile included.
These people did this right and I have found my home on Wall Street at Gild Hall.
Loved our Stay at Gild Hall
I wasn't sure what to expect of the hotel, as our last stay at a mid-town location with higher "stars" was less than ideal, and although not in the heart of the city hubbub, this place was worth every subway ride. The quiet Financial District location made it feel more neighborhood-y. The walk from the subway station to the hotel was quick, even for someone like me who clearly overpacked. The lobby was small and intimate and the front desk staff answered all of our questions, pointed us in the right direction and we were set. The room was a great size, we didn't have to jump over the bed to get to the other side as in most small NYC hotels. My boyfriend was happy with the big flat screen TV and the complimentary fatwitch brownie, he said it was like eating his favorite chocolate breakfast cereal. The king size bed was to die for and curling up under the covers every night on good thread count sheets was the best after a long day. Thanks to the great Fresh bath products we smelled as "fresh" as the yummy fruits every morning from the produce market. And even though we didn't indulge too much in the treats in the room, the fridge was packed with great drink choices and enough snacks that we wouldn't have had to leave the room for a few days if we decided not to. The location couldn't be beat to the Financial District attractions, the Seaport, WTC site, Brooklyn Bridge, Wall Street, etc. We enjoyed a late night drink at the Gold St. diner and a great breakfast there on our last morning in the city. Without a doubt I would stay here again, it was a great experience from the complimentary coffee, tea and danish in the lobby in the morning to the amazing bathrobe hanging in the closest. My boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed our time here and we would come back for another stay without question.
Awesome, quiet location in NYC.
Gild Hall was definitely worth the pre-opening price. Our room was small but well outfitted. The bed slept well; the linens were exceptional; and the bathroom was well designed. The hotel services seemed to be up to speed, too. The hotel is steps away from Battery Park, the South Street Seaport, and the pedestrian walkway entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge. If you're looking for a quieter getaway not NYC, this is the place to stay.
We booked our reservation with Gild Hall in NYC through Priceline for $100/night. It's in the financial district, which we weren't terribly excited about, but we were pleasantly surprised! The Gild Hall is a diamond in the rough. The staff was all very friendly and extremely helpful--they pointed out great places to go on the map and advised on where not to go. They were quick to help us upgrade our room at no extra charge.
The room was amazing, flat screen TV, decorative, no expense spared. Beds were comfortable. Doors to the bathroom were slightly more transparent than necessary, but we got over it.
Every time we came and left the hotel the staff would recognize us and exchange pleasantries. There was a friendly doorman who helped with taxis and finding our way to good restaurants. The front desk person who checked us in even wished us a good morning when we saw him in the subway station--that's good service!
I will definitely plan on staying here again on my next trip to NYC.
Wonderful, quiet location, great front desk folks
We stayed at Gild Hall for 2 nights - my boyfriend was there on business in the Financial District. Having stayed at 60 Thompson, I just had to try the newest Thompson hotel. I prefer to stay in a quiet part of NYC, and this was it. Granted, the area is dead at night but I walked from Soho to the hotel in 15 minutes, so it's not too far away. I don't like staying in midtown, it's way too noisy and I've done all the "touristy" things...I prefer the downtown shopping and restaurants, so Gild Hall wasn't a bad location for me. If you're a first time visitor to NYC, you might want to stay in midtown to see the "attractions."
The lobby was newly renovated, very "country/modern chic" - it's a very small lobby (much smaller and less glitzy than 60 Thompson - which I love) but is still very stylish. The front desk folks are amazing - so nice and helpful. Each time I stepped off the elevator, they asked what I was doing, where I was shopping or eating and gave recommendations and got me a cab in just a few minutes!
The hotel's restuarant isn't open yet, but Harry's is within walking distance (a Wall St. steak house like Morton's). We ate in Soho and Little Italy too...just a short cab ride or walk away. If you like a "scene" try Balthazar in Soho. You're sure to spot a celebrity or two and it's nice to stroll around Soho. Anthony Bourdain's "Les Halles" is also close by Gild Hall in the Financial District. We walked down to the Ritz Carlton at Battery Park and watched the sunset over the Statue of Liberty at the Rise Bar on the 14th floor. Very romantic.
What I loved about this location was that it's very quiet at night. Also, being in historic downtown NYC is charming...it's the oldest part of the city and so the streets are tiny. I would say it's a bit like being in the Grand Canyon down there. It's actually quite nostalgic and we enjoyed walking up and down Wall St., past the NYSE and other historic buildings and taking it all in. The sense of history in this part of town is striking. Fraunces Tavern, where George Washington gave his farewell address to the oficers of the Continental Army is 1783, is interesting.
The rooms are very nice and chic...the linens are by Sferra (Italian) and are to die for. I'm extremely picky about bedding and it passed the test -- very nice pillow top mattress and leather headboard. Also, I loved the light fixture over the bed! The in-room bar is nice too -- just open it up and pop a half bottle of Veuve Clicquot after dinner and viola...the perfect end to an evening in the city. Of course my boyfriend wanted to kill me for running up such a tab (the prices are double what it would cost you to buy an item elsewhere...$50 for that half bottle)....hee!
The only thing I would point out is the lack of privacy in the bathrooms...I don't mind, but my boyfriend sure did. The bathroom has frosted glass walls and doors so you can see and hear everything.
Overall, I would definitely stay here again! I didn't get the deal others on this site did ($200 Sunday night and $350 or so Monday night), but it's still a great deal. I can't wait to come back once Todd English's restaurant is complete. They do offer coffee and pastries in the morning, which really was all that we needed considering we love trying new restaurants in the city.
When our booking with a small uptown hotel was cancelled (one of the owners fell seriously ill so they had to close their doors temporarily) Gild Hall was the last minute replacement they found for us, and I must say we were really lucky.
The room (superior king, "superior" meaning "standard" ;)) was on the small side, but tastefully decorated and the big bed was really comfortable with luxurious linen. Bathroom was also stylish, and toiletries were from Fresh. Only thing that bothered us about the room a little was the constant loudish humming coming from the climate control unit - I think the sound actually came from outside through the unit's vent, from the parking building and it's huge ventilation openings across the street. However that was the only noise, so it was probably about as quiet as it can get in New York.
However, what really makes this hotel the gem it is is the the staff - everybody, and I mean everybody, from the doormen to front desk to handymen or other staff members we came across were so helpful, friendly and efficient. Nothing was ever too much trouble!
The location has pros and cons - it is great if you have business to do in the Financial District, and you can also shop til you drop at Century 21 and J&R's, both of which are about 5 mins walk from the hotel. However, there does not seem to be much nightlife, or it is currently mostly hidden behind scaffoldings and roadworks. We did find a nice Italian restaurant, One Ten at 110 John Street, with good food and great atmosphere, and their bar seems to be quite popular with after-work crowd.
Of course, the subway connections uptown and the "nightlife areas" are normally good (eg. express A to 4th St, ie the Village, and 14th, ie. Meatpacking District), but during our stay there were some service changes that made things a bit trickier.
All in all, Gild Hall was a great experience, but for our next visit we'd probably consider staying in a different neigbourhood. And, after the hotel is fully up and running (the bar and the restaurant weren't open yet) and there are no more "soft opening" deals to be had, we'd probably wouldn't even afford it...
Loved it! But no in-room coffee
Priceline brought me to hotel when I booked a business/pleasure trip on which I brought my son for 10 days. Everything about the hotel was splendid. The staff has clearly been trained in top-notch service. The rooms are sparkling clean and beautifully decorated. The hotel is also close to the subway. If it were not a business trip, I couldn't have afforded the hotel on my own.
The only legitimate critique I have of the room is that there was substantial thought into the decor and service aspect, but there were certain essential items that didn't factor into the planning. For instance, since I was there on business I had to be up and out of the room early, but there is no in-room coffee. Definitely a big minus. Also, the mini-bar is stocked in such a way that it's virtually impossible to stash your own soda, water and goodies in there. There was also virtually no drawer/closet space, so we really could never unpack our suitcases and wound up living out of them for the whole trip.
Finally, when the heat kicks in and out at night, it's exceedingly loud, though I give this a "pass" since the same is true in many older NYC buildings.
All in all a fabulous stay, but a few more tweeks would make it even better for the business traveler and considering the hotel is in the financial district, I would presume this is the primary client base.
Great location in financial district
My husband and I were in NY for our first time and only for one weekend. We had tickets to the Yankees game Friday night and even though this location is pretty "far" from everything we had no problems taking the subways to the Bronx, Central Park and everything midtown. The lobby is nice, great doormen and super nice front staff. No restaurant yet, but the one across the street honored 10% off orders, was open 24 hrs, and would deliver to your room. (even though we didn't use it)
Rooms were really modern, great comfortable bed and updated bathroom with good amenities. Delicious complimentary coffee and pastries in the mornings were a perfect way to start the day.
Overall, I would definitely recommend if you don't mind taking subways to midtown and it was pretty close to Soho, the village, and chinatown.