Westhouse Hotel, New York
THE HOTEL: The WestHouse hotel in central Manhattan is excellently located on 55th Street West in Midtown. The 57th Street and 7th Avenue Subway stations are a quick stroll away, offering easy access to the entire city. JFK International Airport is a 45-minute train journey. The art deco-style boutique hotel has 172 deluxe bedrooms and suites.
THE CHECK-IN: I arrived late at night after an afternoon flight from the UK, transferring into the city via the New York subway. I was greeted in the reception area and was swiftly checked in and shown to my room. My bag was taken up to my room for me. The reception was stylish and small. It had a refined 1920s feel to it which reflected its cosmopolitan city location.
THE ROOM:I stayed in a twin room, which had two double beds. The mid-sized room was bright with a large window offering city views. The room was divided into the main bedroom area and the bathroom. In-room amenities include a desk, large TV, chair and an entrance hall with cupboards and drawers. The bathroom had a marble finish, with a glass front rain shower.
THE FACILITIES: Guests are required to pay a nightly resident's fee of $42 plus tax to cover hotel services and amenities. The hotel lacks a traditional restaurant, although there is a breakfast buffet served every morning covered by the fee in The Terrace on the 23rd floor. The breakfast lounge features a barista bar and tea is served during the afternoons. The fee also covers light food and snacks in the evenings served in the downstairs bar, as well as covering some alcoholic drinks. There is high-speed wifi throughout the hotel as well as business centre services. A small fitness centre on the third floor is also open around the clock. The Westroom boardroom is available for hire with seating for up to eight, and catering can be arranged in the room.
THE VERDICT: The hotel's central location is excellent for business travellers in Manhattan with good connections to the city and surrounding boroughs. The casual serving of breakfast and evening snacks covered by the resident's fee gives the hotel a more casual, relaxed feel.
THE DETAILS: WestHouse Hotel New York, 201 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019, United States. Rates start from around £276 per night
Reviewed by Benjamin Coren (2017)