LB Note: This post is not sponsored by The Viceroy Hotel Group, but I was given a stay in exchange for a previous post and social media exposure. This is a true review and all opinions and content are my own. Enjoy!
After a long flight and the bumpiest cab ride I've had (to date) our arrival at The Viceroy New York felt like landing on another – decidedly stylish – planet. I was familiar with 57th street after working three doors down from the Viceroy for years when I was a New York City resident, so my expectations were skewed. I was expecting something a bit more like the midtown location: business-forward and corporate. Instead, I found a slick, almost tranquil haven during my recent stay.
The Lodgings @ The Viceroy Central Park
New York is a busy place – I don't have to tell you this. And so, many hotel lobbies can be a bit chaotic between the coming and goings of guests and staff. Stepping off of 57th street into the dark lobby was a bit like entering an upscale library from “Mad Men,” instantly all was quiet and contained.
Photo c/o: The Viceroy Hotel
Our room (a Deluxe King) was small by some standards, but normal when you consider square footage is at a premium in NYC. The snazzy, gilded, mid-century decor continues throughout the halls and into the rooms. Despite small living quarters, The Viceroy makes up for it with oversized, super spacious bathrooms, which is where extra space is preferred (in my opinion.) Rich made the comment that the room and bath felt very European, and it's true. Our hotels in both Italy and Spain were very similarly sized, so we weren't as thrown by the size but those traveling to NYC for the first time should be aware.
The room was clean and well-maintained. The hotel also makes excellent use of space and even boasts a desk which is where I set up shop for the day.
I only had the chance to grab a super-quick breakfast at Kingside Restaurant (attached to the hotel). The grapefruit/granola and cappuccino I had was excellent; the sugar on top of the grapefruit was done creme brulee style so you had to crack it with the spoon to get to the grapefruit underneath – I've never had it prepared this way and it was super yummy. I'm trying to figure out how to replicate it at home!
I wish we'd had the opportunity to go back for lunch and/or cocktails. As I watched drinks go by, the bar service was as stylish as the hotel, and I feel I missed out.
From the beginning, the staff was very knowledgeable and accommodating. While I was only at the hotel for two nights, I was very pleased with the service!
The view from our room!
As of this posting, I found several rooms at the Viceroy for under $250, which, for a hotel three blocks from Central Park and a ten minute walk from Times Square, is a steal. If you want to be “in the center of it”, with quick access to the Subway, this is a solid option.
The One Big Takeaway: As you can see from the photo above, literally every detail, even down to the shampoo and conditioner, was set to match the overall decor and “mood” of the building. I enjoy this “mood setting” as it makes even quick weekend getaways feel more elevated and special. You feel as if you've truly been somewhere. For this reason, boutique hotels are quickly becoming my favorite way to stay as opposed to the larger, big-chain brands.