Greenwich Hotel | a unique NYC design hotel

One is immediately impressed, on entering the Greenwich Hotel, that this is a very unique hotel for Manhattan — or for anyplace else, for that matter. We were greeted at the front door by a doorman, dressed in a jacket and open shirt, who greeted us warmly while opening the door for us. Stepping into the lobby, we felt that we had entered a vintage living room from another era, with comfortable sofas and exposed wooden ceiling beams (fashioned from repurposed wood). In addition to the public lobby area (with a direct entrance into the adjoining restaurant, Locanda Verde), there is a private Drawing Room with wood-burning fireplace for guests only. The atmosphere is informal, casual, and funky.

I highly recommend the Greenwich for couples looking for a place in Manhattan to spend a romantic weekend. With just 88 rooms and suites, the property feels more like a B&B than a typical luxury hotel. Though just three years old, the hotel has a retro look and feel, each room being different by design. Reclaimed wood is used extensively for exposed beams and room doors. Wide oak planks are used for the floors, and high 10-foot ceilings throughout the property create a feeling of spaciousness.

Which room category to choose? Lead-in Courtyard Rooms overlook the central courtyard while Greenwich rooms have views into the hotel's TriBeCa neighborhood; these two lead-in room categories feel like Superior rooms at 395 square feet and offer Queen beds, single vanities, and a step-in shower. Higher room categories (Superior and Deluxe Greenwich rooms) and suites provide King beds, and some offer a soaking tub in addition to the step-in shower (most showers come with curtains instead of shower doors, so make a special request here if this is important to you). Suites are in high demand, and we were not able to see one during our site inspection as all were occupied at the time of our visit.

Complimentary WiFi is provided throughout the property, and the in-room mini-bars are complimentary as well, with the exception of alcoholic beverages. With an indoor pool, and a nice exercise room, The Greenwich Hotel offers an excellent value in lower Manhattan. Virtuoso guests receive room upgrades on arrival, subject to availability, in addition to a $25 per person breakfast credit and one $100 spa credit.

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