Viceroy New York | moderately priced luxury

Deluxe Park View room at the Viceroy New York

Well-located in midtown Manhattan (two blocks south of the park at 120 W. 57th St, just west of 6th Avenue) and nicely priced for a luxury brand, the Viceroy New York is a brand new hotel, just open a month. I had the opportunity to see the hotel today (during the Thanksgiving Day Parade). The Viceroy is a good option for business travelers to New York City.

The interior design of the hotel is intended to remind guests of the ambiance of a cruise ship. The hotel offers the amenities that most business travelers would want for a comfortable stay: a 24 hour fitness center in the basement, as well as a relaxation pool with water heated to over 100ยบ (consider this either as a very small lap pool or a very large jacuzzi). The Viceroy features Marc Murphy’s new restaurant, Kingside and his New American cooking.

Rooms are compact but well designed to provide a lot of hidden storage (though no closets). The bedding features luxurious Sferra linens. Guestroom bathrooms have a single vanity and step-in shower (no soaking tub) — so the Viceroy will fit the needs of a business traveler who is traveling alone, but not ideal for couples traveling together. Standard (Superior) rooms are quite small and look south toward the back of the buildings on 56th St. Deluxe rooms are a bit larger (more like a typical Superior) with views across 57th Street; larger windows admit more natural light. Deluxe rooms on higher floors provide a view of Central Park (though nothing like the view that you would have from a hotel on 59th Street). Higher floors are definitely recommended here as the rooms will be brighter.

Viceroy New York is a good value. Two blocks south of the Park and two blocks west of 5th Avenue, you’ll love pricing that’s nearly half off the room rates at the Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental, Peninsula, or St. Regis. Not (yet) a member of Virtuoso, I have usually been successful at getting room upgrades and a complimentary continental breakfast as amenities for my clients.

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