We stayed two nights at The Grace in New York City, (September of 2011). The location was great. We were only a block or so from our theatre and a lot of other attractions in Times Square. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Some of the most accommodating desk people I have ever experienced. We loved our room and bath area. The space was small but efficiently designed. There was plenty of room to place our things in a closet. One note to the wise: I was reading reviews about the hotel while on my train, coming into NY. It mentioned that it is better to get a room on a higher floor because noise from the bar/pool area can be a problem late at night. Our original room was lower and we asked about this and they put us on the 14th floor. It was quiet. The review was true because when we came home from the theatre the bar area was hopping and one could hear the noise on the 2nd floor and I assume the 3rd floor might have had the same problem. By and large it was a younger crowd who stayed at the hotel but there were other age groups.For NYC, we found the prices reasonable and the room very comfy and fun. The location can't be beaten. The front desk staff will also arrange a private car with tip included to the airport (in our case, LaGuardia) for $50.00. It was worth it. It is a little more than a taxi but a good deal. We will definitely stay here again and check out Room Mate hotels in some other cities. Oh! and the bed.....It was marvellous! We didn't want to get out of it…terrifically comfortable.
Room Tip: Stay on a higher floor because there can be music noise from the bar and pool late at night.
Staff: The desk staff were great. They were extremely friendly and helpful with suggestions about area restaurants, attractions and transportation.
Room: We had what would be considered a regular room, I think. There was a platform bed with seating tucked against it. A small table and chair were placed across the room. (Padded window seating ran across the room as well.) We had one good closet with plenty of space for our belongings. (The sleeping / sitting area was small but very good use of space and design allowed for storage and the hiding of items out of sight.) The bath area had a good sized sink and vanity with adequate mirrors and lighting. The toilet / shower area were separated by a thin wall with one sliding door that covered either depending on your action. It was very cool. The walk-in shower was very roomy and comfortable. The look is very contemporary and fun.
Location: The Grace sits only about a block off Times Square and is extremely close to all the major theatres and shopping/entertainment district.
Breakfast: Breakfast was offered for a small price but we never partook. I think it is a buffet style set up in the bar area. We usually went to the nearby deli and picked up items. They seemed to have everything.
Rating: 5 out of 5